Rob Elliot's heroics earns Newcastle a rare away win at Bournemouth

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Rob Elliot played through the pain of thigh trouble to secure Newcastle's first away win in 10 months in an edgy 1-0 victory at Bournemouth.

The United goalkeeper thwarted the dominant hosts with a string of fine saves, handing manager Steve McClaren his first win on the road.

Ayoze Perez's sucker-punch strike secured the points for Newcastle, who only produced that solitary shot on target at Dean Court.

Newcastle rode their luck en route to their second Barclays Premier League win of the campaign, and their first away victory since a 3-0 triumph at Hull City on January 31.

Elliot pulled off at least five crucial saves to frustrate Eddie Howe's creative but toothless Bournemouth - and that after remaining a doubt right up until kick-off.

Newcastle took teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson to the south coast, and the 18-year-old even warmed up just in case Elliot's injury worsened again.

McClaren did not need to call on the youngster, however, as Elliot eased Newcastle's goalkeeping woes with Tim Krul and Karl Darlow sidelined.

Bournemouth laid consistent siege to his goal in a one-sided first-half, only to turn around trailing to the visitors' solitary strike.

Josh King and Matt Ritchie will kick themselves for weak finishes, while Adam Smith fired just over with the goal at his mercy.

Elliot's best save of the half came from Dan Gosling's far-post header - the 29-year-old stopper cementing his inspired showing with a smart point-blank save.

Bournemouth should have easily capitalised on Newcastle's midfield misalignment and defensive disarray - instead McClaren's men rode their luck and grabbed the lead.

Aleksandar Mitrovic's flick opened the space for Georginio Wijnaldum to play in Perez, with the Spain forward toe-poking home.

Adam Federici ought to have kept out the tame effort, but Newcastle's battling horde could hardly have cared less.

The second half opened in exactly the same vein as the first, with Elliot again denying the hosts.

Ritchie raced onto a dangerous cross to head goalwards, only for the Newcastle goalkeeper to tip over the bar.

Gosling fluffed another effort to continue the trend and then Junior Stanislas blasted wildly over the bar in acres of space.

Chancel Mbemba barged Andrew Surman off the ball in the box just past the hour, but referee Lee Mason waved away Bournemouth's penalty calls.

After so many half-chances and missed opportunities, the hosts' heads finally dropped, leaving the tie to peter out somewhat.

A curiously-high tally of six additional minutes rallied Bournemouth slightly, but still Newcastle clung on for a victory to boost their bid to ease away from the relegation zone.


Alan Shearer ?@alanshearer

14 corners to 0. 17 efforts to 2. 69% possession . 0-1 result. It's not about stats and playing well. It's about winning. #BOUNEW #MOTD



Adam Federici: 4 (out of 10)

Simon Francis: 6

Dan Gosling: 6

Andrew Surman: 7

Harry Arter: 5

Charlie Daniels: 6

Adam Smith: 7

Joshua King: 5

Junior Stanislas: 5

Sylvain Distin: 6

Matt Ritchie: 7


Lee Tomlin (for Stanislas, 73): 6

Yann Kermorgant (for King, 73): 6

Tokelo Rantie (for Arter, 80): 6


Rob Elliot: 9

Fabricio Coloccini: 6

Paul Dummett: 5

Georginio Wijnaldum: 5

Moussa Sissoko: 6

Vurnon Anita: 5

Ayoze Perez: 6

Chancel Mbemba: 5

Daryl Janmaat: 5

Cheick Tiote: 5

Aleksandar Mitrovic: 6


Papiss Cisse (for Mitrovic, 63) 5

Florian Thauvin (for Perez, 77) 6

Kevin Mbabu (for Anita, 92) 5


Rob Elliot. The Newcastle goalkeeper played through the pain of hamstring trouble to produce the day's pivotal performance. The 29-year-old somehow kept Newcastle in the match despite Bournemouth's consistent dominance.


After somehow soaking up everything Bournemouth had to throw at them, Newcastle launched their only tangible attack of the match - and Ayoze Perez poked the winner past a stunned Adam Federici.


Junior Stanislas and Josh King started for Bournemouth with Eddie Howe fielding a starting XI that could float between 4-5-1 and 4-3-3. Newcastle remained unchanged from the line-up that drew 0-0 with Stoke at home, with goalkeeper Rob Elliot pressed into service despite carrying a thigh injury. Teenage academy keeper Brendan Pearson made the trip and warmed up with Elliot and replacement Freddie Woodman, but was not needed in the end.


Ayoze Perez might have poked home the winning goal, but the 22-year-old Spaniard needs to cut out the play-acting. Twice the Spain Under-21 star threw himself to the turf to indulge in a spot of needless writhing in false pain.


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