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Bournemouth 3-2 Swansea City: Gradel leads Cherries in thriller

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  • Bournemouth lead 1-0 and 2-1
  • Barrow with goal, assist in comeback
  • Gradel, Cook and King score for Cherries
  • Sigurdsson scores again

Steve Cook headed home in the 77th minute and Max Gradel had a goal and an assist as Bournemouth are all but safe after a 3-2 win over Swansea City at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson netted for Swansea, whose 33 points keep them 8 points clear of the drop zone.

Josh King scored in his second successive game for Bournemouth. The Cherries sit in 13th place with 38 points.

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King could’ve kept up his goal scoring run even earlier with a finish in the 9th minute, but his side-volley flew over the goal.

Sigurdsson has a dervish-like run to about 25 yards out from the Cherries’ goal, but pulled his low shot pulled wide of the right post.

Bournemouth broke the deadlock in the 37th minute, as Gradel nailed his first touch of a loose ball past Lukasz Fabianski. The Ivorian raced over to manager Eddie Howe to celebrate his first goal since returning from injury.

Barrow answered right back, cutting from the left with a stepover before lashing a left-footed shot through traffic and past Artur Boruc.

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King put the Cherries up when his near-post effort fooled Fabianski in the 50th minute.

That lead wouldn’t last for Bournemouth either, as a quality bit of passing in-and-around the 18 started with substitute Bafetimbi Gomis and ended with Barrow finding Sigurdsson for a laser finish in the 63rd minute.

The 77th minute saw the Cherries reclaim the lead, with Cook rising high to power a Matt Ritchie cross past Fabianski. 3-2.

Bournemouth to take caution with Max Gradel’s return from injury

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When Junior Stanislas went down with an injury early in Bournemouth’s draw against Watford, Max Gradel was called upon to play more than an hour off the bench.

It was Gradel’s first appearance for the Cherries since August, when he suffered a knee injury that kept him out six months.

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While Gradel’s return is a great step forward for Bournemouth, manager Eddie Howe confirmed Stanislas will miss “a few weeks” with a hamstring injury. Gradel would be an option to replace Stanislas in the starting lineup, but the boss doesn’t want to take any chances.

Obviously Max has returned now, but we have to manage his workload.

I’ll speak with the player, he’s been out for a long period of time and we didn’t want to throw him in as early as we did on Saturday.

But he was very bright and we’re pleased with his performance, but we have to manage him correctly as we have three games this week.

With 11 matches to play in the Premier League season, Bournemouth sit 15th and are five points above safety.

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After playing Southampton on Tuesday, the Cherries’ face Newcastle and Swansea, two clubs sitting below them on the table. With the threat of relegation still present, Gradel’s impact could help earn vital points for Bournemouth’s survival.

Watford 0-0 Bournemouth: Cherries seize vital point, could’ve had more

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Bournemouth couldn’t find its finish in a dangerous second half, but the Cherries improved their standing to five points clear of the drop in a 0-0 draw at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

Odion Ighalo was a constant threat for the hosting Hornets, but was just off in his finishing.

Watford drops to 10th, a point ahead of Chelsea and six behind fifth place West Ham United.

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There wasn’t much offensive electricity in a scrappy first half, though Ighalo did his best to provide what few chances did arrive at Vicarage Road.

Bournemouth lost valuable attacker Junior Stanislas to an injury in the 23rd minute.

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Max Gradel and Andrew Surman teamed up for good-looking series of passes inside the 18, but the ball was cleared just as Gradel brought his leg back to strike at goal.

The Cherries kept pushing, and Harry Arter swirled a gorgeous shot that Heurelho Gomes saved before thanking a higher power for his reach.

Then Nordin Amrabat carried around the right to cut back a hard, high pass for Ighalo, but the Watford attacker couldn’t control his header and it went over the bar.

At the other end Dan Gosling missed a prime chance, and then Gradel’s grounded header lost its momentum on the way to Gomes.

It finished level which, given Ighalo’s misses and Bournemouth’s momentum, was probably fair.

Bournemouth’s record-signing Tyrone Mings ruled out for rest of season with knee injury

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More bad injury news for Bournemouth, as Tyrone Mings will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL and MCL in the Cherries’ 1-1 draw against Leicester City last week.

Mings will join Max Gradel on the sidelines, who ruptured his ACL against Leicester City, and has been ruled out for at least six months.

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It’s a brutal blow for Bournemouth, as the club’s two biggest signings ever have had their seasons cut short after just four matches.

Manager Eddie Howe was obviously upset with the situation, but is hoping other players will step up to fill the void.

I feel for the players more than anyone. I’m really disappointed for them that they’re both going to be out for long periods.

We are certainly going to miss them. They were a key part of what we were doing going forward. We hunted both of them, especially Max, for a long time.

Both players are positive about the future and we will look after them and back them.

It’s a big blow but we have to recover and it will be an opportunity for somebody else.”

The Cherries have enjoyed a decent start to the season, earning four points through four matches. However, now they must kick on without arguably their most talented players on both sides of the ball.

$10 million Gradel set for six-month Bournemouth absence after ligament tear

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Bournemouth took a big hit on transfer deadine day, but it had nothing to do with sales or purchases.

Still waiting on the status of record-signing Tyrone Mings, who injured his leg against Leicester City on Saturday, the Cherries learned that electric winger Max Gradel will miss around six months with a ligament tear in his knee.

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Gradel, 27, has been fantastic early for Bournemouth, freeing up space for Callum Wilson to strike (if not assisting on goals directly). The 41-times capped Ivory Coast international was bought for more than $10 million this summer.

The Cherries bought striker Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace at the deadline, also adding Joe Bennett on loan from Aston Villa.