Newcastle United dropped at home by a stoppage time winner for Bournemouth.
Despite playing with more aggressiveness and purpose than they did against Burnley, the final score was the same today another Premier League fixture. Newcastle United again lost 1-0, but this time to Bournemouth, with the lone goal coming in stoppage time.
Matt Ritchie: The winger was full of passion and energy against the Cherries. He helped create chances, especially in the first half.
Rob Elliot: Keeping a clean sheet until stoppage time, Elliot did a great job on a few occasions throughout the match. His reactions were quick, especially to help control the ball, preventing rebound chances.
Jonjo Shelvey: Again without Mikel Merino next to him, Shelvey did the lion-share of distribution today. He took over in the second half of the match, finding Dwight Gayle over the top on a couple of occasions.
Joselu: Shocking, the Spanish striker’s finishing and decision making in the final third was missing. His work rate was decent, but his lack of quality helped keep Newcastle United off the scoreboard.
Jacob Murphy: Despite seeing limited time, he gave the ball away on most of his possessions. He didn’t look comfortable and maybe put too much pressure on himself to make a big play.
-The decision to call Dwight Gayle offside was a close one. It wasn’t an out and out robbery like some Newcastle fans are claiming, but the flag easily could have stayed down.
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-Both Jamaal Lascelles and Christian Atsu left with injuries, but neither was alarming. Atsu’s seemed to be a tweak of his groin, while Lascelles suffered a leg injury. Hopefully, both will be at full fitness after the international break.
-Ciaran Clark’s marking was decent on the match winner, but Steve Cook seemed to want it more and high-pointed the ball.
-The major decision Rafa Benitez will be questioned for is bringing on Ayoze Perez for Joselu, instead of Aleksandar Mitrovic. The home crowd chanted for Mitro and the match seemed to be craving an appearance from the Serbian striker.
-Javier Manquillo was very active, both defensively and in the attack. He sent in a handful of crosses, countered by a similar amount of fouls.
-There was no penalty when DeAndre Yedlin went down in the box, but there was absolutely a foul in the final moments when Cook blatantly pushed Gayle down. That would’ve provided a dangerous free kick chance to the Magpies.
An international break, followed by a tough away fixture against Manchester United.