In the absence of both Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey yesterday local lad Paul Dummett was the Newcastle captain in what was one of our best results and performances of the season.
An in-form Bournemouth side came to Toon yesterday, and we were much the better team in that first half; two brilliant goals from Salomon Rondon had us 2-1 up at the half.
But it should have been more and the lads spent the second half defending brilliantly and heroically to keep the Cherries at bay.
A fantastic game and result for a gutsy Newcastle side who never gave up when under so much pressure in those final 20 minutes of the game.
Paul Dummett – another much-needed win
This is what a proud Paul Dummett had to say on the Newcastle website after the game:
“From start to finish, we created chances. We did sit back a bit and let them have the ball, but we played some good football, and we caused them problems in the way we played,”
“We knew their weaknesses, and we tried to play to our strengths and their weaknesses. We created a lot of chances, and it could have been more.”
“The full team worked really hard together defending and attacking to make sure we won the game, especially when they were pushing for another goal towards the end.”
“Last week, a win was much-needed, and this was the same – especially before the game when we saw that Cardiff had won as well because they’re obviously one of our rivals in the position we’re in.”
“But to get back to back wins in the Premier League is difficult. It’s nervy when you’re winning 2-1 because one little mistake or one drop in the box to them can result in a goal.”
“But I don’t think we ever felt like we were under loads of pressure to concede, and I think that’s because of the way we are – we work hard together as a team to make sure we’re like that.”
“It’s really positive that we got the result going into the international break, and it’ll give us confidence going into the next game after it.”
“I thought he (Rondon) was fantastic today,” “Every ball we put up to him, he held it up, and he brought other players into play.”
“He stretched them in behind, he was strong, and I thought the all-round performance was brilliant.
“I’m delighted for him to get his two goals, because it has been a difficult season for us, and he’s had his injuries.”
“But he showed today why the manager brought him to the club, and hopefully he can keep on producing those performances for us.”
After the impressive performances of Ki and Schar yesterday it’s difficult to see how they can be dropped for our next game at Burnley after the International break.
Both Jamaal Lascelles andJonjo Shelvey should be fit again for that game.
Rafa said he wanted players to step up and give him some selection problems.
He’s got them now.