ANDONI Iraola was more than happy with the efforts of wide pair Antoine Semenyo and Marcus Tavernier against Newcastle United, stating they were “a combination that has given us very good results”.

Semenyo grabbed Cherries’ second goal of the 2-2 draw at St James’ Park, whilst Tavernier looked to be back at his creative best in a pulsating encounter on Tyneside.

Asked for his thoughts on the wingers’ performances, Iraola told the Daily Echo: “I think they've done very good work defensively, offensively attacking spaces, going one against one.

“I think this is a combination that has given us very good results, and I am happy that Antoine scored, that he was very involved in the attacking side.

“I think we were a dangerous team and considering where we played, against the position we played, I'm happy with the offensive volume we've had.”

Ghanaian international Semenyo in particular found joy up against Newcastle full-back Dan Burn, burning his marker en route to his goal.

Asked if Cherries had targeted Burn’s flank, Iraola added: “No. At the end of their build up a little bit is like this - they push a lot with the right-back, with (Kierian) Trippier.

“They try to keep the other three (defenders)defensively.

“Normally outside you can sometimes find the spaces both sides.

“But it's true that also in the other side they push a lot of players.

“So it's difficult to defend Trippier inside.

“There is a reason why.

“I think we've dealt quite good with the situation.

“But it's never easy, because they are very good.”

Cherries return to action this Saturday when they host reigning champions Manchester City at Vitality Stadium (5.30pm).

Iraola’s charges are currently 13th in the Premier League table, with 28 points from 24 games.