Jefferson Lerma handles a cross from Kieran Tripper to give Newcastle a penalty against AFC Bournemouth
Newcastle’s equaliser came from the penalty spot after Jefferson Lerma was adjudged to have handled Kieran Tripper’s cross

Alexander Isak scored his first goal at St James’ Park but Newcastle remain without a win since the opening day of the Premier League season after being held by a disciplined Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe’s side fell behind against his former club when midfielder Philip Billing stretched to steer a Jordan Zemura cross from the left-hand wing past Nick Pope with just over an hour gone.

Five minutes later Newcastle were level as Isak – a club record £60m summer signing from Real Sociedad – converted a penalty after Jefferson Lerma was adjudged to have handled a Kieran Trippier cross by the video assistant referee.

The draw is Newcastle’s fifth of the season and stretches their winless run to six games, although they climb to 10th in the table.

Bournemouth have now claimed five points from an available nine under caretaker manager Gary O’Neil to leave them 12th.

As at all Premier League games this weekend there was a minute’s silence before kick-off, which was impeccably observed, for the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II followed by the national anthem. There was also stadium-wide applause in the 70th minute in honour of her 70-year reign.

Cutting edge lacking for both sides

It has been a frustrating start to the season for Newcastle with goals hard to come by, and this will be another game where they will feel they should have taken three points.

They were dominant for large periods – they had 72% possession and 20 attempts at goal – but again lacked a clinical edge.

They had chances with a Trippier free-kick and a cushioned Joelinton effort both striking posts in the first half.

Bournemouth’s summer signing Neto also tipped away efforts from Joelinton and Ryan Fraser, but the latter, who earned a recall to the Scotland squad this week, and Miguel Almiron spurned good opportunities.

It left Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley looking unimpressed in the stands, with the results this season not yet matching Newcastle’s lofty ambitions.

A period of change may be forthcoming at Bournemouth too, with a Las Vegas consortium hoping to buy the club.

It has left uncertainty about the manager’s role with O’Neil now in charge since Scott Parker was sacked on 30 August, but it has hard to argue with the results that the former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough midfielder has produced.

Bournemouth looked organised and were prepared to put their bodies on the line, while on another day they could have taken three points as Marcus Tavernier headed wide in the first period before driving wide in the second.

Whether O’Neil will be in charge when Bournemouth host Brentford on 1 October – the next round of Premier League fixtures after the international break – remains to be seen.

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Newcastle United

  1. Squad number22Player namePope

  2. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

  3. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  4. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  5. Squad number13Player nameTargett

  6. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  7. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

  8. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  9. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  10. Squad number14Player nameIsak

  11. Squad number21Player nameFraser

  1. Squad number20Player nameWood

  2. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  3. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number13Player nameNeto

  2. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

  3. Squad number6Player nameMepham

  4. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  5. Squad number33Player nameZemura

  6. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  7. Squad number8Player nameLerma

  8. Squad number16Player nameTavernier

  9. Squad number29Player nameBilling

  10. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  11. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  1. Squad number3Player nameStephens

  2. Squad number17Player nameStacey

  3. Squad number21Player nameMoore

  4. Squad number32Player nameAnthony



Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Pope
  • 2Trippier
  • 5Schär
  • 33BurnBooked at 90mins
  • 13Targett
  • 28Willock
  • 39Guimarães Rodriguez MouraSubstituted forS Longstaffat 72′minutes
  • 7JoelintonBooked at 69mins
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forWoodat 89′minutes
  • 14Isak
  • 21FraserSubstituted forMurphyat 71′minutes


  • 4Botman
  • 6Lascelles
  • 11Ritchie
  • 12Lewis
  • 18Karius
  • 19Manquillo
  • 20Wood
  • 23Murphy
  • 36S Longstaff


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 15A Smith
  • 6Mepham
  • 25Senesi
  • 33Zemura
  • 4L Cook
  • 8Lerma
  • 16TavernierBooked at 45minsSubstituted forAnthonyat 80′minutes
  • 29BillingSubstituted forStephensat 90+3′minutes
  • 10ChristieBooked at 34minsSubstituted forStaceyat 87′minutes
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forMooreat 90+3′minutes


  • 1Travers
  • 3Stephens
  • 11Marcondes
  • 17Stacey
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Dembélé
  • 21Moore
  • 32Anthony

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