Smash and grab! Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle

Perez celebrates
Perez celebrates
A Rob Elliot inspired Newcastle managed to rob three points from Bournemouth in the early kick-off today.

A rare away victory for United lifts them out of the relegation zone ahead of the international break ensuring that the Toon Army make the long trip home with at least something to show for it.

Just a week after bemoaning the performance of Jack Butland for Stoke it is now us who should be thankful for a goalkeeping masterclass provided by Elliot between the stick who pulled off a number of important saves and generally dealt with anything that was thrown at him. And in fairness there was quite a lot thrown at him.

There have been times where we’ve performed really well as a team but have had to settle for nothing or little from the game but today was a polar opposite of that. In truth we were awful, Bournemouth bossed it by showing tremendous energy and a willingness to attack with pace but they were unable to find the back of the net whilst we did. That was the difference today. Isn’t football a funny old game?

I can’t recall many of the attempts that Bournemouth had, and that’s not me being ignorant it’s more a case of they had so many to choose from.

Meanwhile United struggled to make any real impact in the game with only a well-worked goal from Ayoze Perez after good combination work between Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum gave the Spaniard a sight at goal which is all he needed to put us in front. The other chance of note was a header by Fabricio Coloccini which went narrowly over the bar.

Make no bones about it, we were bad today but you have to give credit to Bournemouth for their hard work which had a hand in us being so bad. They pressed us all game long and despite running out of steam right at the death they made it exceptionally hard for us to find any sort of rhythm or build any sort of move. People will focus on us being bad without giving credit to a side that has cause pretty much everyone they’ve faced so far a hard time.

But the important thing is tree points. During the week the consensus was that we’re playing better but it didn’t really matter as we were getting nothing to show for it. Well today we got the exact opposite, isn’t that what people wanted?

Howay the lads!

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134 thoughts on “Smash and grab! Bournemouth 0-1 Newcastle

  1. DJG – I am not sure you can honestly say we ‘picked them off’ yesterday. They get picked off against the better sides but against us they were just punished by their own lack of cutting edge and they were also unlucky in that we scored from our only effort on goal.

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  2. Pards is giving Liverpool a wake up call. He attempted a high five with one of his coaches though and missed.

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  3. Looks like the start of Palace’s much predicted fall in the league has started after Pardews early positive influence… 😯

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  4. Stuart: I don’t have anything against Ugly John and Lee apart from the fact that they are both bad at their jobs. Hopefully Carvs will disappear to MLS but not Chicago. Lee should take some writing classes, and not from his mentors Alan Oliver and John Gibson. His writing skills are those of an 8 year old and he always backtracks on what he says. It is all in writing in the Newspaper and online Lee, you can’t just say **** and then pretend you didn’t.

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  5. Stuart: do you think Ryder is good at what he does? He used to do those live interactions with fans on The Chronicle website and was a **** to most of them who were asking serious questions. He never does any actual journalism and repeats the same article week after week. He also cheer leaded for Carver and then forgets he ever did it. I hope you asked to move seats. And Ugly John was probably telling the Stewardesses how it was never his fault that NUFC were so bad under his control.

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  6. Oh Fkin hell. Have you seen the goal Neymar scored yesterday? They just showed it on TV here and it was a good as that Gascoigne goal for England.

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  7. Eric – I don’t really know how to rate a journo’s at their jobs. He’s been at the a chronicle a while so he must be reasonable I imagine.

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  8. ERIC SYKES
    <<<<<<<<<<< will stick with corals bud at least with them i dint need a super long leg to stamp on his head if he dint pay out 😉

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  9. We had lots of shots from the edge of the box against Sunderland and lots of corners. We didn’t score though. Apart from the Gosling header how many of their chances were just wild shots from outside the box? It looks good for the cameras but it very rarely comes off, apart from that one they scored against Sunderland. When we needed to we produced some quality to pick them off, they were unable to produce that sort of quality and that’s why they didn’t score. Distain had some great chances but couldn’t hit the target. The lad who took it wide and then shot at Elliot from an angle didn’t have the confidence to hit it first time.

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  10. Ryder is the Chief Sports Writer at The Chronicle and that is my point. He is **** at what he does and still has his job. He should have been sacked years ago because he is **** at what he does. I will say it again – Lee Ryder is not a journalist because he is **** at what he does.

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  11. And I will say this again – if you want to read what a real writer says, read Barney Ronay in The Guardian. Clever, insightful, quick witted. Not DULL, REPETITIVE, BORING and above all else nasty to NUFC fans like Ryder is.

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  12. Eric that was a very nice goal. I see Suarez set him up. Is it possible that Suarsez is much better than anybody in England ever realised? Compete nutter yes but he carried Liverpool all on his own.

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  13. Sissoko is one cheeky mother ****er if that’s true he’s wanting 100k per week – he’s not doing enough to warrant 100k a month at the moment for me like!!.
    I’ve grown pretty tired of the hype surrounding him now to be honest. With Theo & Ox out injured and Chelsea maybe needing to freshen things up, maybe it could be time to sell the lad. I’d love to get Jesse Lingard in personally, but I’d be more than happy with Townsend as I reckon he’d be desperate to prove himself and try to get into that England squad.

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  14. Sharpy, I’d let him go. He has two good games and then just stops being arsed. He was atrocious yesterday, although he wasn’t on his own but he looked one lazy *******! He doesn’t really want to be here so get rid and get Townsend. He’d give the team a lot more and he’s English.

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  15. Stu – he certainly wasn’t the alone mate, you’re right there mate. He is infuriating coz on his game like Norwich, he can create chances for fun. But all too often we get games like yesterday – even if we got something somewhere in the middle on a regular basis then I’d be happy. But we don’t and you’re right, it looks more like laziness and disinterest than lack of ability. I think Townsend would be a great fit for us, but Lingard has something too – but he seems to be getting his chance at Utd now so think that one might have gone. There was talk of Utd recalling Janazi from Dortmund as he’s not getting game time there – I reckon we could offer a decent loan deal with game time in Jan.

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  16. I don’t think Sissoko’s worth 100 grand a week then again I don’t think any player should be on that much money.

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  17. Newkie’s Alestars go 4pts clear of the pelaton, who are very closely knit. But surely Alestars have to play somebody in the top half of the league at some time.

    1 Alestars 28
    2 Born Winner FC 24
    3 Balotellitubbies 24
    4 Puff Puff Pass 24
    5 Dubai Toon United 24
    6 Joshua 24
    7 Newbriscastle Roar 22
    8 Natalie Sawyer Fan 21
    9 Macas Pony and Trap 20

    Hitman’s army joins the bottom feeders after being the early pacesetters, and Inter Yasista move out the loser league for the first time this season – but, wait, they play Alestars next game.

    16 Shteves Shcitty 12
    17 hitmans army 12
    18 Axel’s cloggs 12
    19 Aussie Mags 9
    20 CC FC 3

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  18. LVG says Lingard isn’t the most speedy winger in the world – I have a solution. They can take Obertan back (he’s rapid) and we can take Lingard off his hands?!

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  19. Sharpy – am I the only one that thinks LVG is crap? Maybe he’ll fancy Obertan . . . or Marv. Or . . . the list gets too long 🙂

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  20. Can’t see anyone wanting Sissoko really especially if they’ve watched a few games and not just the Norwich one.

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  21. Georgio – not at all mate, I don’t rate the bloke at all. I feel sorry for Moyes coz I think if he had half the money that LVG has wasted there I think he’d have them doing a lot better. Though it looks like Moyes is on the verge of getting the bullet in Spain.

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  22. I think what infuriated me most at the weekend was our midfield. Toite & Anita aren’t good enough and offer nothing offensively and very little defensively. To then have Sissoko & Gini on the wings pretty much took them out the game. Both would have been better option for those central positions, but due to our lack of quality on the wings, they have been pushed out there. Would Colback have made that much difference?, I don’t think so, and when you looked at the bench it just showed how much work needs to be done on our squad.

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  23. I can’t remember Bournemouth having a decent chance after Cisse came on & we went 4-5-1. playing 4-4-2 left us wide open, I’m surprised we took as long as we did to change it

    Elliot did well but none (maybe the Gosling one) were really the sort of saves Butland made last week imo. Every keeper at PL level should have saved them. Credit for how he dealt with the crosses/corners, huge credit for kicking with his weaker foot and playing through the pain barrier.

    I’ll take the points as we’ve deserved more from recent matches and beggars can’t be choosers where we are at the moment.

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  24. CC – yeah the change in formation slowed Bmouth down, but that’s all it did – it killed the game. It reduced their chance of scoring but it didn’t improve our chances at all. In fact, other than his obligatory offsides, Cisse added nothing to the game at all.

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  25. it stopped them which was the point, they would have surely scored eventually the way it was going

    It actually might have increased our chances had Cisse timed his runs, The linesman knew the offside rule & we’d used the ball better on the counter

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  26. CC – I would have rather seen De Jong coming on, or for me Gouffran for his pace & workrate. I know it would have been more of a 4-6-0 if Goof was on, but I think he would have caused their defenders more of a headache and he would have been better on a counter attack.
    Cisse coming off the bench should be a great option really but it’s just not at the moment – he’s another one that just hadn’t looked interested in such a long time. We need rid of that group and quickly IMO

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  27. I watched the Spurs v Gunners game yesterday and Delle Ali was excellent. I know we were looking at him at the same time & he’s exactly what we need in our midfield. I’m fairly certain the lad knew he was destined for bigger things & probably preferred the Southern clubs where he’s more likely to be challenging for cups & CL positions. But I reckon he’s going to be one hell of a player if he can stay fit.

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  28. Our midfield is the exact reason why we struggle so much. All our centre midfielders aren’t that good defensively and aren’t that good offensively either. That’s not good and causes us to have weaknesses at both ends of the pitch.

    Still haven’t replaced Cabaye. How embarrassing…

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  29. De Jong has to be in McClarens thoughts We are too open playing 4-4-2, But the striker was too insulated with the personnel we used in 4-2-3-1 earlier in the season

    I would like to see him in the hole, Perez playing from th left & Gini playing in the middle instead of Anita

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  30. So Jong wants to return Holland,well he’s not doing anything here,far better let him go “if” we replace him

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  31. De Jong has been injured for most of his time and is still getting fit. It also doesn’t help that McClaren seems to use a formation that doesn’t suit him. Not sure what he can do really.

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  32. In a team with so little creativity, there is no way Anita or Tiote should be in ahead of De Jong in my opinion. When he’s not playing with any proper wingers he should be setting the team up around De Jongs creative quality.
    For me it should be 4-3-1-2:

    ———————- Elliott ——————-
    Janmaat – Mbemba – Colo – Dummett
    —— Sissoko —- Gini —- Colback —–
    ——————- De Jong —————-
    —— Mitrovic ———— Perez ———

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  33. I’d be similar to that, Sharpy. But mine would be a diamond with Gini and Sissoko either side with Tiote at the base and De Jong at the top with Perez and Mitro up front.

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  34. Stu – I reckon I could happily live with that too if that’s what he went with. I get there will be times he’ll want to go more defensive in midfield, and I do think he made the right call going 5 in midfield at the weekend with the way the game was going. But to start with Tiote & Anita in the middle & central midfield players as wingers just totally lacks creeativity and left 2 young CFs fighting for scraps.

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  35. We could have a decent Jan window if we don’t piss about. Joel Matip and Nicolas N’Koulou are out of contract in the summer – either of those at CB would be excellent. Sam Byram at Leeds is in the same boat, and is obviously Charlie Austin – and Tom Carroll is from Spurs as well, who I think is a decent player who just can’t get into their side. I reckon Townsend could be got at a decent price, as could Lingard.
    It just depends on how much they will spend & how much deadwood we can get rid of at the same time.

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  36. Sharpy why buy a player with a collapsed lung in the first place ? We are the only club to do stupid transfer deals. Dodgy signing. De Jong wont lose any sleep over it. Getting 50 grand for being injured all the time is a good deal for him. His still got 4 years left to really take the piss.

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  37. I know it’s Ashleys money but the fan’s deserve more from him. He gets a good wage for doing **** all so i’ll be glad when he leaves.

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  38. Stuart I know i knock are defence but at least they try. They could hide on the injury table like De Jong and Taylor but they don’t. De Jong knew the extent of that injury before he joined. Why join a premiership side if your not fit enough for it. Same could be said about most of Carr’s signings last season not this. Our medical staff our useless.

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  39. I don’t think you can blame De Jong for passing a thorough medical… Should he of said “Look, I know I have passed this medical and you know about my collapsed lung but I think it could happen again so don’t bother buying me.” ?

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