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Howe on Newcastle draw and late Ritchie goal


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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was disappointed with two points dropped, after Newcastle United earned a draw at Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

A Solomon Rondon free-kick late in the first half sent the Cherries into the break behind, but a brace from Joshua King suggested the three points would be Bournemouth's. Former Cherries winger Matt Ritchie made sure that wasn't the case with a stunning volley deep in stoppage time.

The nature of the draw disappointed Howe, who felt sympathetic with the Bournemouth supporters at the full-time whistle.

Speaking in his post-match press conference, Howe addressed the written press on...

Dropping the points late on

"It's a difficult one to take today. It wasn't the perfect game from us and we found the first half quite difficult, but we had a much improved second half display.

"Until we went 2-1 up, I thought we were the dominant team. Newcastle put pressure on late but we defended really well at times and looked like we were going to see the game out, until the ball fell to Matt's left foot."

Ritchie scoring the equaliser

"It's bizarre how football can find these stories. The ball fell to him and he was probably the one player on the pitch we didn't want the ball to fall to on his left foot because we know he can strike the ball from distance.

"He hit it well into the top corner and that's what makes the game so special."

The effect on the league table

"We were just trying to win the game, regardless of where it puts us in the league. We weren't really thinking about that.

"It's a horrible feeling as a football manager when you concede so late in the game, and I'm sure I speak on behalf of the Bournemouth supporters as well. That's what makes the game so special, it's not over until it's over."

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