Benitez confirms massive Newcastle injury setback

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"Hopefully, we will take the positives and the team will do the same things they did for most of the game".

Dan Gosling completed a dramatic late comeback as Bournemouth came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw with relegation rivals Newcastle United.

However, Eddie Howe saw his men bounce back with goals from Adam Smith and Dan Gosling in the final quarter of the match.

"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.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has revealed loan signing Islam Slimani is out of Saturday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth after suffering a setback in training.

The Magpies were on course to climb to 11th in the Premier League table after Dwight Gayle's first-half double gave them a deserved 2-0 lead at the Vitality Stadium.

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"I don't think that we switched off, it's just lack of concentration in a couple of situations that we could do better".

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

"Everybody is disappointed, especially him (Shelvey)".

Newcastle are three points behind Bournemouth in 13th spot.

"I think my heart is being tested this season", he told reporters after the match. "In two out of those three games, we've come back and got something but the challenge I'm going to lay down to the players is to start better obviously and try and go the other way". "It looked like a long way back for us but we found something, we changed system and players with the subs".

"It's really encouraging that today we played a team in and around us and it's really important you don't get beaten by those teams and defeats to Huddersfield and Newcastle would have left us in a hard position".