Dominic Solanke scored twice and an off-colour Newcastle United suffered further injury woe as Eddie Howe’s return to Vitality Stadium ended in a 2-0 defeat, only a second win this season for AFC Bournemouth.
Bournemouth dominated a goalless first half, with Nick Pope making four saves, and several other good opportunities for the Cherries missed.
Newcastle were hampered by the first-half exit of Miguel Almiron, who limped off to become the 12th first-team player to go on the Magpies’ long injury list for Howe.
Bournemouth finally got the goal their dominance deserved exactly on the hour, when Joe Willock inadvertently diverted the ball into the path of Solanke, who beat Pope at his near post for his first career goal against Newcastle.
Twelve minutes later Solanke got his second, bundling in the ball after a corner had been flicked on to a post by Luis Sinisterra and had not been cleared.
Sean Longstaff came close to halving the deficit five minutes later but could only curl over.
Bournemouth, through Dango Ouattara and Solanke had further chances to extend the lead but were unable to as Bournemouth enjoyed 19 shots in the match.
An end to Newcastle’s seven-match unbeaten run drops them to sixth, with 20 points. Bournemouth climb out of the bottom three to 17th, with nine points.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Assistants: Darren Cann, Nick Hopton. Fourth official: James Linington. VAR: John Brooks. Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick.