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    Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle United Match Report. Elliot heroics secure victory for Newcastle.


    By Ryan Carter. Twitter: @TheRyanJCarter.

    Newcastle United survived a Bournemouth assault to take the points in a 1-0 win at Dean Park.

    The Magpies scored with their only shot on target of the game through Ayoze Perez and were then made to endure endless chances created by the home side.

    But a combination of bad luck for Bournemouth and outstanding goalkeeping from Rob Elliot saw Steve McClaren’s side pick up their first away win in the league since January.

    Victory also means the North East side climb out of the relegation zone and Bournemouth take their place in the bottom three.


    The Cherries’ first test for Elliot came courtesy of Josh King, who picked up the ball and fired an effort at goal from the edge of the area.

    But the striker’s attempt was well saved by 
    Newcastle’s man between the posts and the resulting corner came to nothing.

    There were questions over whether or not the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper would be fit for the game but Steve McClaren will be so glad he was able to select the experienced shot-stopper.

    King gained possession of the football again and had the chance to run towards the Newcastle goal, after Chancel Mbemba failed to control a pass from Vurnon Anita.

    But the player was bested by Elliot, who reacted quickly to rush out and do enough to put off the confident forward.



    Bournemouth could have been awarded a penalty moments later, when Fabricio Coloccini appeared to drag the troublesome King to ground.

    The forward’s theatrical fall to try and convince referee Lee Mason did not result in a spot-kick however to the disbelief of the home crowd.

    King and Elliot continued their battle just after the 20 minute mark, as the Bournemouth striker used his pace to get passed Coloccini and test the Newcastle goalkeeper yet again but Elliot was again equal to the strike.


    The was no doubt who the better team was in the opening minutes, as Howe’s side showed the level of grit and determination which saw them gain promotion to the Premier League last season.

    But despite Bournemouth’s dominance, it was the visitors who found the back of the net to open the scoring.

    Gini Wijnaldum flicked the ball forward towards Ayoze Perez, who then fired a low effort at goal.

    Adam Federici got a hand to the strike but could not stop the ball from going passed him into the bottom corner and a stunned crowd watched on in disbelief as Newcastle went 1-0 in front.



    The hosts responded immediately to going behind and it was King again who was asked questions of the Magpies.

    Matt Ritchie whipped in a free-kick from out wide and it was King who rose highest and met the cross, but his effort was again saved by Elliot who got down quick enough to prevent the equaliser.

    Dan Gosling was playing against the club who let him go following a poor spell at St James’ Park and he came closer than anyone in the first half to finding the back of the net for Bournemouth.

    The former Newcastle man headed a cross at the far post and looked ready to start celebrating but Elliot was in inspiring form and he again provided a crucial stop.


    Bournemouth continued to push forward but to no avail, as the referee blew the half time whistle and somehow it was the visiting team who held the lead going in at the break.

    Eddie Howe would have been scratching his head in the dressing room, desperately trying to work out what exactly his team needed to do to get the better of Rob Elliot in the second half.

    His team continued to look strong as the teams returned to the field and they created another great scoring chance 30 seconds into the second half.

    Ritchie sent a bullet header towards goal but again Elliot was there to tip it over the crossbar.



    Chances continued to fall for Bournemouth and still the players failed to score, the worst miss of the game coming when Ritchie’s cross could not be turned in by either King or Gosling, before Junior Stanislas fired over from eight yards.

    The Cherries had another penalty shout waved away by Lee Mason when Mbemba shoved Andrew Surman to ground in the area but it would have been harsh against the away side.

    Howe rang in the changes late in the half, as his side desperately searched for the goal to level the scores but Newcastle were sitting deep and looked harder and harder to break down with time ticking down.

    Bournemouth were given late hope to find their goal, as the game entered injury time and the fourth official raised his board for six minutes added time, leaving McClaren furious with the decision on the touchline.

    The last chance for the hosts fell to Ritchie on the edge of the box but his effort was sliced horribly wide and Newcastle could finally breathe a sigh of relief as the game came to an end and the win was there’s.

    The Premier League takes a break next weekend, as the stars of England’s top division leave to represent their home nations during the international break.

    When they return, Newcastle will face a tough test as they prepare to host an impressive Leicester City side, while Bournemouth travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea.


    Player Ratings:

    Newcastle United

    Rob Elliot: 9

    Daryl Janmaat: 6

    Fabricio Coloccini: 5

    Chancel Mbemba: 5

    Paul Dummett: 6

    Cheick Tiote: 5

    Vurnon Anita: 6

    Gini Wijnaldum: 6

    Moussa Sissoko: 6

    Ayoze Perez: 7

    Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6

    Subs: Cisse: 5, Thauvin: 6, Mbabu: 6


    Bournemouth:

    Adam Federici: 5, Adam Smith: 7, Simon Francis: 6, Sylvain Distin: 6, Charlie Daniels: 6, Matt Ritchie: 8, Andrew Surman: 7, Dan Gosling: 7, Junior Stanislas: 7, Harry Arter: 6, Josh King: 8.

    Subs: Tomlin: 6, Kermorgant: 6, Rantie: 6.
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