Newcastle put in another tremendous overall performance today with their new-look side.
Fernandez and Schar again partnered in central defense and their experience and strong defensive play was there for all to see.
The classy South Koren Ki had another strong game in the middle of the park.
He gives us something different in midfield and his cross-field ball to Kenedy on the left wing after 40 minutes set up the second goal.
A perfect Kenedy center was headed home in style and speed by Salomon Rondon – similar to the Shearer headed goals of old.
Rondon looked terrific with two goals in the first half, and in the second half he held up the ball brilliantly and drew some fouls to take the pressure off an overworked Newcastle defense.
The news is that Ashley wanted a younger striker brought in last summer, but they don’t have the experience and know-how that Rondon showed in spades today.
We now understand why Rafa wants Rondon at Newcastle.
Paul Dummett congratulates Salomon Rondon
It was just a little bit nerve-racking in that second half – it was real end-to-end stuff and great entertainment for the neutral observer, if not for the fans.
But our supporters continued to roar on the lads.
And the way we held out in those last 25 minutes or so showed guts galore from the players in black and white stripes.
It’s similar to the back to the wall effort last week to preserve the 1-0 lead against Watford.
This Newcastle team is starting to look like a real Rafa Benitez side.
And today after Rondon’s two goals we had chances to get a third and maybe a fourth goal before Lerma scored for the visitors just before halftime.
If we keep playing like this, we will soon score a lot of goals in one game: the confidence of our players has flooded back after last week’s first win of the season.
A heartwarming display today from Newcastle against a very good Bournemouth side.