Newcastle 1-0 Bournemouth: Match Analysis

Newcastle United have recorded their second win of the 2015/2016 season after an away trip to A.F.C Bouremouth which sees them leapfrog the home team in the Premier League table.

​Heroics

Perez has continued a good run of form coming into this new season and has scored three for Newcastle so far. His tame effort saw the ball fumble into the net past Federici and saw a resounding and much needed win for a submissive Newcastle United side. This was the Toon's only shot on target in the entire match and clearly displayed the lack of aggressive forward play needed to progress further up the table.

Whereas Perez's fortunate finish saw Newcastle win the game, Rob Elliot's sterling performance in front of goal denied David Howe's team a selection of chances to get back into the game. The Republic of Ireland international successfully saw off a dominant Bournemouth side that threatened the Newcastle goal 20 times in contrast to the visitors 2 attempt's.

Harsh reality of the Premier League

​After promotion to the top tier last season from the Championship, Bournemouth were given a harsh lesson into the difference between the two leagues.

Bournemouth were dominant and commanded possession, controlling an impressive 68% of play, pouring forward on both flanks and consistently testing Newcastle's nervy defence, only denied by the brilliance of Newcastle's replacement goalkeeper Rob Elliot. This is now the Cherries sixth successive loss in the Premier League without a win and who now slip into the bottom three.

The Hosts at Dean Court stadium have now only kept one clean sheet in 12 games and replace Newcastle in the Relegation zone. Again the injury inflicted Bournemouth have seen the devastating effects  from Max Gradel, Tyrone Mings and Callum Wilson's absence, with the majority ruled out for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, their captain Tommy Elphick, has also been sidelined for two months.

A light on the horizon

Despite this, the game has proved Bournemouth can still be a menacing side, threatening Steve McClaren's side multiple times, with their 20 attempted shots, the most they've tried so far this season. Additionally, the work ethic exhibited from the cherries must please Bournemouth fans, outrunning their opposition by 119 KM to 114 KM.

Although he remained absent for the majority of the game, Newcastle midfielder Georgino Wjinaldum's assist to Perez against Bournemouth has now cemented his role as the play maker for Newcastle United, having assisted eight of the 13 goals scored, with he himself appearing on the scoresheet six times this season.

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