Dan's the man as Cherries storm the Bridge
- Graham Scott
Dan Gosling netted a dramatic late winner as AFC Bournemouth registered another memorable victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Gosling marked his first start since April by settling the issue in favour of the visitors, the only goal coming six minutes from time and eventually awarded by referee Graham Scott some two minutes later.
The midfielder’s opportunist strike stood following a lengthy VAR review, having initially been ruled out for offside.
It halted a run of five successive Premier League defeats for Eddie Howe’s team and earned them a third win in five visits to the Bridge.
Gosling's goal sparked joyous scenes in the Shed End, evoking memories of the Cherries' first top-flight win at Stamford Bridge in December 2015 when Glenn Murray hit the winner eight minutes from time.
In not dissimilar circumstances to the Cherries' recent run, Murray's matchwinner ended an eight-match winless sequence in the club's maiden season in the Premier League.
Gosling, Jack Stacey, Lewis Cook and Joshua King were all drafted into the Cherries starting line-up as boss Howe made four changes following the 3-0 defeat by Liverpool.
Nathan Ake, Arnaut Danjuma and Callum Wilson were all ruled out due to injury, while Dominic Solanke dropped down to the bench against his former club.
Fit-again Junior Stanislas was also named among the Cherries substitutes, as were youngsters Alex Dobre and Gavin Kilkenny.
Ryan Fraser worked the first shooting after linking with Gosling, the Scotsman’s effort saved low down at his near post by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa.
Aaron Ramsdale made a fine block to prevent Mason Mount drawing first blood, the Cherries goalkeeper spreading himself well to keep out the midfielder’s effort after he had met Jorginho’s cross.
Emerson’s deflected shot was gathered by Ramsdale before the Italy international’s free-kick from near the touchline sailed past Ramsdale’s far post.
Chelsea’s leading marksman Tammy Abraham swept a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta narrowly past the post, one of few clear chances for the hosts despite their possession in the early stages.
Fraser’s free-kick into the danger zone caused the Chelsea defence a headache only for Phil Billing to stray offside before Stacey’s sliced clearance flew past the upright.
Diego Rico’s corner three minutes before the break was flicked on by Simon Francis and, although Gosling got the final touch, Chelsea were able to clear their lines.
As a first half of few chances drew to a close, Willian’s corner in added time was met by Abraham, the striker’s header sailing over the crossbar.
Cook received the first yellow card for a foul on Emerson five minutes into the second half before Fraser slipped a pass to King which sent the Norway international racing clear.
But a heavy first touch from King took him wide, allowing Blues defender Antonio Rudiger to recover and eventually nip the attack in the bud.
Willian’s free-kick from 20 yards was charged down in the wall by Jefferson Lerma before a frantic goalmouth scramble ended with the Brazilian’s shot being deflected for a corner.
Rudiger again thwarted King, the defender’s saving tackle preventing the striker from taking aim after Lerma’s through ball had picked him out.
A double substitution from Frank Lampard saw Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mateo Kovacic replace Christian Pulisic and Willian after 65 minutes.
As the Cherries continued to look dangerous on the attack, King seized on a loose ball and burst into the box, only for his low cross to evade Gosling.
Ramsdale preserved the Cherries’ clean sheet when he made a top-drawer save to keep out Emerson’s header from point-blank range after Azpilicueta had nodded the ball to him in the centre of the goal.
Solanke replaced King as boss Howe made his first change in the 75th minute before Abraham glanced a header wide from another Azpilicueta assist.
Rudiger nipped in front of Solanke to beat him to Stacey’s cross before Gosling made the breakthrough six minutes from time – the goal confirmed following a lengthy VAR review.
The midfielder was on hand to hook the ball past Kepa from close range after Lerma had nodded it over the Chelsea defence and back into the six-yard box.
And following an agonising wait while the goal was checked by VAR officials at Stockley Park, referee Scott pointed to the centre circle, prompting wild celebrations among players, staff and supporters.
There was still time for the hosts to fashion one final chance with Ramsdale making a crucial save to keep out Kovacic's effort from the edge of the box in stoppage time.