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Bournemouth 3-1 Everton

15th September 2019, 16:29 by Adrian Mills

England striker Callum Wilson scored twice as Bournemouth secured a convincing 3-1 victory at home to Everton at the Vitality Stadium.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe opted for four changes, with Jack Stacey making his league debut for the club, while the fit-again Lewis Cook and Dominic Solanke were given first league starts of the campaign.

Meanwhile, the visitors were without midfielder Andre Gomes due to a rib injury, while Moise Kean dropped to the bench, with both Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Morgan Schneiderlin handed starts.

Early on the Toffees enjoyed the better of the possession, with Gylfi Sigurdsson forcing a solid save from home keeper Aaron Ramsdale with a cross-shot from the right side of the area.

With 17 minutes played Ramsdale was quickly off his line to deny Calvert-Lewin, while a couple of minutes later a long-range effort from Richarlison smacked against the angle of post and crossbar with the Cherries gloveman rooted to the spot.

Solanke started and finished the move which saw him test Jordan Pickford with a dipping 25-yard effort and from the resulting corner the ball eventually landed on the head of Wilson, who netted from close range to give the Cherries the lead.

Nine minutes before the interval Richarlison headed narrowly wide from a Lucas Digne delivery from the left side of the area.

However, the Toffees were level just before half-time as Calvert-Lewin rose to power home a header from eight yards out after Richarlison crossed accurately from the right.

Early in the second half Ramsdale tipped over a Sigurdsson shot as the visitors went looking for their second goal, before the hosts brought on Ryan Fraser to try and shake things up.

The young keeper then made a crucial intervention in denying goalscorer Calvert-Lewin as he pounced on a weak back-pass from Steve Cook.

And that save proved even more important as the hosts retook the lead as Fraser whipped in a free-kick from the left and a slight deflection off Fabian Delph took it beyond the dive of Pickford and into the far corner of the net.

Five minutes later it was 3-1 as Sergio Rico lofted a long ball forward from left-back, allowing Wilson to gallop goalwards and bury a crisp finish past the stranded Pickford.

Ramsdale made a decent block to deny Alex Iwobi late on and Bournemouth held on comfortably to claim all three points.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Adrian Mills

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