Defoe strikes to seal Bournemouth victory

Eddie Howe feels Bournemouth's losing start to the season is down to poor performances rather than poor attitudes

Jermain Defoe scored a well-taken victor as Bournemouth came from behind to claim their first Premier League win of the season against Brighton.

He sealed a return to Bournemouth in the offseason, triggering a clause in his contract at Sunderland allowing him to leave on a free transfer following its relegation from the Premier League.

After a goalless first half at the Vitality Stadium, the visitors took a surprise lead 10 minutes after the break when Solly March headed in from Pascal Gross's cross. The form of the wide players that we have has been very good. His first assist was an example of the flair that has marked him out as a rising star since his teenage years, and there was impressive skill and composure for his second.

"We do have to recognise that we've just played Manchester City and Arsenal and we've said previously that you have to put those games to the back of your minds".

Ibe has only started one game - the defeat at Watford last month - so far this season but was delighted to have left his mark on this contest.


I am backing Bournemouth to win this battle of the south coast, and I think they will soon recover from their poor start.

Having seen his team pick up a first Premier League win last time out, Brighton manager Chris Hughton lamented defensive errors for providing Ibe with the room to supply Surman and Defoe. Predict the score for this match and the rest of this round's Premier League fixtures in our Predictor game.

The Seagulls got their first win of the season last time out beating West Bromwich Albion by three goals to one and should they pick up another three points here they will move level on points with fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.

Howe is hopeful Bournemouth can kick on after getting their first points of the campaign.

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