Cherries Talk of the Toon After Dominant Victory
Posted by Kieran Cross | Published on March 5, 2016
Bournemouth moved one step closer to Premier League survival while Newcastle slipped even further into despair after the Cherries recorded a confident 3-1 victory earlier today at St James’ Park. The result will fill Cherries fans with joy on the long trip back down to the South coast while Steve McClaren must now answer some very serious questions about his future. Throughout the match, the hapless Newcastle manager was jeered with chants of “Sacked in the morning” by both sets of fans.
Newcastle started the match the brightest out of the two teams, with Emmanuel Riviere almost scoring with the first chance of the game, just before new signing Jonjo Shelvey drilled a low effort narrowly wide of the post. However, Bournemouth soon grew into the game and started creating openings, with Max Gradel failing to hit the target after some pinball in the area following a Matt Ritchie corner. Bournemouth’s full backs were having a field day bombing down the wings, with Adam Smith picking up a loose ball and driving into the penalty area, but Benik Afobe was unable to turn the cross into the goal. Bournemouth soon got a reward for their efforts when Steven Taylor knocked a Josh King cross past Rob Elliot into his own net. Following this, McClaren replaced Paul Dummett with Vurnon Anita, a move greeted by loud jeers from the Toon faithful. Soon after, Taylor almost gave away a penalty when he brought down Benik Afobe in the box, but referee Tierney waved away the striker’s protests. Taylor then snatched at a half-chance in the last action of the first half.
McClaren used the interval to introduce Aleksandar Mitrovic in place of Riviere. Bournemouth started the second period the brightest with long range efforts from Smith and King before manager Eddie Howe substituted the newly returned Gradel for long-time club servant Marc Pugh. Boruc was soon forced into action, saving well from Janmaat’s low drive from a narrow angle before saving easily from Sissoko’s powerful effort. Rolando Aarons then replaced Sissoko for the Toon while Lewis Grabban replaced Afobe for the Cherries. Immediately following the changes, Bournemouth doubled their lead with Grabban finding Ritchie who played in Josh King to power in an effort into the roof of the net to make it 2-0. This seemed to fire Newcastle into action as they took over most of the possession from this point. Their renewed efforts paid dividends in the 80th minute when Perez bobbled an effort over the onrushing Boruc, with the Pole helpless to stop the ball from finding the back of the net. Bournemouth almost fired straight back with Pugh drawing a save from Elliot in the Magpie’s goal while Grabban skewed an angled drive narrowly wide. In the 90th minute, Eddie Howe brought on Sylvain Distin for Matt Ritchie in an effort to see out the remainder of the game. However, almost as soon as he entered the pitch Bournemouth put the game beyond all doubt. Daniels picked up the ball near the halfway line and powered through the Newcastle defence to drill the ball into the corner of the net for the best goal of the game.
As soon as the full time whistle went McClaren was jeered off the pitch with a chorus of boos from the Toon fans that had stayed until the end, with many of them having left a long time before the full time whistle went. On the other side of things, the jubilant Bournemouth fans stayed until long after the final whistle to cheer for their team as they came down to the away end. The 3000 plus Bournemouth fans that had made the long journey from the South were left with plenty to cheer about as Bournemouth moved up to 14th place, leapfrogging Crystal Palace ahead of their game against Liverpool tomorrow, and moving 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Newcastle on the other hand, missed the chance to move above Norwich in the relegation places, and Steve McClaren’s job is in serious danger with the fans protesting, and rumors of David Moyes taking over the club. This should not detract, however, from a thoroughly entertaining game from a neutral perspective. Full time: 3-1 to Bournemouth.