After being unlucky during the game yesterday, it looked like we would fall to another away defeat at the Vitality Stadium.
In our previous six away games in the league, we have two draws and four defeats since we beat Huddersfield away on 15 December.
We didn’t get the win yesterday in the 2-2 draw, but we did get a good draw with a brilliant equalizer from Matt Ritchie after four minutes of stoppage time.
Rafa was very unhappy with the performance of referee Mike Dean who also lives in the Wirral – which is where Rafa and his wife and two teenage daughters reside.
It was difficult for Matt Ritchie not to celebrate the late equalizer against his former club
But it was Bournemouth’s talented young manager Eddie Howe who lamented after the game on a match lost with the last play of the game:
“It’s a difficult one to take,” “it wasn’t a perfect game from us – we found the first half quite difficult, but it was a much improved second-half display.”
“Until we went 2-1 up, I felt we were the dominant team. Newcastle put pressure on but we defended really well at times and it looked like we were going to see the game out until the ball fell to Matty’s left foot.”
“It’s bizarre how football can find these stories; he’s probably the one player on the pitch we didn’t want the ball to fall to on his left foot as we know how he can strike the ball from distance.”
“I’m sure I speak on behalf of the Bournemouth supporters, when you concede so late in the game and you think the referee’s about to blow.”
“But that’s what makes the game special – it isn’t over, until it’s over.” (Yankees catcher Yogi Berra quote from 1973)
“Matt has got unbelievable quality with that left foot.”
“We’ve seen him score many spectacular goals for us down the years, and that is probably the one person you don’t want the ball to fall to in that moment in the game.
“We’ll analyse the goals and know that we could have done better with both of them.”
“We’ve still got more work to do. We’re still looking above us as well, at the same time trying to catch the teams above us,”
“It’s a good time for us, a two-week break to get some bodies back. We need that.”
“We’ve got some quality players that are not available at the moment and our squad will look a lot stronger when they return.”
Yesterday was similar to our game at Wolves when we were winning 1-0 until Wolves equalized with a goal after 5 minutes of stoppage time and to make things worse it looked like Dubravka had been fouled.
It was the loss of 2 points at the end – as it was for the Cherries yesterday.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
But as Howe says – that’s football for you.
Eddie Howe is not only one of the best young managers around, but he’s also a class act.