Cherries snatch victory at Burnley
- Paul Tierney
AFC Bournemouth recorded a 12th place finish in the Premier League after a dramatic 2-1 win over Burnley at Turf Moor.
An injury-time winner from Callum Wilson saw the Cherries record the three points, after Joshua King had cancelled out Chris Wood's opener.
Eddie Howe made four changes to his starting line up, with Tyrone Mings, Emerson Hyndman, Lys Mousset and Jordon Ibe all coming into the side.
The first chance of the game went to the hosts and came after a quiet 15 minute opening. Stephen Ward was played in from the left and looked in on goal, but Nathan Ake got a touch to divert the danger.
The Cherries soon had a chance of their own, with Ibe doing well to get in on the right before squaring across goal, only to find an empty box and no-one to prod home.
Moments later, however, and Howe’s side were denied by Nick Pope, who got down low to push away Mousset’s shot after the Frenchman was teed up by Ibe.
With the Cherries enjoying a good spell, it was Charlie Daniels next to fire goalwards, this time after being played in by King and shooting first-time from the edge of the area.
Yet, it was Burnley who capitalised five minutes before the break via Wood.
Some good play around the box saw the ball swung in from the left, with Ashley Westwood making contact, before his shot hit Wood and diverted beyond Asmir Begovic.
Following the interval, the Cherries started well and won an early corner.
From the resulting set play, both King and Steve Cook saw their efforts blocked, before Ake’s header was deflected narrowly wide.
Manager Howe soon turned to the bench with over half an hour still left to play. Dan Gosling and Callum Wilson were both introduced for Emerson Hyndman and Lys Mousset.
Burnley also opted to utilise their substitutions, with Wood leaving the field for former Cherries striker Sam Vokes.
With the Cherries looking for an equaliser, the pressure continued and Ibe was once again in the middle of the action, flashing a ball across goal which went inches wide of Pope’s goal.
A final change for the visitors soon came, with Mings forced off with injury and striker Jermain Defoe coming on in his place.
Almost immediately, the Cherries saw appeals for a penalty waved away, after King looked like he was brought down by Aaron Lennon, but Paul Tierney remained unmoved.
However, with 15 minutes remaining, the Cherries had a breakthrough.
Defoe saw his initial shot well saved from Pope, before Daniels picked it up again and played in King, who took a touch before rifling into the top corner.
With the scores level at 1-1, Sean Dyche made a second change, Nakhi Wells coming on in place of Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
As the clock ran down, the Cherries kept pushing as Wilson turned his man and shot from range, only to see the effort go narrowly wide of goal.
But, the visitors and Wilson weren’t done yet.
A slip at the back for the Clarets saw Defoe capitalise and drive forward, unselfishly squaring for Wilson, who slotted under Pope in injury time to complete the comeback.
The three points mean that the Cherries finish the season in 12th place on 44 points.