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Elliot Simply Magnficent In Newcastle’s 1-0 Win At Bournemouth

3:25 pm, Saturday, November 7th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

There’s no doubt who Newcastle’s hero was today as Rob Elliot saved Newcastle   especially in the first half when he made four excellent saves and he also came out rushing for another as Mbemba failed to control the ball on the slippery surface and out came To kick the ball to safety and save Newcastle.

In short this was a dreadful display by Newcastle who were outfought and outplayed by Bournemouth – and it was  a bit like Newcastle’s game against Stoke last week – this time it was Bournemouth who created all the chances but just couldn’t score and Newcastle were lucky that Rob Elliot was fit and had an excellent display in goal.

ayoze perez scores bournemouth

Ayoze Perez scores after 27 minutes today

Rob got the 3 points for us today – it’s as simple as that.

Newcastle, were second best in this game especially in the first half, and it reminded us of our display at West Ham – the players seemed lethargic – although the pitch was heavy and it was raining so mistakes were always likely to happen.

If we had been playing a top side today and played like we did in the first half the game would have been over by half time.

As it was we had one shot on target in the first half and Ayoze Perez scored, although goalkeeper Federici should have done better.

It was a good move from Newcastle involving Dummett, Mitrovic, Wijnaldum and then Perez – who hit the ball well and low past Federici who got his leg to it but couldn’t stop it.

Rob Elliot made four saves from King in that first half and at times he seemed to be the only Newcastle player awake – although Coloccini was trying to rally the troops with little effect.

elliot saves from dan gosling

Elliot saves from Gosling header in first half

Newcastle hung onto half-time and we thought we were probably in a good position because we couldn’t play that bad in the second half – but it was surprising after that lethargic display for the first 45 minutes that Steve McClaren made no changes at the break.

Within 30 seconds of the resumption it was Rob Elliot again – this time he saved from Richie by brilliantly turning the ball over the cross-bar – Richie had his head in his hands at what was a phenomenal save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.

In the first five minutes of the second half Newcastle were all at sea in defense and Janmaat stupidly passed the ball back to Elliot who was not expecting the ball and managed to scramble it clear.

But also Bournemouth had only themselves to blame for missing so many clear chances to score.

Papiss Cisse replaced Mitrovic in the 63rd minute, as Bournemouth kept coming at Newcastle but this week Rob Elliot – like Jack Butland last week was up to everything Bournemouth could throw at him.

Florian Thauvin then replaced Ayoze Perez, who not only scored another opportunistic goal but ran his socks off for the side – as usual – Ayoze is fast becoming one of our very best players this season.

In the dying minutes of the game  Newcastle almost made the score even more unbelievable as Gini Wijnaldum flicked a header from Coloccini only inches over the cross-bar in the six minutes of stoppage time.

But the whistle was finally blown and we had won the game – the result was fantastic, but the performance was (very) poor.

This was only Newcastle’s second win of the season, fifth win of the year and our first away win since we took Hull City apart 3-0 on January 31st.

In this game, the result was more important than the performance (thank goodness) and we gained a precious 3 points and against a side also fighting relegation this season.

And after losing out on so many points this season and being unlucky – including last week’s’ 0-0 draw against Stoke – we got all 3 points today when we didn’t deserve them.

So things are levelling out a bit – and yes – we had some luck today too.

Hey – we won – let’s celebrate.

Howay The Lads!!

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Bournemouth: Federici, Smith, Francis, Distin, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Arter (Rantie, 79), Stanislas (Tomlin, 73), King (Kermorgant, 73).
not used: Boruc, Cook, Bennett, MacDonald.

Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita (Mbabu, 90), Tiote, Wijnaldum; Perez (Thauvin, 77), Mitrovic (Cisse, 63).
Subs not used: Woodman, Lascelles, Gouffran, de Jong.

Goals: Perez 27
Bookings: Janmaat 44, Arter 69, Smith 83, Tiote 88

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    best goalie, 2nd best colo

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Whi ya-bugga-man how the hell did we win that!!!!
    absolute crap except for Elliot and Colocinni

    Merit Marks
    Elliot 10
    Colocinni 7
    Perez 5
    rest waste of space

  • 3 Our Toon // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:32 PM

    Toon KK

    I don’t want to see DM like Tiote have skill and pace. I want them to make tackles protect the back 4, track runners and be physical. Today he got booked and took one for the team as Anita was mugged again. All of the danger came from the wing and not centrally. Tiote covered for Colo when he went out wide, had to bail Anita out so many times as well.

  • 4 Mag52 // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    I gave my vote to Elliot, but Mitro, for his part in the goal and, in particular, his defensive headers, deserves huge credit.

  • 5 Tsunki // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Colo and Mbemba for me. Elliot ok but tbf nothing extraordinary as Bournemouth were absolutely shocking in front of goal. Everyone else absolutely pants. Perez was troubled by the breeze today a bit weedy in the challenge.

  • 6 BandB // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    If I could choose one opposition player to be lurking on our 18 yard line looking for a killer pass, I would choose Dan Gosling every day of the week.

  • 7 Belfast // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Stewards enquiry!!!

    Can’t vote for Cisse!!!

  • 8 kakaobi // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Ok we know they can play much better than what they did today but to be honest I’d have taken it before the game only negative for me was Macclaren’s subs thought the Cisse one was very poor and waiting so long when we all could see Anita was having an off day. But a wins a win and it’ll do me for now

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    We are definitely lacking a quality midfielder like Cabaye – who can mix it and pick a decent pass as well as being able to kick a dead ball.

    (Jib Jibberish -dead ball just means that the ball is not moving – but static ).

  • 10 Belfast // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Think Ed just added Cisse as soon as I said that.

    Too late though I’d already voted.

    Sorry Cisse.

  • 11 ilovetoon8788 // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    I don’t care how it came. But this 3 points is absolutely huge in our relegation fight. Delighted. Bournemouth roasted us today. We’ll see improvement I believe.

    3 points and out of relegation zone. Let’s enjoy this Saturday.

  • 12 NYMAG // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Magnificent is a complete overstatement, he did his job, saved everything he should save. Look more closely and he flapped at a couple of corners and made some very dodgy punches when he should have caught the ball.

    Very few performances today, credit to Colo and Mbemba who were definitely up for it. Overall a horrible performance tho scraping points because of opponents ineptitude.

  • 13 Mister Tuff // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    I see that Rolland Courbis at Montpellier is saying that Remy Cabella was played out of position by King Percy or in other words he was pardewed. The phenomenon appears now to be well known in France.
    Just need Liverpool to win tomorrow and it will have been a very decent weekend indeed.

  • 14 ilovetoon8788 // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Yea even colo had a great game. Mbemba had a brilliant game which is being his norm and im no longer commenting on him. Beast of a signing.

  • 15 cyprus // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Apart from that 1 shot on goal.

    Elliott: 6 successful punches
    5 saves
    2 clearances

    And more:
    Shots: 20-2
    Chances created: 12-1
    Crosses: 44-3

    Crazy eh

  • 16 Belfast // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Cisse looks like he’s handed in his notice. He’s probably got a chocolate advent calendar in his kitchen counting down the days until he leaves.

  • 17 toon kk // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    our toon
    what Tiote does is no more than what is expected from any payer in his position, and not just in the premier league. theres nothing that stands out apart from his dirty tackles, I think he picked up his 50th booking today.
    we badly need a clear out and inject some pace into our basic squad.

  • 18 angelswithdirtyfaces // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    The psychological boost of going into an international break out of the relegation zone are massive for us. (even if its only the dizzy heights of 16/17th)

  • 19 NYMAG // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Cisse was useless when he came on, strange sub even tho Mit was barely in the game. I’d have kept him on just for his defensive headers on corners and ability to hold it up. Dejong must be finished as well, doesn’t seem suited to the pace of the prem, he looks like an old man everything he steps on the pitch

  • 20 JDdubai // Nov 7, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Elliott, Colo, Mbemba thank god were up for it. Real cqptains performance from Colo and im a huge critic of his.

    Tiote did ok but received no help at all from the other 3 in midfield.

    Our players looked very leggy all game, no acceleration or power, no passing or control, no effort. Lots of jogging but no real determination.

    Bmouth were closing us down wuickly, really harrassing us a d then pinging it about lovely when they had it.

    Cant remember a game i watched as angry for the whole 90mins, especially one we won!

    I think in those games, clearly we cant play football through the kiddle, think it was crying out for Sissoko to go as a 10 to try to get some space to stretch them.

    Anyway, 3 points, 2 weeks rest, hopefully we have a fitter, bigger squad for the next game though Leicester will really test us. Need everyone back on their game.

    NB. Where is toonbrother???

  • 21 Roosta // Nov 7, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    If your Goalie has to put in maybe a career best performance, no defender is getting my vote as MOM, the defense and pee poor central midfield all did better second half, but first half we got steamrollered. How anyone gives anyone but Elliot MOM is beyond me, but as usual its a personal preference.

  • 22 SA Toon // Nov 7, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Worst performance I have seen from NUFC in a long time. Lethargic, slow and inaccurate – but a win! McLaren said he’d take a messy win, and that’s exactly what he got. Isn’t football a funny old game. I thought we were great last week with bucketloads of brilliant shots on goal and we can’t get one in. Today we have one shot on goal and it goes in. Go figure. I don’t read too much into it though as the conditions were terrible. At least we go into the international break with a much needed boost and out of the relegation zone.

  • 23 TroubledToon // Nov 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    The result is exactly what I had said a few days ago… For a change, v played shite, Wer 2nd best in almost everything, didn’t play to even 20% of our potential..Yet, v managed to get all 3 points… N imo, its a lot more satisfying to be able to say that rather than v played well, switched off for 20 mins, ref fcuked up, goalie was absurdly brilliant…
    Don’t get me wrong… I luv watching us play attractive football, but as of now, points r of utmost importance to us n I’d take an ugly win or a pretty loss/draw any day!!!

  • 24 TroubledToon // Nov 7, 2015 at 7:13 PM

    Whoops… meant ugly win over a pretty loss/draw

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