AFC Bournemouth 0 v 1 Burnley
Former Clarets boss Eddie Howe is celebrating his 40th birthday today, as Bournemouth look to continue their excellent form against his former employer. Sean Dyche makes two changes to the that lost to Arsenal on Sunday with Phil Bardsley and Chris Wood replacing the injured Matt Lowton and Ashley Barnes who drops to the bench.
The Clarets came close to opening the scoring on four minutes, as Ben Mee flicked on a corner to Chris Wood in the middle of the Bournemouth area, but his headed hit the bar and went out for a goal kick. Two minutes later, Jordon Ibe hit a right footed shot from more than 35 yards which was well blocked by the Burnley defence.
The visitors continued to press and Chris Wood went close again on sixteen minutes following a cross from Phil Bardsley, but Wood’s’ header was well saved by Asmir Begovic in the Bournemouth goal.
The Clarets then went close again on nineteen minutes, when Hendrick headed the ball to Gudmundsson on the left-wing and his shot from outside the area was well saved by the Bournemouth keeper Begovic.
Bournemouth then had two attempts from Callum Wilson in a minute, the first effort was a header from the right-hand side of the visitors box which went just wide of Nick Pope’s goal. The second effort was a right footed shot from the edge of the area that went just wide of Nick Pope’s left-hand post. is close.
On thirty-seven minutes, the visitors took the lead when Chris Wood hit a right footed shot from the centre of the area passed Asmir Begovic and into the goal to give the Clarets a 1-0 lead. Robbie Brady went close to extending the visitors lead a minute before the break, but his left-footed shot was well blocked by the bournemouth defence to make the half-time score 1-0.
The second half started with less action than the first and the first real change came on fifty-eight minutes, when Bournemouth replaced Harry After with Lewis Cook. Then just after the hour mark the Cherries should have drawn level as Simon Francis header from the right side of the six yard box went wide of Nick Pope’s right-hand post.
On sixty-five minutes the Clarets added a second goal as Robbie Brady’s right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner, to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. A few minutes later Robbie Brady headed the ball onto Jack Cork but his right footed shot from the edge of the box went wide.
Joshua King pulled a goal back on seventy-nine minutes with a left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner of the goal leaving Nick Pope with no chance as the Clarets went on to win 2-1 in another Premier league match away from Turf Moor.
Speaking after the match manager Sean Dyche said, “We were very dominant tonight, we hit the crossbar in the first half and made the keeper work. We scored a fine goal and everyone will be surprised at where we are in the league. I see the players work all the time and have great belief in this squad.”
AFC Bournemouth – Begovic, Francis, S.Cook, Ake, Daniels, Ibe, Surman, Arter, Pugh, King, Wilson (Subs) Boruc, Gosling, Afobe, A.Smith, L.Cook, Defoe, Fraser
Burnley – Pope, Bardsley, Ward, Tarkowski, Mee, Gudmundsson, Cork, Defour, Brady, Hendrick, Wood (Subs) Lindegaard, Taylor, Vokes, Barnes, Arfield, Westwood, Long
Goals – (Burnley) Wood (37), Brady (65) (Bournemouth) King (79)
Attendance – 10,302