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FULL-TIME

A stunning second half comeback earns a point for the Cherries!

90'+7'

SAVE!

Anthony curls one at goal from the edge of the box but Fisher tips over.

90'+6'

Change for Swansea

Joel Piroe is replaced by Kyle Joseph.

90'+6'

Chance on the counter

That's a good chance for the Cherries. Brady wins the ball back and drives forward.

He tries to pick out Moore at the back post but it's too heavy and goes out for a goal kick.

90'+5'

Yellow for Solanke

Swansea look to hit on the counter attack but Solanke pulls the player to the floor and receives the yellow card. One for the team!

90'+4'

CLOSE!

That's some defending there!

Brady curls in a cross, Billing flicks it towards the back post and Solanke looks set to finish. But Latibeaudiere heads it against him and out for a goal kick.

90'+3'

Laird shot saved

This is incredible!

Travers sprays a brilliant pass to Anthony, who is in space. He finds Laird on the overlap and his low effort is saved by Fisher. 

90'

Eight minutes added on...

88'

GOAL: Swansea City 3-3 AFC Bournemouth

OH WOW. KIEFFER MOORE!

The Cherries are level!

A brilliant cross by Brady is headed at goal by Solanke. Fisher makes a great save but Moore turns home.

85'

Five minutes to go!

The Cherries pressure is unrelenting at the moment!

Anthony's cross can't get turned home by Moore, who has changed the game here.

83'

Lerma booked

The Cherries man is yellow carded for an overzealous attempt to retrieve the ball from the stands.

83'

CLOSE!

That should be the equaliser!

Solanke flicks it on to Moore who is clean through on goal but his effort is saved.

79'

GOAL: Swansea City 2-3 AFC Bournemouth

Solanke scores!

The Cherries front-man keeps his cool and tucks his effort into the bottom left corner.

Ten minutes to get an equaliser!

Jay Fulton comes on for Hannes Wolf for Swansea.

79'

PENALTY!

The Cherries have a penalty here!

Handball given!

77'

The Cherries are pushing now

There is cross after cross coming in from the Cherries as we try desperately to crawl back the deficit. 

73'

We couldn't, could we?

Just over 15 minutes to go - can the Cherries complete a fightback?

Billing receives a yellow card.

71'

GOAL: Swansea City 3-1 AFC Bournemouth

There's one back!

Kieffer Moore heads home from Anthony's corner and pulls one back.

69'

CLOSE!

Solanke fires into the side-netting!

Brady curls in a corner from the right and Anthony keeps it alive at the back post.

Solanke has a snapshot and fires at the near post but puts it against the side-netting, narrowly wide.

66'

Phillips booked

The defender is booked for a foul on Obafemi off-the-ball. The referee takes a good chunk of time before blowing and then decides to book the Cherries defender.

64'

Final change for the Cherries

The final substitution for the Cherries comes as Robbie Brady replaces Ryan Christie. 

63'

CLOSE!

Almost the perfect introduction for Moore!

Anthony curls in a free-kick to the back post and he heads it back across goal.

Lerma can't quite meet it. Kelly sends it back in and Lerma heads wide. 

62'

Change for Bournemouth

Kieffer Moore is on for the Cherries now.

57'

GOAL: Swansea City 3-0 AFC Bournemouth

Hit on the counter attack.

The Cherries have pushed men forward and have taken the risk at the back and have been punished by Cyrus Christie.

Obafemi feeds the Swansea man in and he rifles an effort into the roof of the net. 

55'

Anthony booked

Anthony makes a late challenge on Cyrus Christie. It's just a collision more than anything more malicious but Anthony picks up a yellow and Christie can eat up some time receiving treatment.

54'

Lerma heads wide

The Cherries are playing with a real tempo now!

For a second time, Kelly launches a long throw into the box. It's headed back to him and he crosses to the back post. Lerma meets it but can't direct his header at goal.

53'

Korey Smith booked

Swansea City's Korey Smith is yellow carded for time-wasting.

The tempers are flaring up a bit here. 

50'

CLOSE!

Kelly sends a long throw into the box and it lands kindly for Billing, who powers an effort at goal. It crashes off Naughton and behind for a corner.

The Cherries go even closer from the corner! Anthony's cross floats to the far side and it's whipped back in.

Anthony ghosts in at the back post and he pokes it at goal but Fisher makes a good save!

48'

Treatment for Cabango

The Swansea man needs treatment again and receives a good couple minutes of attention.

He eventually limps off and Korey Smith comes on for the home side. 

46'

A chance!

The Cherries have lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, but with Laird in the back three alongside Phillips and Kelly.

We start quickly - Lerma shows good determination to keep the ball in play and Phillips clips the ball forward to Solanke.

He nods it down to Lowe who tries to play it back to the Cherries forward, but he can't bring the ball under control and it rolls through to the goalkeeper.

46'

Underway

After a good few minutes, Swansea City emerge alongside the officials.

The Cherries kick off the second half. We try the exact same kick-off routine as Fulham away but Billing's pass doesn't quite reach Solanke this time.

HT

Change for the Cherries

Looks like Philip Billing is on for Adam Smith here.

The Cherries are out an age before Swansea here for this second half and are currently passing a few balls around to keep sharp.

I wonder whether the change will mean Anthony at left wing-back as a back four or whether Lerma will drop into a back three, with Laird and Anthony more advanced. 

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How do the Cherries respond?

It's a big second half for the Cherries.

It was a disastrous opening 15 minutes as two good strikes by Joel Piroe put the home side ahead.

It's been better since from the Cherries, who are getting into good areas and have had a few good chances, but they've not been sharp in and around the area.

Philip Billing is having an individual warm-up at the break and appears he'll be coming on in the second half. We need something inspiring now!

Scott Parker will take faith from the fact that Swansea can leave themselves fairly open at times and there will be further opportunities to strike in the second half. We'll just need to take our chances when they come!

HT

HALF-TIME

The Cherries trail at the break. A big response needed in the second half.

45'+3'

Tempers flare

Adam Smith tries to retrieve the ball and Cyrus Christie's reaction sparks a coming together on the touchline.

Christie is booked as a result.

45+1'

Solanke heads wide

Anthony clips a ball from the left and Solanke tries to loop it at goal, but can only send it wide. 

45'

Four minutes added on

Can the Cherries get something back before the break?

41'

Cherries lacking in key areas

Scott Parker's side are getting into good positions and having plenty of the ball in Swansea's area but the final pass, touch or shot isn't as strong as it could be.

Grimes takes aim from distance but his effort is headed wide by Phillips, who threw himself at it.

37'

Cabango needs treatment

A break in play here as Cabango needs treatment in his own area.

Swansea use it as a drinks break and to receive a few tactical instructions.

After a minute of treatment or so, Cabango is good to continue. 

36'

CLOSE!

Jamal Lowe almost gets one back!

The Cherries counter attack at pace and Lowe's quick feet drives him into the area.

He fires at goal but Fisher makes an excellent save to push it behind.

From the corner, Lerma rises highest and tries to guide it into the far corner. Just wide. 

33'

Trying to get back into it!

30'

Obafemi fires just over

Swansea look a real threat at the edge of the area.


Obafemi takes aim this time and his dipping effort flies just over the bar.

29'

Lowe booked

The Cherries man tries to win the ball from Cabango but mistimes his tackle and receives a yellow card.

26'

Break in play

Swansea's Hannes Wolf has picked up a knock and needs treatment.

The Cherries use the opportunity to gather for a quick team talk with Parker and Wells.

A big response needed!

25'

Chance for Solanke!

A good opportunity for the Cherries man.

Anthony's corner is headed on and Solanke arrives at the back post but his effort is saved by Fisher. 

24'

Anthony wins a corrner

The Cherries are attacking with frequency now.

Lowe slips in Solanke but his touch is a tad heavy and his eventual shot is blocked.

Anthony also takes aim but his effort is deflected behind. 

18'

Solanke shot blocked

Definitely a positive response from the Cherries!

Good work by Christie to keep the ball alive as he finds Solanke in the box.

On the swivel, he takes a shot but his left-footed effort is blocked and Swansea clear.

There's space on the wings for the Cherries to attack but just missing the cutting edge we've had for large parts of the season.

15'

Change of shape for the Cherries

Scott Parker has responded to the second goal by changing the shape.

Lowe has moved up-front while Solanke is now in the number ten role. Christie is on the right flank.

The Cherries react well as Lowe combines with Laird on the right. His cut-back is deflected behind for a corner.

From the resulting set-piece, the ball sits up nicely for Cook to have a shot but his effort is saved by Fisher. 

12'

GOAL: Swansea City 2-0 AFC Bournemouth

A disaster start.

Joel Piroe doubles the advantage for the home team.

Lowe is pocketed and Swansea counter attack. Piroe receives it at the edge of the box and drills a low effort into the far bottom corner. 

9'

Poor start from the Cherries

Not the ideal way to start the game!

The Cherries haven't got the ball moving yet and are yet to fashion a goalscoring chance.

Solanke tries to create something after good work from Lowe on the right flank, but his shot bounces back off him and behind for a goal-kick.

5'

GOAL: Swansea City 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

Joel Piroe opens the scoring.

Quick feet from Michael Obafemi finds Cyrus Christie at the right side of the box.

He drills in a low ball across goal, which Travers touches away.

However, it falls to Piroe who drills into the back of the net.

4'

Christie caught offside

The Cherries are attempting to press high and catch out Swansea on the ball.

They have a half-chance to counter attack as Ryan Christie and Solanke combine to win the ball.

Solanke attempts to feed Christie but he's caught offside.

2'

Different shape for the Cherries

The first thing to notice for the Cherries is that we've lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

We had suspected that Solanke might be sitting deeper than Lowe, but it looks like the Cherries top scorer is leading the line.

Lowe has started on the right and Ryan Christie is in the number ten role.

Swansea are a team that like to have the ball and have looked pretty sharp in the opening few minutes. They win two quick corners but the Cherries defend well.

1'

Swansea kick us off

The home side get this evening's game underway!

Come on you Cherries!

19:41

Here they come!

The two teams head out to the pitch at the Swansea.com Stadium.

The Cherries, led by captain Lloyd Kelly, are in our cactus green third strip.

They're serenaded by the away end as they walk out! 

19:32

Lowe on visiting his former club

AFC Bournemouth forward Jamal Lowe caught up with afcb.co.uk to discuss tonight's trip to his former side.

First, he reflected on the weekend's performance against Fulham and the positive result gained.

“The mood has been positive,” he began. 

“It was a hard game on the weekend against a good side, but we showed that if you fight until the end than anything can happen. 

“We’ve come back and got an important goal and we’re now one point closer to where we want to be. 

“I think it’s better when we have games all the time. That’s what we want. Obviously, training is good and it gives you time to work on other things, but the game is what you’re judged on and what matters the most. 

“That’s what we want to do, we want to compete and game day is the best day on the week for everyone.”  

In the summer, Lowe made the switch from south Wales to the south coast, having helped the Swans reach the play-off final in May with 14 goals in all competitions.

“I looked out for this fixture and it’ll be nice to go back. It has to be business as usual because we need a win and a strong performance, so that’s what we’ll all be going for. 

“Swansea are probably looking at it and not wanting to lose 4-0 again. Every game is a neutral and it doesn’t matter what happened last time. 

“For us, we’ll look at that game, learn from it and try to adapt to whatever situation there is. We’ll attack it just as a neutral game. 

“We feel comfortable playing both home and away. The recent away games at Coventry and Huddersfield in particular have been really good, but it’s just about keeping that momentum wherever we are. 

“We have two away this week, the travelling fans will do their bit and we’ll make sure that we try and give them a performance and result to be happy with.” 

19:25

Records for Solanke!

Dominic Solanke's 98th minute penalty was not only a moment to remember for his composure and coolness, it also was a notable goal on the stats front.

The forward netted his 27th league goal of the campaign to pass Brett Pitman and Colin Clarke as the club’s leading goalscorer in a season since Ted MacDougall in 1971/72.

His goal also put him level with Marc Pugh with 45 league goals for the club, putting him 20th in the club's all-time record league goalscorers.

19:17

Last time against the Swans

The last time the Cherries faced off with Swansea City was a memorable encounter.   

It was a tight opening 25 minutes before Dominic Solanke swept home to put the Cherries ahead.  

From that point, Scott Parker's side ran riot. Solanke netted a second just after the break from Leif Davis's cross.   

Jaidon Anthony bagged twice to give the Cherries a 4-0 win. A superb performance!  

Similar again tonight?

19:00

How Swansea line up...

18:57

Three former Swans in the squad

The Cherries have three former Swansea City players in the squad this evening.

Ethan Laird continues his run of games at right back, his fourth consecutive start. He spent the first half of this season in Wales, playing 21 times in all competitions. He also played under Russell Martin at MK Dons last season.

Jamal Lowe comes into the starting line up, having started on the bench at the weekend. He spent 2020/21 with Swansea City, scoring 14 goals in 47 games before making the move to the Cherries.

Freddie Woodman is the final player to have appeared for the Swans. He's on the bench this evening. Woodman spent two years on loan with Swansea and played 95 times, winning the Championship's Golden Glove award in 2020/21.

18:50

Back in the squad!

It is great to see Kieffer Moore on the bench for the Cherries this evening.

The 29-year-old striker made the move to Vitality Stadium on deadline day in January but suffered a broken foot on his debut, just minutes after coming on in the victory over Birmingham City.

It's been a frustrating period for the Wales international as he underwent rehab but he's fit and ready for action and he could prove to be a pivotal player in the run-in to the season.

18:45

Here's how we line up

Scott Parker makes one change to the Cherries starting line up this evening.

Jamal Lowe comes in for Philip Billing, while Kieffer Moore makes a welcome return to the substitute's bench. 

18:35

Team news coming soon...

The players and staff have just arrived at the Swansea.com Stadium and we're expecting to have the line ups confirmed in the next ten minutes.

How will Scott Parker choose to line up? Find out soon! 

18:30

Welcome to our live coverage

Good evening,

Welcome to our live coverage of tonight's Sky Bet Championship game with Swansea City.

The Cherries travel to the Swansea.com Stadium hoping to build on a positive draw with league leaders Fulham at the weekend.

We'll be bringing you full updates from throughout the evening.

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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 44 +60 87
3 Nottingham Forest 43 +30 76
4 Huddersfield Town 44 +14 76
5 Luton Town 44 +14 72
6 Sheffield United 44 +12 69
7 Blackburn Rovers 44 +11 66
8 Millwall 44 +6 66
9 Middlesbrough 43 +8 64
10 Queens Park Rangers 44 +2 63
11 Coventry City 44 +2 63
12 Stoke City 44 +7 61
13 West Bromwich Albion 44 +2 61
14 Swansea City 44 -5 61
15 Blackpool 44 +3 60
16 Preston North End 44 -9 58
17 Bristol City 44 -18 52
18 Hull City 44 -8 50
19 Cardiff City 43 -17 49
20 Birmingham City 44 -24 46
21 Reading 44 -31 41
22 Peterborough United 44 -46 34
23 Derby County 44 -9 31
24 Barnsley 44 -34 30

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