Bournemouth remain in the Premier League relegation zone after a humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle United extended their winless run to seven games.
The Cherries are running out of chances in the battle to beat the drop and their next four fixtures are against Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester and Manchester City.
Victory for Newcastle moves them on to 42 points, almost certainly enough for top flight safety after concerns earlier in the campaign.
Bournemouth had a nightmare start and contributed to their own downfall as they fell behind inside five minutes.
Cherries midfielder Jefferson Lerma carelessly lost possession on the edge of his own box, with Allan Saint-Maximin feeding Dwight Gayle – whose smart take and neat finish put Newcastle infront.
Saint-Maximin’s assist was the first of a trio on the night, making him just the third Toon player to achieve that feat after Andrew Cole and Moussa Sissoko.
Bournemouth’s porous defence was exposed for a second time with half an hour on the clock.
Saint-Maximin was once again the architect, easily tricking his way past three Cherries men on the left and pulling the ball back for Sean Longstaff to rifle his first league goal of the season into the roof of the net from 10 yards out.
Bournemouth failed to produce an attempt on target in the first half and were denied a flying start to the second half by an offside flag.
Joshua King, back from an ankle problem, headed in after Dominic Solanke’s deflected strike came back off the left post but the effort was correctly ruled out.
Newcastle’s Miguel Almiron, often criticised for his lack of a finishing touch, applied a fine finish after collecting Saint-Maximin’s pass, completing the Frenchman’s hattrick of assists.
There was nothing unconvincing about Almiron’s finish on this occasion however, stylishly finding the top left corner with a delightful curling effort.
Valentino Lazaro coolly converted in the 77th minute to make it four for Newcastle after being played through by Jonjo Shelvey, further adding to Bournemouth’s misery.
Newcastle’s trip to the South Coast was marred slightly deep into added time when former Magpies midfielder Dan Gosling bundled home from close range – but it was a performance to be proud of for Steve Bruce’s side, and one of real concern for Eddie Howe.
Final score: AFC Bournemouth 1-4 Newcastle United