AFC Bournemouth has moved up to 8th in the Premier League table following their win against Everton this afternoon.
Goals from Callum Wilson, Ryan Fraser and Dominic Calvert-Lewin ensured an entertaining affair on the south coast, giving Bournemouth seven points from their last five games.
A bright start
It was Eddie Howe’s side who started the brightest from the whistle, posing an attacking threat from the off.
An early effort from Billing was curled just wide of the post, while Harry Wilson’s free-kick bounced just in front of Pickford in the Everton goal; but their best effort came from Solanke’s venomous strike
Just moments later King lifted the ball into the danger area where Callum Wilson was waiting to head home from close range.
There were some fears of the goal being ruled out for a potential offside as VAR checked it against King, but to delight around the stadium, it stood.
Both sides were back and forth, up and down the pitch until just before half-time Everton equalised with a similar goal to Bournemouth’s opener.
Richarlison attacks the right wing and lifts a ball into the box, where it’s met by Calvert-Lewin to head the ball beyond Ramsdale ahead of Steve Cook.
An inspired second half
Everton came out for the second half looking the team likelier to take the lead.
The best of their efforts came from Digne squaring the ball to Sigurdsson, but Ramsdale is equal to it and tips the ball over.
The dynamic of the game changed entirely by the introduction of Ryan Fraser, who replaced Harry Wilson around the 60-minute mark.
Fraser is a menace for the opposition and came into the middle of the park, immediately dictating play – the game was calling out for someone to take control and that’s exactly what he did.
Just 10 minutes after his introduction, Fraser was on the scoresheet – instant impact.
He doesn’t particularly catch his free-kick well, but his low drive is enough to confuse Delph who can’t quite set himself to clear the ball which ultimately ends up in the back of the net to restore Bournemouth’s lead.
Things then went from bad to worse for Everton in a matter of minutes.
Five minutes on from Fraser’s goal, Callum Wilson was on the scoresheet with his second of the game.
This time it was Lewis Cook – making his return to club football after 285 days – who dinked a ball over a flat-footed Everton defence, where Wilson was on his toes to pounce, lifting the ball over a helpless Pickford and into the goal.
Everton struggled to find a way back into this game after that third Bournemouth goal – not really creating anything that could trouble Ramsdale or the backline.
There wasn’t all that much between the two sides, with the 90 minutes being relatively even.
The crucial difference was Bournemouth being clinical and making the most of their chances, whereas Everton failed to do so.
As a result of which, Bournemouth saw the game out comfortably and secured all three points to lift them into the first half of the table.
By Courtney Hill.