Newcastle Miss Their Chances In Shocking Defeat To Stoppage Time Goal


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.

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Teams:

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)
Attendance: 52,237



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38 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #1

    I agree that Benitez is working on a frankly pathetic budget, but this is not a Championship team, go ask any Championship club if they think our squad is championship level, they would laugh at the suggestion. The squad is a lower half PL squad with a few stand out quality players. We should be beating Bournemouth at home, no point having an overreaction and calling for the manager’s head, but Benitez isn’t perfect, and mistakes were made today. I can understand him keeping faith in Joselu, surely he will switch it up now.

    I thought Gayle did well, almost like having a new player. There is talent there to work with. The squad value and wages at the club are not even close to Championship level. Complete myth we have a Championship squad.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #2

    We are terrible fans. When we lose we are always searching for blame it’s predictable and frustrating. I’m not happy with that performance, but to call for Rafa’ head is absolutely outrageous. He’s done a great job, but the squad he has is terribly weak and it’s beginning to show, especially with the lack of Merino who makes such a difference to this team. We don’t deserve Rafa if this is how we treat a man who has massively changed the well being of our club. Where would we be without him? Bunch of ungrateful idiots.

    It is a championship team though. Only players good enough for this league are:

    Merino
    Shelvey
    Ritchie
    Lascelles
    Mitrovic?

    The others? Who are they, Ancient?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Let’s get this right, the alternatives to the players that aren’t able to perform to standards are not discernibly any better. Basically the stock Rafa has to pick from is limited, and must be tailored completely to a defensive, opportunistic tactic. As the exercise is exclusively to survive in the premiership then this approach is one of percentage gains over an extended campaign, and had to be looked at from the points accrued and table position. If you are expecting dynamic, thrilling, powerful football you are in the wrong place. We haven’t got the gods for that. It’s the long haul and job done at the end of term.

    Until we have an owner who invests to compete, or Rafa walks and we implode, because we will o assure you.

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  • mfw13

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Two really big problems that were obvious today.

    #1 – Our back four has no confidence playing the ball out of the back. All the did was hoof the ball forward randomly. Which leads to my next point….

    #2 – You can’t expect to win headers when many of your midfielders/attackers (i.e. Ritchie, Atsu, Gayle, Perez) are less than 1.8 M tall. I lost track of the number of time Eliott and/or defenders thumped the ball forward only to see the header won by a taller Bournemouth defender.

    #3 – Which means we need Mitro on the pitch. Joselu has proven to be decidedly mediocre, especially in the air. Two goals in 11 matches (one of which was an accident) doesn’t cut it. Mitro may not score more goals, but at least he’ll be a good target man.

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Benitez needs to stop believing his own hype and stop trying to be a maverick
    No justification for dropping Mbemba for Manquillo
    No Justification for selecting Gayle who is not good enough for this level
    No justification for the continued selection of Ritchie who offers NOTHING creatively

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    We got what we deserved after the last 25 mins where we were awful!

    Rafa did try to mix things up with Gayle up top credit for that. He still is a world class manager no matter what this result would have been. We have very average players and he still performs wonders with them. But and it’s a big but, Rafa is way too stubborn on his decisions. Joselu HAS TO BE dropped. Perez should not have come on again today. It should have been Mitro. Manquillo is a very poor defender and Mbemba is twice the player he is. Murphy is seriously lacking confidence or is shite either way he shouldn’t have come on, nor should we have spent 12m on him!

    So apart for that Rafa is still World Class in my eyes.

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  • AncientC

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Slightly puzzled by Toonbrother’s analysis of Ritchie, I thought he was easily the best player on the pitch. Worked like a beast, played some sublime cross field balls, forced a magnificent save from Begovic… the look on Begovic’s face after he saw the power on that shot said it all.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #8

    We’ve lost two games by the odd goal and we are renowned for having no quality strikers. That’s all that’s happened. Yet Benitez is flawed tactically, is a poor judge of substitutions….. wow.

    Hail, rather than rise to your crass swipe, I’ll just leave your comments to air to the same audience who already hold your daft views in disdain. Most people.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Also two of his subs were forced due to injury. The one he got wrong was Perez for Joselu, but I doubt he expected Atsu to be injured. Mitro was probably the next sub he wanted.

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  • toon king

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Took KK

    The lack of a quality striker is something I too think is a big issue. I believe our last quality striker was Ba but since then we’ve had no decent strikers at all.

    Maybe Rafa is playing a very defensive counter attacking game because of such poor strikers unfortunately teams like burnley and bournmouth will play a very similar tactic themselves so our threats will be few and far between unfortunately we don’t have the strikers to convert them chances so I should accept these results more calmly.

    I do hope we get a new owner before the winter transfer window opens because I cannot see the current greedy owner ever bothering to give rafa the money this winter

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  • manxpie

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    Atsu isnt championship
    Ritchie ” ”
    Shelvey ” ”
    Hayden ” ”
    Merino ” ”
    Lejuene ” ”
    Clark ” ”
    Yedlin ” ”
    Dummett ” ”
    Mitro ” ”
    Elliott ” ”
    Lascelles ” ”
    Mbemba ” ”
    Even perez and gayle arent imo but if they arent in form or suiting a system change it ffs

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  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Does anyone actually bother with toonbrother’ comments? It’s no surprise he’s posted another blinder.

    Absolute tool.

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  • Slank

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #13

    REPOST

    Rafa sticking with Joselu is so similar to the situation with Rafa sticking with Sels when it was clear for all see that Sels was worse than the keepers already at the club.

    The same is true about Joselu and Mitrovich.

    I would also include Manquillo and Mbemba.

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  • msk21dec

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #14

    I agree that we are not a championship squad. these are players with premier lge experience pretty much. The problem is benitez and his style of play and his refusal to take risks to win games. when we are losing 1-0 to teams like brighton hudds, burnley etc all he has to do is put another striker on but instead he goes like for like to keep his shape. At home agianst bournemouth i would have had mitro gayle and joselu on at same time to get that goal to win the game but he gets on perez to play with gayle. we had no height at all then. or try mitro with gayle. I have no idea what benitezs style of play is regarding attack we are clueless. I rather have a proactive manager who will take risks to win games. we’ve had safety 1st mgrs already like pardew and mclaren.

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  • kimbo

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa 1 – Newcastle nil.
    Rafa is solely responsible for that crap.
    His substitutions were terrible , why put Mitro on bench if you are not going to play him.
    Murphy is the biggest waste of money at the club.
    That is 2 relegation performances in less than a week.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Ancient – we came top of the championship but hardly because we had the outright best squad. The run-in showed how tactically Benitez had weighed up that league. Up we come and get beat by all the teams who came up with us. So how are we not largely a championship squad? Apart from Ritchie, Shelvey, lascelles, Merino maybe Elliot, are there many more premier league players in there? Any top half pl players at all? I’d say we are largely a championship team. A good one though.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Poor game and surprising substitutions.
    You could argue if we had strikers who could score it would take the weight off the defenders/cancel out mistakes by the defence.

    Toonbrother – not very nice making remarks about a posters parents.
    Have a go at a poster but not their family/relatives.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Quite simply try mitro and gayle next game but for some reason he never does and when he has we have done well but its instantly pulled again
    We carry on with joselu we wont be adding to them 10 goals anytime soon

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  • Bambams

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #19

    As we landed in Lanzarote I thought we had got a draw……

    Passport control we had lost !

    Not how I wanted my break to start

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  • The next Mike Williamson

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #20

    I’ll say the same as I have almost every week. We need a plan B. Can’t set up to counter attack everybody. Joselu needs to go, not saying Mitro is Pele, but he’s not Joselu. Atsu’s good, but for the type of player he is, he needs to improve his end product. It’s not like he’s contributing loads defensively. I trust Benitez will eventually drop Joselu.

    @young mag
    name 5 burnley players that are premier league class? name 5 brighton players? name 5 bournemouth players? name 5 huddersfield players? It’s enough to have 5 that are undoubted premier league class, and the rest who are just about good enough. certainly most of them are too good for championship.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #21

    ‘manxpie
    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:36 PM
    Comment #11
    Atsu isnt championship
    Ritchie ” ”
    Shelvey ” ”
    Hayden ” ”
    Merino ” ”
    Lejuene ” ”
    Clark ” ”
    Yedlin ” ”
    Dummett ” ”
    Mitro ” ”
    Elliott ” ”
    Lascelles ” ”
    Mbemba ” ”
    Even perez and gayle arent imo but if they arent in form or suiting a system change it ffs’

    Harden is untested, yedlin has been in a Sunderland side fighting relegation last time, a surprise? Clark was shaky in this league for Villa, showing signs of that for us. Dummett maybe. Elliot no way. Not as a number one. Mbemba yes, I agree on him.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Manxpie no way that list is a pl squad we need to get real here. If we were entertaining buying most of those to push on in January there would be screams of despair and derision 🙂

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  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Young mag -see you spotted it as well. Was expecting more rebukes.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #24

    Oh and btw I don’t know how he’s getting away with it, but along with Perez, Atsu has to be the most profligate chance waster we have fielded in years.

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #25

    @AncientC i disagree mate. I think you’re biased in his favour. Atsu for example was far more threatening and created more chances out of nothing. He had a much better game.

    @YoungMag:P well you clearly bother with toonbrother’s comments. If voicing my humble opinion in a respectful way makes me an “absolute tool” , what does your unprovoked attack on me make you? You inbred scumbag. Your intolerance of diverging opinion shows you were raised by lowlifes. I feel sorry for you mate

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  • msk21dec

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #26

    In my opinion I dont think we will be sold before january hope im wrong though. We will have ashley until end of season at least i think. so our season depends on january transfer window where we need a world class elite striker to score goals out of nothing as benitezs tactics aint gona save us. for that we will need to spend upwards of 30 mill in current market and mike ashley isnt going to spend that. After stoke game i had high hopes we could surprise everyone and finish top half but not anymore. Just gotta hope for safety from now till end of season. and if anyone thinks we wont get relegated they should give their head a shake because anything can happen in football. we could easily get dragged in bottom half as we aint gonna spend in january.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #27

    …and Murphy is his understudy? Not a championship squad? Really???

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  • TyneMouth

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Warning!

    It’s a full moon tonight!

    After a home defeat, this blog will be a magnet for zombie behavior, not a pleasant place to be on a Saturday night!

    Sleep safely, it will soon pass over, common sense will return, it could be worse, far worse!

    There is a chink of light at the end of the tunnel…

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  • toonbrother

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #29

    @Mister Tuff I’ll take your sanctimonious advice seriously when you see it fit to rebuke unprovoked attacks directed at me (for simply voicing an honest opinions on this blog)

    Until then I will REVEL in responding in kind to such attacks

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  • Sleepy Koala

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Benitez shoulders the blame for this defeat, in subs and tactics as the game progressed, however the players are doing him no favours aside from are centre backs and goalkeeper.

    Perez and Joselu should be playing for the U23’s with colback, they offer nothing! literally nothing! especially Perez who has been here for around 3 years now and has got worse by each season passes.
    Ritchie needs to step up as he has also offered minimal attacking threat and living on past glories don’t cut it anymore. JonJo is also slacking.
    Mbemba should return to LB that ex sunderland player we have playing should be given away asap.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Rafa obviously feels that some players require patience and sticks with them while he tries to work to a game plan. How do we know that Rafa may decide to call time like he did with Sels and bring in Mitro for an extended run. I can guarantee that if we had been playing Mitro all this time and we had similar results (extremely likely!) We would now have the same spanners going rabid about giving the mighty Joselu a fair shake! 😀

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  • manxpie

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #32

    Clark shaky??
    Yedlin has massively improved
    Infact tell me 1 team this season that has actually embarresed us or any one of our players?
    For a team full of championship players we seem to have done pretty well
    Apart from continuously playing the same woefully out of form top 2 game after game

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Tynemouth – we will get a decent win soon and I can safely put my house on it that all these skidmarked strangers pouring into the blog to cry and wail about a loss like it’s the end of time, will scurry back to the shadows until our next fortuitous defeat.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Why was Mitro on the bench if he’s refusing to play him. Joselu is gawd awful. Rubbish.

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  • manxpie

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Extremley likely tsunki? Lol

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  • jimiley

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #36

    We will be in a relegation fight by Xmas because we cannot score.
    Unless significant funds are provided in January we could get relegated again. Staveley might lust be looking over her shoulder and thinking what am I buying here.
    Fat man is desperate to sell. But maybe Staveley is not desperate to buy. She might want to see how the fraud enquiry plays out and what happens to us in the league I will buy in the summer if the club is not relegated or the fraud enquiry does not lead to a similar demotion. They could kick us out you know if found guilty. Why should she hurry?.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #37

    Manxpie for goodness sake man tell me what guarantee have you that the powerhouse mitrovic, scorer of a handful of goals over several seasons , will turn our game around? Did he save us from relegation?

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  • manxpie

    Nov 4, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki im just laughing as you said that me saying it cant be any worse with mitro in is ridiculous and then you say with your own magic that it would be “very likely” the same if mitro had had the same run of games

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