Report from Oliver Thompson at Vitality Stadium
Bournemouth finished their pre season with a large victory over last year’s Europa League runners up Olympique Marseille.
After having lost 2-0 to Spanish outlet Real Betis the previous day, a victory in this friendly seemed vital to raise morale going into their first competitive game of the new Premier League season.
The game began with a very early goal from Adam Smith, who had received a well driven cross from winger Ryan Fraser on the outside of the box. The full-back fired the ball past Yohan Pele in the Marseille goal.
It appeared that Marseille were about to recover from their nervous start until the 25th minute mark. Joshua King doubled the Cherries’ lead and maintained the home side’s momentum.
King then doubled his goal tally, and piled more misery on the away side, after receiving a through ball from new signing and Welsh international David Brooks.
Marseille didn’t give up however, forcing a brilliant save from Cherries goalkeeper Asmir Begovic just before the break after an ambitious attempt from Valere Germain.
The second half began with Bournemouth running riot early on, scoring two goals in five minutes. The ever lively Ryan Fraser and striker Callum Wilson ensured they were on the score sheet and further extended the home side’s lead.
As time ticked on, however, the visitors began finding their rhythm and started to challenge the Bournemouth defence. The deadlock was then broken for Marseille after the ball was driven in by Germain.
Towards the 89th minute mark, the visitors doubled their tally after a brilliant effort from French under-21 international, Maxime Lopez.
Referee Graham Scott then brought the game to a close, leaving Bournemouth with many positives to take going into their first Premier League of the new season against new boys Cardiff City.
However, questions will rightly be asked regarding their defensive record during pre-season.