Back in Tyne: Five memorable battles with Bournemouth
Written by Luke Vinton
Ahead of Newcastle United's Premier League meeting with Bournemouth on Wednesday (kick-off 6pm BST), we take a look at some of the Magpies' most memorable clashes against the Cherries...
One shot, one winning goal! (2015/16)
Ayoze Pérez grabbed the match winner for United with the Magpies' only attempt on target in a 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium, after Bournemouth recorded 20 shots on target in comparison to Newcastle's two.
After the Spaniard's first-half opener, Rob Elliot was in excellent goalkeeping form after facing a bombardment of efforts, including Matt Ricthie's diving header for the Cherries.
United's defence held on for an important three points away from Tyneside as Elliot picked up back-to-back clean sheets in a memorable match for the Greenwich-born shot stopper.
Rondón's deadly double (2018/19)
After five successive defeats at St. James' Park last term, United followed up their first Premier League win of the season over Watford with an important 2-1 victory against Bournemouth to move out of the relegation zone.
Salomón Rondón netted his first goal at St. James' Park in the opening ten minutes before grabbing his brace in terrific fashion, charging onto the end of Kenedy's pinpoint cross before powerfully heading home in front of the Leazes End.
United were unable to produce their third clean sheet in a row as Jefferson Lerma pulled one back for Eddie Howe's side but, unlike their trip to Dorset last term, held on for all three points - although they did breathe a sigh of relief as Dan Gosling's late effort was ruled out for offside.
Last minute drama for United (2017/18)
This meeting on the South Coast two years ago served up a dramatic finale, with Newcastle squandering a two-goal lead as Bournemouth salvaged a 2-2 draw.
A first-half double from Dwight Gayle, who broke the deadlock with a neat backheel, looked to have given United breathing space but, after gilt-edged chances were missed to wrap up the victory, Adam Smith halved the deficit in the late stages before former Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling netted in the final minute.
Despite dropping two points, Rafa Benítez's men recorded four wins out of their next five matches, going on to finish in a respectable tenth place on their return to the top-flight.
Ritchie's stoppage time rocket (2018/2019)
Just like the season prior, Newcastle were involved in another four-goal draw against the Cherries as former Bournemouth man Matt Ritchie rescued a point for the Magpies with a stunning volley in the dying stages at the Vitality Stadium.
Salomon Rondón's superb free kick on the stroke of half time gave the visitors a slender lead before Josh King levelled from the penalty spot for the hosts shortly after the restart.
Defender Paul Dummett kept United on level terms with an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Callum Wilson but Bournemouth went ahead late on as King notched his second goal of the afternoon.
With the game approaching full time, Ritchie sparked jubilant scenes in the away end after connecting with DeAndre Yedlin's cross from the right flank and firing a thunderous volley into the roof of the net, securing a point for the Magpies.
Mighty Quinn seals win (1989/1990)
United ran out 3-0 winners against Bournemouth in the old second division nearly three decades ago.
John Anderson opened the scoring for the Magpies after a goalless first half before Mick Quinn netted twice on his way to grabbing 32 league goals that season.
A strong end to the campaign saw Newcastle qualify for the play-offs, but they lost out to Sunderland at the semi-final stage.