Newcastle Player Ratings vs Bournemouth – Here’s how the Magpies fared
Newcastle United made it two wins in two consecutive league games when they beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St.James’ Park in a tight affair. Salomon Rondon, a striker who hadn’t scored a goal for the Magpies before, netted a brace to lead them to an important victory, lifting them to 14th in the table (at the time of writing).
Jefferson Lerma did pull one back for the Cherries at the stroke of half-time to bring them back into the game. Eddie Howe’s men applied some pressure after the break, however, the lack of quality in the final third let them down on several occasions. Rafa Benitez and his men should be happy to have picked up their second win of the season, elevating them clear of the drop zone.
Newcastle United Player Ratings
Martin Dubravka (7.5)
Couldn’t do much to save the goal, however, he made some vital saves to keep the team ahead.
DeAndre Yedlin (7)
Set up the opening goal with an intelligent ball into the box. Defensively, he got caught once or twice but was secure overall.
Federico Fernandez (7.5)
The summer signing was immense at the back, making important interceptions and putting his body on the line when required.
Fabian Schar (6.5)
Schar was slotted in place of Jamaal Lascelles and looked comfortable other than the odd nervy moments.
Paul Dummett (7)
The Welshman was the stand-in skipper of the day and put in a usual no-nonsense performance.
Ki Sung-Yueng (7)
The South Korean was an immense figure in the middle of the park. Was involved in the build-up to the second goal with a sumptuous cross-field ball.
Mohamed Diame (6.5)
Diame made some valuable nicks and interceptions when required. He was involved in the build-up for the first goal.
The Brazilian was at his hard-working best, running up and down the pitch to help the team. Put in an excellent cross to set up Rondon for the second goal.
Ayoze Perez (7)
Worked hard throughout the game and helped the team immensely.
Matt Ritchie (6)
The ex-Bournemouth player tried to make things happen without really impacting much.
Salomon Rondon (8.5)
The Venezuelan scored his first two goals for the club and led the line very well.
Isaac Hayden (On after 74 mins) (5)
Came on to shore up the midfield and add extra protection.
Christian Atsu (On after 80 mins) (5.5)
Came to add pace and directness to the counter-attacks.
Ciaran Clark (On after 78 mins) (5)
He was brought on to change the shape of the back-line and thwart the opposition.