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Posted Sat 18 Mar 17 at 19:25 PM

Report: AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City

AFC Bournemouth moved nine points clear of the drop zone as Benik Afobe guided the side to a 2-0 win over Swansea City at Vitality Stadium.

An Alfie Mawson own goal handed the Cherries the opener after 30 minutes, after Afobe's shot deflected home via the Swans defender.

Inside the final 20 minutes Afobe added a second as he guided a shot cleverly home, the goal confirming the win and seven points from the Cherries' last three games.

There was just one change in the Cherries' starting line up, an enforced switch with Harry Arter missing through injury and replaced by Andrew Surman, himself returning from suspension.

The hosts had Swansea on the back foot from the first whistle, using both wings effectively as they looked for an early breakthrough. Joshua King shot from 21 yards, but his effort sailed over.

As the opening ten minutes wore on the visitors had their first chance, Mawson flicking a header wide. The Cherries responded with Ryan Fraser dragging a shot a yard wide from just inside the box.
 
Swans talisman Gylfi Sigurdsson sent a volley over, while Afobe headed wide from a good opening following Fraser's inswinging cross.

Midway through the half there was a sizeable let off for the Cherries, Sigurdsson's fine free kick crossed in and flicked barely a foot wide of his own goal by King.

However, half an hour in and Bournemouth were on the right side of the rub of the green as they took the lead. 

Afobe pounced onto the ball 25 yards from goal, driving in with his run then shooting low, his strike taking a wicked deflection off Mawson and rolling past Lukasz Fabianski; adjudged as an own goal..

Artur Boruc had to be alert to keep the advantage intact, diving to claw a long-range Sigurdsson shot round the post.

Five minutes before the break Adam Smith spun a free kick into Fabianski's clutches, the game losing some of its energy ahead of the break; the Cherries going in ahead.

Swansea started the second period on the hunt for a instant leveller, Sigurdsson again threatened with a set piece, the home fans relieved to see the delivery miss everyone in the centre.

At the other end Dan Gosling struck low and forced Fabianski into a good diving save, the game's next goal becoming increasingly important.

Bournemouth soon had a spell of pressure; first King had a shot blocked and then Fraser's low effort from distance was saved.

The positive spell continued with Bournemouth winning the second balls, though with 25 minutes to go Swansea were handed another set piece opportunity for Sigurdsson.

On the very edge of the box the Iceland international set his sights but saw his effort deflect away off the top of the defensive wall.

With Fernando Llorente the visible target, Swansea were swinging more balls into the box, coming closer as knock downs rattled dangerously around the home area.

Steve Cook made an heroic tackle moments before Afobe struck - the goal definite his this time - to double the host's lead against the run of play.

Afobe beat his marker with a deft touch following King's pass and the striker kept his cool in the face of an onrushing 'keeper, rolling an accurate shot off the far post and in.

Closing in on the final ten minutes and Fabianski pulled off a stunning save to keep the visitors in with a shout.

Substitute Jack Wilshere found King with a cross, the Norwegian's downward header strong and true but matched by the Swansea 'keeper's remarkable reactions.

The home fans got behind their side as the Cherries closed in their first back-to-back wins of the campaign, seeing out three minutes of added time to go into the international break on a winning high.

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