Alexander Isak’s penalty saved Newcastle’s 1-1 draw against Bournemouth on a frustrating Saturday afternoon at St James’ Park for Eddie Howe against his former club.
Bournemouth advanced through Philip Billing (62) as the midfielder turned Jordan Zimora’s cross close to the post, but Isaac equalized with his first goal at home in favor of Newcastle (67) after a handball from Jefferson Lerma monitored by the VAR.
Cherries interim head coach Gary O’Neill felt it was a tough decision, saying, “I was really disappointed with the penalty, I saw it again. I don’t know what Jefferson Lerma was really supposed to do. There’s no way he meant that touches his hand or his hand is in an abnormal position.”
Newcastle and Joelinton’s Kieran Trippier hit the post in the first half before Neto denied Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto and Ryan Fraser two crucial saves just before the end of the first half.
Bournemouth, who missed a big chance with Marcus Tavernier early on, defended resolutely and deserved to go home with a point to rise to 12th place, equal on eight points with the Magpies, who have not won the league since the first day of the season.
“We are disappointed with our performance, there was something missing from us today,” Newcastle coach Howe said. “We weren’t quite ourselves.”
Newcastle: Bob (5), Trippier (8), Char (7), Byrne (7), Target (6), Guimarães (6), Willock (6), Joelinton (7), Almiron (6), Fraser (6), Isaac (6).
Subs: Wood (unknown), Murphy (6), Longstaff (6).
Bournemouth: Neto (8), Smith (7), Senese (6), Mifam (6), Zimora (7), Lerma (7), Cook (7), Christie (7), Billing (7), Tavernier (7), Solanki (6).
Subs: Stephens (unavailable), Stacey (unavailable), Moore (unknown), Anthony (unavailable).
man of the match: Kieran Trippier.
How Bournemouth struggled to draw at St James’ Park
Newcastle got off to a great start and dominated possession in the first half, but the first big chance fell to Bournemouth as Tavernier failed to capitalize on Nick Pope’s presence in no-man’s-land, with his header Zemora’s cross floating a few yards.
Trippier was at the center of all that Newcastle did well going forward, and came close to breaking the deadlock with a free kick that hit the post – from a position very similar to the one. He scored during the 3-3 draw against Manchester City earlier in the season.
- Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has returned to the starting line-up after recovering from a hamstring injury.
- Bournemouth captain Lloyd Kelly missed the injury and was replaced by Marcus Senese.
Newcastle hit the goal frame again through Joelinton from inside the penalty area at the end of the first half moments before Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto made two crucial saves in quick succession, denying Joelinton an angle from outside the six-yard area and pulling away from Ryan Fraser. Try 18 yards.
Bournemouth continued to frustrate Newcastle as they threatened in the break, and made the hosts pay the price when Billing drove Zimora’s promotional serve past England goalkeeper Bob in the near corner as the home side’s crowd fell silent.
Newcastle made a quick response when Trippier was awarded a penalty when a cross passed Bournemouth’s Lerma in the penalty area. Referee Craig Pawson did not initially detect the violation, but awarded the penalty after he was instructed to go to his monitor by the VAR.
Isaac who was Signed for 63 million pounds from Real Sociedad In the final week of the summer transfer window, he stepped up and sent Neto down the wrong path with a quiet finish to lift Newcastle’s level and maintain his unbeaten home record this season (W1, D3).
Howe: Something’s missing from our performance
Newcastle coach Eddie Howe said:
“I think it’s a fair result. We are disappointed with our performance, there was something missing from us today. We weren’t quite ourselves.
“The opponent played deep, a lot of guys behind the ball, very compact and didn’t take much risk. But we knew that was coming, we prepared for it, there were no surprises for us. It was up to us to smash that.
“The fans stayed with us, so there is no one else to look at but us. We need to analyze the match and see what we could have done better.”
O’Neill is frustrated with the pen: What is Lerma supposed to do?
Bournemouth interim coach Gary O’Neill said:
“I was really disappointed with the penalty, I’ve seen it again a few times. I don’t know what Jefferson Lerma was really supposed to do. He’s not looking, his arms were by his side and there’s no way he meant to hit his hand that or his hand is in an unnatural position .
“It’s really hard, especially after Lloyd Kelly in Forest they looked at her and decided not to turn on her, and then for them to turn her around, I thought she was hard on the boys.
“Newcastle is a good team, they are very aggressive and play forward a lot. We struggled in moments but the boys stood up to him and we knew it would look like that.
“Early in the game we were trying to be a tad more aggressive, but as the match goes on and they are in control we have to withdraw and we need to be rational and defend our area.”
Watching the World Cup: Trippier could be a key player in England
Kieran Trippier was once again Newcastle’s best performance against Bournemouth on Saturday.
He was one of the six defenders named in Gareth Southgate’s final England squad ahead of this week’s World Cup, and he made a steady streak at just the right time as we continue to prepare for Qatar.
His experience and defensive capabilities set him apart from other England options, which also boast outstanding offensive productivity.
As it stands, though, he could enter the team as a left-back due to the absence of Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw in first-team minutes this season.
It is also important to remember the threat he carries from set pieces.
Sticking with the players he knows and trusts, Southgate expects Trippier to be a key figure for England in Qatar.
Newcastle lacks a third-place creator
When the season started, Newcastle tended to defy the established standings and break into the top six.
Things didn’t quite go to plan for seven games, with their only win on opening day against newly promoted Nottingham Forest, who are currently in the relegation zone.
Last season is proof that pressure on the top six is by no means ruled out at this early stage, but their struggle to break a low block could hamper their lofty ambitions this season.
Newcastle’s two best displays of the season came against Manchester City and Liverpool – two games that had plenty of room at the table. They can go toe-to-toe with adults, but they lack the imagination to break even more stubborn opposition.
Saturday’s frustrating encounter with Bournemouth revealed a lack of an innovator in the final third for Newcastle, with right-back Kieran Trippier the only persistent threat going forward.
It was Trippier’s ball that imposed the penalty, and a free kick hit the post from 30 yards away, and it was the England international with the most passes in the final third of any player on the field (42).
With Bruno Guimarães working in a deeper role, Miguel Almiron, Joelinton, Joe Willock and Ryan Fraser – who have shared one goal this season – were tasked with providing chances for Alexandre Isaacs on Saturday afternoon and they failed to match.
Fans were eager in the summer to sign Lucas Paqueta, who was taken over by West Ham, as Newcastle prioritized a move for forward Isaacs after an early injury to Callum Wilson. It is clear that Newcastle need to return to the transfer market and improve their options in those attacking areas behind the striker.
O’Neill brings much-needed steel to Bournemouth
After three consecutive league defeats against Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool with a total score of 18-0, alarm bells were ringing in Bournemouth.
The dismissal of Scott Parker has done little to assuage those concerns.
But the arrival of interim president Gary O’Neill radically changed the outlook on the Vitality Stadium.
Where there was plenty of room for the opposing sides against Bournemouth, there is now a hungry group of players defending compactly and working together.
Bournemouth will undoubtedly face tougher tests than those they faced at Newcastle on Saturday, but it provides the form for the rest of the season. A rebound offensive team defends with numbers.
There are still question marks about the quality in the team and whether they have enough to stay awake, but their interim boss is making the most of the tools at his disposal.
It is unclear how long O’Neill will remain in the post, with Bournemouth’s sale to American Bill Foley at an advanced stage, but his pragmatism has given Bournemouth a platform from which to build.
After the international break, Newcastle meet Fulham at Craven Cottage, while Bournemouth host Brentford, with both games kicking off at 3pm on Saturday 1 October.