Newcastle didn’t take their chances in the first half – an all too common occurrence for Newcastle – and we were beaten by a Steve Cook goal two minutes into injury time – probably the worst way we can lose a game – and at home too.
So that’s two 1-0 defeats in the last five days, and we stay at 14 points from 11 games played but drop down to the lower half of the table.
With newly promoted Huddersfield and Brighton both winning their games 1-0 we slip to 11th place and behind both those promoted clubs.
Newcastle started this game well, and it was Matt Richie, the former Cherries player who forced goalkeeper Asmir Begovic into a save after 6 minutes.
And then it was Gayle who got on the end of a Ritchie corner, but his header went off a Bournemouth player for a corner.
Newcastle were creating chance after chance but were unable to score and then Joselu missed another chance for the home side.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline today
The Cherries started coming into the game more and forced Elliot into two good saves, and at half-time, it was 0-0 with Newcastle the better side.
But in the second half, Bournemouth were a much better side and Rafa was forced into a move and replaced the injured Jamaal Lascelles with Ciaran Clark after 55 minutes.
Benitez then sent on Ayoze Perez for Joselu after 68 minutes to try to get a goal, but there were chants for Mitro to be brought on.
Bournemouth were starting to look threatening as the match wore on and it was a deflected shot from Marc Pugh which hit the post very late in the game.
And then it was a defensive error – this time by Clark – as Cook got free on a corner two minutes into stoppage time and headed home to leave Newcastle stunned and pointless and our second home defeat of the season.
Only 11% of fans expected a defeat in our poll before the game, so this really is a shocking result and just before the International break too.
Our inability to score is starting to cost us points and since the Southampton draw we have scored only one goal in the last three games and missed too many chances.
It’s going to be a painful two weeks coming up before we face Manchester United at Old Trafford two weeks today.
This is a very disappointing result especially following the 1-0 defeat at Burnley on Monday night, and the Cherries were second bottom of the league before this game.
We must start beating the teams below us in the league and especially at home.
It may be a good time to take a two-week hiatus from the blog.
Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles (Clark, 55), Lejeune, Manquillo; Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy, 82); Gayle, Joselu (Perez, 68).
Subs not used: Darlow, Gamez, Diame, Mitrovic.
Bournemouth: Begovic, Francis, Cook, Ake, Daniels, Ibe (Defoe, 76), Arter, Surman, Pugh, King, Wilson (Smith, 76).
Subs not used: Boric, Gosling, Cook, Fraser, Mousset.
Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire)