“A mahoooooosive win”. That was how Alan Shearer described the win over Watford on Twitter. This weekend he described the Magpies’ result as “A brilliant 3 points”. Yes, another win I know.
Going into the international break with two consecutive home matches, it was clear Newcastle desperately needed to see some positive results in these last two games. Last weekend’s win against Watford did not come easily but the Magpies held off the Hornets to secure their first win. This weekend Salomon Rondon was the star with two important goals to give Newcastle their second consecutive three points.
Rondon’s first came in just the 7th minute. Diame found an overlapping run from Yedlin with a ball over the top of Bournemouth’s defence. Yedlin cut inside the box and drilled the ball into Rondon whose first effort was saved by Begovic but rebounded straight back to the striker who finished with his second attempt. Bournemouth had a penalty claim waved away at 1-0 down after Brooks beat Fernandez to the ball and looked to have been brought down by the defender. Newcastle were arguably lucky to get away with this challenge but would take advantage of it and double their lead before half time.
Ki switched the ball to Kenedy who was open on the left wing. The Brazilian whipped a cross in towards the centre of the Bournemouth box where Rondon beat Ake in the air and put a powerful header into the top corner to the delight of St. James’ Park.
Newcastle almost had a third before half time through Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson. Ki whipped in a free kick from the left which Wilson directed towards his own goal and might have been an own goal if not for a fantastic save from Begovic. At the other end Bournemouth had a similar chance from a free kick. This time Steve Cook connected with the ball but Dubravka managed to tip the ball over the bar. Bournemouth would pull one goal back from the resulting corner, Jefferson Lerma connected with a diving header at the near post with sent the ball high and into the far corner to put Bournemouth back in the game before half time.
Bournemouth would put the ball in the back of Dubravka’s net in the second half but it was ruled out for offside. A corner bypassed everyone in the centre and found Brooks at the back post. His volley was saved by Dubravka and rebounded onto Ake before Gosling fired the ball home from a yard or two out. Gosling had been onside when Brooks struck the ball but correctly flagged offside when the ball hit Ake before landing at his feet.
Rondon had a one-on-one opportunity for his hat-trick late on but Begovic made himself big and saved the strike with his foot.
This weekend’s result is another big stepping stone in the right direction for Newcastle. The Magpies have taken 7 points in their last three games which has lifted the side from bottom of the league into 14th. It’s fair to say Newcastle fans will be hoping for more of the same after the international break.
Newcastle line-up: Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74’), Diame (Atsu 80’), Ki, Kenedy (Clark 78’), Perez, Rondon
Bournemouth line-up: Begovic, Francis, Cook, Ake, Smith (Daniels 30’), Ibe (Defoe 82’), Lerma (Gosling 45’), Cook, Fraser, Brooks, Wilson