9 The Daily Telegraph Monday 13 July 2020 ** Bournemouth led back from the brink by Schmeichel gift at Vitality Stadium By Tom Prentki Bournemouth Leicester City Stanislas 66 pen, Solanke 67, 87, Evans 83 og Vardy 23 Bournemouth were on the brink. Whether this proves a brief reprieve or the catalyst in a remarkable escape from relegation, only time will tell. But if it is the latter, and Eddie Howe looks back on the season’s key moment, then the bizarre Kasper Schmeichel goal kick that cannoned into the back of Wilfred Ndidi and gifted Bournemouth the chance to equalise, will surely be it. “We haven’t had any of those moments go for us in a long, long time,” said Howe. “We can do it. It keeps us alive, keeps us in there and we’re not going to stop until the end.” Leicester had been coasting with supporters perhaps beginning to think of who they might face in next season’s Champions League. Now they will lose their place in the top four, should Manchester United beat Southampton this evening. Much will also depend on the outcome of Manchester City’s appeal against a ban from the competition at the Court of Arbitration for Sport later today. Brendan Rodgers’s side had been coasting and should have led by more than Jamie Vardy’s goal midway through a first half which they dominated. As has been the case all season, Bournemouth’s defensive frailties were laid bare when Ayoze Perez robbed Dan Gosling of possession in midfield and freed Kelechi Iheanacho. He chipped past Aaron Ramsdale, Lloyd Kelly blocked on the line and Vardy seized on the rebound to score his 23rd goal of the season and leave himself in pole position for the Golden Boot. That was one of many calamitous moments in an error-strewn first coolly converted. The Leicester midfielder was fortunate to receive only a booking for the foul. His team-mate, Caglar Soyuncu, was not so fortunate as Bournemouth took the lead a minute later. Wilson flicked on to Dominic Solanke who scored his first goal for the club on his 39th appearance as he squeezed the ball under Schmeichel. As Wilson went to collect the ball in the net, he tangled with Soyuncu who kicked out at him and Stuart Attwell promptly showed the Turk a red card. “We’re already without three of our most important players so to lose him for three games, we don’t have the squad for that,” bemoaned Rodgers. “I didn’t see that coming in the second half. We were good in the first half but second half we lacked personality.” Bournemouth scored a fortuitous third when Stanislas’s low shot ricocheted in off Jonny Evans. Then, with three minutes left, Solanke added his second goal, seizing on a careless pass from Christian Fuchs to beat Schmeichel. “He was huge for us today, Dominic,” said Howe. “I always felt the goals were coming. His general performances have been improving. He’s got incredible ability and he can sleep well tonight.” half for the Cherries, who also lost Nathan Ake to injury just before half-time. The Dutch defender left the ground on crutches. Ake was hurt making a superb block to divert Vardy’s shot over the bar and prevent Leicester going two up after a terrible pass from Arnaut Danjuma had gifted possession to the league’s top scorer. Howe confirmed afterwards that it is unlikely Ake will feature again this season. Some credit must go to Howe for the work he did in the interval. He Appearances by Dominic Solanke before his first Bournemouth league goal. After all the waiting, he bagged two in 20 minutes 39 withdrew Gosling and Danjuma, both of whom had endured awful first periods, and sent on Philip Billing and Junior Stanislas. Despite more aggression from Bournemouth, Leicester remained relatively untroubled until Schmeichel’s incredible oversight. His clearance hit the oblivious Ndidi and fell invitingly for Callum Wilson. Ndidi tripped him to concede the penalty which Stanislas ning Premier League matches as the Derby side of 2007-08 or one of Mick McCarthy’s Sunderland disasters earlier that decade. Green, City’s goalkeeper for eight seasons before moving to West Ham in 2006, voiced fears about life in the Championship for a team used to losing after a short break between campaigns. Alex Tettey, one of two survivors from the previous relegation, said: “We went into the game wanting to win, but when you get those goals against you then all those negative thoughts start creeping in. “The boss has done everything he can. He hasn’t got any £15-2030 million players, he has young talent mixed with a couple of senior players. His philosophy is fantastic, the club believing in young talent is the way to go, but if you don’t have the quality, regardless of your football, you will get punished. “I knew how it was going to be and sadly there were a lot of games where we haven’t had that mentality to win. It is not wise to blame Daniel, he is not the magician.” Antonio had been guilty of some poor finishing in West Ham’s defeat by Burnley and revealed it had been weighing on his mind. “I couldn’t sleep after the game on Wednesday because I had a great opportunity to get us a point and I didn’t take it,” he said. “I’m my biggest critic, so to get four goals and three points for our club was just amazing.” His first was a close-range finish from a corner, his second a header from a free-kick, followed by a header on the rebound and a tap-in. “Most other teams would defend all four goals like that,” Tettey said. Watford 2-1 Newcastle Utd
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