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Sure you'll enjoy your Saturday evening that much more after that!

Four goals scored and in truth it could have been many more. After a tight start the Cherries took full control and really put the Swans to the sword.

A brilliant atmosphere and the perfect way to go into the international break.

Wherever you've followed from, thanks for your support. Three more points closer to where we want to get.


Just to catch you up...

Another slick piece of play behind the Cherries' fourth.

Swansea far from perfect in defence and the home side pounce. Lowe squares for Anthony who slips home his second, the Cherries have twice that and what an afternoon it's been.


Full time at Vitality Stadium


Cook, so close!

There's a low ball in and who's sliding to meet it?

Lewis Cook, he gets there but can't direct it inside the post. What a chapter that would have been to his story!



Lowe makes a superb turn on the half-way line and the Cherries are away, Cook finding Davis running behind.

He tries to pick out Rogers at the back post but he can't turn it home amidst a bunch of legs.

Meanwhile, Cahill requires treatment for a head injury. The challenge itself looked fairly innocuous but he seems good to continue. 


Our final change

Morgan Rogers replaces Dominic Solanke for our final change.

Solanke, who is on a yellow card, looks momentarily disappointed that he couldn't get his hat-trick but receives a standing ovation as well as a big hug from Parker.


Our second change

Exactly eight months to the day since he sustained an ACL injury against Preston North End, Lewis Cook returns to the pitch as a first-team player.

Great scenes!


Almost the hat-trick

That should have been the hat-trick.

Solanke threads through to Billing in the area, who back-heels it into the path of the striker and his effort is saved by the feet of Hamer.

Almost the perfect day for the striker!



The Dane almost scores this time.

Lowe found him with a good pass and he tries to drill it into the far corner, putting it just wide.

On the side-line, Lewis Cook is being prepared. 



Jaidon Anthony, that is crazy.

He sends a delicious pass through the box towards Jamal Lowe at the back post.

Hamer tries to see it out but Lowe gets a touch to it, putting it just wide.

The pressure is relentless as the Cherries win the ball back again, Anthony receiving it outside the box and using the defender's body to try and curl an effort into the far corner.

Hamer does well this time to palm it away.

This is a sensational performance!


Change for the Cherries

Jamal Lowe comes on against his former club, replacing Ryan Christie who has put in another superb performance.

A standing ovation for the Scot!



This is agonising for Christie!

A lofted ball over the top is controlled by the winger and he scissor-kicks it at goal, firing just inches wide.

He really couldn't be any closer to that first goal as a Cherries player.



It's just not happening for Christie in-front of goal!

Kelly sends a brilliant diagonal pass to the winger, who brings it under control and tries to curl it into the far corner, putting it just wide.

Nonetheless, the flag is up.

Moments later Stacey makes a breakaway down the right and tries to cut it into the path of Solanke, but it's defended well. 


Brilliant by Kelly

Swansea have a sight of goal as a clipped pass looks to find Piroe making a good run.

However, Kelly shows his pace and strength to not only get there, but to outmuscle the forward for the ball.

He then shows the awareness to Cruyff-turn in the box and win a free-kick. 


Swansea substitutions

Korey Smith and Morgan Whittaker come on for the visitors, Jake Bidwell and Flynn Downes are the two to come off.



There's the third!

Christie capitalised on Grimes' poor back-pass, rounding Bidwell and driving into the box.

The Scot tries to pass it into the far corner but Hamer makes a good stop.

However, it deflects right up to Anthony and he powers his header over the line and celebrates energetically in-front of the Steve Fletcher Stand!

Brilliant performance this. 



The Cherries think they should have a spot-kick again there!

Anthony wins the ball back outside of the area and drives into the middle, cutting back and firing at goal.

It deflects into the path of Christie, who tries to pin his marker and is brought down as he swings his foot at it.

Parker and his coaching staff demand a penalty on the touchline, but the referee is not interested.

Admittedly, replays do suggest it might have been soft but have seen them given. 


Kilkenny's role

The midfield has been super interesting so far.

We've already talked about how Lerma dropped deep defensively the counteract Swansea's tactics.

Billing is operating as a second striker basically, trying to sweep up any loose balls or make some good runs behind the back-line.

However, Kilkenny is absolutely crucial so far. He's basically a retriever in the middle. He's working so hard, throwing himself into 50-50s and trying to win the ball back.

He's got a bit of bite to him and he's proven so effective so far. 


Yellow for Ntcham

The Swansea man leaves a late one on Davis as the Cherries man hooks the ball clear on the left touch-line.

He's rightly yellow carded for it. 


How to describe that finish? World class!




Leif Davis has carried his run down the left side as the ball became loose in the middle and Anthony picks him out with a good pass.

Davis then sends in a lovely first-time cross to Solanke who acrobatically fires home at the near post.

An excellent breakaway and superb work by Davis and Solanke. 


Back underway!

Dominic Solanke gets the second half started.

Let's go! 


Davis watch

The young full-back has made steady improvement through that first-half.

He found himself isolated a couple times in the first 15 minutes as Olivier Ntcham attacked at him, and the referee waved away a penalty appeal against the loanee.

But he's settled into the game as the first-half went on, helped by the change of tactic that has afforded him more cover.

He looks assured on the ball, with a real pace to his game, and the ability to pick a pass. He started the move that led to the goal and Scott Parker will be really pleased by his performance so far. 


High praise for Kilkenny!


That first half

That was a highly entertaining first half!

Swansea City are a very good team and started the game as such, dominating the ball in the early stages in the first 15 minutes.

Part of their attack was to leave their two wide-men high and wide, forcing Davis and Stacey to hold their possession and blunting our press once they played the ball past our front-three.

However, Parker made a very clever tactical tweak and Lerma found himself defending as a centre-back, creating cover for the full-backs when they pushed forward.

That adjustment, as well as a moment of quality as Anthony found Billing making a run beyond the defence, got the Cherries the lead.

Billing found Solanke alone in the middle and the striker made no mistake by tucking it into the corner.

The game became fairly feisty after that goal, and the Cherries had a few half-opportunities to make it 2-0 on the counter attack but haven't been able to do so.

It's been a very good game so far and we're sure the second half will continue in a similar fashion. 



An excellent half of football as the Cherries take a one-goal lead into the break. 



The Cherries win another corner through good work by Leif Davis.

Anthony sends a good ball into the middle and both Billing and Lerma rise highest in the middle, colliding in the air as Lerma deflects it wide.

The pair need treatment as three minutes of additional time are signalled.

Both eventually do return to their feet, the crowd in the Ted MacDougall stand chant Lerma's name. 



Brilliant combination work as Christie races onto Solanke's through-ball and sends a first-time cross towards the near post.

Solanke is attacking the space but it's defended well and sent behind for a corner.

The corner routine is clever as Christie passes it into the middle, where Solanke has peeled away from his marker and shoots at goal.

However, the referee feels the forward has fouled the defender and blows for a free-kick. 


Solanke booked now

Tempers are getting really high now as Solanke is booked for an off-the-ball incident.

The officials will be looking forward to half-time as a way to calm both teams down. 


Penalty? No!

The Cherries have a massive penalty appeal!

Solanke appears to be pulled to the ground off-the-ball inside the area and our players go mad demanding a penalty!

The referee doesn't give the penalty, and Parker's men aren't happy.

Moments later, Ryan Bennett picks up a yellow card for pulling Anthony down at the edge of the box.  

All sorts going on here!


The counter is on

The Cherries have had a few opportunities on the counter attack in the last couple of minutes.

Anthony is finding a lot of space and races onto Kilkenny's long ball forward, but the defender races back to make the block.

Moments later, Billing wins the ball and has a four-on-three going forward, but loses his feet and Swansea win it back. 


No mistake from Solanke!

A shot of Dominic Solanke putting the Cherries ahead as he finished from Billing's cut across. 


Lerma is defending as a CB

The Cherries have made a really interesting adjustment to our shape when defending to counter Swansea's high wingers.

As soon as the Cherries lose the ball, he drops into a CB role.

This allows the wing-backs the chance to push higher when they press, because Lerma is there to cover.

It's a clever switch from Parker to counter where Swansea looked strong in the opening stages.

What must be said is that this is a really high-quality game between two excellent teams. 


Tempers flare

Emotions just boil over as Flynn Downes and Philip Billing come together off the ball.

The referee gives both players a yellow card, and Billing needs treatment on a cut to his face. 



There we go!

The Cherries have the lead and it's a brilliant sweeping move.

Davis finds Anthony, who sends a beautiful pass along the left-touchline, where Billing is making a run behind.

Suddenly the Cherries have an overload and it's a simple pass across goal to the waiting Solanke to tuck home.

Excellent stuff!


We're having more moments of joy

The Cherries have definitely stepped up in the last five minutes or so and almost created the golden opportunity for the first goal.

Billing won a flick-on but a defender got a touch on it before Solanke can get there.

However, it lands at Anthony's feet and he tries to play it first-time beyond the defender and into the space which Solanke was driving into.

He looks like he's weighted it perfectly but a crucial interception stops it from reaching the striker. 


Kilkenny slices wide

This is good from the Cherries!

We have a sustained period of pressure, locking Swansea in their own corner.

Stacey wins the ball, finds Christie who drives down the right touchline and cuts it back to Kilkenny at the edge of the box.

The Ireland under-21 international tries to guide it into the far corner but skews it wide.


Anthony pressure almost tells

The one danger of the way Swansea City are playing is that our front-three are relentless off the ball.

Anthony chases down Bidwell and the pass back to the goalkeeper, and his subsequent kick forward, is just past Billing who has backed up the press.

Solanke almost finds himself in moments later as Kilkenny's intended switch to Anthony is only half-dealt with by Laird, but he gets his touch wrong.

Swansea have the first shot through Ntcham from distance but his effort is straight at Travers, who makes a comfortable save.  


Swansea look confident

The visitors are on an excellent run of form and have started the game confidently.

They're happy to have the ball under pressure and are moving it around quickly - the Cherries are having to work really hard to keep the pressure high.

The one thing you can rely on with the Cherries is hard-work and they're doing everything they can to get back and win the ball.

Swansea have an early penalty shout as Ntchem goes down under the challenge of Davis, but the referee waves play on. Replays show it is the correct decision.


David, David Brooks

Once again, Vitality Stadium rises to its feet to sing the name of Cherries number seven, David Brooks.

Great to see!


Interesting battle ahead

Swansea City are a real possession-based football team and it will be an interesting battle against the Cherries who like to play in a similar manner.

The Cherries are keen to press high, knowing the Swansea back-line will like to get on the ball.

Swansea are countering that by leaving their wide-men pinned high and on the touchline, trying to create space for the defenders to clip the ball into and create counter-attacks.

They've utilised that a couple of times in the early stages, Davis and Stacey are unable to follow the press forward to shut that pass down.

No chances yet though.



Swansea get this fixture started!

Let's go, you Cherries!


The stadium stands

As mentioned previously, today is our closest game before Remembrance Day.

The ground rises to their feet, in combined silence, as the sound of the 'Last Post' is played out on a bugle.

It's impeccably observed and a lovely tribute as we continue to remember those who have fallen. 


Here they come!

Lloyd Kelly leads the Cherries out.

It's the final game before the November international break and the first time that the Cherries will need to respond to a league defeat this season. 


Under 10 minutes to go

Kick-off is fast approaching at Vitality Stadium.

There's a vibrance in the crowd, including the busy away end, as we prepare for kick-off.

The teams are only a matter of minutes from taking the field!


The 1970/71 promotion-winning squad

Our special guests at Vitality Stadium this afternoon are members of the 1971/72 promotion winning team.

The likes of Ted MacDougall and Mel Machin are in attendance this afternoon, and they got a nice ovation before kick-off.


Warm ups underway!


Remembrance Day

The Cherries will be laying down a wreath this afternoon as we mark Remembrance Day at Vitality Stadium.

There will also be a bugler, who will place 'The Last Post' as is tradition. 


Game on!

It's been a stop-start season for Leif Davis but today is a great opportunity for him to show his value.

The full-back's only league start came in the win over Birmingham, but he was played at right wing as David Brooks was suspended.

Jordan Zemura's fine form has kept him out and he missed Wednesday's game with a sickness bug, unfortunate timing considering it was Zemura's only game prior to today's that he'd missed all season.

Nonetheless, the Leeds United loanee is fit and raring to go today and will hope that he can impress Scott Parker.


How we line-up!

Scott Parker has named his team for this afternoon's game!

Leif Davis makes his first league start since the win over Birmingham City, while Gavin Kilkenny and Jaidon Anthony return to the XI.


20 minutes from team news

We're not far away from learning what team Scott Parker names this afternoon.

The head coach has already confirmed that Jordan Zemura and Adam Smith will miss this afternoon's clash.

While Jack Stacey is likely to start at right-back, Parker has more of a dilemma at left-back with a number of available options.

Chris Mepham started there on Wednesday but Robbie Brady and Leif Davis will be pushing on the door to get some minutes.

We'll find out shortly! 


Parker on Swansea

Scott Parker sat down with the media yesterday and talked all-things Swansea ahead of kick-off.

He said: "They are a really good side.

“The manager has gone in there and started slowly, as you’d expect from a new manager coming in creating new ideas.

“But certainly the way they have picked up results you can clearly see they are a good side.

“They have a clear way about them, so it’s going to be a really tough game for us. We understand that.

“We need to be fully aware of the assets and problems they are going to cause us, which we will be. There are also elements to our game which I feel can hurt them as well.

“If there’s one thing I can be assured and confident of is that tomorrow’s going to be a very tough game.”


It's matchday!

We're back at Vitality Stadium this afternoon as the Cherries welcome Swansea City.

Russell Martin's side are one of the in-form teams in the Championship and will be looking make it five wins from their last six matches.

The Cherries suffered their first league defeat of the season on Wednesday, ending a 15-game unbeaten run, and Scott Parker's men will be looking to bounce back today.

We'll have full updates here throughout the afternoon!

Other games that day

  • Blackburn Rovers3
    Sheffield United1
  • Barnsley0
    Hull City2
  • Peterborough United0
  • Coventry City3
    Bristol City2
  • Cardiff City2
    Huddersfield Town1
  • Luton Town0
    Stoke City1
  • West Bromwich Albion1
  • Nottingham Forest3
    Preston North End0
  • Birmingham City1
  • Millwall1
    Derby County1
  • Blackpool1
    Queens Park Rangers1

As it stood

2 Fulham 17 +30 38
3 West Bromwich Albion 17 +12 32
4 Coventry City 17 +4 30
5 Stoke City 17 +3 28
6 Queens Park Rangers 17 +4 26
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 +2 26
8 Huddersfield Town 17 +1 25
9 Millwall 17 0 25
10 Blackpool 17 -1 25
11 Luton Town 17 +4 24
12 Swansea City 17 -2 23
13 Nottingham Forest 17 +1 22
14 Middlesbrough 17 0 22
15 Birmingham City 17 -1 22
16 Reading 17 -6 22
17 Preston North End 17 -4 21
18 Sheffield United 17 -4 19
19 Bristol City 17 -8 19
20 Cardiff City 17 -14 15
21 Peterborough United 17 -15 15
22 Hull City 17 -11 12
23 Barnsley 17 -13 11
24 Derby County 17 -3 6

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