Newcastle have managed to win two games in a row as they narrowly edge Bournemouth 2-1 at St James Park. It was another nervy end to the game but Newcastle claim all three points.
Both sides came out unchanged from the 1-1 first half. Newcastle continued in the same vein as they closed the first half by asking questions of the Bournemouth defense.
It came early for Newcastle this time as in the 52nd minute, Newcastle’s Ciaran Clark got his second goal in as many games.
It was a similar corner routine to the one last week, which saw a goal from Fede Fernandez. This time Fernandez had his shot blocked, but Ciaran Clark was able to get a touch as the ball dribbled into the back of the net.
Newcastle continued to play very well after the goal as they were well set up for the counter. They held their defensive shape as Bournemouth created the odd chance. But Newcastle were very threatening when they had the ball at their feet.
It was similar scenes to last weekend as Shelvey sent Allan Saint-Maximin clear in the 77th minute. His pace was otherworldly as he blew by the Bournemouth defender, but Ramsdale was able to make a good play on the ball. The ball rebounded to a charging Almiron whose shot struck a supine Saint-Maximin in front of goal. What do they have to do to score?
Joelinton made way for Andy Carroll in the 82nd minute. It was another frustrating shift for the Brazilian who didn’t take the few chances he got. Though he battled hard when on the ball and put in a shift defensively.
Allan Saint-Maximin made way to a standing ovation for Christian Atsu in the 89th minute. It was an unbelievable performance again from Saint-Maximin who today at least got an assist if not that elusive goal.
Of course, referee Martin Atkinson allotted six minutes of stoppage time. Bournemouth had a glorious chance in the final minute from a corner but Newcastle managed to see out the game and claim the points.
Make no mistake about it, this win is massive. The lads managed to keep their composure and come from behind against a very good Bournemouth team. Newcastle are now in 11th place on 15 points and just 2 behind Sheffield United in 5th.