Rafael Benitez names rare UNCHANGED side at Bournemouth

The Algerian was signed to add firepower to an attack that has seriously lacked goals, scoring only 25 Premier League goals as a side this term, so this injury set-back could ultimately be a huge blow to Newcastle's survival hopes.

But the ball flew over and a minute later Adam Smith had scored for Bournemouth, before the inevitable equaliser came a minute from time, courtesy of Dan Gosling.

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.

Newcastle are three points behind Bournemouth in 13th spot.

Benitez stuck with the same team which surprised Manchester United a fortnight ago and the game plan appeared to have worked perfectly as his players expertly absorbed pressure from the hosts before clinically hitting them on the break.

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Bournemouth looked the more likely to score in the closing stages, winning several corners in quick succession during five nervy minutes of stoppage time, but a third goal proved a bridge too far. Anyone that has scored the goals he has in his career, naturally it is going to give the squad a lift to see him back with us.

"This can happen, especially in the Premier League".

"Ayoze was the striker, and we were trying to make sure that we had more control, but we were giving the ball away and they were pushing".

- Bournemouth have gone eight Premier League home games without a clean sheet, their longest-ever run without a shutout at the Vitality Stadium in the competition.

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake drove the ball in from the left and Gosling - who left St James' Park to join the Cherries in 2014 - coolly side-footed home.

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