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Bournemouth 2-1 Everton: Fraser wins it late on

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  • The six PL games between these two have produced 25 goals (4.16 per game)
  • The Cherries grabbed their first win in 9 PL games
  • Sam Allardyce tastes defeat for first time as Everton boss

Bournemouth beat Everton 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday as Ryan Fraser scored in each half to sink the Toffees.

The Scottish international scored a fine opener in the first half but Everton improved and Idrissa Gueye equalized early in the second half. However, the Cherries roared back and Fraser’s late winner was fortuitous but deserved.

With the win Bournemouth climb up to 13th place on 20 points, while Everton stay in ninth on 27 points.

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Callum Wilson raced free with the first big chance of the game for either side but the Englishman was denied by Jordan Pickford.

Aaron Lennon went down in the box but no penalty kick was given and Bournemouth looked more dangerous at the other end as Jordon Ibe was denied by Pickford.

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The Cherries went ahead after James McCarthy gave the ball away to Wilson who played in Josh King and his cross found Fraser and the Scotland international volleyed home impressively. 1-0.

Adam Smith almost put Bournemouth in trouble as his back pass was picked up by Dominic Calvert-Lewin but Asmir Begovic did enough and the chance came and went for Everton.

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Wayne Rooney came on at half time and Oumar Niasse after 54 minutes and Everton looked a different team.

Simon Francis played a poor pass out to Gylfi Sigurdsson‘s who played it into Niasse and his ball to Gueye was finished superbly. 1-1.

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Bournemouth responded well to losing their lead with Pickford denying Wilson and the Cherries looked more likely to grab a winner.

Ibe wriggled free and his shot clipped the bar but finally Bournemouth secured the win as Fraser cut in from the left and his shot took a huge deflection off Phil Jagielka and looped over Pickford and in. Scenes on the South Coast.

Bournemouth 3-3 West Ham: Chaos down south

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  • Bournemouth winless in nine
  • Arnautovic has five goals in five
  • Begovic slips for howler on rain-drenched day

A controversial late equalizer at rain-soaked Vitality Stadium gave unlikely goal scorer Nathan Ake a brace, as Bournemouth earned a 3-3 draw with visiting West Ham United on Boxing Day.

Marko Arnautovic scored a pair of late goals to seemingly prod West Ham in front after the Cherries led on Ake’s first and a Dan Gosling marker.

James Collins scored West Ham’s other goal.

The Irons remain a point above the Bottom Three, with Bournemouth in 18th with 17.

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The hosts’ post-holiday hopes took an early hit through Collins, who rose to head home moments after Bournemouth popped a similar chance over the bar.

Josh King just missed making it 1-1 when his side-footed turn of a Callum Wilson cross knifed wide of the frame.

At the other end, Arthur Masuaku found Andre Ayew, but the Frenchman’s first touch hit whistled wide of the net.

Gosling put Bournemouth level by finding a loose ball in the 18 and firing it beyond Adrian.

Simon Francis was fortunate to stay in the match when his high trap attempt caught Cheikhou Kouyate in the face.

Adrian collected a popped King header just before halftime.

Bournemouth kept up its pressure in the downpour. A Jordon Ibe set piece led to a corner kick, and Ake found a seeing-eye ball and deposited it behind Adrian.

The Spanish keeper denied Gosling’s hopes for a brace in the 63rd minute.

Arnautovic got the equalizer when Asmir Begovic slipped onto his rear end on a clearing attempt, allowing the Austrian to slide home for 2-2.

Masuaku swept a cross through to Javier Hernandez, and Begovic’s save pushed the ball right onto Arnautovic’s path for the winner.

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Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton: Spoils shared as teams trade dominating halves

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  • Forster comes up big in 1st half
  • Each team dominated a half
  • Redmond brought on at HT, assists equalizer

Bournemouth proved the better side in the opening 45 minutes and capitalized, while Southampton took charge of the second half and was rewarded, leaving the spoils shared in a tale of two halves at the Vitality Stadium.

Fraser Forster was phenomenal in the first half, keeping out both Jermain Defoe and Nathan Ake with a pair of spectacular saves under a minute apart 20 minutes into the match. First, a venomous volley from Adam Smith made its way in front of net, and Defoe was there to redirect it at point-blank range, but Forster reacted outrageously quick and got his arm there to tip it over the bar.

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Moments later, Smith – from almost exactly the same spot – this time sent in a looping cross to the back post where Ake was waiting, and his header seemed destined to be the opener, but Forster again kept it out, falling down to his right and parrying the effort harmlessly to one of his defenders.

Southampton had a moment of its own on the half-hour mark as Charlie Austin headed a cross on net, but it was straight at Asmir Begovic who parried well. Bournemouth finally found the opener just before halftime as Josh King dispossessed Wesley Hoedt in the Saints half, and with the visitors caught napping, Ryan Fraser applied the finish for a deserved lead.

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Austin was the most dangerous option for the Saints throughout the match, and he was the man to draw them back level on the hour mark. As Southampton pushed with more attacking intent in the second half, a cross from halftime substitute Nathan Redmond found a completely unmarked Austin at the penalty spot, and he easily dispatched the chance.

Both teams came close to a winner down the stretch, as Josh King was inches from a second before Austin blazed a header just over the bar.

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The draw pushes Bournemouth five points above the relegation zone, while Southampton fails to take its chance to move into the top half, instead leaping Brighton into 11th position. Also of note, Adam Smith was contentiously booked for diving in the first half, leaving him suspended for Bournemouth’s next match at Crystal Palace.

Bournemouth 1-2 Burnley: Clarets up to sixth

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  • Bournemouth haven’t beaten a side starting that day inside the top seven of the Premier League since they beat Liverpool last December; drawing three and losing eight of these matches since, including losing all four this season
  • Burnley have collected 14 points from away games this season
  • Wood, Brady with the goals for Burnley

Burnley grabbed yet another away win as their record-breaking start to the Premier League season continued.

The Clarets beat Bournemouth 2-1 at the Vitality Stadium with goals from Chris Wood and Robbie Brady in either half doing the damage.

Josh King pulled one back for Bournemouth but the Clarets held on to secure another superb win as they rose above Spurs and into sixth place, with the Cherries slipping to 14th place.

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Burnley came closest to taking the lead early on with Ben Mee heading a set piece to the back post and Chris Wood nodding onto the crossbar following early Bournemouth pressure.

Wood went close once again in the first half as Phil Bardsley‘s cross to the back post found the big New Zealand striker but Asmir Begovic palmed his header away from the top corner.

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Callum Wilson went close with a hooked volley in an open, entertaining first half. Burnley looked like they would take the lead once again as Wood’s mishit shot fell straight to Jeff Hendricks but Steve Cook threw himself in front of Hendricks’ shot with a superb block to keep the score level.

Wood eventually opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season. Robbie Brady’s low cross found Wood who finished to make it 1-0.

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Burnley kept pouring forward in the second half and Brady made it 2-0 as Johann Berg Gudmundsson played him in and the Republic of Ireland international finished emphatically. Clarets in dreamland.

Bournemouth made things interesting with just over 10 minutes to go as Jermain Defoe‘s shot from a tight angle was cleared and King tapped home to make it 2-1.

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Burnley held on late on despite pressure from Bournemouth with Sean Dyche‘s side continuing their miracle.

Swansea 0-0 Bournemouth: Stalemate in South Wales

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  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in the PL vs. Swansea
  • Swansea without a win in six games in all comps
  • Swans without a goal in three games

Swansea City and Bournemouth drew 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday with both teams huffing and puffing in the chilly conditions in South Wales.

Wilfried Bony had a goal disallowed in the first half for Swansea and Bournemouth went close on multiple occasions in a scrappy, hard-fought encounter.

Despite the point Swansea are just one point above last-place Crystal Palace, while Bournemouth are unbeaten in three and rise to 12th.

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Early on Bournemouth were comfortable in possession but failed to create any clear cut chances as Swansea grew into the game. Neither team took the game by the scruff of the neck in a scrappy encounter in South Wales.

Renato Sanches drilled a shot towards the near post which hit the side-netting and went wide, while Jordan Ayew was threatening to get in behind Bournemouth’s defense.

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Just before half time Josh King went close as Marc Pugh found him in the box but his shot was too close to Lukasz Fabianski.

Moments later Swansea thought they had taken the lead as Wilfried Bony finished but Ayew was adjudged to have fouled Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake in the build up.

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Jordon Ibe caused some problems for Swansea in the second half but his cross was well held by Lukasz Fabianski.

Bournemouth had more of the ball in the second half but failed to create clear chances to take the lead.

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Both teams almost grabbed the winner late on but Leroy Fer somehow put over when the ball dropped to him with the goal gaping and then at the other end Charlie Daniels dragged an effort wide for Bournemouth.