Hen­drick cracker brings Bournemouth down to earth

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BURN­LEY: Ir­ish mid­fielder Jeff Hen­drick’s sen­sa­tional flickand-hit vol­ley in­spired Burn­ley to a 3-2 vic­tory over Bournemouth in the Pre­mier League yes­ter­day.

Hen­drick struck from long range in the 13th minute and fur­ther goals from Stephen Ward and Ge­orge Boyd se­cured the three points de­spite Benik Afobe and Charlie Daniels re­ply­ing for Bournemouth.

Vic­tory ended a run of three con­sec­u­tive de­feats for Sean Dy­che’s Burn­ley, who are now five points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone and a point be­low Bournemouth, who slipped one place to 11th.

Bournemouth had stormed back from 3-1 down to beat Liver­pool 4-3 on their pre­vi­ous out­ing, but man­ager Ed­die Howe could not engi­neer a re­peat per­for­mance against his for­mer club. Ryan Fraser was re­warded for in­spir­ing Bournemouth’s come­back against Liver­pool with a start­ing place as the south-coast club went in search of a first ever win at Turf Moor at the 14th at­tempt.

His early run cre­ated a chance for Afobe, who was bril­liantly de­nied by fit-again Burn­ley goal­keeper Tom Heaton. Dan Gosling also put a shot over Heaton’s cross­bar, but it was Burn­ley who drew first blood, and in stu­pen­dous fash­ion. Racing down the in­side-right chan­nel, Hen­drick leapt to bring down a pass from a team-mate, kneed the ball up and then cracked an un­stop­pable, loop­ing vol­ley into the top-right cor­ner from 25 yards.

His fel­low Ir­ish­man Ward added a sec­ond less than three min­utes later, slam­ming home af­ter Bournemouth goal­keeper Ar­tur Boruc failed to hold Ben Mee’s header.

Boruc then had to save from Michael Keane, but af­ter Adam Smith had ex­tended Heaton with a free-kick at the other end, Afobe tucked away Si­mon Fran­cis’s cut-back to re­duce the ar­rears in first-half in­jury time.

Af­ter Afobe had squan­dered a good chance to make it 3-1, scuff­ing hope­lessly wide, Dy­che turned to his bench, send­ing on An­dre Gray and Ash­ley Barnes for Sam Vokes and Steven De­four. Gray pro­cured a clear op­por­tu­nity to stretch the hosts’ lead when the ball fell to him in a kind po­si­tion, but he thrashed his shot straight at Boruc.

He made a more telling con­tri­bu­tion in the 75th minute, his back-heel tee­ing up Boyd to dou­ble Burn­ley’s lead, and although Daniels hit back for Bournemouth in stop­page time, it came too late. — AFP

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