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Newcastle destroy meek Bournemouth

Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle United

Goals from Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miggy Almiron and Lazaro don't really do justice for the dominance of the Magpies in a totally one sided encounter at the Vitality this evening.

What should have been a battle to the death for the home side turned out to be little more than a training match for Bruce's men.

A comfortable first half from a dominant Newcastle United and an electric Allan Saint-Maximin sent the visitors in 2 up at the break.

A loose pass at the back inside 10 minutes allowed Longstaff to steal, Saint-Maximin to play a simple ball to the unmarked Gayle who did the rest with a driven finish across the face of the disbarring keeper.

If Saint-Maximin’s assist for the fist was beautifully simplistic, his second was just beautiful.

Twisting and turning on the edge of the box he eventually made his way to the byeline before taking on and beating 3 players. A loverly cut-back to the onrushing Sean Longstaff gave the Newcastle youngster the time to drive the ball into the roof of the net for United’s second.

Easy at the break.

The second half gave the watching black and white fans much more of the same. Saint-Maximin once again the provider, this time for Almiron with a lovely finish. The fourth came from Lazaro who also finished well before the same player smashed the underside of the crossbar before Hayden inexplicably missed an open goal.

There would be a typical Newcastle moment at the end, when a hoofed free kick was eventually turned into the Magpies net by ex-Mag Gosling in injury time. But that was that.

4-1. Totally one sided. Newcastle United safe in the Premier League for another season. Job done for Steve Bruce and his men.

The prize for this one, for Newcastle at least, was safety and maybe even a place in the top half of the table.

For Bournemouth, who started in the bottom 3, a victory or even a draw would lift them out of the relegation zone, at least for now. But with just 1 point from a possible 18 available their struggle was something perhaps United were more used to. But the inclusion of Solanke, King and Groeneveld certainly showed intent.

For Bruce, there was an opportunity taken to ring the changes for this game. Stating a number players wouldn’t be risked through tiredness with 4 games in 11 games. A little bit of a surprise then that one of those he’d called out as being fatigued, Allan Saint-Maximin, was to start the game.

In, however, were a good sprinkling of the lesser seen squad. Krafth, Bentaleb, Gayle from the start in particular.

STARTING XI: Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo (Yedlin, 73), S Longstaff (Almiron, 33), Bentaleb, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Lazaro, 61), Gayle (Carroll, 61), Joelinton (Hayden, 73)

And Newcastle were off to a flyer. A mix up at the back with a ball across the back 4 allowing Sean Longstaff to steal the ball off Lerma and into the path of Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman fed Gayle who composed himself before firing past Ramsdale. A goalscorer’s finish and just the way to get his horror miss in the Cup against City out of his system. His second of the season. Saint-Maximin’s 5th assist.