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Newcastle have failed to win for a sixth successive Premier League game

Newcastle recorded a sixth straight Premier League game without a win after drawing 1-1 with Bournemouth at St James’s Park in a Round of 8 clash. In the first half, the goalposts stopped the home team twice, and Neto made two great saves. Philip Billing shocked the hosts in the 21st minute, and Alexander Isaac equalized from the penalty spot five minutes later. Bournemouth continue to perform well under caretaker manager Gary O’Neill, who has picked up five points in his first three games since replacing Scott Parker after 0-9 at Liverpool.

Eddie Howe made two changes to his squad from the goalless draw with Crystal Palace two weeks ago. Bruno Guimaraes returned from injury to start, while Dan Byrne replaced new signing Sven Botman, who remained on the bench, at centre-back.

Marcos Senese started in place of the injured Lloyd Kelly in the Bournemouth line-up.

The Magpies were predictably the more active team, but Bournemouth defended well before the break and there were few chances for the hosts. Even the first such opened for the visitors in the 15th minute, when Tavernier headed Zemura’s cross, but the ball went wide of the goal. Newcastle went close in the 27th minute when Trippier once again produced a superb free-kick but the ball hit the post. In the 43rd minute, the post saved the visitors for the second time after a shot by Joelinton, and then Neto made two brilliant saves in succession after shots again by Joelinton and Guimarães.

Newcastle had even more possession after the break. Fraser missed a good chance early on, but in the 62nd minute St James’ Park were silenced when Billing tapped in Zemura’s perfect cross at the near post. Pope could only watch the ball enter his goal – 0:1.

Just two minutes later, Lerma played in a handball from Trippier’s cross. After VAR’s intervention, head referee Craig Pawson was called to the monitor, whereupon he quite rightly awarded a penalty. Alexander Isak was flawless from the penalty spot for 1:1.

By the end, however, Newcastle were unable to make a complete turnaround. So recorded a sixth consecutive game without success. The Magpies’ only win this season came in the first round against Nottingham Forest.

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