First win for Bournemouth

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Jer­main De­foe scored a well-taken win­ner as Bournemouth came from be­hind to claim their first Premier League 2-1 win of the sea­son against Brighton.

De­foe turned in the box and drilled home a clin­i­cal fin­ish - his first goal since join­ing the Cher­ries in the sum­mer - af­ter be­ing put through by sub­sti­tute Jor­don Ibe. Winger Ibe has strug­gled since ar­riv­ing at Bournemouth from Liver­pool for £15m in 2016, but he also made the first goal with a clever back heel to Andrew Surman, who coolly stroked in.

Af­ter a dis­mal first half, the game came to life in the se­cond pe­riod as Solly March headed in the opener for visi­tors Brighton from Pas­cal Gross’ pin­point cross. Min­utes ear­lier, de­fender Dale Stephens nod­ded an ef­fort against the cross­bar af­ter Surman had cleared Shane Duffy’s header and Davy Prop­per’s fol­low-up off the line. The two sides meet again at the Vi­tal­ity Sta­dium on Tues­day in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Bournemouth boss Ed­die Howe, “A lot of emo­tions, re­lief is prob­a­bly the big­gest one. We have had a tough run of fix­tures and to­day was re­ally im­por­tant.”

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