伯恩茅斯 1 Newcastle United 4
- Kevin Friend
Newcastle United cruised past struggling 伯恩茅斯 at the Vitality 体育场 to record their most impressive away win of the Premier League season so far.
Dwight 盖尔 set the tone for the evening by sweeping home the Magpies’ first five minutes in, with Sean Longstaff picking out the top corner on the half-hour mark to leave the Cherries with a mountain to climb.
A fine display on the South Coast was completed by Valentino 拉扎罗, whose first goal for Newcastle was as eye-catching as any of the three which preceded it on the night. Former United midfielder 丹·格斯林 pulled one back for the home side at the death, though they had long been dead and buried by that point.
Frontman Gayle’s miss was one of the enduring moments from Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Man City at St. James’ Park, but he responded in perfect fashion by opening the scoring against Eddie Howe’s side. A lapse in concentration from Jefferson 莱尔马 allowed Longstaff to intervene, and the United midfielder helped the ball on to Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman, in turn, slid the ball through for 盖尔, who calmly picked out the far corner.
First-half goals have been in short supply for the Magpies this term, but they helped themselves to another as the Cherries started to unravel. Saint-Maximin was again the architect, superbly working his way past three defenders before cutting the ball back for Longstaff, whose finish was emphatic. Unfortunately for Longstaff, that was to be his last involvement of the night, with injury forcing him off the pitch just a minute later.
Leading up to the break, there was little to suggest 伯恩茅斯 were capable of staging a comeback against Steve Bruce’s side, though they were unfortunate not to pull a goal back early into the second half. Dominic solanke’s deflected effort from 20 yards nearly dropped in, looping over Martin Dúbravka before clipping the ‘keeper’s right-hand post. Josh 国王 headed home the rebound but was, quite rightly, flagged offside.
That was as nervy as it got for United, as 阿尔米隆 – Longstaff’s replacement – made it game, set and match after 57 minutes. Jonjo 谢尔维 and Saint-Maximin combined before the latter rolled the ball into the substitute’s path. 阿尔米隆 strode forward and brilliantly found the same part of the net as Longstaff – albeit at the opposite end of the pitch.
Though David 布鲁克斯 hit the woodwork for 伯恩茅斯, Newcastle continued to look in total control. 谢尔维 again had a part to play in their fourth, threading a fine ball through the heart of the Cherries’ defence for 拉扎罗, who took a touch to his left before beating onrushing ‘keeper Aaron ramsdale.
The Austrian then saw a raking effort come back off the woodwork just moments later, with another substitute – Isaac 海登 – blazing the rebound high and wide. Andy 卡罗尔 also threatened before the Cherries grabbed a late consolation – though that was certainly all it was. 小鹅 applied the decisive touch, beating 埃米利·克拉夫斯 to a loose ball after Nathan 阿克 helped on a set-piece.