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Bournemouth1Leicester0

Bournemouth 1-0 Leicester City

Marc Pugh scores
Marc Pugh struck the ball through bodies and the power of the strike beat Leicester's goalkeeper

Bournemouth moved to the highest league position in their history as Leicester's miserable run away from home continued with defeat at Vitality Stadium.

The champions paid for a lacklustre first half, where they created clear openings for Jamie Vardy and Robert Huth, but surrendered the ball all too easily.

Eddie Howe's side saw 70% of the ball before the break and Marc Pugh scored for the hosts on his first league start of the season with a controlled drive from 18 yards out.

Leicester improved but ran into a stubborn home defence and goalkeeper Artur Boruc produced a key save to deny Leonardo Ulloa from six yards in the final minute.

Relive Bournemouth's hard-earned win

It means Claudio Ranieri's side set an unwanted record as their haul of one point away from home is the lowest total by a defending top-flight champion from the first eight away games of a season.

They remain 14th, four points above the bottom three, while the Cherries move to eighth.

'The model professional'

Marc Pugh
Pugh had only played about 50 minutes for the first team this season before Leicester's visit

Boruc's late save followed a key block from Steve Cook to thwart substitute Shinji Okazaki. The two interventions epitomised Bournemouth's resilience and Howe described it as a "heroic" defensive display.

His side had conceded nine goals in three games before kick-off, prompting him to call for more solid showings and that is what he got.

Good home possession early on killed any momentum Leicester hoped to carry from Saturday's thrilling victory over Manchester City.

And Bournemouth's reward for a fifth home win of 2016-17 is to be five points better off than they were at the same stage last season.

Pugh added to the positives with an excellent all-round display, showing good technique in keeping a bouncing ball on target for the winner after Benik Afobe's shot was saved.

Howe - who refused to set a target of European qualification after the win - described the match winner as "the model professional" for his patience in waiting for his chance start a league fixture.

Claudio's unhappy landmark

The statistics get uglier for Leicester, who have no back-to-back wins in the league since April.

The Foxes have conceded 19 goals on the road, one more than in all 18 away games last season and have managed 21 goals in 16 games - 13 fewer than at the same stage last term.

And against Bournemouth they looked one-dimensional going forward. They mustered 12 shots but many of them arrived in a late flurry. Vardy - a hat-trick hero three days earlier - had 26 touches, the same number as Islam Slimani, who was taken off at the break and just six more than Okazaki, who replaced the Algerian.

Huth's early volley - deflected wide moments before Pugh's winner - could have significantly changed proceedings but with just 37% possession on the night and only 68% of their passes finding a team-mate, Leicester were not good enough.

Their display on the south coast was confused. They were slow from the off and limited in their reaction until it was too late.

Ranieri - who has now managed 200 games in the Premier League - will have to find answers.

Man of the match - Steve Cook (Bournemouth)

Steve Cook
Steve Cook made two interventions to deny clear openings and was excellent throughout with a game-high 11 clearances

What the managers said

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Howe 'delighted' with Cherries clean sheet

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "It didn't feel anything like routine. It was dramatic playing the champions, we know their qualities and the lads did particularly well. It was a heroic defensive display. I thought we were magnificent in that respect."

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri: "The result is too severe against us because we created more chances than Bournemouth. I wanted a little more in the first half. A little more and we can score goals, recover more second balls. The second half was much better. If we continue to fight at this level, sooner or later we will get a good result."

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Defeat was harsh on Leicester - Ranieri

Leicester's run of conceding - stats

Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere has played 932 minutes this season, that is more than in the past two campaigns combined
  • The Cherries have won as many home games in their past seven Premier League games (W5) as they did in their first 20 in the competition.
  • The Foxes have not won a Premier League away trip since April (10 games without a win), their longest run since October 2003 (a run of 16 away games without victory).
  • Leicester City have conceded in each of their past 10 Premier League away games - their worst run since April 2002 (also 10).
  • Claudio Ranieri is the first Italian manager to reach 200 Premier League games (146 for Chelsea, 54 for Leicester City).

What's next?

Bournemouth host their south-coast rivals Southampton at 13:30 GMT on Sunday, while Leicester will look to end their dismal away run by taking points at Stoke City on Saturday (15:00).

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 11Daniels
  • 8Arter
  • 32Wilshere
  • 15A Smith
  • 17KingSubstituted forGoslingat 79'minutes
  • 7Pugh
  • 9AfobeSubstituted forWilsonat 68'minutesSubstituted forMingsat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gosling
  • 10Gradel
  • 13Wilson
  • 14B Smith
  • 23Federici
  • 26Mings
  • 33Ibe

Leicester

  • 21Zieler
  • 2HernándezBooked at 87mins
  • 5MorganBooked at 83mins
  • 6HuthSubstituted forUlloaat 82'minutes
  • 28Fuchs
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10KingBooked at 36mins
  • 13Amartey
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forMusaat 74'minutes
  • 19SlimaniSubstituted forOkazakiat 45'minutes
  • 9Vardy

Substitutes

  • 3Chilwell
  • 7Musa
  • 12Hamer
  • 20Okazaki
  • 22Gray
  • 23Ulloa
  • 24Mendy
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
11,068

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamLeicester
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away11
Fouls
Home5
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Leicester City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Leicester City 0.

Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luis Hernández (Leicester City).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Tyrone Mings replaces Callum Wilson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jamie Vardy.

Foul by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City).

Offside, Bournemouth. Jack Wilshere tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Booking

Luis Hernández (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luis Hernández (Leicester City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Attempt blocked. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez.

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luis Hernández (Leicester City).

Booking

Wes Morgan (Leicester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wes Morgan (Leicester City).

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Simon Francis.

Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa replaces Robert Huth.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Bournemouth. Steve Cook tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Joshua King.

Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel Amartey (Leicester City).

Hand ball by Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City).

Attempt missed. Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Robert Huth (Leicester City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Riyad Mahrez with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Jack Wilshere.

Substitution

Substitution, Leicester City. Ahmed Musa replaces Marc Albrighton.

Corner, Leicester City. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea15121233112237
2Arsenal16104237172034
3Liverpool1594237201731
4Man City1593332191330
5Tottenham1576224111327
6Man Utd156632016424
7Everton166552120123
8Bournemouth166372225-321
9Watford156362126-521
10West Brom155552018220
11Southampton155551415-120
12Stoke155461722-519
13Burnley155281525-1017
14Leicester164482127-616
15Crystal Palace154382729-215
16Middlesbrough153661316-315
17West Ham153481731-1413
18Swansea153391931-1212
19Hull153391432-1812
20Sunderland1532101427-1311
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