Bournemouth 3-2 Swansea: Battling Cherries edge five-goal thriller

13 Mar

Swansea were made to pay for a series of costly errors as Bournemouth hit a late goal to claim three points in a thrilling 3-2 win at the Vitality Stadium.


The Welsh outfit twice came back from a goal down to level the scores, but the Cherries refused to give up hope of the victory, as Steve Cook’s 77th minute header sealed another three points towards their bid to stay in the Premier League.

Bournemouth climb to 13th in the table, rising above Watford and a whole 13 points clear of the drop zone, while 16th-placed Swansea remain in danger.

An action-packed game produced its first chance inside the opening three minutes, as Bournemouth forward Joshua King looped a header just over bar, with Andrew Surman then striking the post with a free-kick.

They were warning shots which Swansea didn’t heed, as Bournemouth soon went ahead though fit-again star Max Gradel on 36 minutes.

Lukasz Fabianski came off his line to punch away a dangerous Adam Smith cross, but the former Arsenal glovesman only managed to palm it into Gradel’s path, with the forward controlling and sweeping a scuffed shot into the bottom corner.

But the Swans mustered an instant response through Modou Barrow, who netted his first Premier League goal in fine style. Cutting in from the right, the 23-year-old dribbled to the edge of the box before slotting into the bottom left corner with an arching strike.

Swansea had more of the ball after their equaliser, but Bournemouth were soon back in front after the break thank to another Jacks mistake.

King pounced on a loose ball after a heavy touch from a Swansea defender, and went on to fire a  sweet strike which beat Fabianski at his near post and went in off the woodwork.

But again the Welsh side were only behind for a matter of minutes, as Barrow turned from scorer to provider to set up Gylfi Sigurdsson in the centre of the box, with the Icelandic playmaker slamming a fine finish into the top corner.

Swansea again began to dominate posession but the Cherries refused to go away, and the hosts eventually had the final word.

A classic smash and grab goal saw goalkeeper Artur Boruc first pull off a superb save to deny Swansea’s Alberto Paloschi, with Bournemouth attacking back straight away to force a corner kick.

Matt Ritchie’s set piece was perfect for Cook, whose power header into the corner of the net was just enough to seal a dramatic win for the home fans.

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