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These Were Newcastle’s Three Best Players At Bournemouth

Three players were easily our best players in the hard-fought 2-2 draw at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday against a solid Bournemouth side.

The two goalscorers, Salomon Rondon and Matt Ritchie, and captain for the day – local lad Paul Dummett.

The two goals were both scored in stoppage time – one before half time (Salomon Rondon) and then in stoppage time at the end of the game (Matt Ritchie) and they were both superb strikes.

And you can see why Rafa Benitez is such a fan of Paul Dummett who makes very few mistakes and the defense always looks better with Paul playing.

And his clearance off the line when the score was still 1-1 was fantastic.

Salomon Rondon after scoring just before half time

Matt Ritchie had an excellent game, and he couldn’t help but celebrate his last gasp equalizer against his former club – but of course, he meant no disrespect.

He’s always praising Bournemouth as an excellent football club, and they are now fully established in the Premier League.

But it’s Salomon Rondon who wins our Man of the Match award with 32% of the vote followed by Dummett (26%) and then Ritchie (23%).

And a mention for Isaac Hayden who is next in line as he continues to look such an improved player since he came back into the starting line-up in December.

We really hope he can stay with Newcastle in the summer and can sort out the family difficulties he has at the moment.

It was a good team performance from the lads – who simply never give up in any game.

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12 comments so far

  • NY Mag

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #1


    No – I think it’s a hugely significant amount

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2019 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Ok so just to steer us back on to football-related talk for a moment…. with the situation regarding Hayden, and an ageing Diame going off the boil with regard to our central defensive options I was wondering wasn’t Picasso more of a Cubist than Surrealist?

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #3

    There was a reason we ‘lacked spark’ going forward and that’s because we didn’t have any creativity in midfield.
    Diame and Hayden are both grafters, they win the ball back, usually for their more creative partner to distribute. That would normally be someone like Longstaff or Shelvey. If you play these two together, it will always have a detrimental effect going forward.
    Even so, we scored two, although the second came after Shelvey came on. The first came from cutting the midfield out, with Miggy running with the ball box to box as they say. Be interesting to see how we set up at The Emirates next time around.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #4

    By the way, I’m not 58 and I use a wheelchair because I’m disabled. If that offends anybody, tough titty. 🙂

  • Mindshaft

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #5

    From BBC
    UK consumers are spending close to £69 on a night out on average, according to a report which monitors changes in the evening and late night business sector…

    I’d imagine thats 20 quid on a night out in toon and 120 in London

  • Tsunki

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Been away a few days but I see you’ve all been quite capable of rustling up your own entertainment. 😐

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Iker Casillas has said on Twitter that we are his favourite English team.


  • geordietom

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #8


    you keep doing what YOUR doing mate …

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Then tony cascarino raving about rondon saying he could be a £50m player and play in champions league. Guy must be on a commission for wba.

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Personally I’m not a fan of playing two defensive minded midfielders together. Hayden and Diame can distribute the ball, but their strengths are winning the ball back and breaking up the opposition’s midfield. Both a very effective at this part of the game, but neither are truly creative in the fashion of Shelvey or Ki or Longstaff. I’d like to see us try 433, with either two ball winners and one creative, or two creative and one ball winner, depending whether at home of away. Not sure Rafa’s played either before, certainly not here.
    Got to add, it was a wicked cross to pick out Ritchie from the much maligned Yedders. He looked up, saw where he was and instead of putting it in the mix, he planted it perfectly on Ritchie’s boot. Great cross, wonderful finish.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #11

    Tsunki, you’re right, my bad – never was a big art afficionado. I once went to the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. Lots of pictures of sacks of potatoes.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 18, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Bobby I said before the game that I was a bit disappointed with two defensive central midfielders but the end justifies the means.


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