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Newcastle 0-1 Bournemouth: Late Cherries goal sums up poor Magpies performance

Newcastle United are in trouble. We’re not a Premier League-quality side and the fans are aware of that.

We are well aware that league survival will be difficult already this season, but conceding 92nd minute goals at home to relegation rivals certainly isn’t going to make the task of survival any easier.

Typically a 1-0 away win from an injury-time goal is seen to be a smash-and-grab.

The truth is, though, Newcastle were so poor and uninspired in the game that Bournemouth really didn’t steal any points away – instead, we just opened the gates and invited them to take them.

There were chances for both sides in the match, but in a game severely lacking quality nothing came off the opportunities and the game looked destined to be going to a goalless draw.

Matt Ritchie had struck the post from distance, while Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic produced fine saves to deny Ritchie and Christian Atsu, and Dwight Gayle spurned another opportunity.

On the face of it, that seems like Newcastle were actually attacking with intent but in reality those chances were uncharacteristic anomalies in a dull match.

For the visitors, it wasn’t until near the end of the game that they really offered any attacking threat, and even then it would be generous to describe it as dangerous.

It looked like there was no chance of a goal for either side.

That was until Marc Pugh struck the post late on, and that seemed to spur the Cherries into life.

Thinking we’d survived, Newcastle then watched as Cook rose in the box to head in Andrew Surman’s corner – his first goal since December 2016 –  and give Bournemouth three points.

It was frustrating, but Newcastle didn’t deserve anything given their performance. It wasn’t surprising for us to have thrown away the game.

Not only the game, either, but the points too – and in a game we really need all three from, given that we go to face Manchester United in our next fixture.

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