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Newcastle 2-1 Bournemouth: Steve Bruce says goals by defenders are 'vital'

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
DeAndre Yedlin (left) scores
DeAndre Yedlin and Chelsea's Christian Pulisic became the first pair of USA internationals to score Premier League goals on the same day since Clint Dempsey and Eric Lichaj in March 2012

Manager Steve Bruce said having defenders who can make an impact in attack is "vital" after goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark helped Newcastle defeat Bournemouth at St James' Park.

The Magpies recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season, and they are now in 11th position - two points shy of fifth place.

"That's vitally important [to have defenders scoring] and we know how crucial set-pieces are," said Bruce, with seven of the Magpies past nine league goals coming from the backline.

"When you have three centre-backs playing, if you can capitalise, then good."

Bruce also backed his attacking three of Joelinton, Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, who again failed to find the net. Only Joelinton has scored this season, and that was back in August.

He added: "They are doing everything but [score]. They are creating chances, and as long as they keep contributing, I am sure the rest will come."

The Magpies overcame a shaky first quarter of the match during which the Cherries took the lead through Harry Wilson.

The Welshman, on loan from Liverpool, finished off one of the set-piece moves of the season as Ryan Fraser and Joshua King played a one-two from a corner before the winger finished with a superb low shot.

It delighted Eddie Howe in the away dugout as his side produced their seventh league goal from a set-piece this season.

The Magpies went close when Saint-Maximin's fierce strike struck the bar before they equalised through Yedlin, who anticipated brilliantly as he converted the Frenchman's deflected strike with a flying header.

Clark completed the turnaround seven minutes after the break when he scuffed a shot past keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Back to back wins crucial - Bruce

Magpies defence is best form of attack

In the build-up to the match, Newcastle defender Federico Fernandez said that his manager likes the centre-backs "to be more involved with the ball in the offensive part of the game".

That guidance is no surprise as Bruce was a threat himself in the opposition area during his playing days as a central defender at Manchester United. In Fernandez, Clark and Jamaal Lascelles, he seems to have found players in his mould.

With the forward line once again misfiring, the team looked to the big defenders, although that aerial threat was depleted when captain Lascelles came off injured early in the match.

It was 5ft 8in Yedlin, not renowned for his prowess in the air, who equalised for the home side when he steamed into the six-yard area to power home Saint-Maximin's deflected shot.

That restored the confidence of the Magpies, who scored their second when Clark turned in after Fernandez flicked on Jetro Willems' delivery.

Bournemouth blow hot and cold

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe's side conceded for the first time in four league games

Howe might be curious to know why his side appeared to lose their way after the break.

His side came into match on the back of three successive clean-sheets and had conceded the fewest goals at this stage of the season since their promotion to the top flight in 2015.

When they scored early on during their period of domination, they appeared set for another three points following last week's victory over Manchester United. They came very close to a second when Ryan Fraser's shot was cleared off the line by Yedlin.

But then the game swung in the favour of the home side when they equalised.

King, who was spritely in those opening moments, stepped back into the shadows until the final few seconds of the match when he headed wide at the far post from a yard out. England forward Callum Wilson failed to make an impact again in attack, as did Phil Billing.

The defeat will not alarm Howe, although he might rue the fact that his side did not make most their early dominance.

Man of the match - DeAndre Yedlin (Newcastle)

DeAndre Yedlin
DeAndre Yedlin is one of the unsung heroes of the Magpies squad - Diego Rico failed to cope with his pace down the right and the American was rewarded with a goal for his energetic efforts

'We had the initiative of the game but gave it away' - reaction

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "They punished our sloppy mistakes. In the end we created chances, but did not put them away.

"We had the initiative of the game, but gave it away, I felt we should have kept the ball better and we need to learn from it.

"We are looking for consistency; backing up a great win with another one, and today we missed an opportunity. This result will really hurt for the next two weeks."

On their goal from a well-worked set-piece: "Credit to Jason Tindall [Bournemouth's assistant manager] - this is something we work on in training - and credit to the players too.

"Moments like that can really win you the games, but right now I have got something else in my mind."

Cherries run ends - the stats

  • Newcastle have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since April, while this is also the first time they have scored more than once in a home league game this season.
  • Bournemouth lost a Premier League away game in which they scored the first goal for the first time since September 2017 (1-2 v Everton).
  • They conceded their first goal in four Premier League games, ending a run of 392 minutes in the competition without anyone scoring against them.
  • Newcastle had 20 shots in this match - their most in a Premier League game this season, and most since hitting 29 against Huddersfield in February.
  • Since the start of last season, Ryan Fraser has provided more Premier League assists than any other player (16).

What's next?

The Cherries are at home to Wolves on Saturday, 23 November (15:00 GMT) and Newcastle are at Aston Villa on Monday 25 November (20:00 GMT).



Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Dubravka
  • 22Yedlin
  • 18FernandezBooked at 75mins
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forDummettat 20'minutes
  • 2Clark
  • 15Willems
  • 24Almirón
  • 14HaydenBooked at 37mins
  • 8Shelvey
  • 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forAtsuat 90'minutes
  • 9JoelintonSubstituted forCarrollat 83'minutes


  • 3Dummett
  • 7Carroll
  • 12Gayle
  • 17Krafth
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
  • 43M Longstaff


Formation 4-4-2

  • 12Ramsdale
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forDanjuma Groeneveldat 78'minutes
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 21RicoSubstituted forSolankeat 66'minutes
  • 22WilsonSubstituted forFrancisat 66'minutes
  • 16L Cook
  • 29Billing
  • 24Fraser
  • 13Wilson
  • 7King


  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 4Gosling
  • 9Solanke
  • 14Danjuma Groeneveld
  • 17Stacey
  • 33Mepham
Martin Atkinson

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joshua King (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Andy Carroll.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Christian Atsu replaces Allan Saint-Maximin.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

  7. Post update

    Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philip Billing (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Philip Billing tries a through ball, but Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces Joelinton.

  17. Post update

    Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joelinton (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Philip Billing (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.


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