By James Kilpatrick
Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle: Matt Ritchie scores stunning late volley
Report and highlights as Newcastle move seven clear of the Premier League relegation zone
Last Updated: 16/03/19 8:27pm
Matt Ritchie scored a dramatic late equaliser against his old club as Newcastle drew 2-2 with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday.
Salomon Rondon gave the visitors the lead with a fine free-kick on the stroke of half-time (45+5) on a wet and windy afternoon.
But Josh King looked to have completed a Bournemouth turnaround as he scored from the spot (48) before grabbing his second nine minutes from time. However, Ritchie's stunning volley in injury-time snatched Newcastle an emphatic late point.
The result means Bournemouth move above Everton into 11th. Newcastle remain in 13th, but are seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Bournemouth Boruc (6), Clyne (5), Mepham (6), Ake (6), Daniels (6), Brooks (6), Lerma (7), Fraser (7), Ibe (7), King (8), Wilson (6)
Subs: Solanke (7)
Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Yedlin (6), Lejeune (6), Fernandez (6), Dummett (6), Ritchie (7), Hayden (7), Diame (6), Perez (6), Almiron (6), Rondon (7)
Subs: Atsu (6), Muto (N/A), Shelvey (N/A)
Man of the match: Josh King
Both sides found the strong wind a problem in the early stages with neither able to get into a flowing rhythm. But the first chance arrived in the 11th minute when Ryan Fraser's drilled strike beat Martin Dubravka and smashed off the post.
With the blustery conditions resulting in ill-timed challenges, Jefferson Lerma picked up his 11th yellow of the season in the 18th minute - more than any other player in the Premier League - for a heavy sliding challenge on Ayoze Perez.
Callum Wilson, who received an England call-up in midweek, had his first look on goal three minutes before half-time, but he fired his shot from a tricky angle wide of the post. However, Rondon gave the visitors the lead in first-half injury-time with a curled free-kick into the top-left corner which Artur Boruc could not reach.
Ryan Fraser started after recovering from a knock. Nathaniel Clyne and Jordon Ibe came in for injured duo Adam Smith and Andrew Surman.
Federico Fernandez and Paul Dummett came into the backline for Fabian Schar (suspended) and Jamaal Lascelles (injured). Mohamed Diame started his first league game since January 2.
Bournemouth won a penalty two minutes after the restart when Federico Fernandez was deemed to have pulled down Nathan Ake in the area. King sent Dubravka the wrong way with his casual spot-kick.
Moments later and Ritchie nearly got the final touch to turn in Rondon's deflected shot - 15 minutes before Paul Dummett acrobatically cleared Wilson's dinked header over the bar - but Bournemouth took the lead through King when he skilfully placed his shot into the bottom corner.
With it looking like Bournemouth would secure all three points, Ritchie stole the show with a last-gasp equaliser as he volleyed home DeAndre Yedlin's floated ball to the back post to send the visiting fans home happy.
- Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last 19 home Premier League games against non 'big six' sides (W10 D9), since losing to Burnley in November 2017.
- Newcastle have lost just two of their last nine Premier League games (W5 D2), after losing three of the four before that (D1).
- Only Manchester United (10) have won more penalties than Bournemouth in the Premier League this season (9), while only Crystal Palace (8) have scored more than the Cherries (7).
- Courtesy of Josh King's 48th minute penalty, Bournemouth ended a run of 138 minutes without a shot on target at the Vitality Stadium in the league.
- Bournemouth's Jefferson Lerma has picked up 11 yellow cards this season in the Premier League, more than any other player and a joint-high for the Cherries in a single top-flight campaign (level with Harry Arter in 16-17).
- Against no side has Newcastle's Salomon Rondon scored more Premier League goals than he has against Bournemouth (4, level with Swansea).
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (91) is the only Norwegian player to score more Premier League goals than Bournemouth's Josh King (41).
- Matt Ritchie is only the second player to score against Bournemouth in the Premier League having previously played for them in the competition, after Glenn Murray for Brighton in January 2018.
Rafael Benitez: "The penalty in the second half you put some things there that we have different opinions. We have to analyse things carefully before we make decisions.
Check the video. I think we deserved a point because the way we were playing and working so we have to be happy at the end.
Eddie Howe: "We've still got more work to do. We're still looking above us as well at the same time trying to catch the teams above us.
"It's a good time for us, a two week break to get some bodies back. We need that. We've got some quality players that are not available at the moment and our squad will look a lot stronger when they return."
Man of the Match - Josh King
On a scrappy afternoon, King was still able to score two goals against a well-drilled Newcastle defence.
The Norway international's spot-kick was a confident one, while his classy 81st-minute finish in the swirling wind will unfortunately be overshadowed by Ritchie's sensational equaliser.
Bournemouth travel to Leicester for a 3pm kick-off in the Premier League on March 30. Newcastle, meanwhile take on Arsenal on Monday Night Football on April 1.