Bournemouth...4 Le­ices­ter...2 Sharp­shooter Fraser blows away Foxes

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Adrian Kajumba

AF­TER go­ing ori­en­teer­ing with the SAS dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, it was fit­ting that Bournemouth had their shoot­ing boots on and no prob­lem find­ing the way to goal against Le­ices­ter.

Ed­die Howe’s troops lived up to the SAS motto of Who Dares Wins with a thrilling and clin­i­cal at­tack­ing dis­play in­spired by their jet-heeled winger Ryan Fraser.

Fraser was the main marks­man in Bournemouth’s spe­cial force and pro­vided two deadly sniper-like first-half fin­ishes.

He also set up Adam Smith’s goal while Josh King was also on tar­get be­fore a late fight­back from 10-man Le­ices­ter brought re­spectabil­ity to the fi­nal score.

Howe, whose side climbed up to fifth, said: “I can’t say that per­for­mance was down to pick­ing up tips from the SAS!

“The play­ers here al­ways look fit and that is tes­ta­ment to the work they have done dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break.

“They have shown a great at­ti­tude again to what we have asked them to do and I was go­ing to say that was a lit­tle bit of fun but I am not sure they would look at it like that.

“But it was some­thing dif­fer­ent they took to in a re­ally good way.”

Le­ices­ter were bet­ter than the fi­nal score sug­gested but not helped by two of their most trusted sol­diers, cen­tre-backs Harry Maguire and Wes Mor­gan, hav­ing days to for­get.

Cap­tain Mor­gan’s was capped by his sec­ond-half dis­missal af­ter be­ing shown two yel­lows.

Boss Claude Puel said: “It was a tough af­ter­noon. It was not a fair re­flec­tion. We had good chances against a good team and it will be im­por­tant that this game is just an ac­ci­dent.

“We have to pre­vent these goals con­ceded be­cause it’s hand­i­cap for us.”

Bournemouth’s opener came in the 19th minute when Fraser capped a bril­liant break­away.

Howe’s men shut­tled the ball quickly from goal­keeper As­mir Be­govic to Dan Gosling to King and on to Fraser who ran at a pan­ick­ing Mor­gan be­fore cut­ting in­side and fir­ing past Kasper Schmeichel.

Maguire was then lucky to sur­vive a sec­ond yellow af­ter body-check­ing King.

And then what could have been 1-1, when As­mir Be­govic pro­duced a bril­liant dou­ble save to deny Jamie Vardy and James Mad­di­son, quickly be­came 3-0. As he had al­ready had his last warn­ing, Maguire could do lit­tle other than let Fraser run through on to Callum Wil­son’s pass to slot in his sec­ond in the 37th minute.

And four min­utes later King smashed in a penalty he helped earn when Ri­cardo Pereira han­dled his pass.

Le­ices­ter’s af­ter­noon went from bad to worse when Mor­gan was shown a sec­ond yellow Maguire al­most got in the first half.

It seemed harsh but Mor­gan paid the price for look­ing out of con­trol as he over­stretched to reach a loose ball as he bull­dozed his way for­ward.

Bournemouth made the most of be­ing a man up when Fraser crossed for Smith to mark his 100th Premier League ap­pear­ance to make it 4-0.

Le­ices­ter’s late rally when Mad­di­son scored from the spot and Marc Al­brighton headed in fel­low sub Kelechi Iheana­cho’s cross was too lit­tle, too late.

Howe claimed Fraser can be­come as good as he wants to be af­ter yes­ter­day’s star show­ing.

Pocket-rocket Fraser, who at 5ft 4in is nick­named Wee Man, pro­duced a big per­for­mance.

And Howe said: “He can go wher­ever he wants to go. I’d say the same for any player with his abil­ity, age and at­ti­tude. He’s got a re­ally bright fu­ture in front of him.

“The key thing for Ryan at this stage is be­liev­ing in how good he can be. He’s be­ing re­in­forced ev­ery week with his per­for­mances and now his goals. He’s in a very good place.

“Part of man­age­ment is try­ing to give play­ers con­fi­dence but I re­ally only think that comes from the player him­self. He has to be­lieve it.

“You can tell them as much as you want but ul­ti­mately the player has to know it and feel it him­self.

“I think now he’s go­ing on to the pitch know­ing he can per­form at this level in a very good way.”

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