Bournemouth's Defoe strikes to seal comeback win over Brighton

Beth Cruz
September 17, 2017

After four games, Bournemouth are still looking for their first win of the season and sit 19th in the table.

Chris Hughton's side were ahead for 12 minutes before Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe changed the game.

Defoe has morphed from teenage talent to 34-year-old arch-poacher while Howe has moved into management in the 16 years in between - but the Bournemouth boss still finds himself stunned by the striker's eye for goal.

However, Bournemouth got stronger as the half went on as Marc Pugh and Jermain Defoe squandered a couple chances after 20 minutes.

The Seagulls, after a sterile first half, took the lead through Solly March after excellent play from Pascal Gross and Dale Stephens. The influential former Liverpool attacker found South African midfielder Andrew Surman in the middle of the box, who finished in the far left corner of the Brighton goal. He wants to train every day, he doesn't want to be treated as a special case, he really wants to muck in and be one of the boys.

He sealed a return to Bournemouth in the offseason, triggering a clause in his contract at Sunderland allowing him to leave on a free transfer following its relegation from the Premier League. He can beat people in really tight areas and he did that for the two goals.

"(I am) incredibly disappointed.

Rosenior told Sky Sports News after the game: "We were 1-0 up and in control and I think this is a lesson for us". We never looked like conceding before then.

"We've always been very good with the ball and we haven't seen that this season, which is the most concerning thing", Howe added.

The Fantasy Premier League deadline is tonight at 7pm due to the Bournemouth Brighton fixture.

The Cherries were 9-4-6 at Vitality Stadium last season but have lost their first two games at Dean Court this season.

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