Saturday’s match ended with a 2-1 win for Newcastle.The scoreline did not justify the pulsating 90 minutes encounter. Perez, Kenedy and Ritchie for Newcastle could have scored more goals. Salomon Randon made the difference with 2 goals in the first half.
Bournemouth, in the early start of the game, came with an electrifying buzz in their pace. However, a follow-through delivery on finishing could not meet their hunger for goals.
The second win means Newcastle can now proudly step off the relegation end of the table.
Mid field execution with Sung-yeung: Rafa’s choice with Sung-yeung operating in the mid-field was splendid. Sung-yeung ensured a good flow of passes. He defended when it is required.
NUFC’s purpose: Newcastle was determined from the start to win the match.
Lasting full stretch: While the likes of Ki, Muto and Randon are excusable because of injuries, others didn’t seem able to last full playing time. Rafa does not possess a strong bench boasting of at least three attackers and three mid fielders to make replacements happen.
Mental discipline: Two goals up in the second half, Bournemouth playing catch up with one needed goal and Newcastle looked flustered. Newcastle stopped keeping the ball and had to soak in pressure.
Evaluating the league haul: This win was good for Newcastle but more needs to be done on a club level compared to Bournemouth. Wins for Newcastle over the next 38 games in the league do not show much promise.