After amassing the most points from losing positions in the Premier League last season, Bournemouth have carried on this feat so far this campaign and showed the character to come back from 2 goals down to share the spoils with Everton on Saturday.
Although, it may have come over as an exciting & enthralling game of football. The first half in fact was extremely drab with the only notable chances falling for the Cherries with Callum Wilson firing over after an exquisite through ball from the again excellent Ryan Fraser and Nathan Ake was unable to direct home a header from a well worked Bournemouth free kick. The only other incident of note in the first 45 involved Everton’s new acquisition Richarlison who before the trip to Dorset had notched 3 goals in his first two games for the Toffees. However, he got involved in an unnecessary scuffle with Cherries right back Adam Smith and was given his marching orders. Referee Lee Probert, signalling that he had moved his head towards Smiths and therefore giving him a decision to make in which he obliged and dismissed the Brazilian winger. The red card could’ve been considered harsh as marginal contact was made, however it was more the notion and nonetheless a silly and stupid decision from the Everton man.
The game certainly came to life in the second half with both sides looking to assert themselves more on the game. But it was the away side that struck first, Theo Walcott raced on to a long ball and was able to smash it inside Asmir Begovic’s near post. The Bosnian is likely to be disappointed with his part in the opening goal. A couple of minutes later, Walcott was again causing the Cherries problems with his electric pace. This time, again racing onto a searching ball was able to even things up in terms of numbers when Adam Smith brought him down and was adjudged to have denied a goal scoring opportunity in the process therefore resulting in a red card for the Bournemouth man. Although, even Walcott after the game said that he was surprised that the red card was brandished instead of arguably the correct punishment of a yellow card. Everton soon took advantage of the numbers being evened up when Michael Keane was able to fire home a header and punish Bournemouth for their lackadaisical defending, doubling the Toffees lead and surely ensuring that all three points were heading back up to Merseyside. However, write Bournemouth off at your peril as they were soon within one goal of Everton after Josh King fired home a penalty after Callum Wilson had been nudged over by Leighton Baines. A couple of minutes later and they were level, Nathan Ake being in the right place at the right time to tuck in the rebound from a glancing Callum Wilson header that had previously struck the post.
We’re delighted to achieve it because – at 2-0 down and 10 v 10 – it looked very difficult from the mental perspective of how the game had gone for us.
The players went again and once we got the goal to go 2-1, the whole game changed, the momentum of the game changed, and we were the stronger team at the end. Our frustration is that we allowed ourselves to get in that position
MOTM – Theo Walcott
Walcott was a constant threat all afternoon for Everton. With his electric pace and running power resulting in him scoring the opening goal for the Merseyside outfit and also the dismissal of Bournemouth right back Adam Smith. Honorable mentions – Ryan Fraser, Nathan Ake & Leighton Baines
Bournemouth – Asmir Begovic,4; Adam Smith,6, Steve Cook,6, Nathan Ake,7, Charlie Daniels,5; David Brooks,6(64), Dan Gosling,5, Andrew Surman,4(76), Ryan Fraser,8; Callum Wilson,7, Josh King,7(92)
Substitutes – Jordon Ibe,6(64), Lewis Cook,7(76), Lys Mousset (92)
Goals – King (75,pen), Ake (79)
Red Card – Smith (61)
Everton – Jordan Pickford,7; Seamus Coleman,5, Mason Holgate,6, Michael Keane,6(96), Leighton Baines,7; Idrissa Gueye,7, Tom Davies,7; Theo Walcott,8(85)⭐️, Gylfi Sigurdsson,6, Richarlison,4; Cenk Tosun,6(84)
Substitutes – Dominic Calvert-Lewin(84), Bernard(85), Kurt Zouma(96)
Goals – Walcott (56), Keane (66)
Yellow Cards – Gueye, Sigurdsson, Tosun
Red Card – Richarlison (41)
Up next for The Cherries is a Carabao Cup test again League 2 side MK Dons on Tuesday night which new signings Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico are likely to make their debuts in. The next league match though is a return to the capital after last weeks 2-1 win over West Ham. This time the Cherries will be coming up against title chasing Chelsea, Bournemouth will be looking for a similar outcome to last season in which they dispatched of the then champions 3-0.