B’mouth vs Everton
2:00pm Sunday 15th September
Callum Wilson took advantage of a abysmal defensive operation by Everton on Sunday to score twice in a Premier League home triumph for Bournemouth.
In a tight affair between two equally matched teams it was the Toffees tacky defending that price them, firstly allowing Wilson to net (23) after failing to take care of a set-piece. Dominic Calvert-Lewin notched his first goal for 13 matches to level it up (44) however a Ryan Fraser free-kick from the left was deflected past Jordan Pickford from Fabian Delph to hand the Cherries the lead (66).
Wilson then seized upon a few additional disorganisation from the Everton backline having a lobbed finish over Pickford (73) to fasten Bournemouth’s first home win of the season.
As they remain without an away win since March for Everton expects of a complete look streets away with this showing.
Bournemouth had the better of the opening exchanges with Lewis Cook looking in good fettle despite nine months out with a knee injury.
But, the first blow was almost landed by Everton on 17 minutes but the dipping shot from 25 yards of Richarlison smacked the crossbar.
It was the Cherries that struck first on 23 minutes. Diego Rico’s corner dropped at the back post to Josh King in acres of space. King should have scored himself but Wilson headed home his ball across the face.
Before he turned provider just prior to the 21, richarlison levelled on 37 minutes however nodded wide from a left-wing cross.
There was plenty for Calvert-Lewin to perform as he led home with power and powered over Steve Cook although the Brazilian delivered from the right.
Everton had the ascendancy after half-time with Aaron Ramsdale thwarting Gylfi Sigurdsson with a tidy save – .
Ryan Fraser was called from the seat by Eddie Howe and that he made an impact on 67 minutes to turn the game in Bournemouth’s favour.
In the free-kick down the abandoned, Delph miscued the embarrassing delivery of Fraser along with his right foot that required the ball.
Things would get worse to the Everton backline as Wilson caught his second if the points were wrapped up by Bournemouth.
Rico knocked on a ball through the heart of the Toffees defence and Wilson was given the Vitality Stadium’s liberty to saunter through and unwind the ball over Pickford from the edge of the Region.
Graeme Souness said:”He played extremely well now. Players don’t like playing against him. He will take you physically and he’s fast. He is the actual deal.”
The England striker had two opportunities in the match and he even chose them both, showing brilliantly instincts to the enormous and initial levels of ability for the moment. The two Yerry Mina and Michael Keane had to forget while Fabian Delph didn’t provide protection in front – Wilson penalized their levels. Since the start of last year, only Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling (32) has been directly engaged in more Premier League goals amongst Englishmen than Wilson (26 – 17 goals, 9 assists).
“I think Everton will look to their defending and say that is what cost them the match. We talk about Premier League games being determined by fine margins and that is exactly what it was today. Poor. Because he hasn’t got a foot he decides to go with his left foot – bad. Place your foot you’re a Premier League player you have to have practised with that. It is not good, if you end up in that scenario. Whichever way you dress it up it is bad, really poor.
“A simple bit of defending, it is bread and butter stuff. Don’t take your eye off the ball. Simply put it back to Ryan Fraser, kick it from the arena but just make some sort of contact so it will not end up in the back of your web.”
“It was hard job – a tough day, a hot day. We asked our men to devote a genuine physical effort and they did it. It was a day where hard work brings you the win.
“It is a massive win for us psychologically for us we will need to win games in the home. Winning is only improved by by the feeling around the earth. We knew now was a moment in our own year. Hopefully we can use now for a launchpad for the remainder of the season.”
“It was not a fantastic day for us, maybe not a great result. It from.
“When you make mistakes like we did today in the Premier League from home, it’s difficult to win. We controlled the match in some periods, created some chances but we gave so many things which were easy for them.
“We must learn quickly as we have to win soccer games away from home”
The Cherries have a south-coast derby to look ahead to next Friday against Southampton, live on Sky Sports, while Everton host Sheffield United on Saturday.
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