Solanke double for Bournemouth sinks injury-hit Newcastle


Dominic Solanke has scored six goals and assisted one this season

Dominic Solanke scored twice to give Bournemouth a richly deserved victory over Newcastle United as injuries continue to mount for visiting manager Eddie Howe.

Bournemouth failed to capitalise on numerous chances in the first half before Solanke eventually broke the deadlock after an hour, taking advantage of a fortunate ricochet off Joe Willock to slot in from close range.

He doubled Bournemouth’s lead 13 minutes later, flicking in a rebound after Luis Sinisterra’s header came back off the post.

It was a disappointing result for Newcastle, who were without midfielder Bruno Guimaraes through suspension and injured striker Callum Wilson, before Miguel Almiron was forced off in the first half.

Sean Longstaff had the best of their chances late in the second half, curling over the bar from an unmarked position, but only after goalkeeper Nick Pope made several smart saves to prevent Bournemouth’s tally rising.

Defeat leaves Howe’s side seventh in the Premier League table, four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, and the Reds can extend their advantage against Brentford at Anfield on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth have opened up a three-point gap on the bottom three with just their second victory from 12 Premier League matches this season.

Well-deserved Cherries win as injuries plague Howe

Newcastle came into this match with several first-team players missing, including forwards Alexander Isak and Wilson, while there was a first Premier League start for 17-year-old midfielder Lewis Miley.

Howe was seen puffing out his cheeks and holding his head in his hands as Newcastle players received treatment on the pitch – Fabian Schar and Longstaff recovering, but Almiron unable to carry on.

But there were more than injury concerns at half-time with Bournemouth having the better of the chances, keeping Newcastle goalkeeper Pope busy between the sticks.

Antoine Semenyo could have had a hat-trick were it not for Pope’s parry, before the Bournemouth striker struck inches wide and later mis-controlled a pass with the goal at his mercy.

Pope later pushed away Ryan Christie’s half-volley, before Newcastle skipper Jamaal Lascelles’ excellent sliding block prevented Solanke from scoring in the first half.

Still feeling the effects of their Champions League defeat at Borussia Dortmund, Newcastle lacked intensity and made too many individual errors, as Bournemouth eventually took their chances in the second half.

Solanke’s double did little to spark Newcastle into action and it was the hosts who finished the game in search of goals, missing a host of chances late on.

Pope remained Newcastle’s standout performer until the final whistle, producing a superb save to tip Sinisterra’s effort inches over the bar.

It was a well-rounded performance from Bournemouth and a much-deserved three points which lifts them out of the relegation zone.

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AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number1Player nameNeto

  2. Squad number37Player nameAarons

  3. Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

  4. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  5. Squad number5Player nameKelly

  6. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  7. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  8. Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

  9. Squad number19Player nameKluivert

  10. Squad number16Player nameTavernier

  11. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  1. Squad number8Player nameRothwell

  2. Squad number11Player nameOuattara

  3. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

  4. Squad number17Player nameSinisterra

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number22Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

  3. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

  4. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  5. Squad number20Player nameHall

  6. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

  7. Squad number67Player nameMiley

  8. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  9. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  10. Squad number10Player nameGordon

  11. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  1. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  2. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

  3. Squad number21Player nameLivramento

  4. Squad number63Player nameParkinson



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neto
  • 37AaronsSubstituted forA Smithat 68′minutes
  • 27Zabarnyi
  • 25SenesiBooked at 86mins
  • 5Kelly
  • 10Christie
  • 4L CookBooked at 57mins
  • 24SemenyoSubstituted forOuattaraat 81′minutes
  • 19KluivertSubstituted forSinisterraat 68′minutes
  • 16TavernierSubstituted forRothwellat 90+6′minutes
  • 9Solanke


  • 3Kerkez
  • 6Mepham
  • 7Brooks
  • 8Rothwell
  • 11Ouattara
  • 15A Smith
  • 17Sinisterra
  • 22Traorè
  • 42Travers


Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Pope
  • 2Trippier
  • 6LascellesBooked at 85mins
  • 5Schär
  • 20HallSubstituted forLivramentoat 45′minutes
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 67MileySubstituted forParkinsonat 66′minutes
  • 28WillockSubstituted forKrafthat 90+5′minutes
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forRitchieat 31′minutes
  • 10Gordon
  • 7Joelinton


  • 1Dúbravka
  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Krafth
  • 21Livramento
  • 29Gillespie
  • 49Diallo
  • 54Murphy
  • 63Parkinson

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