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AFC Bournemouth v Everton – Highlights & Reaction

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On Saturday AFC Bournemouth hosted Everton at Dean Court.

Everton remain searching for their first win in 2024 as the Cherries went on to secure all three points.

Dominic Solanke gave the hosts the lead as he broke the deadlock, beating England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a header. Lloyd Kelly returned from injury to make the assist with only his second touch of the game after replacing Milos Kerkez at left-back.

Everton found an unlikely equaliser after Neto’s poor mistake, dropping the ball to Beto who could calmly score to get what the visitors needed for a point, however, a late own goal by Seamus Coleman gave AFC Bournemouth a late winner leaving the ball rolling into the back of the net with Pickford watching on, helplessly unable to do anything about it.

After the game, AFC Bournemouth head coach Andoni Iraola told Sky Sports

“We’re on a very good amount of points but we still have nine more chances. We still want to win. Now we are going to take the games one by one.

“For us, it was a very important win. Everton always put you under pressure with the long ball and the set-pieces.

“I think we dealt with it quite well against them and it’s not easy to score against them.”

Man of the match against Everton

Adams

Adams

Solanke

Solanke

Mepham

Mepham

Kelly

Kelly

Cook

Cook

Someone else

Someone else

Waz afcb

Enjoyable afternoon, Everton are not a great side but they don’t concede many. All things considered, I thought that we created more than enough to win the game. Aside from the goal that we gifted them, I can’t recall them having any other big opportunities, whereas it felt like we had a few.

I couldn’t disagree more with those suggesting that we played like ‘we were already on the beach.’ I can only assume that those who hold that view were watching from a television screen because, from my view in the North Stand, I saw the amount of fight our players put into getting that result today.

Everton really are set-piece merchants, if you can nullify their threat from dead-ball situations then they will struggle to create anything of note. And to our credit, we did deal with their threat from set pieces today.

My ratings

Neto- 4 kicked numerous balls straight out of play when under little/no pressure. Compounded this by gifting Everton a totally undeserved equaliser from a situation he really should be commanding comfortably. An experienced pro like him should be aware enough of his surroundings to know that attempting a catch there is a risk that isn’t worth taking. I’m afraid to say that he is costing us too often at this point and goalkeeper really should be the priority position to recruit in come the Summer.

Kerkez- 7 put in a good shift, battled and scrapped for every ball. Solid enough defensively and tried to get forward when he could.

Smith- 7.5 rolled back the years, a performance full of energy and lung-busting runs to support the attack. His cross caused the panic that led to the winner. His 200th PL appearance for us, regardless of what you think of him as a player he’s an indisputable Cherries legend.

Mepham- 7.5 very solid and didn’t put a foot wrong. Read the game well and made some very important interventions both in the air and on the floor. It did help that he was tasked with marking a literal donkey but hey, he can only defend what is in front of him! Probably be his last season with us but he’s always been a solid and dependable pro.

Zabarnyi- 7.5 the more I watch him the more I’m convinced he will go on to be one of the best in the world in his position. He quite simply has it all, to be as good as he is at his age is quite frightening. I know many won’t like this, but for me, he is a better centre-back than Ake. Looks more and more assured by the week.

Adams- 8 MOTM covered every blade of grass and made countless tackles and interceptions. So calm and composed on the ball. Chelsea would have signed him if it weren’t for his injury and you can see why they were interested, and why we decided to take advantage.

Cook- 7.5 did surprisingly well in a more advanced midfield position. Clearly not an entirely natural role for him but was very busy and always looking to make things happen. The biggest compliment I can pay him is that I didn’t feel like we really missed Christie today, which is huge praise indeed.

Semenyo- 7.5 we all know how good he is by this point. Defenders just bounce off of him and the way he glides with the ball is a joy to behold. Always provides an outlet and you always feel like he will make something happen.

Tavernier- 7 an improved showing from Marcus, who looked to drive forward with real pace purpose and look to commit his defender. He lost the ball a few times but I don’t mind so much as long as he is really looking to drive at his opponent and make things happen. Used the ball well at times.

Kluivert- 7.5 will happily admit to being wrong on this one. Did not think this was a game for him.

purbeck67

Dychabolical.

Worries about both goalkeepers. Neto (not going to join the inevitable pile-on, but everyone knows that was a poor game for him) Pickford – not the performance you’d hope for from England’s No.1.

northstandmark

I have nothing against Everton, a sound club with solid fans, but I hope they/Dyche gets relegated sooner or later. Stinking out football with their awful cynical constantly moaning negative rubbish. They need to ditch him sooner or later.

kirsikka

If the match had been away I think it would have been given as a penalty. If the opponents had been one of The Six it would have been given as a penalty. I was actually surprised that VAR didn’t intervene, but goes to show that when you’re down there you don’t get the decisions.

Having said that…

Dyche lost all complaining rights about dodgy decisions against us after that season when Burnley were gifted results in both games against us by the most extraordinary set of decisions you’ll ever likely see and he just lapped them up. The away match in particular… and in a season where we were relegated by a point those two matches ended up being decisive. So screw him.

I don’t mind Everton but as long as they employ him I want them to go down. Ideally sent down by a match where they have a goal disallowed for a non-existent handball, followed by having another goal disallowed and, instead, play pulled back several minutes to award a penalty to the opposition for another non-existent handball. – To join the conversation, click here.

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