Born Player Nets As Bournemouth Sink Brighton

Lynette Rowe
September 16, 2017

"Eddie Howe has described three of the Cherries' four league performances as unacceptable, although it has to be remembered that Manchester City and Arsenal have been two of their opponents".

This was a first ever top-flight meeting between the two seaside clubs, who were playing each other in the second tier only two years ago.

Bournemouth's poor start to the season is not a effect of the attitude of the players but an inability to deliver when it matters, manager Eddie Howe has said.

"[Brighton] played deep, they were compact and we knew it would be hard".

They now had the bit between their teeth and got their reward soon after when Solly March made the most of more poor defending to nod home Pascal Gross' wonderful cross.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "When you're at a club like Bournemouth that have only recently been in the Premier League, you can have good and bad periods". We have had a tough run of fixtures and today was really important. But what they've always done is come through them.

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"But he's looking good, we haven't seen him back in training yet so there's still a way to go".

Although both teams have netted a meagre four times between them this season, they have shipped a whopping 13 goals and an evening under the floodlights might be just what the sides need to find their shooting boots.

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The Cherries have endured a torrid start to the 2017/18 campaign, losing all four of their opening Premier League fixtures.

Bournemouth's star striker Jermain Defoe has yet to score this season but it is surely only a matter of time for the man who registered 15 times in the league last term, and he is 4/1 (5.0) to bag first on Friday night.

Eddie Howe said there is no "despair" after telling his Bournemouth team to rediscover their identity against a buoyant Brighton & Hove Albion at the Vitality Stadium tonight.

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