Benitez rues missed chances as Newcastle lose two-goal lead

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25 February, 2018

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Stoke City and Newcastle United at Bet365 Stadium on January 1, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake's ball into the box.

Bournemouth pushed to find a way back into the game, and a lifeline arrived courtesy of a fantastic long-range effort from Adam Smith 10 minutes from time.

The Premier League can be a maddening, chaotic place for managers.

The Magies broke the deadlock with their first meaningful chance of the afternoon seven minutes later when Jonjo Shelvey's long ball was diverted into the penalty area by Matt Ritchie, allowing Gayle to bundle the ball beyond Asmir Begovic with a tricky backheel.

Steve Cook scored a 92nd-minute victor in Bournemouth's 1-0 win at Newcastle in November.

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In first-half added time, the Magpies doubled their lead.

Newcastle had looked comfortable, and were repeatedly hitting the home side on the break, when Shelvey misses a glorious chance in the 79th minute.

There was still time for Bournemouth to pull off a remarkable turnaround but Newcastle did at least save a point, yet they still have plenty of work to do to preserve their top-flight status.

Rafa Benitez has hinted that he may stay at Newcastle for many years to come this week, when speaking to The Northern Echo this week.

Bournemouth have not beaten Newcastle at home in the league since 1989, back in the old Division Two.

Benitez expects Slimani to feature for Newcastle sooner rather than later but is pleased with the quality of players at his disposal, having produced a 1-0 league victory over against Manchester United this month.


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