Dominic Solanke scored twice to give Bournemouth a richly deserved victory over Newcastle United as injuries continue to mount for visiting manager Eddie Howe.
Bournemouth failed to capitalise on numerous chances in the first half before Solanke eventually broke the deadlock after an hour, taking advantage of a fortunate ricochet off Joe Willock to slot in from close range.
He doubled Bournemouth’s lead 13 minutes later, flicking in a rebound after Luis Sinisterra’s header came back off the post.
It was a disappointing result for Newcastle, who were without midfielder Bruno Guimaraes through suspension and injured striker Callum Wilson, before Miguel Almiron was forced off in the first half.
Sean Longstaff had the best of their chances late in the second half, curling over the bar from an unmarked position, but only after goalkeeper Nick Pope made several smart saves to prevent Bournemouth’s tally rising.
Defeat leaves Howe’s side seventh in the Premier League table, four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, and the Reds can extend their advantage against Brentford at Anfield on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Bournemouth have opened up a three-point gap on the bottom three with just their second victory from 12 Premier League matches this season.
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- 4L CookBooked at 57mins
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- 16TavernierSubstituted forRothwellat 90+6′minutes
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- 6LascellesBooked at 85mins
- 20HallSubstituted forLivramentoat 45′minutes
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Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Newcastle United 0.
Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Newcastle United 0.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Nick Pope.
Attempt saved. Luis Sinisterra (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Christie.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Joe Rothwell replaces Marcus Tavernier.
Offside, Newcastle United. Jamaal Lascelles tries a through ball, but Ben Parkinson is caught offside.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Emil Krafth replaces Joe Willock.
Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kieran Trippier.
Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Bournemouth).
Kieran Trippier (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Marcus Tavernier (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ryan Christie following a fast break.
Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Dango Ouattara (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.
Attempt saved. Luis Sinisterra (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dango Ouattara.
Attempt missed. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ryan Christie following a fast break.
Foul by Luis Sinisterra (Bournemouth).
Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Marcos Senesi (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.
Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.