Date: 23rd December 2018 at 8:24am
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Following seven defeats in eight Premier League games against the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

The Cherries returned to Dean Court to host Brighton & Hove Albion in the final home game of 2018.

Asmir Begovic made a string of fine saves during the first half to keep Brighton goalless by half time, whilst the Cherries found the breakthrough when David Brooks made a diagonal run to the edge of the box before unleashing a shot across the Brighton goalkeeper and into the bottom corner.

The second half was much easier for the home side, Brighton failed to create any real threat in front of goal, whilst AFC Bournemouth came close through a Junior Stanislas free kick that went inches wide.

Minutes later and the lead was doubled when Ryan Fraser’s cross was found superbly by Brooks who scored a fantastic looping header.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk

“Overall, I thought we were a bit nervy in the first half, but in the second half we were a lot better. Before the second goal and before the second half I felt we had control of the match. We got our rhythm back and then our confidence returned.

“We were indebted to Asmir Begovic who made some important saves for us in the opening period.

“The recent run we’ve been on has been tough. At 1-0, the game was very much in the balance but the players stood firm and hopefully that sets us up well now for the rest of the Christmas period.

Your say…

TCherry wrote…

First half, 2 really good saves by Begovic at the foot of the post. Brook’s first goal. Jefferson Lerma’s 8th yellow! Took one for the team though.
Second half – I don’t recall them having a chance in the second half (I was down the other end).
We grew into the game, and by the end dominated them.
Well deserved standing ovation for David Brooks at the end (I was pretty sure Eddie would take him off a few minutes before the end as everything was under control).
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