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 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 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!!
Bournemouth: Federici, Smith, Francis, Distin, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Arter (Rantie, 79), Stanislas (Tomlin, 73), King (Kermorgant, 73).
Subsnot 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