SIMON Francis hopes defeat at Newcastle was "just a little blip" for Cherries.

Eddie Howe's men went to St James' Park on a three-match unbeaten run, which included victory over Manchester United seven days earlier.

But after taking the lead through Harry Wilson a goal from DeAndre Yedlin levelled the contest.

And a scuffed Ciaran Clark effort following a corner gave Magpies a 2-1 victory.

"We were on a good run before Saturday with three clean sheets and looking solid at the back," Francis told the Daily Echo.

"I think that's why the lads will be so disappointed. The boys who started, Cookie (Steve Cook) and Nath (Ake) have been excellent. The clean sheets they've kept, the rest of the back four as well and Rammers (Aaron Ramsdale).

"It was a strange (second) goal to concede, not like us at all. It's one that whilst we'll be really disappointed, hopefully it's just a little blip and we can bounce back against Wolves (on November 23), that will be the biggest thing, try not to let this affect us too much.

"But if you're going to go on a run in the Premier League, these kind of games you need to win, especially after beating Man United."

Cherries missed a gilt-edged opportunity to snatch a point deep into second-half stoppage time when Joshua King headed wide from close-range.

"I think he'll be kicking himself," said Francis.

"I think he knows it was a yard out and maybe if he takes one for the team then he'll nod that in.

"He's not necessarily known for his heading ability but Kingy has done so great for us over the last few weeks, he'll be disappointed but he'll go again."