Bournemouth

Scott Parker praises “first class” Fulham fans after back-to-back wins

Fulham caretaker boss Scott Parker hopes successive Premier League victories provides some consolation for the club’s disillusioned fans following a torrid season of struggle. The relegated Cottagers followed up last weekend’s victory over Everton by winning 1-0 at Bournemouth to earn a first away success of the campaign. Aleksandar Mitrovic’s second-half penalty secured victory at the Vitality Stadium after he was brought down in the box by Cherries substitute Jack Simpson. Parker, who replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri in late February, believes it is crucial to reconnect with disgruntled supporters ahead of their immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship. “Really satisfying, back to back wins, another clean sheet as well. It’s been a good day really,...

Eddie Howe to celebrate 500th game as manager

Eddie Howe is “very grateful for the opportunity” to be Bournemouth boss as he prepares for his 500th game in management. Howe, who is in his second spell with the Cherries, will reach the milestone during Saturday’s Premier League game at home to relegated Fulham. The 41-year-old initially managed the south-coast club between 2008 and 2011 before returning to the Vitality Stadium in October 2012 following a spell with Burnley. He is the youngest manager to reach 500 matches in English football and has guided Bournemouth from League Two to the top-flight in that time. “I only just found out it was 500 and my initial reaction was, ‘where has the time gone? Where have the games gone?’,” Howe said at his pre-match press conference. “It doesnR...

Premier League Team of the Week – Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne, Virgil van Dijk

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week for gameweek 34, including Lucas Moura, Kevin De Bruyne and Virgil van Dijk. The 2018-19 Premier League season edged one more game towards its conclusion this weekend, with Liverpool still leading a title race which looks set to go down to the wire. Manchester City momentarily returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the Reds responded by beating Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield to move two points clear – albeit having played a game more than the champions. Chelsea’s defeat at Anfield saw their top-four hopes take a blow as Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Arsenal all won, with Spurs among the biggest victors of the weekend courtesy of their 4-0 triumph over relegated Huddersfiel...

Arsenal target Ryan Fraser admits to being distracted by transfer talk

Bournemouth attacker Ryan Fraser concedes that he has been slightly distracted by suggestions of interest from Arsenal. Bournemouth attacker Ryan Fraser has conceded that he has been slightly distracted by suggestions that Arsenal are considering a summer move. Fraser has been in fine form for the Cherries this term and scored his seventh Premier League goal of the campaign in Saturday’s 5-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion. Arsenal are reportedly eyeing a swoop for the 25-year-old, who has also contributed 11 assists in the top flight during the 2018-19 season. Fraser has admitted that he has been distracted by the speculation but is ‘trying to get on with his work’. “Maybe it hasn’t helped,” Fraser told BBC Sport. “Subconsciously, you might thin...

Dale Stephens issues rallying call to relegation-threatened Brighton

The Seagulls face Cardiff in the wake of a 5-0 home defeat to Bournemouth. Dale Stephens has called on Brighton to stand up and be counted after they were plunged into the thick of the relegation battle. The Seagulls slumped to a shocking 5-0 home defeat by Bournemouth on Saturday and face Cardiff on Tuesday night knowing another loss would leave Neil Warnock’s side, who lie 18th, just two points behind them. Midfielder Stephens told the club website: “We don’t use excuses. We’ve prided ourselves on hard work and preparation for two years in the Premier League, but that was nowhere near it. “But we move on and we’ve got a game on Tuesday, and what a massive game it is. “We’re in a position where it’s still in our hands, we can still do ...

Chris Hughton: ‘Anthony Knockaert let Brighton & Hove Albion down’

Chris Hughton admitted Brighton self-destructed as they crashed to their heaviest defeat at the Amex Stadium. The shambolic Seagulls were thumped 5-0 by Bournemouth and had Anthony Knockaert sent off for a senseless, reckless challenge early in the second half. BBC pundit Dion Dublin branded Knockaert’s late chop on Adam Smith “disgusting” and claimed it “could have been a career-ending tackle”. Seagulls boss Hughton responded: “That I don’t know, because there’s no doubt I’ve seen far worse. “What I will accept is it’s a reckless, emotional challenge. When things are not going well as a team you have to deal with it, we didn’t and certainly Anthony didn’t. “He is aware that he let the team down and that it...

Bournemouth to cash in on Arsenal target Ryan Fraser?

Bournemouth are reportedly considering whether to cash in on Ryan Fraser – an alleged target for Arsenal – during the summer transfer window. Bournemouth have reportedly started to give consideration to selling Ryan Fraser during the summer transfer window. Fraser cost Bournemouth just £400,000 in 2013, but the winger has now established himself as one of the top players at the Vitality Stadium. The 25-year-old has contributed six goals and 10 assists in the Premier League this season, and the Scotland international’s form has allegedly resulted in interest from Arsenal. According to The Mirror, Bournemouth are having to contemplate a potential sale due to Fraser having just over a year remaining on his contract. The South-coast outfit would prefer to keep Fraser, but it ...

Chris Hughton: ‘FA Cup run can spur Brighton on to Premier League safety’

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has called on his players to tackle the final seven Premier League games with the same spirit shown in the narrow FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester City. Hughton has been quick to throw the focus back on to league matters after the disappointment of the 1-0 loss at Wembley last weekend. Brighton host Bournemouth on Saturday, with both sides not yet safe in the battle for top-flight survival, with the Seagulls in particular just five points above the relegation zone. Hughton is hoping the confidence from running title-challengers City close can stand them in good stead as the league campaign draws to a conclusion. “There is the disappointment of not going through but the biggest thing we got out of it was a performance that hasn’t done us any har...

Report: Bournemouth eyeing Nick Pope, Jack Butland

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe reportedly wants to sign either Nick Pope or Jack Butland as a replacement for Asmir Begovic. England international pair Nick Pope and Jack Butland are being eyed up by Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, according to a report. The Cherries are believed to be in the market for a new first-choice stopper due to concerns over Asmir Begovic and deputy Artur Boruc. Begovic recently earned a recall to the side but he made two errors in Saturday’s 3-1 home loss to Burnley. The Sun suggests that Howe wants to sign one of Pope or Butland, capped one and nine times respectively, ahead of next season. Pope has lost his place to Tom Heaton and Joe Hart at Burnley, while Butland has spent 2018-19 plying his trade in the Championship with Stoke City. Only two top-flight si...

Arsenal target to stay at Bournemouth?

Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn warns Arsenal off moving for Ryan Fraser in this summer’s transfer window. Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn has warned Arsenal that the Cherries will fight hard to keep hold of Ryan Fraser during this summer’s transfer window. Fraser has been in fine form for Bournemouth this term, contributing seven goals and 11 assists in 36 appearances in all competitions for the Premier League club. Arsenal have recently been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old ahead of this summer’s transfer window. Cherries boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, has hinted that the attacker could move on. Mostyn has now had his say on the situation, insisting that his club will battle to keep hold of the seven-time Scotland international. “We will talk to Ryan. I...

Premier League Team of the Week – Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard, Jamie Vardy

Sports Mole selects its Premier League team of the week from a depleted gameweek 33, including Mohamed Salah, Eden Hazard and Jamie Vardy. Liverpool sit two points clear at the top of the Premier League at the end of gameweek 33 after beating Southampton 3-1 at St Mary’s on Friday night. Champions Manchester City were in FA Cup action during a depleted weekend of Premier League football, allowing the Reds to once again rise to the summit – albeit having played a game more than their title rivals. There were more twists in the top-four race too as Chelsea beat West Ham United on Monday night to move into third place, taking full advantage of Arsenal‘s slip-up against Everton on Sunday. Burnley came from behind to beat Bournemouth and give their survival hopes of massive bo...

Howe sad that Cherries are no longer blossoming

Eddie Howe fears Bournemouth are losing their “identity”. Following a fine start to the season that took the Cherries into contention to challenge for European football, their present run of only one victory from nine means they have slid to 13th and remain at risk of finishing even lower. They took the lead in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at home to Burnley before being outplayed, demonstrating little of the classy football Howe has long encouraged and leading their manager to fear they have lost their way. The 41-year-old recognises that, without a swift improvement, Bournemouth’s  season will become a disappointment – after it had the potential to be the best in their history. He said: “You are looking week in, week out to see a clear identity, a clear way of playing, knowing you are improving...

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