Newcastle United have now drawn 11 games this season, as Eddie Howe’s return to Bournemouth ended 1-1.
The Magpies were really poor down on the south coast, with Miguel Almiron’s equaliser salvaging a point.
Bournemouth had taken the lead in the first half, with Marcos Senesi scoring from a corner. It was a disappointing goal to concede, and very similar to Lucas Paqueta’s strike last week at St James’ Park.
Newcastle struggled to create anything in the opening 45 minutes, but managed to grab a leveller before the half time whistle. Sean Longstaff’s effort was palmed into the path of Almiron, who netted his 10th goal of the season.
The Paraguayan hitting double figures was the only high on a really tough night for Newcastle. Howe’s side lacked intensity and invention, and they also picked up a string of injuries.
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Joe Willock, Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin were all forced off, which is a massive worry ahead of the Carabao Cup final in two weeks.
But while Toon fans dream of Wembley, our bid to qualify for the Champions League has grown stronger, but it could be so much better. Tottenham’s loss earlier in the day presented Newcastle with a real opportunity to create some breathing space between the two sides, but failed to take it.
Alan Shearer not impressed with Newcastle’s performances vs Bournemouth
After the game, Newcastle legend Alan Shearer took to Twitter to comment on the Magpies’ performance.
He wrote: “Another undefeated, but a poor performance from the Toon. Looked very leggy. Well done Bournemouth.”
While the result extends Newcastle’s unbeaten run in the Premier League to 17 games, it was not a good perfomance.
As Shearer says, Howe’s side looked incredibly ‘leggy’. The energy levels were lower than what has become the norm, and that has been a growing theme in recent weeks.
With a limited squad, Howe has rarely been able to rotate his side. Our core 11 have played a lot of minutes since the World Cup, mainly due to our League Cup run.
Given upcoming games against Liverpool and Manchester City, you could argue that this clash with Bournemouth was a must-win game. However, it has ended with Newcastle just adding a single point to their already impressive tally.
The result means that the Magpies remain in fourth, but have a two-point gap between themselves and Tottenham, as well as having a game in hand.
However, the gap could be bigger, and Howe will be massively disappointed with his side’s performance at the Vitality Stadium.