Newcastle 2 - Bournemouth 2: Gosling salvages point for Cherries in relegation battle

Newcastle 2 - Bournemouth 2: Gosling salvages point for Cherries in relegation battle

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez said his side had been in control of the game, adding: "I would say that the chance that we missed, Jonjo Shelvey from close range to make it 3-0 and then the goal they scored quickly after, that changed everything".

The Magpies are 15 in the table with 29 points after 28 games, two points above the drop zone.

However, Eddie Howe saw his men bounce back with goals from Adam Smith and Dan Gosling in the final quarter of the match.

Dwight Gayle's double at the Vitality Stadium took him onto five goals for the season, meaning that he surpassed Perez as Newcastle's top scorer.

Cherries manager Eddie Howe said he was satisfied with the point, adding: "It was a unusual afternoon".

"I think it's a concentration thing, I think it's a mentality thing, he switches off and Rafa Benitez will be livid and that's why he doesn't play him sometimes - moments like that can cost you a game". Today was tough. We weren't very good for 70 minutes, but I have to praise the attitude and spirit of the team to come back.

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"You need everyone to be focused not feel sorry for themselves and credit to players for that so well". I was really pleased and I think the substitutes show the quality we've got.

"When you go to the last days of the window in this situation, it is always a risk to sign an injured player, but we had to do it".

"We worked really hard to try to bring players in to give us something different in the Premier League".

"We have a lot of work to do and I am under no illusions that we have to deliver".

He told Match of the Day (24/04, 22:30): "For as good as his passing was, his defensive side of his game in the latter stages didn't live up to it". Thus, any efforts that net three points for either Bournemouth or Newcastle will be huge to create some breathing room from the clubs trying to stave off a relegation battle.

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