Newcastle 'must improve' - Benitez hits out at sloppy finishing

Posted February 25, 2018

And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake's ball into the box. He is someone who is learning, it is a question of if he can manage these situations and do well with all the pressure of football and the Premier League and people watching him and analysing his behaviour. They have won their last three home games, with Everton, Arsenal and Stoke all beaten, and they have only lost one of their last six matches at the Vitality Stadium.

It took 10 minutes for either goalkeeper to be forced into a save as Martin Dubravka, coming off an impressive debut against Jose Mourinho's men, sprung to his left to parry Callum Wilson's effort on the turn.

The breakthrough came soon afterwards in the 17th minute when Jonjo Shelvey released Perez down the right flank. It was a pair of Newcastle United misses that were noteworthy in this 45 minutes.

Ritchie also tested his old club's nerve with a shot that whistled just past the post from 25 yards on 20 minutes.

Junior Stanislas and Gosling both lashed volleys over before Newcastle, having struggled to retain possession in the closing stages of the first half, doubled their advantage against the run of play.

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Former NHLer Jim Slater, whose shorthanded breakaway equalised for the Americans in the second period, was dismayed as well. The goal was Donato's fifth of the tournament eclipsing his father Ted's four goals from the 1992 Albertville Winter Games.

Gayle netted his second on the stroke of half time, with Paul Dummett picking out Ayoze Perez from a deep position, allowing the Spaniard to thread a low pass to the striker in front of goal, gifting him with a tap-in.

Bournemouth and Newcastle are still in relegation danger, but Kevin Hatchard doesn't expect them to be too cautious this weekend.

The Magpies confirmed their starting XI via their official Twitter account, confirming that the boss had chosen to make no changes to the side which pulled off a surprise victory against Manchester United two weeks ago. Opta tell us Bournemouth have never won four consecutive Premier League home games, but there is better statistical news for AFCB fans when it comes to the club's home record against promoted sides.

Unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches, Newcastle will fancy their chances on Saturday.

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