Reverse fixture recap 11/4/17: Bournemouth 1, Newcastle United 0

Predicted Newcastle XI vs Bournemouth

Predicted Newcastle XI vs Bournemouth

The Magpies were undoubtedly the better side in the first half, as Dwight Gayle was able to help himself to a brace by capitalising on some poor defending under pressure from the visitors.

Perez and Shelvey spurned gilt-edged chances to make it three either side of a fine Dubravka save from Steve Cook, and those wasted opportunities ultimately proved costly as Smith fired a stunning strike in off the bar before Gosling struck with a confident side-foot finish as a previously composed Newcastle defence crumbled. Dan Gosling struck a late equalizer against his former club as Bournemouth fought back from two goals down to draw with Newcastle 2-2 in the English Premier League. He knows it was a good chance.

"We should have been talking today about a great game and three points", shrugged Benitez.

Benitez said: "We missed a chance, we conceded a goal, and then we lost the control we'd had for 70 minutes".

"We had to manage things better, although it was hard because they were pushing and making crosses from everywhere". A Paul Dummett cross found Ayoze Perez at the far post, before the Spaniard laid the ball across goal, which somehow found a way through Begovic, leaving Gayle to tap in his second of the game and a deserved two goal lead at half-time.

"It is not easy to defend when they are attacking and attacking though, and it is hard to do everything ideal".

The 29-year-old has travelled to his home country Algeria for extra treatment and is unlikely to be available until the Premier League home fixture against Southampton on March 10.

The Magpies remain only two points above the relegation zone, and club legend Shearer admits that he is disappointed over the result.

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