In a captivating clash at Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth secured a vital 2-0 victory over a depleted Newcastle United. Dominic Solanke stole the spotlight with two second-half goals, lifting the Cherries to 17th place in the Premier League table, three points clear of the relegation zone.
Facing a Newcastle side marred by injuries and suspensions, Bournemouth capitalized on the opportunity. Solanke’s first goal came in the 60th minute, capitalizing on a defensive mishap by Newcastle’s Joe Willock. The 26-year-old forward showcased his clinical finishing, putting the home side in the lead.
Despite Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope’s commendable efforts to keep his team in the game, Solanke struck again at a corner, securing his brace with an improvised close-range finish. The second goal deflated Newcastle’s hopes, and Bournemouth controlled the game’s tempo.
Bournemouth, recently battered by a 6-1 defeat to Manchester City, found redemption and climbed to 17th place with nine points, three clear of Luton Town. Solanke, reflecting on the win, expressed optimism, stating, “We’ve got back-to-back wins at home in the league now, so we’re looking to push forward, and hopefully, I can keep on scoring.”
Newcastle defender Kieran Trippier refused to make excuses, acknowledging the challenges of a demanding schedule. “We wanted to play Champions League football, we want to play in every competition, so I say no excuses, because this is the reality,” he asserted, emphasizing the need for resilience and determination despite setbacks.