Another goal drought at Bournemouth will set alarm bells ringing

Jack Butland saves from Jamaal Lascelles
Jack Butland saves from Jamaal Lascelles

The weekend brought yet another improved performance by Newcastle but just like the games against Southampton, Chelsea and Sunderland we have to look at it as more crucial points dropped.

And this time it came at the hands (feet, fingers and chest) of Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.

Just a short fortnight ago it seemed like everything an attacking player wearing a black and white shirt touched ended up nestled in the back of the net as Norwich City fell the victim to an outstanding attacking display on Tyneside.

But fast forward to the present and it seems like the footballing Gods have placed a force field between the white sticks planted in front of The Magpies.

A crash of the goalpost at the Gallowgate and a masterclass performance by Stoke shot-stopper Butland were the only things that stood in Newcastle’s way.

Once again, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Ayoze Perez linked up well as they made their way towards the goal time and time again, but just like against Sunderland they were denied the breakthrough.

A superb block from a Sissoko drive and a finger-tip save as Jamaal Lascelles came close to netting his first goal in Newcastle’s colours were the stand-out moments for England’s Butland who showed why he is surely destined for a seat on the plane to the European Championships in France next summer.

On another day, this fixture may have resulted in a flurry of goals at the Leazes End but as it was, Newcastle had to settle for a point.

This Saturday, sees United make the long journey to Bournemouth who have lost their last three Premier League games, conceding 12 goals along the way.

Now has to be the time to regain some confidence and scrap our way out of the relegation zone; hopefully grabbing a fair few goals in the fixture.

If that fails and we see another drought in front of goal despite our best attempts, then I’ll be worried.

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