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Posted Sat 13 May 17 at 16:52 PM

Match report: AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley

AFC Bournemouth rounded off their Vitality Stadium season in style as they secured a well-deserved 2-1 win in the sunshine against Burnley.

Junior Stanislas opened the scoring with a wonderfully-placed shot in the first half, the Cherries well on top until Sam Vokes draw Burnley level inside the last ten minutes.

Not to be denied, Bournemouth were ahead again within 90 seconds though Joshua King as he turned home a low shot to see Eddie Howe's men beat last season's points total.

The Cherries were unchanged for the match, and surged forwards within the first two minutes. King played wide to Stanislas, whose ball in was cleared away from Lys Mousset's toes.

A party atmosphere inside Vitality Stadium, a ball soon fell to Simon Francis 20 yards out. The centre-back had a first-time flutter but could only find the Ted MacDougall Stand.

Passing the 20-minute mark there was a controversial moment as King and James Tarkowski battled for a ball as it bounced into the box. The players tangled, both expecting a foul - the referee giving Burnley the decision.

However, chances of a goal-less damp squib were ended on 25 minutes as the Cherries took the lead.

Lewis Cook found the run of Stanislas who had caught Stephen Ward unawares, in the clear he beautifully crafted his left-foot finish past Tom Heaton and inside the post.

Looking to respond, Scott Arfield drilled a low shot just wide for the visitors; while Marc Pugh gave Heaton a save to make after the ball bounced his way in the Clarets' area.

Approaching the interval, Arfield stole onto a deflected pass but found Artur Boruc too big a target to beat as Bournemouth retained their lead.

In the 44th minute the fans rose to applause Cherries supporters Paul Willis, who passed away this week.

Burnley added Andre Gray to their attack for the start of the second period, but it was the hosts who started the brighter.

Mousset won the ball back in the Burnley box and found Pugh on the flank, the winger showed a deft trick to beat his man and his ball was only inches from finding its target in the middle.

Steve Cook tested Heaton's handling from 23 yards, but at the other end Burnley came close when Arfield flashed a shot only marginally past the upright.

Bournemouth created two good chances in their attempts to find a second. First, King lobbed a ball in for Mousset, whose header was caught by the 'keeper before King himself cut inside Tarkowski but couldn't find the target with his ten-yard shot.

Still hunting, Pugh chopped inside and found King, he pushed the ball wide for Stanislas, but the Londoner's shot was well over.

Lewis Cook slung in a shot from the edge of the box that was saved, Harry Arter had an effort blocked saved from similar range while Pugh was giving Matt Loughton a continual headache down the left.

The Cherries were made to rue their missed opportunities with seven minutes left on the clock as the Clarets levelled.

Against the run of play substitute Johann Berg Gudmundson delivered a cross and Vokes glanced a headed inside the far post.

Far from downhearted the home side pushed forwards and were ahead again almost instantly.

Off the bench, Ryan Fraser found King in the box, the Norwegian keeping a cool head to run and fire low and into the net.

The visitors looked for a second leveller as the match moved into stoppage time, but the Cherries saw the game out to jump up to 45 Premier League points.



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