Eddie Howe: 'Bournemouth were poor for 70 minutes'

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"I think it's a concentration thing, I think it's a mentality thing, he switches off and Rafa Benitez will be livid and that's why he doesn't play him sometimes - moments like that can cost you a game".

The Magpies let their 2-0 lead at half time, thanks to a double from Dwight Gayle, slip as the Cherries netted two goals in the last 10 minutes to rescue a point at the Vitality Stadium and send the visitors away bitterly disappointed after their impressive first 45 minutes.

Bournemouth pushed to find a way back into the game, and a lifeline arrived courtesy of a fantastic long-range effort from Adam Smith 10 minutes from time.

"We missed a chance, we concede a goal and then we lost the control that we had in (the opening) 70 minutes, so I think it's important for us to learn quickly", said manager Benitez. "This can happen, especially in the Premier League".

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And parity was restored in the 89th minute as former Newcastle midfielder Gosling turned home from Nathan Ake's ball into the box.

"I think my heart this season is being tested to the max, despite my age", said Howe.

"We had a couple of chances to score the third goal and we made two mistakes and we conceded two goals and at the end they were pushing with corners and crosses, it was very hard for us". Mid-table Bournemouth has three more points than Newcastle. You need everyone to be focused and not feel sorry for themselves or sulk before the game has ended.

"That is why it is so important when you are playing a game like this, and you are winning 2-0, that you manage the situation and make sure you win".

Although they came from behind, Howe admitted that his side were below their best for much of the game but praised the spirit of his players.

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