AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1 NEWCASTLE 0: Has the tide finally turned as Cook seals three points

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Three points, thank you very much Newcastle United and thank you very much Mr Steven Cook for leaving it until late. It all adds to the drama and excitement.

We said we needed goals and points. We got more points than we got goals but more importantly we scored more than the other team. Almost makes up for that flukey win Newcastle got back in 2016. Here’s what we thought of the much needed win

Two wins in the last three games is form to enjoy. Forget Chelsea, we our now playing the teams we can beat without making headline news. Still only Man City, Man Utd, Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Burnley that have more wins than us in their last five games.

The points were undoubtedly more important than the performance. And, if you have asked us after the first 45 minutes what we thought we would have give a damning answer. Saying we were SH*T would have been polite. The second half was much improved, well it couldn’t be much worse and Newcastle looked to have already run out of steam. They were as sh*t in the second half as we were in the first.

Still short on goals but Callum Wilson, Josh King and Marc Pugh all had good chances to score. And, we know it doesn’t happen often, we managed to keep a clean sheet. Mainly thanks to the post, Begovic, the linesman (more later) and sh*t finishing from the home side.

Callum Wilson started his first Premier League game since sometime in January. But he has looked sharp and we need goals, so it seemed obvious to play him. We ran a poll and the fans said Yes he should start. And, obviously we all know better that Eddie Howe, can’t beat an armchair expert :-). The last time he came back from injury he didn’t look like the same player. This time he looks like the goal machine of old. He is still a bit match rusty, as his one-on-one showed, but only games will give him the fitness and confidence he needs.

Steve Cook has been in and out of the side recently as Eddie Howe has looked to accommadate the ‘Tall One’ in defence. But, for us he has been our best defender for years and he weighs in with the odd goal. When was the last time Simon Francis found the back of the net? We’ll tell way back in September 2014 against Wigan at home in a 2-0 victory.

The moment the goal is disallowed it doesn’t count. What if’s and maybes are big in football. But, it was a goal. Everyone has seen the replays. Steve Cook said at the time he thought it was offside. Guess he was wrong and so was the linesman.


When interveiwed after the game he said’“The other one at the end [just before the full-time whistle], I thought he was offside as well, but I wasn’t going to take any risks and let him go. “He didn’t give offside and it was probably a foul. But there you go. My heart was in my mouth, not because I thought he was going to score but because I thought I could be sent off. “I would have been more than happy to have taken one for the team to protect the three points.

There is a lot of bollocks spoken on Twitter. It is the perfect platform for anyone to spout their opinion (including us). Here we have chosen a few of our favourite moments in reaction to the Newcastle game.

This one is our favourite. Didn’t turn out too bad in the end did it 🙂

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