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Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – 8,000 empty seats but 44,000 roar NUFC to dramatic comeback win

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Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 – Saturday 9 November 3pm

Ryan Fraser set the tone early on, sending a long range effort just off target.

Then on 12 minutes Martin Dubravka made an excellent save to keep out another Fraser’s effort from Josh King’s low cross.

Instantly though at the other end, Aaron Ramsdale made a smart save from Jetro Willems’ strike. A more lively start to a home match than we have been used to this season at St James Park.

With 14 minutes on the clock though the visitors took what was probably a deserved lead and to be fair, it was class goal.

Ryan Fraser takes a quick corner to Josh King, he lays it back to Fraser, who feeds it to Harry Wilson, a quality curling low shot beating Martin Dubravka.

On 20 minutes Newcastle forced into a change, Lascelles had earlier collided with Dubravka and eventually having to be replaced by Dummett.

At this point Bournemouth were dominating,  a rocket from Diego Rico coming back off the post. A second goal for Bournemouth and it will be big problems for Newcastle.

Newcastle dig in though and keep it to one, although five minutes before half-time it is Ryan Fraser again.

He takes the ball around Martin Dubravka only to be denied by a great DeAndre Yedlin clearance.

Allan Saint-Maximin looking Newcastle’s only real threat and on a rare break up the pitch he sees his effort come back off the bar.

Then somehow, Newcastle are level.

Only a few minutes before the break and Saint-Maximin takes a shocking shot from inside the box, the shot going well wide of the right hand post only for Yedlin to steam in and head home! Making it look a decent cross…VAR confirming the USA international was not offside.

A more even start to the second half and after 52 minutes Newcastle are amazingly ahead.

A couple of deflections and the ball somehow squirms through to Ciaran Clark eight yards out, he has anticipated/gambled and gets barely a touch but the ball trickles into the net. If only Newcastle’s attacking players had the striking instinct of NUFC’s defenders…

Shelvey hasn’t showing much going forward as Newcastle are playing so deep but his long pass releases Joelinton with a ball over the top. The striker with just Aaron Ramsdale to beat but his great chance saved as he tries to chip the keeper, if only the chance had fallen to Ciaran Clark…

Newcastle’s failings in attacking positions summed up with a quarter of an hour to go…Saint-Maximin outpaces Simon Francis, tries to go around the keeper who makes a class save, the ball breaks for Almiron who must score with goalkeeper Ramsdale lying on the ground and only a defender to beat…Almiron’s shot though hits Saint-Maximin and deflects to safety!

Then only a minute later and this sums Joelinton up. Does really well to control long ball despite being outnumbered, carves out a shooting opportunity but straight at the keeper.

Bournemouth dominating the closing stages and to be fair they have played most of the football, whilst it has been mainly effort and commitment from the home side.

Newcastle are desperately holding on and Carroll comes on as an extra defender, final seconds of added time and a corner is flicked on, Josh King must score from a foot out BUT misses! Seemingly too worried about possibly colliding with the post.

The final whistle goes and whilst difficult to claim Newcastle deserved the win on the basis of the football played with a draw probably fair, they got the three points with grit and so so many last gasp blocks.

Easily the most entertaining home game so far this season and just a shame that due to Mike Ashley, there were 8,000 empty seats to see it unfold.

However, those that were there did get behind the team as the game went on, responding to the effort on the pitch.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1  – Saturday 9 November 3pm


Newcastle United:

Yedlin 42, Clark 52


Harry Wilson 14

Possession was Bournemouth 67%, Newcastle 33%

Total shots were Bournemouth 16, Newcastle 20

Shots on target were Bournemouth 3, Newcastle 9

Corners were Bournemouth 4, Newcastle 5

Crowd: 44,424

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle team v Bournemouth:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles (Dummett 20), Clark, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 90), Almiron, Joelinton (Carroll 82)


Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Gayle


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