Instant Reactions - Bournemouth v Newcastle (24/2/18)
Following today's clash between Bournemouth and Newcastle United, here are the instant reactions from both managers.
Bournemouth hosted Newcastle United at Dean Court for a 3pm kick off on Saturday February 24, with both sides playing out a two all draw.
The visitors took a two goal lead with a Dwight Gayle brace in the first half, but in the final ten minutes of the game the hosts staged a then unexpected come back and found the net through Adam Smith and Dan Gosling to take a share of the points.
Begovic, Francis, S Cook, Ake, Daniels (A Smith 45), Stanislas, L Cook, Gosling, Fraser (Mousset 63), King, Wilson (Defoe 73).
Boruc, Surman, Pugh, Simpson.
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84), Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Perez, Gayle (Hayden 78).
Clark, Joselu, Merino, Darlow.
Speaking to the BBC's cameras a short time after match day referee Roger East blew the final whistle, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe explained.
'We had been flat - Newcastle were dogged and made it difficult for us, but you have to compliment the players for the last 10 minutes - that is what we wanted to be, we showed a lot of quality and character to come back. We started OK but conceded a poor goal and the second one wasn't pretty either. They were both self-inflicted really, and it is incredibly difficult to lift yourself up from there. It's another point that nudges us towards where we want to be - every one could be vital at the end of the season.'
Newcastle gaffer Rafa Benitez in his comparative interview explained.
'It is always difficult when you have a team that is pushing at home but we had the chances to finish the game and didn't do it, we have to improve on that. We were I think in control of the game and had a clear idea of how to do things. They didn't have too many chances, I would say that the chance that we missed (Shelvey) and then the goal they scored quickly after, that changed everything. After that, we lost control. We have lost two points.'