Bournemouth 2-0 Newcastle: Dominic Solanke’s second-half double downs Eddie Howe’s injury-hit visitors as crucial victory propels the Cherries out of the drop zone
- Bournemouth moved out the bottom three after beating Eddie Howe’s Newcastle
- Dominic Solanke made the breakthrough before notching his brace with a flick
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Unless Eddie Howe walked under a few ladders, shattered some mirrors or crossed paths with those Black Cats down the road, Newcastle’s manager will be wondering what he did to tempt the Gods into bestowing such bad luck upon his team.
So depleted were Newcastle, they had a 17-year-old called Lewis Miley making his first Premier League start in midfield and an 18-year-old debutant by the name of Ben Parkinson as a striker.
Miguel Almiron hobbled off with a hamstring complaint to take their list of injured to 10, not including Sandro Tonali and Bruno Guimaraes, both suspended for this trip which saw Howe return to his former home.
Yet while Newcastle wallow in their own misfortune, Bournemouth deserve credit. They took full advantage of a team trying to limp its way into the international break.
If not for Nick Pope, they would have had many more than Dominic Solanke’s two goals to show for their positive performance.
Dominic Solanke scored twice as Bournemouth defeated Newcastle 2-0 at Vitality Stadium
Frontman Solanke crashed home the opening goal at the near post to punish the Magpies
The victory propelled Andoni Iraola’s side out of the drop zone and three points clear of 18th
This was a big boost for Bournemouth’s scrap for survival this season – the perfect response to last week’s 6-1 loss to Manchester City. They played what was in front of them and deserved the win.
Newcastle’s medical team is going to be busy over this upcoming break. Their list of absentees for this trip was so severe that you could practically field an XI out of it.
It would involve a back four of Javi Manquillo, Dan Burn, Sven Botman and Matt Targett; a midfield three of Tonali, Guimaraes and Elliot Anderson; a front three of Jacob Murphy, Alexander Isak and Harvey Barnes.
There was no homecoming for Callum Wilson, either. He was nursing a tight hamstring after that midweek Champions League defeat by Borussia Dortmund.
Newcastle’s injury crisis meant Miley became their youngest-ever Premier League starter at 17 while the substitutes’ bench was loaded with three youngsters in Amadou Diallo, Alex Murphy and Parkinson.
As if they could smell the blood of their wounded, Bournemouth seized upon Newcastle from the get-go as Pope was needed twice within two minutes. First to deny Ryan Christie’s rocket after Marcus Tavernier’s cut-back.
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Neto 7; Aarons 7 (Sinisterra 68, 6), Zabarnyi 7, Senesi 7, Kelly 7; Christie 7, Cook 7.5; Tavernier 7.5 (Rothwell 90), Semenyo 7.5 (Ouattara 81), Kluivert 7 (Smith 68, 6); Solanke 8.5
Subs not used: Travers, Kerkez, Mepham, Brooks, Traore
Scorers: Solanke (60, 73)
Booked: Cook, Senesi
Manager: Andoni Iraola 7.5
Newcastle (4-3-3): Pope 7.5; Trippier 6, Lascelles 6, Schar 6, Hall 5.5 (Livramento 45, 6.5); Longstaff, Miley 6.5 (Parkinson 66, 6.5), Willock 6 (Krafth 90); Almiron 6 (Ritchie 31, 6), Gordon 6, Joelinton 6
Subs not used: Dubravka, Gillespie, Dummett, Diallo, Murphy
Manager: Eddie Howe 6
Referee: Chris Kavanagh 6
Solanke flicked home his second goal with aplomb after Luis Sinisterra’s header hit the post
The striker was congratulated by Ryan Christie after capping off a superb home performance
Antoine Semenyo was lively and dragged an effort wide of the target after bursting through
Then to stop Antoine Semenyo’s shot from nestling in the bottom-right corner where it seemed to belong.
Newcastle created a chance of their own, Sean Longstaff’s shot moving in the air before Neto tipped it over.
But it was Bournemouth who were in charge of this game, Andoni Iraola having demanded nothing less than this robust response after their 6-1 loss to Manchester City.
After 11 minutes, Semenyo’s terrific ball over the top found Solanke. Only Pope stood between him and the lead, but Solanke took so long to shoot that Jamaal Lascelles was allowed to recover in time to produce a sensational sliding block.
When Fabian Schar dropped down injured, Newcastle feared the worst. Thankfully, he carried on. Yet when Miguel Almiron called for medical attention after feeling his hamstring, he needed substituting.
The latest addition to their long list of absentees, Almiron was replaced by Matt Ritchie, who received a warm welcome from Bournemouth’s supporters after three years here.
Miguel Almiron added to Newcastle’s injury crisis after suffering an apparent hamstring issue
Jamal Lascelles forced Cherries goalkeeper Neto into a strong stop after nodding toward goal
Eddie Howe will be ruing his side’s injury misfortune after the hosts searching for more goals
Iraola bagged his second win at the helm of the south coast club before the international break
Pope was crucial to it remaining goalless. He denied Justin Kluivert’s smart strike and Christie’s bouncing drive before Semenyo dragged his shot wide ahead of half-time.
After the break, Kieran Trippier’s wide free-kick evaded every head in the Bournemouth box but needed scrambling away by Neto.
Newcastle may have been limping towards the international break, but they had decided to give it a go in this second half. In the 60th minute, however, Bournemouth led 1-0.
It started with Joe Willock trying to intercept the ball but serving only to knock it behind Newcastle’s back line. Solanke pounced on it quicker than Schar and Tino Livramento, pummelling his shot as Pope was beaten at his near post.
In the 66th minute, Miley was replaced by Parkinson, the 18-year-old striker. Become the hero and it would be a long time before he would have to buy his own drink in Newcastle again.
Yet it was Bournemouth who scored next, making it 2-0 when Solanke flicked in a goalmouth scramble. While the home support celebrated at full-time, Newcastle’s away end applauded their team, fully aware of the injury crisis that has hit their club.
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