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Bournemouth boss Howe on Newcastle draw: It had to be Ritchie

Newcastle United clinched a point against Bournemouth after drawing 2-2 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.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe lamented: "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.

"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."

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