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A late defeat for the Cherries at Amex Stadium.


Zemura cross just wide

The left-back curls in a right-footed cross which bounces agonisingly wide of the back post. It scared Sanchez but ultimately couldn't creep in.


Four minutes added on

Last chance to salvage something from this game.


Change for Brighton

Adam Webster replaces Solly March for the final stages.


GOAL - Brighton

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 AFC Bournemouth.

The hosts find the breakthrough as Kaoru Mitoma heads home.

Neto did his best to claw the ball away but can't prevent it from crossing the line. 




Mitoma breaks into space on the left and pokes a shot towards the near post, but Neto beats it away. 


Smith booked

I must have got it wrong when I suggested Smith had been booked for the handball protests, it must have been a Brighton player.

He's definitely been booked now for a cynical foul to prevent Mitoma from breaking away. 


Semenyo's close call

The Cherries have just over five minutes to try and secure a winner.

The closest they've come in this second half is when Semenyo's brilliant break saw a shot blocked.


Final change for Cherries

Matías Viña replaces Jaidon Anthony for the final ten minutes.

Looks like we'll be playing with a back-five to finish the game. 



The Cherries have a HUGE handball shout here!

Semenyo wins the ball on the halfway line and picks out Christie on the left.

He attempts to pick out Ouattara, who is free at the back post, and the ball strikes Caicedo's hand.

Ouattara is able to keep the move alive but his shot, on the swivel, flies wide.

Smith is booked for his protests as VAR opts not to overturn the decision. 


Dango shot saved!

Lerma makes a great interception in the middle of the park and releases Ouattara.

He drives at Dunk, opening up a yard to have a shot.

His low effort lacks power and Sanchez saves. 


Subs for Brighton

Facundo Buonanotte and Julio Enciso replace Tariq Lamptey and Denis Undav. 



The Cherries attack on the counter attack through Semenyo, who weaves through two players and drives all the way to the penalty area.

The pass to Ouattara isn't quite on so he shoots but a good last-ditch challenge deflects it behind!

Dunk was booked for a foul on Semenyo in the counter.

Ouattara fires over from the resulting corner.


Second change

Joe Rothwell replaces Philip Billing in the second change of the afternoon.


Christie comes on

The first change of the afternoon as Ryan Christie replaces Hamed Traorè.

A brilliant debut by the new signing and he gets a standing ovation from the travelling fans.


Sarmiento effort saved

The pressure is ramping up here as the Cherries can't keep hold of the ball for any period of time.

Sarmiento takes aim from distance but his bobbling effort is collected by Neto.

Changes afoot for the Cherries...


Gilmour shoots wide

The hosts go close through Gilmour.

The Cherries don't clear a cross to the back post and the ball falls kindly for the Scotland international but his shot is just wide. Some fans think it is in but thankfully it wasn't!

Brighton make two changes as Gilmour and Welbeck are replaced by Caicedo and Sarmiento. 


Welbeck fires over

Welbeck robs Zemura of the ball and drives into the area.

He has space to shoot and does so, rifling an effort just over the bar.

Neto watches it without any worries.


Dango cross saved

Traorè is really showing off his chops as he turns and sprays a perfect cross-field pass into the path of Ouattara.

He drives at Estupinan and drives a powerful cross into the box.

Sanchez does well to meet it and collect.


Chance for Dango!

Anthony slips in Zemura, who makes a great run down the left flank.

He cuts back on to his right foot and clips a lovely cross to Ouattara at the back post.

His leap is so impressive and he meets it well, but skewers his header wide. 


Back underway!

The Cherries kick us off in this second half!



The state of play

We're level at the interval and it has been a pretty manic, but fun, half.

Yes, Brighton have had the better chances. Deniz Undav should have scored one of his three chances following Neto's misplaced pass. Welbeck has had chances and the Cherries have had to make some big blocks.

At the other end, Bournemouth have had chances - the best was Lerma's drive which flew just wide but certainly Anthony got into some good areas.

It is a game between two sides who are happy to play with the ball and are looking to push up the pitch quickly. Both teams are pressing high to win the ball and it has the look of a basketball game at times.

From the Cherries' point of view, they'll be pleased with how they've defended the box. They'll just want to create a couple more clear cut chances in front of goal.

It's a big 45 minutes to come and we'll see what O'Neil's team-talk does!



We're level at the break!

Both teams have had good chances to take the lead but O'Neil will be really pleased with how his side have done.


Three minutes added on

This is a fantastic game!

Zemura intercepts and drives forward, creating the chance to shoot. His right-footed shot is blocked.

The Cherries keep it alive and Billing takes aim from distance, striking the ball very well. Sanchez pushes it away and just avoids Semenyo, who was lying in wait.


March shot deflected over

The Cherries can't quite clear as Mitoma's shot is well blocked and the ball works its way to March.

He drives a left-footed effort at goal, which Lerma throws himself in front of.

He does enough to deflect it over.

The Cherries deal with the corner well but moments later, Undav fires a low cross across goal and Welbeck touches it wide.


Welbeck header saved

That's a bit of a let-off!

A good cross from March from the left is met by Welbeck.

However, the striker doesn't direct his header and Neto collects.


Anthony tackled!

The Cherries counter attack through Traorè, who drives down the left flank.

He carries the ball a long way and cuts the ball back to Anthony in space.

The Cherries man weaves between defenders and is about to pull the trigger in the box but for a sensational tackle by Veltman. 


Great block!

Brighton work a dangerous opening and Gilmour takes aim from the edge of the box.

Lerma flings himself in front of the ball and makes a superb block!


Pen shout!

The Cherries have a big penalty shout as Ouattara races into the box and is pushed in the back by Estupinan.

Pawson has a think but decides against awarding a penalty and VAR agrees with him.

If it was given, I can't imagine it would have been overturned. In that grey area.


Traorè is some player

Let me tell you, Hamed Traorè looks like an absolute baller!

The Cherries man is getting very involved so far, showing a host of tricks as he picks up some good areas.

He somehow digs out a brilliant cross from the right under pressure, which Sanchez misses, but the ball can only strike the back of Anthony.


Battling away!



The Cherries should be ahead now!

Traorè shows off some brilliant touches in the middle and sparks an attack for the visitors.

Anthony and Zemura link up well on the left and the former cuts the ball back into the path of Lerma, who is in space by the penalty spot.

He connects with his strike well and just as you expect the net to rustle, the ball flies just wide of the left post.

A massive chance.



How have Brighton not scored?! WOW.

Neto plays a poor pass from goal and straight to Undav.

He cuts inside in the box but sees his first shot brilliantly blocked by Mepham.

His second effort is pushed out by Neto, a brilliant save.

His third effort crashes off the post.

That's a crazy passage of play!


Great goalkeeping!

Brighton pick the Cherries apart with a lovely, intricate move and Undav is played through one-on-one.

He reaches the ball and has the chance to round Neto but the Cherries goalkeeper makes a brilliant sliding challenge at the edge of the box.

The Brighton bench go mad for some reason but it is clearly a brilliant tackle.

As the Cherries counter, Semenyo is hauled down by Veltman and the Brighton man receives the first yellow card. 



The Cherries win a corner as pressure forces Lamptey to touch the ball behind.

Traorè takes it and whips a dangerous ball towards the near post, Mepham makes a good run.

He flicks the ball towards the near post and the ball hits the side-netting! Close!


Our shape

At first glance, it looks like the Cherries are playing a 4-4-1-1, although it is likely very fluid.

Billing is definitely sitting deeper, alongside Lerma, but Traorè is in an advanced position alongside Semenyo.

The Cherries number 22 shows his first touches in red and black, plucking a good ball from Neto out of the air and weaving away from a Brighton player.

His attempted through ball to Ouattara doesn't reach him but it was a lovely idea.


Foul on Neto

Brighton start fairly brightly and Lamptey whips in a dangerous cross from the right, which Neto looks set to catch.

Welbeck barges into him and he loses grip of the ball and seconds later, a Brighton player goes down, causing cries for a penalty.

However, Craig Pawson rightfully blows for a foul on the Cherries goalkeeper. 



Brighton get this game started!

We've started a couple of minutes late, but we're finally underway now.


Here they come!

The two teams make their way to the pitch here at the Amex!

Neto leads out the Cherries, who receive a big ovation from the travelling support behind the goal.

The away faithful are in great numbers and making lots of noise!


Final words

We're just ten minutes away from kick-off now!

The teams have returned to the changing room for the final pre-match words. O'Neil will be telling his players that they are more than capable of getting a result today!

There's a real buzz of excitement following the January arrivals and we're excited about seeing a couple of them in action today. 


What to expect from Brighton?

We caught up with Brian Owen, who covers the fortunes of Brighton for The Argus, to find out more about this afternoon's opponents.

How would you sum up the season so far for Brighton?

BO: Eventful but progressive.

It started well under Graham Potter and people wondered whether it might go off the rails a bit but Roberto De Zerbi has taken it to the next stage.

He’s built on what was already there which was very good.

Which player has impressed you the most this season?

BO: There are a few but I think Mitoma (pictured above).

The competition is very high, like Mac Allister and Pervis Estupinan but ahead of those, I would put Mitoma for his goals, his constant threat, the fact he started the season as an unused substitute and is now absolutely essential to the team.

He has an array of qualities and a really good work rate and attitude as well.


Warm-ups underway!

The Cherries have made their way to the pitch and are warming up.

Hamed Traorè applauds the travelling fans behind the goal to the right of the dugout and he's very warmly received! 


Positive vibes!

With Lloyd Kelly missing, goalkeeper Neto will be wearing the armband this afternoon.

It is the first time he's captained the Cherries but is a sensible choice given his vast experience and professionalism.

He's such a popular member of the squad and has a big role to play with a number of young players coming through the door.

He's clearly in a positive mindset ahead of this afternoon's game.


Ready for action

We're just 40 minutes away from kick-off at the Amex Stadium.

One intriguing element to the squad today is how the midfield will look.

We know that Hamed Traorè is a versatile player, who can play as a number ten or a wide player.

But he can also play as a number eight and we're interested to see if O'Neil opts to play Billing and Traorè alongside each other and Lerma in a deeper role.

He could also have Billing and Lerma operating deeper and Traorè in a more advanced position.

We'll just have to wait to find out! 


Brighton's XI

Here's how the hosts line up today!

Alexis Mac Allister misses out through suspension and Moises Caicedo starts on the bench, so Billy Gilmour is the man preferred in midfield.

Kaoru Mitoma and Solly March are amongst the players having excellent seasons for the home team. 


In the building

He's not ready to make the team on this occasion but Illia Zabarnyi has travelled to the game today to show his support.

The 20-year-old defender is such an exciting talent and we're looking forward to seeing him in action soon!

Fellow new arrival Darren Randolph has also made the trip.


Big smiles from Antoine!

It's a big day for striker Antoine Semenyo!

The 23-year-old arrived last Friday and is immediately utilised by Gary O'Neil for this afternoon's game.

He'll be hoping that he can make an impact today!



Gary O'Neil names his XI for this afternoon's game!

Antoine Semenyo and Hamed Traorè are given immediate starts as fellow January arrival Dango Ouattara makes his second appearance.

Matías Viña is on the bench but the game comes too soon for Illia Zabarnyi.

Chris Mepham and Marcos Senesi come in, replacing the injured Jack Stephens and Lloyd Kelly.

As a result, Neto is the captain today. 


Bonjour Mathieu!

Former Cherries defender Mathieu Baudry is spending time with the squad as he helps Dango Ouattara and Hamed Traorè settle into life in England.

The Frenchman is recovering from an ACL injury sustained while playing for Swindon Town and he was given permission by the League Two side to spend time with the new Cherries duo.

Great to have you with us, Mathieu!


Busy window!

The Cherries have been active in the transfer window and we could see some new faces in the squad today!

Emiliano Marcondes, James Hill, Jamal Lowe, Ben Pearson and Siriki Dembele departed on loan deals as six players came in.

Dango Ouattara was the first addition from FC Lorient while Darren Randolph joined from West Ham. 

Antoine Semenyo arrived from Bristol City before Matías Viña made the move from AS Roma. 

Finally, on transfer deadline day, Illia Zabarnyi joined from Dynamo Kyiv and Hamed Traoré signed from Sassuolo. 

Gary O’Neil has admitted they’ll need time to gain fitness and adjust to the Premier League but we could see a number of them thrown in to the XI. 

Team news is due shortly and we’ll see who makes it! 



Good afternoon,  

Welcome to afcb.co.uk for our live coverage of the Premier League game between the Cherries and Brighton & Hove Albion. 

It feels like an age since the Cherries were last in Premier League action, which was the draw with Nottingham Forest in January, and five players have joined the club since. 

We’ll be with you throughout the afternoon with live updates.  

Other games that day

  • Newcastle United1
    West Ham United1
  • Everton1
  • Manchester United2
    Crystal Palace1
  • Brentford3
  • Aston Villa2
    Leicester City4
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers3

As it stood

1 Arsenal 20 +28 50
2 Manchester City 20 +33 45
3 Manchester United 21 +8 42
4 Newcastle United 21 +22 40
5 Tottenham Hotspur 21 +9 36
6 Brighton and Hove Albion 20 +11 34
7 Brentford 21 +7 33
8 Fulham 22 +2 32
9 Chelsea 21 +1 30
10 Liverpool 20 +6 29
11 Aston Villa 21 -6 28
12 Crystal Palace 21 -10 24
13 Leicester City 21 -5 21
14 Nottingham Forest 20 -19 21
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 -15 20
16 West Ham United 21 -8 19
17 Leeds United 19 -7 18
18 Everton 21 -12 18
20 Southampton 21 -21 15

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