Toon 2 Bournemouth 1

Last updated : 12 November 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor


Dubravka, Yedlin, Schär, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74), Ki Sung-yueng, Diamé (Atsu 80), Kenedy (Clark 78), Pérez, Rondón
Subs: Clark, Murphy, Manquillo, Joselu, Darlow

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Salomon Rondon struck twice as Newcastle recorded consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since April with victory over Bournemouth at St James' Park.

Rondon put the home side ahead after just seven minutes following great work by DeAndre Yedlin, who darted in behind the Bournemouth defence to pick out the waiting Venezuelan.

The 29-year-old striker then doubled his side's advantage as half-time approached, dropping deep to collect the ball before charging into the penalty area to meet Kenedy's cross with a powerful header.

There was a long first-half delay as Adam Smith received treatment for an injury sustained while preparing to take a free-kick, and it was deep into stoppage-time that Bournemouth found a route back into the contest as record signing Jefferson Lerma nodded in Ryan Fraser's cross.

Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic produced a string of fine saves to keep his side in the contest, while Jordon Ibe missed a good opportunity to equalise for the visitors who fell to back-to back league defeats.

After their worst top-flight start for 120 years, Newcastle recorded their first Premier League win of the season last weekend with a 1-0 triumph over Watford - and it appeared as though a significant weight had been lifted as the Magpies produced an energetic performance against the Cherries.

Rafael Benitez was without injured trio Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto, yet his side - bottom of the league two weeks ago - dug in to see out another important three points in the battle to avoid relegation.

The Spaniard's side, who had lost six of their last eight at home, were set up to deny Bournemouth space at St James' Park and worked tirelessly to press the Cherries and disrupt the rhythm of their visitors.

Rondon, on a season-long loan from Championship side West Brom, bullied the Bournemouth defence at times and registered eight shots while also dropping in to create opportunities as the hosts climbed to 14th in the league table.

The Magpies had previously scored more than once in a game on a single occasion this season - their 3-2 defeat at Manchester United in October - but would have added to their tally had it not been for the efforts of Begovic to deny Rondon a hat-trick late on.

And, with momentum building, they now face Burnley in a key league game following the international break.