Newcastle ground out a hard-fought three points against Bournemouth at St James’ Park on Saturday, and it was a game that we’d likely have lost at the start of the season.
Newcastle’s defenders grabbed all the goal-scoring headlines for Steve Bruce’s side again, but all the forwards put a shift in, and had chances to get on the score-sheet.
Allan Saint-Maximin hit the crossbar in the first half, and Miguel Almiron saw a second half effort hit his French teammate to prevent his first goal for the club.
But Newcastle were almost denied the win in the closing seconds, when Bournemouth striker Josh King incredibly failed to equalise from a header barely a yard or two out, nodding the ball wide.
Bournemouth fans will think about King’s miss all the way home
There were a hardy bunch of around 1,000 Cherries fans that made the trek to Newcastle, and from the opposite end of the ground, you could visibly see most of them putting their heads in their hands after King’s muffed attempt.
It certainly made the journey back to the south coast seem a longer one, but Newcastle fans will not be worrying about that.
Their Bournemouth counterparts, however, were in no doubt of how bad King’s miss was, and blamed that for their side returning to the south coast empty-handed, as you can see from their Twitter reactions below:
I’m not even sure it was as far out as 2 yards
— Ian McD (@Mcdcrasher) November 9, 2019
— Charlie Horder (@CharlieHorder1) November 9, 2019
Bottling it … didn’t want to crash into the post 😬
— Rob Wood (@Ellwood8014) November 9, 2019
Josh king’s cowardice cost us a point. Too scared to get hit by the post in the 95th min #AFCB
— JT (@Afc_Bournemuff) November 9, 2019
7) Josh King won’t want to watch MOTD after that miss.
— Mark (@AFCB_Mark) November 9, 2019
Oh wow. How are Cherries not level? Corner from Fraser finds King free at the back post, but he somehow heads wide. #afcb
— Tom Crocker (@TomCrockerEcho) November 9, 2019
Wow #afcb. Has to score. King heads wide from three yards. 2-1
— Dan Rose (@EchosportDan) November 9, 2019