Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle: Last minute stunner rescues deserved point

It wasn’t pretty at times, with the wind swirling around on the south-coast, but it was a game we deserved something from – and a late Matt Ritchie strike gave us exactly that.

On reflection, it was a game Rafa may be frustrated not to have won given we went in at the break 0-1 up, courtesy of a perfectly placed free kick from Rondon (his 10th goal of the season), but it’s a great point in the end.

The penalty conceded was soft and King’s second was avoidable, but it was another game where our never say die attitude was on display for all to see once again – whether it be Dummett clearing off the line or our relentless pressure late on resulting in Ritchie’s last gasp equaliser:

Dummett was our man of the match for me, defending superbly throughout, Lejeune showed his class on the ball, Fernandez didn’t struggle in the main but was arguably at fault for both goals and both Diame and Hayden did a solid job in the middle – even if we did miss the ball player to create that link between midfield and attack. Almiron and Perez were a little quiet, but their movement allowed Ritchie and Yedlin to have some joy down the flanks

Here’s how the table looks after today’s results:



Elsewhere there was only two other games today, with Burnley in the last minute at home to Leicester and Huddersfield surrendering a 3-1 lead to lose 4-3 at West Ham.

Here’s our next 5 fixtures, with us facing a trip to the Emirates two weeks on Monday, followed by a Arsenal away on the 1st April following the international break:

  • Arsenal (A)
  • Palace (H)
  • Leicester (A)
  • Southampton (H)
  • Brighton (A)

A good point and one that takes us into the international break 7 points clear (practically 8 with goal difference factored in) of Cardiff in third bottom.

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86 thoughts on “Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle: Last minute stunner rescues deserved point

  1. Was Pickford actually EVER any good? When Sunderland were relegated they let in 69 goals FFS. Some said they would have conceded 100 if not for Pickford. But would they? He was a good shot stopper and that would give him good Youtube clips video. I didn’t watch many of their games but he was like he is now, tentative on crosses and made a few basic errors. All of this was hidden by the shotstopping highlight reel saves and his trademark 60 yard kicks upfield.

    There is no hiding now, but as usual, the pundits will not say it until it is too late. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes he makes for Everton he is entrenched as England’s number 1 until, inevitably, he makes a calamitous error in an important game.

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  2. So Dummett is on the bench for Wales. Good for us, but I find it hard to believe that they have a better left back and central defender than Dummett. Has Giggs watched any NUFC games in the last couple of years? Why doesn’t he have a word with Rafa? Maybe he has and Rafa said Paul wasn’t fit enough for 2 games in 4 days?

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  3. Eric Sykes:
    Was Pickford actually EVER any good? When Sunderland were relegated they let in 69 goals FFS. Some said they would have conceded 100 if not for Pickford. But would they? He was a good shot stopper and that would give him good Youtube clips video. I didn’t watch many of their games but he was like he is now, tentative on crosses and made a few basic errors. All of this was hidden by the shotstopping highlight reel saves and his trademark 60 yard kicks upfield.

    There is no hiding now, but as usual, the pundits will not say it until it is too late. It doesn’t matter how many mistakes he makes for Everton he is entrenched as England’s number 1 until, inevitably, he makes a calamitous error in an important game.

    He’s crap mate, needs more to his game than shot stopping , he believes in his own hype too, never a good thing .

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  4. So Schars tongue was stuck down his throat whilst he lay unconscious and opposition player Ananidze had to free it. And they still let him play on 😯

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  5. Ryder did an article on how players who left in the summer are doing. He didn’t give much insight (surprise) but gave some stats. It is difficult to say whether they have found their level or maybe deserved a little bit more time.

    Ivan Toney is at Peterboro in League 1 and has 19 goals. With that sort of return you would expect him to be playing in The Championship next year.

    Adam Armstrong. According to Ryder is playing well on the wing and has 8 goals from there. Was Championship player of the month in January. I am not saying it was a mistake, but maybe he deserved another loan? And then we might have got a bigger fee?

    Jack Colback. Seems to be doing well at Forest on loan but fell out with Rafa and there is no road back. I always thought that Colback was top 6 Championship/bottom 6 PL standard in terms of his ability and definitely the effort he puts in. He just gives away cheap fouls on the edge of the box which makes him a liability so I won’t be sad to see him leave.

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  6. Why wouldn’t we make any loans to the Mackems? Our players wouldn’t even have to move digs. I have heard that way back when there used to be transfers between the 2 clubs (and Lee Clark 🙂 ). But if the players aren’t Geordies I don’t see why we wouldn’t help them out when they are down on their luck.

    One of their Chancer owners said some disparaging things about NUFC but he would sharp change his tune if we helped out his cause.

    It is actually quite funny when the Mackems make fun of NUFC when they are in the situation they are. How can they have such little self-awareness? I a not just talking about League 1, I am talking their financial situation.

    And if they don’t get promoted the Chancer might be gone anyway. Ellis Short has a lien on the parachute payment whether they get promoted or not. I wonder if his generosity would extend to writing that off so they could stay in business? Bolton are close to the abyss so it is not beyond possibility that The Mackems could go into Administration.

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  7. Everton have let in 42 goals this season and are 11th. That seems about the right level for Pickford and it is hard to bump him with his main competition being at Burnley and Stoke. For comparison we have conceded 40.

    But the stat that stands out is that Burnley have let in 59. Mostly on Joe Hart’s watch but their form hasn’t been that great under Heaton recently. If they go down it will mean the 2 England backups in The Championship. It is better to be lucky than good Jordan!

    Another thing is that Hart’s fall from grace shows what can happen. I think he was OK at one time but his confidence is shot and the pundits had him top 5 in the world at one point. I have said it many times, but they are sheep and never speak out until it is as plain as the nose on Phil Thomson’s face that something is amiss.

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  8. I read a bit about Brexit but not living in the UK it is not in my face the whole time. I am sure this has been said many times but this is my take on it.

    Cameron is a pompous overconfident fool who overplayed his hand and should have insisted on a two thirds majority to leave.

    The media then overplayed their cards and made it look like the vote to remain was a slam dunk.

    So, I am sure that there was a protest vote for Leave and also a lot of Remains didn’t bother to vote.

    If there is a second vote, I am sure it would be overturned so I have no idea what Theresa May is playing at. Her own political games? But after this total mishandling of the situation she will go down as one of the worst “leaders” of all time, along with Chamberlain.

    Sorry to bring politics onto a football blog but nobody else (kimtoon exceped) is writing anything 🙂

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  9. I am absolutely sick of seeing articles on Spurs’ new stadium. I did learn something though. Spurs are expecting an extra 50 million a year from the new stadium (100 million, up from 50 million). The maths doesn’t add up in the short term and they will have no money for new players and are totally dependent on The Champions League which they are far from guaranteed to qualify for. I think they are in danger of dropping out of the top 6.

    Some easy Maths: Stadium cost 1 billion and lets say the interest rate on a loan is 8% which means 80 million a year. But that isn’t paying off the loan. You would probably have to double that to pay it off on a 15 year mortgage. So, in the short term the stadium will cost them about 100 million a year compared to keeping the old one.

    Where will that come from if they don’t get extra revenue? Player sales and not buying replacements.

    They have a massive advantage in the long run by being in London but I think they will end up like Arsenal who won nothing in the 10 years after they built their ground. There is more competition now and Arsenal’s stadium cost 400 million so Spurs may even be worse off.

    In all of the fawning in the press about a craft beer brewery and Michelin starred chefs in the restaurants I haven’t seen anybody actually look at the numbers and what they may mean if Spurs lose Kane, Poch and European football. All highly possible and maybe probable.

    Another [email protected] from the London based press over a London team.

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  10. And football isn’t like American sports which last 3 and a half hours and have delays built in. Yer average punter is not going to turn up an hour early to pay 10 quid a pint and they are not going to be standing at the bar whilst the game is going on which can happen at American sports because the action is so slow and interrupted.

    I have been to many American sports stadia and the experience is much different. More women and families for one thing and a lot of “fans” more interested in selfies than the game. It just doesn’t translate to football, whatever Levy thinks.

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  11. When Arsenal finished Ashburton Grove I said on another blog that it would hold them back for 10 years. It has, but they have also let a lot of upstarts catch up as well. They are generating a fortune now but there is a lot more competition.

    Imagine what might have been? We had a headstart with a completed ground and could have made some improvements at not a lot of cost. Now the gate receipts are but a small fraction of total income. I think ours is about 20%.

    Spurs WAS 20% ish at White Hart Lane. Now it will be nearer 30 or 35%. But if they do not qualify for the CL League they may as well have not built it because it will not make up for that lost revenue.

    I really think there is a chance they will fall out of the top 6 in the short term because their whole model is built on Champions League.

    The only alternative is to sell the club to someone with even deeper pockets and less scruples. That may have been the plan all along.

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