Newcastle 1-1 Bournemouth: Alexander Isak scores from the penalty spot to net his first goal at St James’ Park for hosts – but Magpies boss Eddie Howe is unable to be beat his old side after Philip Billing’s opener for the Cherries
- Alexander Isak scored a superb penalty as Newcastle drew 1-1 with Bournemouth
- The Swedish striker’s spot-kick cancelled out Philip Billing’s 62nd minute opener
- Kieran Trippier and Joelinton hit the post for Newcastle during the first half
- The point climbed the Magpies into 10th as Bournemouth moved to 12th place
Draw specialists Newcastle shared the spoils for a fifth time in seven matches despite dominating against manager Eddie Howe’s former club.
After Toon twice hit the woodwork, the visitor’s launched a smash-and-grab raid to lead through Philip Billing.
But Newcastle quickly levelled from the spot from £60million striker Alexander Isak after a VAR call in their favour – the Swede grabbing the ball from Bruno Guimaraes to take.
Alexander Isak’s 67th minute penalty rescued a 1-1 draw for Newcastle against Bournemouth
The Swede’s spot-kick cancelled out Philip Billing’s header for the visitors five minutes earlier
MATCH FACTS AND PLAYER RATINGS
Newcastle (4-2-3-1): Pope 6: Trippier 8.5, Schar 6, Burn 6, Targett 7; Guimaraes 6.5 (Longstaff 72 6), Willock 6; Fraser 7.5 (Murphy 71 6), Almiron 6 (Wood 89), Joelinton 7; Isak 6
Subs unused: Karius (Gk), Botman, Lascelles, Ritchie, Lewis, Manquillo, Wood
Goal: Isak pen 67
Booked: Joelinton, Targett
Bournemouth: Neto 8: Smith 6, Mepham 6, Senesi 6, Zemura 7; Cook 6, Lerma 6; Tavernier 7 (Anthony 80), Billing 7 (Stephens 90), Christie 6 (Stacey 87); Solanke 6.5 (Moore 90)
Subs unused: Travers (Gk), Marcondes, Lowe, Dembele, Stanislas
Goal: Billing 62
Booked: Tavernier, Christie
Referee: Craig Pawson 7
A fortnight on from having a winning goal against Crystal Palace controversially chalked off, Howe was glad to see referee Craig Pawson sent to the monitor to check a handball he’d missed from Bournemouth’s Jefferson Lerma.
But there were still a few boos at the final whistle as Newcastle were unable to turn their 70 per cent possession into three points.
Even though Bournemouth were hammered 9-0 by Liverpool earlier in the season, they arrived in the north-east level on points with Newcastle after showing improvement under their interim manager Gary O’Neil.
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe managed the south coast club for 11 years but there wouldn’t have been any mixed feelings as his side chased a first win since the opening day.
After a quiet opening, Kieran Trippier came close to opening the scoring with a trademark free-kick which thudded against the post after 28 minutes.
The game really burst into life approaching half-time when Newcastle rued a hat-trick of missed opportunities.
Joelinton latched onto a clever pass from Ryan Fraser to smack a finish against the inside of the post from an acute angle.
Then, Cherries goalkeeper Neto – signed from Barcelona in the summer – made splendid saves from Joelinton and Fraser to keep the visitors level at the interval.
It was some recovery from the 33-year-old Brazilian who need treatment in the opening minutes on what appeared a groin problem.
Newly-promoted Bournemouth are in takeover talks with Las Vegas businessman Bill Foley and they hit the jackpot to take the lead against the run of play just after an hour.
Newcastle quickly levelled from the spot from £60million striker Isak after a VAR call
England right-back Kieran Trippier clipped the post from a 25-yard free-kick in the first-half
Joelinton also struck the woodwork in the first half as Newcastle looked to carve out a lead
A slick passing move from inside their own half led to left-back Jordan Zemura in space on the left edge of the penalty area.
He had time to size up a cross towards the near post and Billing timed his run perfectly in front of the Newcastle centre-halves and stuck out a long left leg to divert the ball past Nick Pope and score in consecutive games.
Toon felt robbed of a win against Crystal Palace by VAR who ‘spotted’ a foul by Joe Willock but this time the technology came to their aid for an equaliser after 67 minutes.
Referee Craig Pawson hadn’t spotted Jefferson Lerma’s oustretched left hand blocking a cross by Trippier but he was called to the monitor to look again and rightly pointed to the spot.
With regular taker Callum Wilson injured, Isak made it clear he wanted the responsibility and having grabbed the ball, he walked the walk as well – emphatically sending Neto the wrong way for his second Newcastle goal in three games.
But Eddie Howe’s men could not find another to give him a victory against his former side
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