Bournemouth Boss Magpies at St. James’ – McClaren’s Position Untenable
Posted by Kia Kazemi-Nia | Published on March 5, 2016
Newcastle United were well and truly beaten by Bournemouth 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.
The Cherries dominated from start to finish and thoroughly deserved the victory.
Newcastle, on the other hand, were absolutely abysmal. Lacking in confidence, organisation, leadership and mental strength, the Magpies look destined for the Championship.
It would absolutely unimaginable for even Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley to think McClaren is the man to save them.
Newcastle started brightly, but after the opening three minutes or so, it was all Bournemouth.
In the very 1st minute of play, Sissoko sent in a cross for Riviere, but the Frenchman wasn’t able to connect.
Jonjo Shelvey then attempted a long range effort, which missed wide left a minute later.
Bournemouth’s corner on 7 minutes fell kindly for Gradel six yards out, but his effort was deflected just wide by his own team-mate.
Benik Afobe had a great chance to score in the 9th minute, but the ball would just not drop for him and he chopped it over the bar.
Perez tried to curl it in on 15 minutes, but his flew over the bar.
On 23 minutes, Janmaat’s cross was met by Riviere, but the former Monaco man’s effort was deflected just wide.
Sissoko almost created something out of nothing when he powered his way past two Bournemouth players down the right, but his cross was easily cleared on 27 minutes.
Bournemouth took the lead on 28 minutes when King’s cross was inadvertently deflected by Taylor into his own net.
It was a cruel way to go behind, but the Cherries were putting the home side under pressure, and you just felt a goal was coming.
Shelvey tried his best to spark his team into life, making crunching tackles and pressing high up the pitch.
Anita was brought on for Dummett on 31 minutes, as the Welshman looked to be moving quite gingerly.
Afobe had a series of penalty appeals near the end of the half, but referee Paul Tierney waved both away.
Bournemouth deservedly led 1-0 at the break.
The hosts made one change, as Mitrovic came on for the start of the second half in place of Riviere.
Smith had his powerful near post strike parried away by Elliot on 51 minutes.
Pugh was brought on in the 60th minute, replacing Gradel.
Mitrovic attempted to curl it in on 61 minutes, but his shot was the wrong side of the post.
Janmaat had his effort saved by Boruc on 64 minutes after some great play on the right side.
Sissoko unleashed from outside of the box on 66 minutes, but his powerful strike was comfortably saved by Boruc as it was straight at the Polish keeper.
King almost punished Lascelles for taking too long on the ball in the 68th minute, but his cross was cleared to safety.
Sissoko was then replaced by Aarons right afterwards, and the move was met by a mixture of boos and cheers by the Toon faithful.
Grabban replaced Afobe a minute later, as the striker was applauded off of the pitch by the travelling Bournemouth supporters.
In the 70th minute, the Cherries doubled their lead as an unmarked King was played in by a simple pass, and the Norwegian slammed the ball past Elliot.
Perez gave the Magpies a lifeline with ten minutes to go, as the Spaniard steered the ball past Boruc after being played in by Shelvey.
Wijnaldum almost equalised after fortuitously recieving the ball on the edge of the area, but his effort was deflected wide in the 88th minute.
Distin was brought on for Ritchie in the 90th minute as Howe looked to hold on to the lead.
Any hope of salvaging a point was dismissed by Charlie Daniels. The left back strode forward unopposed into the the box and his low effort found it’s way into the corner.
Boos rang around St. James’ Park at the final whistle as the Toon faithful have had enough of McClaren.
The Magpies’ worrying lack of cutting edge in the final third was there for all to see, and the club might regret failing to bring in a striker with a proven track record come May.
His mind-boggling decision to start Gouffran midweek at Stoke was followed by another awful decision, as McClaren started Riviere, only for the Frenchman to be hooked at the half.
It was a must-win game for McClaren, and he certainly now must go after failing to deliver (again).
According to Luke Edwards of the Telegraph, Newcastle will begin talks with David Moyes in the next few days.
The hierarchy must act quickly to have any chance of saving their season.
As for Bournemoth, they moved 11 points clear of the relegation zone as Eddie Howe’s men look to have steered out of danger once and for all.
Newcastle United: Elliot (5), Janmaat (4), Taylor (3), Lascelles (5), Dummett (3), Colback (3), Shelvey (6), Perez (5), Wijnaldum (4), Sissoko (4), Riviere (5)
Subs: Anita (4), Mitrovic (6), Aarons (4)
Bournemouth: Boruc (6), Smith (7), Francis (7), Cook (8), Daniels (7), Surman (7), Gosling (6), Gradel (5), King (6), Ritchie (6), Afobe (6)
Subs: Pugh (6), Grabban (6), Distin (N/A)
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