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Newcastle rally to seal back-to-back wins

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By Richard Morgan

Football journalist - @Richiereds1976

Report and highlights as Newcastle record two successive league wins for the first time since April

Last Updated: 09/11/19 5:25pm

2:59 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle's win against Bournemouth in the Premier League FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Newcastle's win against Bournemouth in the Premier League

Ciaran Clark scored the winner as Newcastle came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St James' Park.

Bournemouth took a 14th-minute lead when on-loan Liverpool winger Harry Wilson swept home after a clever short-corner routine.

However, Newcastle drew level three minutes before the break thanks to a flying header from DeAndre Yedlin, although only after a VAR check had confirmed the American right-back was just onside.

The home side claimed all three points, though, when Clark toe-poked home from close range seven minutes into the second half, the centre-back's 10th goal for Newcastle but his first that was not a header.

As a result, Newcastle. who were following up their 3-2 win at West Ham, move up to 11th in the Premier League after registering back-to-back league victories for the first time since April, while Bournemouth stay in seventh.

How Newcastle recorded back-to-back wins

Taking charge of his 916th game, Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was looking to record his first win as a manager over Bournemouth, although it did not start well for his side.

The visitors opened the scoring just before the quarter-hour mark after catching their opponents out with a well-worked short corner involving Ryan Fraser and Joshua King, before the former picked out the unmarked Harry Wilson in the box. The Wales international kept his cool to side-foot the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

But Newcastle responded in brilliant fashion to that early setback, firstly equalising just before the break when Yedlin somehow managed to get his head on to Allan Saint-Maximin's deflected cross.

Unsurprisingly, Newcastle were unchanged from the side that won 3-2 at West Ham last time out.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth made just the one alteration to the team that beat Man Utd 1-0 at home last Saturday lunchtime, with Lewis Cook replacing the suspended Jefferson Lerma in central midfield. Dan Gosling also took his place on the visitors' bench after recovering from a hip injury the midfielder picked up in pre-season.

The hosts turned the match on its head when, from a left-wing corner, Federico Fernandez rose highest to head the ball into the six-yard box for his fellow centre-back Clark to convert.

Bruce's side had several chances to further extend their lead, only for a combination of poor finishing and some outrageous bad luck - particularly when Miguel Almiron's goalbound shot hit Saint-Maximin on the ground - to make for an uncomfortable last few minutes.

Match statsNewcastle have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since April, while this is also the first time they've scored more than once in a home league game this season.Bournemouth lost a Premier League away game in which they scored the first goal for the first time since September 2017 (1-2 vs Everton).Bournemouth conceded their first goal in four Premier League games, ending a run of 392 minutes without conceding in the competition.Newcastle had 20 shots in this match - their most in a Premier League game this season, and most since hitting 29 against Huddersfield in February.Seven of Newcastle's last nine Premier League goals have been scored by defenders, with centre-back Ciaran Clark netting in consecutive games for the Magpies.Since the start of last season, Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser has provided more Premier League assists than any other player (16), with the Scot assisting the Cherries' opener today.What's next?

Newcastle take on Aston Villa at Villa Park on November 25, with that clash live on Sky Sports Premier League on Monday Night Football (8pm).

Meanwhile, Bournemouth face Wolves at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday November 23 (3pm).

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