Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Newcastle United 4.
Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle: Cherries fighting for survival after thrashing
Bournemouth's Premier League survival hopes were dealt another blow as Newcastle beat them comprehensively with an exciting performance at Vitality Stadium.
Jefferson Lerma's mistake was punished by Dwight Gayle to give Newcastle an early lead and Cherries manager Eddie Howe shook his head in frustration as Sean Longstaff made it 2-0 within half an hour.
Bournemouth hit the woodwork twice in the second half but could not recover once Miguel Almiron netted a third for Newcastle.
Substitute Valentino Lazaro made it 4-0 after he was slipped in by Jonjo Shelvey and he hit the post moments later, before Isaac Hayden skewed the rebound over from a few yards out.
Dan Gosling bundled in a consolation goal in stoppage time for Bournemouth, who now sit second-from-bottom of the Premier League with six games remaining.
Painful times continue for Cherries
Relegation now seems a matter of when and not if for Bournemouth, who desperately needed points from this game.
Manager Eddie Howe said their situation "hurt deeply" following their recent 1-0 defeat by Wolves; against Newcastle, his players looked like a team resigned to going down rather than one fighting to stay up.
Lerma's early mistake summed them up - his poor first touch invited pressure from Longstaff, who won possession back for Newcastle. From that point on, Bournemouth looked shaky, short of confidence and reluctant to play out from the back.
"The players are playing slightly tense, you could say understandably with the position they are in," Howe said afterwards. "I urged them to play the game and not the situation but they are struggling a bit under the weight of that."
Bournemouth were punished by Gayle, who showed composure in front of goal for the opener, while Saint-Maximin continued to torment the defence for the impressive hour he was on the pitch.
Howe's half-time team talk seemed - momentarily - to kick some life into his side as Dominic Solanke's deflected shot bounced off the inside of the left post but Joshua King was offside when he headed in the rebound.
Any hopes of a comeback, though, were dashed minutes later when Almiron clipped it into the top left corner to make it 3-0 to Newcastle.
David Brooks curled a shot on to the crossbar for Bournemouth, for whom it looked like being a blank evening until Gosling got on the end of Nathan Ake's header seconds before the full-time whistle.
Howe, who looked dejected throughout, walked off the pitch with his head hung low, while some of the Bournemouth players crouched down on the pitch at full-time.
The result leaves second-bottom Bournemouth fighting for their safety with six games remaining and they still have to travel to Old Trafford and Etihad Stadium, as well as welcoming Tottenham and Leicester to Vitality Stadium.
Saint-Maximin 'capable of doing anything'
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce said before the game his side had a "wonderful opportunity" to break into the Premier League's top 10 by the season's end.
His optimism has clearly rubbed off on his players as they got off to a rapid start - Gayle scoring within five minutes, setting the tone for a comfortable first-half performance.
The visitors' creativity was showcased in full by their star man Saint-Maximin, who Bruce said after the match is "capable of doing anything".
The summer signing, who picked up three assists in this match, produced the goods after half an hour when he deceived three defenders on the left and put a chance on a plate for Longstaff to fire into the roof of the net.
"I like my second assist because it is good dribbling," Saint-Maximin told Sky Sports at full-time. "I said to Longstaff to wait for this and he was to score a great goal so I am really happy."
And while Bournemouth's heads went down, Newcastle continued to play with freedom and expression - Saint-Maximin taking on defenders at any opportunity, while Shelvey's passing was full of vision and precision, and Almiron was a burst of energy when he came on.
"He has wonderful talent," added Bruce, when discussing Saint-Maximin's impact on the victory. "Every time I go to a ground and people haven't seen him play, they always say what a talent he is. He can only get better."
Newcastle will have a spring in their step after picking up three consecutive away wins for the first time since November 2016 and they now sit two points off Sheffield United in 10th place with six games remaining.
'We contributed to our own downfall' - what they said
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was another difficult start for us. The two games have been built up so much here at home [against Crystal Palace and Newcastle]. The importance of them... both times we have conceded an early goal and it has really knocked our stride and confidence.
"We contributed to our own downfall. There were some uncharacteristic mistakes. It may be a lack of confidence. It was close to being a lot better than it looked. There were some good bits mixed in there but they get lost and deservedly so with the result."
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, speaking to BBC Sport: "Some of the football we played and the goals we scored were a delight to watch. All credit to the players.
"I felt we had lost that cutting edge, creating an opportunity to try to win a match. We enjoyed playing, that was pretty evident. There was a certain cutting edge to them. Long may it continue."
Man of the match - Allan Saint-Maximin
A decent run on the road - the best of the stats
- Newcastle scored four goals in a Premier League game for the first time since May 2019, when they won 4-0 away at Fulham.
- Bournemouth have suffered 16 defeats in their past 21 Premier League matches (W3 D2), losing each of the past four in a row.
- Newcastle have won three consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time since November 2016 (four in a row) when they were in the Championship - as a Premier League side, it is their best run since November 2014 under Alan Pardew.
- Since joining the Premier League in 2015-16, Bournemouth have conceded more home goals in the competition than any other club (145).
- Newcastle are unbeaten in their past five Premier League games (W3 D2), their best run since going undefeated in their final six games of the 2015-16 season.
- After a run of no goals in the first half of any of their previous nine Premier League games, Newcastle scored twice inside half an hour in this match.
- Saint-Maximin became only the third player to assist three goals in a Premier League game for Newcastle, after Andy Cole (in March 1994 at West Ham) and Moussa Sissoko (in October 2015 against Norwich).
- Newcastle have ended a run of 19 Premier League games on a Wednesday without a win (D4 L15). This was their first since a 2-0 away win at Chelsea in May 2012.
Bournemouth travel to Old Trafford next, taking on Manchester United on Saturday, 4 July (15:00 BST kick-off). Newcastle return to St James' Park to welcome West Ham on Sunday, 5 July (14:15 BST).
- 15A Smith
- 3S CookSubstituted forMephamat 80'minutes
- 5AkéBooked at 45mins
- 26KellyBooked at 23mins
- 20BrooksSubstituted forH Wilsonat 62'minutes
- 29BillingSubstituted forL Cookat 45'minutes
- 8LermaSubstituted forGoslingat 75'minutes
- 14Danjuma GroeneveldSubstituted forStanislasat 62'minutes
- 16L Cook
- 22H Wilson
- 19ManquilloSubstituted forYedlinat 73'minutes
- 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forLazaroat 62'minutes
- 36S LongstaffSubstituted forAlmirónat 33'minutes
- 9JoelintonSubstituted forHaydenat 72'minutes
- 12GayleSubstituted forCarrollat 62'minutes
- Kevin Friend
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Newcastle United 4.
Goal! Bournemouth 1, Newcastle United 4. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Aké following a set piece situation.
Attempt missed. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Junior Stanislas with a cross following a set piece situation.
Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Nabil Bentaleb (Newcastle United).
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.
Attempt saved. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Federico Fernández.
Attempt blocked. Harry Wilson (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling.
Foul by Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth).
Federico Fernández (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Joshua King (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United).
Foul by Lloyd Kelly (Bournemouth).
Valentino Lazaro (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).
Miguel Almirón (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Joshua King (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dan Gosling with a headed pass following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling.