Saturday’s draw was another opportunity lost as Newcastle have lost points at home for the second straight match. The lads just couldn’t solve Bournemouth’s stubborn defending and have again failed to score from open play.
The absences of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin continue to plague the attack. Alexander Isak, who took his penalty very well, is still learning to play in this system and with his new teammates. He was a passenger for large swathes of the afternoon.
Newcastle did get Bruno Guimaraes back. The playmaker started and lasted 70 minutes in his first start in four weeks. Bruno was a little rusty but still managed to complete 90% of his over 60 passes and make 5 tackles. Though to Bournemouth’s credit, very few of his passes unlocked our opponent’s backline.
After the match, Bruno expressed his disappointment with the result. He’ll jet off to Brazil for two friendlies against Ghana and Tunisia but should be back to his best for Fulham in October. With any luck, Callum and Allan will be ready as well.
Here is what Bruno as published in The Shields Gazette:
“I am feeling better and okay. Of course, this was my first game after injury and after 20 days.
“I did my best to be ready as soon as possible. I was at the club working to be fit morning, afternoon and night. So I am happy and thankful to the physios for helping me a lot. Now I try to re-find my rhythm.
“That is normal when you are injured but I think I have not played good but not bad either, an average game.
“It was frustrating and once again we have lost two points at home. We are disappointed.
“We tried but it was not good enough. We must now try to enjoy our time but when we come back look at other options to change the game but we are disappointed overall.”
Bruno also revealed that his hamstring injury actually occurred against Manchester City despite his cameo a few days later at Tranmere. He didn’t realize he was injured until it was too late and potentially did more damage. This was his explanation of his injury:
“I was injured in the Man City game. I tried to play in the Tranmere game.
“When I needed to run, I felt it a lot. For me, I thought I was just tired and I didn’t know I was even injured. After the Tranmere game, I spoke to the doctor and I wanted a scan. When we saw the scan we thought it [the injury] was small but it was big.
“When you are injured you are resting the muscle and it is always difficult to know what is happening. But now the most important thing is, I am fit.”