Adam Smith’s own goal earned Newcastle a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, where Eddie Howe’s men beat his former club Bournemouth.
The Cherries captain’s 67th-minute woe was enough to secure a 1–0 victory for the Magpies at St James’ Park and raise hope that they could finally end a domestic cup drought dating back to 1955.
If victory was deserved – the Magpies dominated most of the 90 minutes in front of a projected crowd of 51,579 – it proved to be a struggle with goalkeeper Nick Pope having to save from substitute Jack Stacey and Dominic Solanke to keep a clean sheet and secure a goal. Seventh win in a row.
Howe made an important statement when he named all five of his World Cup returning stars – Pope, Kieran Trippier, Fabian Schar, Bruno Guimarães and Callum Wilson – to the starting lineup.
Trippier slotted in a free kick in the 13th minute after Joelinton was cleared by Lewis Cook, and Sean Longstaff kicked home after intercepting Adam Smith’s loose pass seconds later.
Pope had to be on the alert to take Kieffer Moore’s strike before Ryan Christie as the visitors hit back, but opposite player Mark Travers was relieved to see Char in the 20th minute from a Piledriver fly off his right post with no chance of reaching him.
Howe and his assistant Jason Tyndall were camped out in the technical area repeatedly encouraging their side to move the ball faster with Bournemouth sitting deep, and thought they had taken the lead with 26 minutes remaining when Wilson fired a shot past Travers, only to be met by a late offside flag.
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The England forward headed in a cross from Trippier and then cleared the bar with a powerful shot on 35 minutes with Newcastle doubling their efforts, but Travers comfortably headed Guimarães’ shot from six minutes before the break.
Miguel Almiron should have opened the scoring in the first half, but he missed when he met Dan Burn’s cross just outside the far post, and the hosts were grateful for Jeddon Anthony’s equalizer, Jordan Zemora’s injury-time equalizer. Solanki did not succeed in the end.
The Magpies lacked the required accuracy in the early stages of the second half with Schar failing to connect with Trippier’s direct free kick in front of goal, and they were given a warning in the 57th minute when Moore headed in wide from Smith’s cross. .
With Anthony and Zemora growing in influence as Bournemouth mounted a series of counter-attacks, the game opened up, but the visitors contributed to their downfall as the deadlock was finally broken.
Smith fought hard in the air trying to prevent Wilson from reaching Trippier’s cross, but only succeeded in getting the ball into his own net despite teammate Marcos Senesi’s best efforts on the line.
Stacey tested Pope with a powerful shot 16 minutes from time, Travers had to clear Guimarães’ deflected shot, but Solanke had it saved by the England keeper at the death.
Newcastle return to Premier League action on Boxing Day, when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester at 3pm.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth returns the next day, Tuesday 27 December, when they take on Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at 5:30pm.
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