De­foe steals vic­tory with first Bournemouth goal in 16 years

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SOCCER -

Jer­main De­foe fired Bournemouth to their first win of the Premier League sea­son to re­lieve mount­ing pres­sure on man­ager Ed­die Howe.

The 34-year-old ri­fled his first Bournemouth goal in 16 years, as the Cher­ries came from be­hind to sink vis­i­tors Brighton 2-1.

Solly March’s header had Brighton dream­ing of a sec­ond suc­ces­sive Premier League win but An­drew Sur­man coolly lev­elled be­fore Eng­land poacher De­foe stole the vic­tory.

De­foe last scored for Bournemouth on a loan spell in May 2001, and the vet­eran ex­hib­ited all his stun­ning stay­ing power to set­tle this south coast derby.

Bournemouth were in real dan­ger of los­ing five suc­ces­sive Premier League matches for the first time when March capped a flow­ing move, but man­ager Howe’s men re­sponded in style.

De­foe has turned out for West Ham, Tot­ten­ham, Portsmouth, Toronto FC and Sun­der­land since his loan stint on the south coast as a teenage goalscorer of rich prom­ise. A full gen­er­a­tion of strik­ers has come and gone in between, but still De­foe keeps on de­liv­er­ing.

Clin­i­cal cameo

Su­per sub Jor­don Ibe laid on both goals in a clin­i­cal cameo that will raise hopes of the for­mer Liver­pool star­let fi­nally mak­ing good on his £15mil­lion (¤17 mil­lion) trans­fer fee.

A nervy first-half saw Shane Duffy play in Josh King and Harry Arter hand pos­ses­sion straight to Davy Prop­per. Nei­ther man could pro­duce a fin­ish, how­ever, leav­ing the clash dead­locked at the break.

Bournemouth wasted 65 per cent of first-half pos­ses­sion and al­most paid an im­me­di­ate price af­ter the break, when Dale Stephens hit the bar af­ter a Brighton cor­ner.

March then despatched Pas­cal Gross’ whipped cross with a smart header, suck­ing all the air out of Bournemouth and their fans.

Here was the killer in­stinct Howe’s hosts craved so des­per­ately, cru­elly dis­tilled into a goal mag­icked from lit­tle more than three touches.

Howe had asked his men for fight though, and that steel showed it­self in an equaliser of high qual­ity.

Sur­man traded passes with Ibe, col­lect­ing the re­place­ment’s neat back­heel, cut in­side Lewis Dunk’s rash chal­lenge — and coolly side-footed home.

Ibe later played in De­foe, who turned, scur­ried on and buried a drive past Seag­ulls goal­keeper Mathew Ryan.

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