The EFL Championship got back underway following the international break, seeing AFC Bournemouth run rampant in a 3-0 home victory versus Barnsley.
A double from youngster Jordan Zemura and another goal to the tally for Dominic Solanke saw the Cherries take all three points in a dominating display.
Both sets of fans were in full voice at the Vitality Stadium, creating an electric atmosphere for the 3pm kick-off.
For Bournemouth, the starting line-up saw Gary Cahill gain his debut and first start in a defence that also saw Adam Smith return to right-back after recovering from injury.
As expected, Bournemouth started on the front foot and showed their intent to force the ball through the opposition’s defensive lines. Barnsley were quick on the toes of the home players from their first touch, but in doing so, exposed the gaps which Bournemouth were able to exploit.
The first goal in the 10th minute was a perfect example of this.
David Brooks at the centre of the goal, playing intricate one-twos with both Smith and Solanke from the right side. Brooks’ clever play saw him with space just outside the 18-yard box, in which he was able to lay-off Jaidon Anthony on the left.
The overlap from Jordan Zemura penetrated the defence as Anthony slipped him in behind to allow the academy graduate to score his first goal competitive goal for the Cherries, finishing a great pattern of play from left to right.
Bournemouth continued to threaten with further chances as a result of through balls but slowed down going into the latter of the half.
The away side were not able to take advantage of Bournemouth regaining their breath after an energetic first 20 minutes, as they didn’t cause any real concern for Mark Travers in the home goal.
Bournemouth went back on the offensive to grab a goal before half-time, but Lerma’s first touch finish inside the six-yard box was ruled out for offside in the 45th minute.
The home side went into half-time leading 1-0, knowing they needed to continue the momentum to keep Barnsley at bay.
And that is exactly what they did, as within two minutes of the restart Bournemouth doubled their lead thanks to Solanke.
As he had done so all game, Billing was found running behind the defence from deep by Anthony. With plenty of time, Billing hit a venomous ball across the face of the keeper. Unable to grasp the ball, Solanke was there to pick up the pieces and finish the lost ball from the keeper.
The second half continued in a very controlling manner.
Thinking back to Blackpool at home in their last home fixture, Scott Parker would have made sure the home side did not lose focus and lose out on an important two points.
With individual battles being won across the pitch, Barnsley posed no threat at all, in what was a very comfortable afternoon for the Bournemouth defence.
The Barnsley defence did well to not concede until the 83rd minute, as Bournemouth came with attack after attack. Perhaps something for Parker to focus on going away from the game, as Bournemouth could, and really should, have had a bigger winning margin.
The third goal came courtesy to a brilliant piece of individual play from Zemura, who was also able to achieve the man of the match award as well as bagging the brace.
With acres of space, Zemura was able to drive towards the opposition defence. Met with no challenge, the full-back found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper in which he dinked the ball into the far corner.
The goal was met with a great cheer around the stadium having eagerly waited for the goals to come as chance after chance was made.
It was a game to forget for Barnsley having come out of the game without a shot on goal, whereas the only disappointment for the Cherries was that they did not score more.
The win sees Scott Parker still undefeated in the first six games of the season and lying 5th in the table.
It was a brilliant way for Bournemouth to regain confidence following the 6-0 loss to Norwich and goalless draw to Hull, as Scott Parker will now be looking ahead to a very difficult tie at home to Queens Park Rangers on Tuesday night.