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Miguel Almiron

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Miguel Almiron

Eddie Howe is adamant Bournemouth can still avoid Premier League relegation after they capitulated to a humiliating 4-1 home loss to Newcastle.

The Cherries remain languishing in the drop zone following a seventh successive top-flight match without victory.

Goals from Dwight Gayle, Sean Longstaff, Miguel Almiron and Valentino Lazaro secured a resounding south-cost success for the dominant mid-table Magpies.

Dan Gosling's stoppage-time finish was little consolation for Bournemouth boss Howe but he retains hope of beating the drop.

"It's tough at the moment to sit here and pick out the positives. We know the situation we're in is difficult," said Howe.

"We know tonight was not a good night. I think me sitting here and saying otherwise would be foolish. But I do still believe we can get out of the position we are in.

"I do still believe in the players and the group we have, I have no doubt about that. But we have to take tonight on the chin."

Bournemouth never recovered from Gayle's fifth-minute opener, which came following a mistake from Jefferson Lerma.

Longstaff's 30th-minute strike soon compounded matters before substitutes Almiron and Lazaro added to the embarrassment with fine finishes.

The Cherries, who had a Joshua King header correctly ruled out for offside and hit the crossbar through David Brooks, finally claimed their first post-lockdown goal when former Newcastle midfielder Gosling bundled home in added time.

Howe is convinced his players are fully committed to fighting for survival going into a daunting run of fixtures against Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City.

"I don't doubt that (the players' effort). I can see at close hand what it means to the players, how much they are hurting. Tonight wasn't pretty but it wasn't through a lack of effort," said Howe.

Victory for Newcastle moved them on to 42 points to banish any lingering relegation fears.

Magpies manager Steve Bruce said: "The quality in our play and the finishing, we were right at it from the first five minutes. (It was) arguably our best performance of the season."

Belfast Telegraph