Steve McClaren: We deserved lucky win at Bournemouth

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot

Steve McClaren admitted Newcastle United "rode their luck" at Bournemouth as they claimed a first away win of the season.

McClaren's side won 1-0 at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon thanks to a first-half goal from Ayoze Perez – and a superb goalkeeping display from Rob Elliot.

Elliot – who had been doubtful for the game with a thigh problem – made a string of saves to keep out Joshua King, Matt Ritchie and Dan Gosling.

The result lifted the club out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

Head coach McClaren felt the result was payback for previous games in which Newcastle have played well – and got nothing.

said: "Sometimes, football cannot be explained.

Steve McClaren

Steve McClaren

"We have played so well recently, but not got the results or scored goals. Today we couldn't play football. It was like a hot potato.

"One bit of quality to get the goal, and a little bit more of that and we would have been comfortable, but we just caused our own problems today.

"Credit to Bournemouth, they just kept coming and coming, played with intensity and created chances.

"We worked hard for our luck. We haven't had it in recent weeks, but we had it today and we will take it."