‘Deserved’ - Bournemouth boss delivers debatable verdict on Newcastle United draw

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Gary O’Neil’s verdict on Bournemouth’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil felt his side deserved all three points against Newcastle United.

The two clubs shared the spoils at the Vitality Stadium after Marco Sensei’s opener was cancelled out by Miguel Almiron on the brink of half-time.

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Neither side could find a winner in the second half. The Magpies remain fourth in the Premier League table, while Bournemouth missed the opportunity to move out of the relegation zone.

“Newcastle haven’t lost a game in 17 and are fourth in the league so it was always going to be tough to win the game,” O’Neil said. “I felt we deserved to. We had the better chances. The longer the game wore on, we looked to win it.

Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images) | Getty Images

“I’m a bit disappointed we didn’t take all three points but the positives are that we improved again and the performance was better than last week.

“We have some key players back and look a threat. They are a together group that are willing to work as hard as you ask them to. We have some quality to cause teams problems.”

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United’s best chance after the break fell to Anthony Gordon, however the £45million January signing from Everton failed to convert from six yards.

Kieran Trippier, after being at fault for Sensei’s goal, ensured Howe’s men held on for a point after clearing Dominic Solanke’s effort off the line during injury time.

O’Neil said: “It is easy to feel hard done by. The penalty at Brighton, the ball that doesn’t go over the line today - that is football. You make your own luck. You take every point in the Premier League. Remember where we have come from and are a newly-promoted side that have suffered a lot of injuries.”

“People tend to get carried away when you lose or when the performances are better. I am always level on it,” he added. “We need to win football matches. Performance wise we picked up some momentum.

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“We were down to bare bones for the Forest game, with young lads who don’t even train with us on the bench. We picked up a point and nearly won it, we pushed Brighton close and then the same today against a good side. Momentum is pushing in the right direction. We need to keep it that way and out more points on the board.”

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