Newcastle United v Bournemouth

Newcastle United v Bournemouth

Newcastle United v Bournemouth

It was inswinging corner from Andrew Surman and it was simple enough for The Cherries, as Cook rose highest and his bullet header past Elliot sent both the Bournemouth bench and away section into complete euphoria. "We were second best in the first half but we upped our game", Bournemouth boss Howe told BBC Sport.

Newcastle lacked fluency and accuracy as they tried to regain their momentum, with Bournemouth's menace on the break growing, and a diving Elliot had to pluck a firm Marc Pugh header out of the air from King's cross.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has praised his side for pulling off "a huge win" at Newcastle United this afternoon.

Newcastle made all of the early running and former Bournemouth winger Ritchie's 25-yard effort drew a fine fingertip save from Asmir Begovic.

The hosts did have the ball in the back of the net in when Ritchie's terrific, bending effort struck the post and was followed in by Gayle, who was - perhaps harshly - ruled offside.

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot tipped over a 35th-minute header from Callum Wilson.

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It was with some surprise then that his selection saw him opt to start last season's leading scorer Gayle alongside Joselu, who has been employed as a lone frontman since his summer arrival on Tyneside.

It had been a good start to life back in the Premier League for the Magpies as they headed into this clash inside the top-ten in the Premier League, but with fixtures against Manchester United and Chelsea coming up they realisedHowe's side would be a great chance to get some points on the board and that showed in their relentlessness inside the opening 20 minutes.

Arsenal icon Paul Merson has revealed he was "disappointed" with Newcastle's defeat to Burnley on Monday night, but still expects Rafael Benitez's side to beat Bournemouth this weekend.

The Magpies are now ninth in the league standings and they have performed particularly well at St James' Park of late, winning three and drawing one of their last four top-flight games on home soil.

"We've scored six goals, that's not enough and we've not been potent enough in the final third".

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