Rondon inspires Newcastle to victory

Salomon Rondon

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.

Rondon inspires Newcastle to victory

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’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 bullied the Bournemouth defence at times, registering eight shots but also dropping in to create opportunities as Newcastle stormed to victory and climbed to 14th in the league table.

The Magpies had previously scored more than once in a game on a solitary 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 the alert Begovic.

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

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

Cherries struggle as Smith suffers “serious” injury

Defeat condemned Bournemouth to consecutive league defeats for the first time since April, though they remain a creditable sixth in the league.

Eddie Howe, the Premier League’s manger of the month for October, had described Marcus Rashford’s late winner for Manchester United last weekend as “a tough one” – but the Cherries were slow to start on this occasion, despite their good form.

That was largely due to Newcastle’s disruptive play, however they did create the game’s first opportunity as Federico Fernandez was forced to produce a last-gasp block to deny Ibe.

The opening goal filled the hosts with a confidence that Howe’s side struggled to contain, before Adam Smith’s injury halted the Cherries as they looked to be growing into the contest.

Smith appeared to injure his knee as he stuttered in his run-up to take a free-kick, and received oxygen before being stretchered off after a lengthy delay.

Lerma – also replaced due to injury – offered a lifeline to the visitors to set up a delicately poised second half, but Ibe squandered his side’s best opportunity to rescue a point in a game where Callum Wilson, fresh from his first senior international call-up, was often left isolated.

The Cherries thought they had found a late equaliser but Dan Gosling was correctly flagged for offside after bundling in David Brooks’ effort as Newcastle resisted the visitors’ late pressure.

Howe’s side embark on a tough run once the Premier League resumes, with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool all to come within their next four fixtures.

Man of the match – Salomon Rondon (Newcastle)

Rondon puts an end to drought – the stats

  • Newcastle have won consecutive Premier League games for the first time since April – when they went on to win four in a row.
  • Magpies striker Rondon scored his first Premier League goal in 10 appearances, since netting versus Liverpool in April.
  • Rondon has scored more than once in a Premier League game for just the second time – also scoring three against Swansea in December 2016.
  • Bournemouth lost their first away game in all competitions against Newcastle since February 1990.
  • The Cherries have lost their last two Premier League games, despite losing just two of their previous 12.
  • Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma scored for the first time in 57 appearances in Europe’s big five leagues, since netting for Levante against Espanyol in La Liga in December 2015.

What’s next?

Once the international break concludes, Bournemouth host Arsenal on Sunday, 25 November (13:30 GMT) while Newcastle travel to face Burnley a day later (20:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 12Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 5SchärBooked at 45mins
  • 18Fernandez
  • 3Dummett
  • 11RitchieSubstituted forHaydenat 74’minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 10DiaméSubstituted forAtsuat 80’minutes
  • 15KenedySubstituted forClarkat 78’minutes
  • 17Pérez
  • 9RondónBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 2Clark
  • 7Murphy
  • 14Hayden
  • 19Manquillo
  • 21Joselu
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forDanielsat 30’minutes
  • 10IbeSubstituted forDefoeat 82’minutes
  • 16L CookBooked at 90mins
  • 8LermaSubstituted forGoslingat 45’minutes
  • 24Fraser
  • 20Brooks
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 4Gosling
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 9Mousset
  • 11Daniels
  • 18Defoe
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:49,266

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Bournemouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Bournemouth 1.

Booking

Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Newcastle United. Fabian Schär tries a through ball, but Christian Atsu is caught offside.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

Attempt saved. Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Isaac Hayden.

Offside, Bournemouth. Nathan Aké tries a through ball, but Dan Gosling is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by David Brooks.

Attempt missed. David Brooks (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ki Sung-yueng.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Salomón Rondón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jermain Defoe replaces Jordon Ibe.

Attempt missed. DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

Attempt saved. Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Mohamed Diamé.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Ciaran Clark replaces Kenedy.

Substitution

Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Matt Ritchie.

Attempt missed. Jordon Ibe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dan Gosling with a through ball.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ayoze Pérez.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

David Brooks (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United).

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Mohamed Diamé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Brooks (Bournemouth).

Ki Sung-yueng (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ayoze Pérez.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Federico Fernández.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Bournemouth).

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