Bournemouth stop the rot with Stoke win

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

STOKE-ON-TRENT: Nathan Ake’s first-half header saw Bournemouth record their first away win of the sea­son in the Premier League as they beat Stoke City 1-0 yes­ter­day. Vic­tory was the south coast side’s first in three league games af­ter they lost to Mid­dles­brough and Sun­der­land prior to the in­ter­na­tional break. Stoke, how­ever, missed a great chance to equalise at the start of the sec­ond half when Bo­jan Kr­kic struck a penalty against the cross­bar.

The home side were for­tu­nate not to be down to 10 men early on at the Bri­tan­nia Sta­dium. Bournemouth saw a su­perb pass from Jack Wil­shere, on loan from Arse­nal, send Cal­lum Wil­son through on goal be­fore he was brought down by Ryan Shawcross.

Mo­ments later, Wil­shere’s shot was turned away by div­ing goal­keeper Lee Grant. Bournemouth broke the dead­lock in the 26th minute when Ake, un­marked in the six-yard area, headed home Ju­nior Stanis­las’s free-kick.

Stoke im­proved as the half wore on and it needed a goal-line clear­ance from Steve Cook to keep out Shawcross’s header be­fore Ake blocked a goal­bound ef­fort from Wil­fried Bony.

Early in the sec­ond half, Australian goal­keeper Adam Fed­erici kept the score at 1-0 by push­ing away a header from Bony, with the re­bound lead­ing to a con­tro­ver­sial penalty de­ci­sion.

As Bo­jan re­trieved the loose ball, Bournemouth cap­tain Si­mon Fran­cis stepped on his foot and the Spa­niard dra­mat­i­cally flung him­self to the ground.

He got up to take the en­su­ing spot-kick but smashed the ball against the bar. Bournemouth ap­peared con­tent to play on the counter-at­tack. Stoke cre­ated few clear chances as they chased the game, with Xher­dan Shaqiri shoot­ing over the top from 12 yards out and Jonathan Wal­ters head­ing straight at Fed­erici.

Wil­shere al­most set the seal on a fine in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance with a goal, but the Eng­land in­ter­na­tional’s curl­ing shot brushed the post. — AFP

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