In a highly entertaining, adrenaline pumping, don’t turn your eyes off the screen or away from the pitch (depending on where you are watching) match, Bournemouth go down to a defeat against Burnley.
In a high-octane, pulsating end-to-end game, the match gave a strong representation of what the Premier League is about, and why it is the most sought-after and broadcast league in the world.
With Burnley getting the match underway, Bournemouth was made to wait till the 7th minute before they could embark on their first attack.
Regardless, the first real chance of the game fell to the Cherries as Eddie Howe has gotten his squad playing a simply entertaining and enjoyable game – if you were to stop by somewhere around the Vitality Stadium during the weekend, and the Cherries are playing, and you have some time to kill, you could go in and take a seat.
You can be certain that it would be worth it – you wouldn’t be disappointed.
On the 16th minute, with a shot struck by Ryan Fraser deflected, Bournemouth got the first corner of the game.
Adam Smith opting to take it short, the ball falls to David Brooks, who immediately returns it back to the English defender. Amidst a myriad of passes, Cherries’ players waiting in the box, the final ball from Brooks finds its way into the penalty area. Headed away by Burnley defender, Charlie Taylor, the ball falls to the feet of Nathan Ake, who immediately releases a shot toward Joe Hart’s goal.
A deflection and the ball bounced threateningly on the bar, out of the reach of Joe Hart, and the chance goes begging.
However, on the 38th minute, a cross from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, from the right channel, is headed away by Cherries midfielder, Andrew Surman. The ball falls to Aaron Lennon, who passes to Jack Cork.
Another cross and the ball falls to the feet of Ashley Westwood who releases a shot, which deflected back to the English midfielder, another shot, and the ball falls into the path of an oncoming Matej Vydra, who puts it in for a goal.
Just barely two minutes later, Guomundsson sends a deep cross into the penalty box, and Lennon, sliding, gets it into the back of the net.
Second-half, and on the 58th minute, Burnley stretched by Bournemouth passing moves, were unable to stop Jefferson Lerma shot on goal. The shot weak, Joe Hart was able to hold onto it easily.
Bournemouth kept coming and coming, with another chance in the 62nd minute – a shot by Brooks – saved by Joe Hart, though the midfielder probably made the wrong decision as he had Joshua King and Ryan Fraser, in a three versus one scenario, bearing down on the Clarets’ goal.
On and on, Bournemouth kept coming, and impartial viewers would feel that every try, the Cherries could get back into the game.
However, a brace from Ashley Barnes, on the 83rd and 88th minutes ensured that Burnley made away with the three points.
Aaron Lennon was magnificent, with the winger an integral part of the Clarets’ game, notching in a goal and two assists.
The game was exciting all through and through, though Bournemouth was simply unfortunate to be on the losing end of the scoreline.
Burnley had an impressive game however with Bournemouth’s performance, we can be certain that Eddie Howe would pull his squad through.