Tottenham Hotspur recorded their first Wembley win of the season as a Christian Eriksen goal ensured AFC Bournemouth remain in the bottom three.
There was to be no triumphant success to mark Eddie Howe’s fifth year as manager of AFC Bournemouth.
In a game of few chances, it was Tottenham who came out on top despite their Wembley woes. Howe’s game plan of five defenders frustrated their opponents during the first half. However, Christian Eriksen broke the deadlock early in the second half.
There was to be no goal scoring return for Jermain Defoe. Having scored 143 goals in his two spells at Tottenham, the former Spurs man was warmly received. Hugo Lloris denied the Cherries frontman as Bournemouth looked for an equaliser. With just one goal all season, talisman Defoe will need to find his form, and soon.
Nevertheless, positive can be taken from this performance. Harry Kane, who has been in prolific form, was marshalled well for most of the match, as was his international counterpart Dele Alli. Asmir Begovic was called into action on a string of occasions but stood firm to the test; the Bosnian among a number of encouraging performances.
Regardless, AFC Bournemouth remain in a relegation dog fight, despite being just eight games into the season. Goals are a precious commodity for Howe’s men who have only managed to score four times this campaign.
Speaking after the match, Howe bemoaned his sides goal scoring form, stating “we haven’t had the number of chances” (compared to previous seasons) which will be a cause of concern. Either way, the Bournemouth manager was encouraged regarding his sides performance despite the defeat.
AFC Bournemouth will look to bounce back next Saturday when they play Stoke City away. Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur play La Liga champions Real Madrid on Wednesday evening in the Champions League.