AFC Bournemouth conceded two poor goals in the last five minutes of the match to slump to their first league defeat of the year at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
The home side dominated the opening 10 minutes and deservedly went in front thanks to Junior Stanislas’ superb finish on the half volley but the Cherries quickly faded and struggled to create notable opportunities. A switch off at the back allowed Dele Alli to equalise and early in the second half Son Heung-Min completed the turnaround for the visitors.
The Cherries had an equaliser dubiously ruled out in the final 10 minutes after it was deemed that Callum Wilson pushed Davison Sanchez in the back before putting the ball into the net. From then on it was game over as Eddie Howe’s side collapsed, allowing Son to score his second on the counter attack before Serge Aurier headed home to inflict further misery.
Perfect start for Howe’s side
AFC Bournemouth came flying out of the block early on trying to unnerve a Spurs side slightly low on confidence after their Champions League exit at the hands of Juventus in midweek. After just four minutes the home side had a a golden chance to open the scoring through Stanislas. Lewis Cook’s through ball played in Lys Mousset and with the striker bearing down on goal he squared the ball to the winger, whose delicate chip over Lloris hit the underside of the crossbar to let the chance go begging.
Less than three minutes later Stanislas redeemed himself after Adam Smith’s cross into the box found him unmarked. After chesting the ball down he struck the ball sweetly on the half volley across goal into the bottom right hand corner to put the home side in front.
Kane injured before Spurs equalise
The following 20 minutes were relatively quiet before Harry Kane put the ball into the back of the net. The England striker’s goal was correctly ruled out for offside but what is more concerning for Spurs and Gareth Southgate is that as a result the forward left the pitch having injured his ankle. The extent of the damage remains to be seen and we won’t know more until after further scans on Monday.
10 minutes before half time Spurs drew level after Aurier’s cross into the box found Alli. The midfielder’s dink over Asmir Begovic brought a dampener to proceedings for the home side as their defence switched off.
In the second half Bournemouth went close through Simon Francis’s fierce strike from the edge of the area, which forced Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris into a sprawling save to keep the scores level. Just after the hour mark Son put the visitors in front after Alli’s Cross found the South Korean forward. He didn’t make the cleanest of contacts with the ball but converted the chance nonetheless.
Frantic final 10 minutes
As full time approached Howe threw all hands to the attacking pump by bringing on Jermain Defoe, Jordon Ibe and Joshua King to join Wilson up front. This aggressive change looked to have paid off after the Cherries put the ball into the back of the net on 84 minutes but as previously mentioned, referee Mike Dean ruled the goal out. Dean believed he saw Wilson push Sanchez in the back following a scramble in the box and while replays showed that there was contact, it was minimal.
Just a few minutes later Bournemouth fell further behind after getting caught out on the counter attack. Christian Eriksen played through Son in on goal and although he had work to do running from the halfway line, his blistering pace saw him ease his way into the box. He had substitute Erik Lamela up alongside him in support but he went alone, rounded Begovic and slotted home for his second goal of the game.
In the first minute of stoppage time Spurs made it four after substitute Kieran Trippier’s cross resulted in a questionable punched clearance from Begovic, which subsequently allowed Aurier to head in across goal to put the icing on the cake for Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now up to third in the Premier League table following this win.
As for Bournemouth, they remain 12th, six points above the relegation zone and in Howe’s words they face one of their “biggest matches in recent history” when they host bottom of the table West Bromwich Albion next Saturday.