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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 2-1 Burnley: Cherries win home finale

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  • Cherries score in each half
  • Vokes nets for Burnley
  • King 8th in goals this PL season

Bournemouth remains in the mix to finish eighth in the Premier League after Junior Stanislas and Joshua King scored in a 2-1 win over Burnley at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

The Cherries join Southampton and West Brom on 45 points, having played one fewer match than both.

Sam Vokes scored a second half goal that briefly leveled the score, but the Clarets remain stuck on 40 points.

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Kevin Long intervened before a cross could reach Lys Mousset when Bournemouth threatened to go up 1-0 before the match was three minutes old. A corner led to another, but Burnley was able to hold off the Cherries.

That changed after several more opportunities, as Bournemouth was rewarded for its ascendancy through former Claret attacker Stanislas. Steve Cook swept a ball toward the top of the 18, and Stanislas ran past Stephen Ward to collect the ball and beat a diving Tom Heaton.

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Mousset headed a cross into a jumping Heaton’s hands in the 61st minute.

Yet it was Burnley who’d score, big Vokes rising to turn a cross off the back of his head and inside the far post.

The stalemate lasted in the neighborhood of 120 seconds, as King scooped up his 16th goal of the Premier League season in the 85th minute. Substitute Ryan Fraser sent the ball to the near post, and King bodied off James Tarkowski before bouncing a shot by Heaton.

West Ham United 3-4 Bournemouth: Wilson, Cherries labor for first Premier League win

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  • Cherries get hat trick from Callum Wilson
  • Each team converts a PK
  • Randolph continues to concede vs. Bournemouth
  • Cresswell, Jenkinson struggle at outside back

Eddie Howe and his Bournemouth Cherries have their first Premier League goals and win after a thrilling 4-3 win over hosts West Ham United at the Boleyn Ground on Saturday.

Callum Wilson scored thrice for the Cherries and Marc Pugh added a fourth in the match, while Cheikhou Kouyate, Modibo Maiga and Mark Noble netted for the Hammers.

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The Cherries took a lead in the 11th minute, when Aaron Cresswell was beaten on the right by Simon Francis, whose cross found Callum Wilson as the Bournemouth attacker stepped in front of stationary Winston Reid to hammer the ball home.

Wilson doubled the Cherries’ lead when Cresswell made an awful first touch back pass. The 23-year-old darted into the 18 to meet the loose ball and buried it to make 2-0.

It should’ve been 3-0 deep into first half stoppage time, when Wilson laid a square ball through the 18 to Gradel, but the Ivorian’s belted shot was parried by Darren Randolph.

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Noble converted a penalty just after halftime, as Josh King collided with the West Ham midfielder in the box. Noble went down fairly easily, and then took a class PK to make it 2-1.

The equalizer came from Kouyate, who first-touched a rebound into the side netting to level things in the 53rd minute.

Pugh restored Bournemouth’s lead when he cut back on a sliding Carl Jenkinson before unleashing a harsh curling ball around Randolph, who has now allowed 15 goals in his last three matches against the Cherries.

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Jenkinson then took a red card when he was turned around by Gradel, and had to grab a hold of him to thwart a breakaway.

Wilson buried the PK and it was 4-2, but only for a minute. Maiga walked into the box and wrong-footed Artur Boruc to make it a one-goal game.

Watch Live: Bournemouth vs. Aston Villa (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Bournemouth play in their first-ever Premier League game on Saturday as the Cherries host Aston Villa (Watch live, 10 a.m ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

Eddie Howe’s side have been turning plenty of heads with their attractive style of play over the past few seasons but the big step up to the PL will severely test the South Coast club.

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As for Villa, Tim Sherwood has lost his two best players in Fabian Delph and Christian Benteke but has brought in plenty of new signings, mostly from France, as the likes of Jordan Ayew and Idrissa Gueye will have a big impact.

In team news Bournemouth only start with one new signing in Josh King, while Aston Villa have a host of new names with Gueye, Ayew, Jordan Amavi, Micah Richards and Jordan Veretout all starting.

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Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Pugh, King, Wilson. Subs: Federici, Distin, Smith, Mings, O’Kane, Gradel, Kermorgant

Aston Villa:  Guzan; Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi; Westwood, Veretout, Gueye; Sinclair, Ayew, Agbonlahor