Afobe hat-trick sees off Norwich
Callum Wilson completes over an hour, as the Cherries overcame Norwich City 3-2 in the Premier League Cup thanks to a Benik Afobe hat-trick.
The 24-year-old gave the hosts a first-half lead as he finished clinically when put into space in the box.
Wilson buoyed the several hundred home fans at Vitality Stadium, the striker being named in the starting line-up for his first match action since undergoing knee surgery in February. Afobe and Emerson Hyndman also started for the Cherries.
Canaries midfielder Savvas Mourgas had a shot saved by Holmes in the first couple of minutes, while a superb Kyle Taylor ball would have picked out Antonio Diaz’s forward run for the hosts but for a sharp intervention by ‘keeper Aston Oxborough.
Holmes was again tested at his near post as Mourgas broke into the box, the Cherries ‘keeper pushing the powerful effort behind.
Taylor went within a whisker of a finely-taken 25-yard 11 minutes in, his shot catching the roof of the net as it dipped just too late, while Wilson was just unable to make a connection to Charlie Seaman’s delicious ball across the area.
Keelan O'Connell stretched his legs down the left flank, sliding through for Wilson, whose shot was blocked as he entered the Norwich area, the returning striker again with a chance moments later after some neat build-up play involving Hyndman.
Mourgas saw a third shot repelled by Holmes, this time by the Australian's feet, Tristan Abrahams firing over from inside the box on the half hour.
The Cherries took the lead on 38 minute following Afobe's cool finish.
Set clear of the defence by a brilliant Shaun Hobson ball from the back, the striker assuredly placed his shot beyond Oxborough for the game's opener.
Ollie Harfield almost added a second for Bournemouth within three minutes of the goal, his swerving shot tipped over the crossbar. Wilson soon exchanged passes with Diaz but saw his shot blocked once more.
Into the second half with no changes for the home side, O'Connell should have done better as he headed Wilson's centre wide from four yards out.
Pierre Fonkeu had a glorious chance to draw the visitors level as he beat the offside trap, but Holmes spread himself to block.
A buccaneering Seaman run saw the full-back burst into the area, exchange passes with Diaz but plant his snapshot narrowly wide as it returned to him.
With 15 minutes to go, the Cherries were on the attack again and had a great chance to double their lead, as substitute Mikael Ndjoli fired wide after a menacing run.
But, it was the visitors who got the next say in the game, as Anthony Spyrou's cross was touched in at the back post by Abrahams to draw the game level.
However, the Cherries weren't behind for long. Afobe pounced on an excellent through ball to slot into the bottom left-hand corner from close range.
An end-to-end encounter continued to unfold, as the Canaries came back fighting through Abrahams once again, who slotted in from yards out.
Yet, before the whistle, there was still time for Afobe to complete his hat-trick and secure the three points, as he danced through a host of Norwich players before rounding the 'keeper and firing home.