In what came as a shock result, Newcastle beat Eddie Howe’s superb Bournemouth side yesterday as they recorded consecutive victories for the first time in the league since April.
It’s been a tough season for Newcastle this year following a summer which saw Mike Ashley fail to pump in much money to the squad. Salomon Rondon was the marquee signing for the club over the summer and it was the on-loan striker who was the star of the show yesterday as he put in a superb performance and bagged a brace for the Magpies.
Rafa Benitez has often been criticised for being too negative in the way he sets up his side and although Newcastle only had 39% possession, they had 18 shots, six of which were on target.
What makes the win even more impressive is that they beat a Bournemouth side that has been in superb form this season and were unlucky not to beat Man U last weekend.
They’ll be a lot of positivity surrounding the club following the win but that should not excuse some of the poor performances among the side.
While Rondon stole the headlines for his brilliant performance up front, Mohamed Diame – rated at £4.5 million – had a fairly poor day in the middle of the park and didn’t really provide much for Benitez on the day.
Usually, he provides energy and drive with the ball but against Bournemouth, he was incredibly wasteful in possession and was one of the few poor performers on the day for Newcastle.