Alexander Isak’s second-half penalty saved a point for Newcastle United, but Eddie Howe’s men are still in search of their first Premier League win since day one of the season after being held by Bournemouth at St. James’s Park.
Howe’s first game as manager against the club he coached from the depths of League Two to the top flight threatened to turn into one to forget when Philip Billing put the Cherries ahead just after the hour mark .
But the Magpies were given a lifeline three minutes later when a VAR check highlighted a handball into the box from Jefferson Lerma, allowing Isak to step in and drive home his second goal of the season on square.
Nonetheless, it proved to be another frustrating afternoon for the home side who, despite all their early season promise, can now boast just one win in seven and continue to struggle to turn territorial possession into clear opportunities.
It took snitch Miguel Almiron 18 minutes to score Newcastle’s first shot on target, while Bournemouth, largely stuck in their own half, still managed to threaten through Ryan Christie and a just-flashing Marcus Tavernier header to the side.
Kieran Trippier hit the outside of Neto’s right post with a free kick in the 27th minute but the Magpies didn’t really look likely to break the deadlock until a frantic minute shortly before the interval.
Joelinton hooked an effort that hit the inside of the post and curled back into the face of goal, before the Brazilian’s second chance was well saved by Neto.
The Bournemouth goalkeeper went one better moments later when he acrobatically dived to stop a fierce drive from Ryan Fraser, who had been ruthlessly barracked by visiting supporters for his manner of leaving their club two years ago.
Fraser rolled up another effort just wide at the start of the second half but it did little to inspire the much sought after onslaught, in fact it was Bournemouth who visibly gained confidence and started to create momentum. space on the counterattack.
Their growing confidence paid off in the 62nd minute when Jordan Zemura progressed unimpeded down the left flank and crept past Billing who fired low past Pope for the opener.
Despite Isak’s free kick three minutes later, the visitors continued to play with more freedom.
Newcastle pressed but remained candid up front, substitute Jacob Murphy unsuccessfully appealing for a second kick when his drive from the edge of the box appeared to hit Billing in the shoulder.
Six minutes of added time saw the same as Bournemouth’s full-back skillfully dealt with whatever hosts could throw at them, sealing another afternoon to cheer on their goalkeeper boss Gary O’Neil.