* Newcastle earned a morale-boosting 2-1 win over Bournemouth
* Rondon fired Newcastle into the lead after just seven minutes
* Rondon grabbed his second for the home side on 40 minutes
* Lerma pulled one back for Bournemouth just before halftime
* Bournemouth’s Smith suffered what looked a bad knee injury
* Newcastle at Burnley next, Bournemouth host Arsenal
Nov 10 (Reuters) - Salomon Rondon netted an impressive brace for Newcastle United as they claimed consecutive wins in the Premier League for the first time since April to move a point clear of the bottom three with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
Newcastle, full of confidence following their previous victory over Watford, got off to the perfect start when Rondon opened the scoring after just seven minutes following fine build-up work from DeAndre Yedlin.
Bournemouth’s Adam Smith suffered what appeared a serious injury and play had to be suspended for eight minutes while he received treatment before being carried off with suspected knee ligament damage.
Rondon grabbed his second five minutes before the break when he met Kenedy’s cross and directed a powerful header past Asmir Begovic.
Bournemouth refused to lie down and made the most of eight added minutes at the end of the first half when Jefferson Lerma headed home a cross from Ryan Fraser to net his first goal for the club.
Eddie Howe’s side were unfortunate not to come away with a point in the second half as Jordan Ibe fired over when clean through on goal and Dan Gosling’s 84th minute effort was ruled out for offside. (Writing by Marc Isaacs Editing by Ian Chadband)