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Bournemouth 1-2 Wolves: Visitors up to fifth with comfortable win

Raul Jimenez, Wolverhampton Wanderers
Raul Jimenez has now scored 14 goals in all competitions this season

Wolves moved up to fifth in the Premier League as first-half goals from Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez earned Nuno Espirito Santo's side victory at 10-man Bournemouth.

Moutinho's sublime free-kick put the visitors ahead at Vitality Stadium, before Jimenez doubled their advantage from close range following fine play from Adama Traore.

The Cherries' afternoon went from bad to worse when Simon Francis - making his first Premier League start since Boxing Day - was dismissed for a second bookable offence eight minutes before half-time.

Diogo Jota had the ball in Bournemouth's net again five minutes after the restart, but the Portuguese's effort was disallowed for offside in the build-up.

The hosts, to their credit, threw caution to the wind in the second half and pulled a goal back through Steve Cook's deflected header, but Wolves held on for all three points.

The results extends the visitors' unbeaten league run to eight games - their longest such streak in 35 years - while Bournemouth drop into the bottom half of the table.

Wolves hold on for deserved victory

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Nuno delighted with Traore in Wolves' win at Bournemouth

After a slow start to the campaign, Wolves are beginning to demonstrate the type of form that last season earned them a place in Europe for the first time in 39 years.

The visitors could hardly have wished for a more comfortable first half and should perhaps have led by a greater margin at the interval.

Traore was a constant thorn in the Cherries' side down the right flank, but it was Moutinho's ability from set-pieces that gave his side a comfortable two-goal cushion before the break.

The Portuguese midfielder's dipping free-kick from the edge of the penalty area flew over Aaron Ramsdale and into the top corner to break the deadlock.

Moutinho's quick thinking from another free-kick then released Traore, whose cross was turned in by Jimenez for the Mexican's 14th goal of the season in all competitions.

The visitors continued to threaten on the counter-attack in the second half, with Jota twice going close to a third for Wolves.

The striker had a smart finish disallowed for offside before seeing another powerful effort tipped around the post by Ramsdale.

Cook's header, which took a slight deflection off Traore, set up a nervous finish on the south coast, but Wolves defended resolutely to close out the win.

Too little, too late for 10-man Cherries

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Bournemouth "bizarrely" better with ten men - Howe

Eddie Howe's side have won just one of their last seven games in the Premier League, scoring only five times in the process.

The hosts' struggles in front of goal were not helped by the absence of striker Joshua King - the Cherries' match-winner against Manchester United in their last home game - due to a hamstring injury sustained on international duty with Norway.

Howe set his side up in a 3-4-3 formation in King's absence, but Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio was a virtual spectator in a first half dominated by the visitors.

There looked no way back for the hosts after Francis' dismissal, but Cook's second-half header from Diego Rico's corner appeared to give them the belief they needed to snatch an unlikely point.

Roared on by the home fans, Howe's team threw bodies forward and almost fashioned an equaliser when Nathan Ake connected with Cook's knock-down, but the Dutchman's powerful shot flew straight at Patricio.

Next up for the Cherries? A trip to north London to face Jose Mourinho's Tottenham.

Man of the match - Joao Moutinho (Wolves)

Joao Moutinho
Joao Moutinho scored a sensational free-kick and played a key role in Wolves' second goal

Wolves continue scoring run - the stats

  • Wolves are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games, their longest run in the top flight since February 1974.
  • Only Liverpool (22) have scored in more consecutive Premier League games than Wolves (12).
  • Eight of Bournemouth's 16 Premier League goals this season have come from set-pieces (excluding penalties), the highest share in the division (50%).
  • Bournemouth have been shown seven red cards in the Premier League since they were promoted in 2015 - four of them have been for Simon Francis.
  • Moutinho's goal was the fourth direct free-kick Wolves have scored in the Premier League - with three of them coming in the last two seasons.
  • Raul Jimenez has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances for Wolves against Bournemouth.
  • Since the start of last season, Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser has provided more assists than any other player in the Premier League (17).

'We deserved something' - what the managers said

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, speaking to Sky Sports: "In the first half we weren't particularly good.

"They scored from two set plays and we're disappointed with the second one. The first one was sensational, but we're not very pleased with the second - we should have defended that one much better.

"In the second half, we were down to 10 men but I thought we were excellent. Arguably we deserved to get something from the game."

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo, speaking to BBC Match of the Day: "The first half was really good. It was a reference for us. We've played a lot of games already and this was a dangerous one.

"What happened in the second half must serve as a warning to us. It was very difficult. Bournemouth showed a lot of character, with a lot of set-pieces and long balls.

"Eddie and his players are amazing. They've done a brilliant job."

What's next?

Bournemouth travel to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their next league game on Saturday, 30 November (15:00 GMT)

A point against Sporting Braga on Thursday, 28 November (17:55) will secure Wolves' place in the Europa League knockout stages. Nuno's side return to Premier League action at home to Sheffield United on Sunday, 1 December (14:00).

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 12Ramsdale
  • 2FrancisBooked at 37mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 15A Smith
  • 16L CookSubstituted forGoslingat 76'minutes
  • 29BillingBooked at 17minsSubstituted forLermaat 45'minutes
  • 21RicoBooked at 90mins
  • 22H WilsonSubstituted forDanjuma Groeneveldat 45'minutes
  • 13C Wilson
  • 24Fraser

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 4Gosling
  • 8Lerma
  • 9Solanke
  • 14Danjuma Groeneveld
  • 17Stacey
  • 33Mepham

Wolves

  • 11Rui Patrício
  • 32Dendoncker
  • 16Coady
  • 27SaïssBooked at 4mins
  • 2Doherty
  • 8Neves
  • 28João Moutinho
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 37Traoré
  • 9Jiménez
  • 18JotaSubstituted forVinagreat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Vallejo
  • 7Neto
  • 10Cutrone
  • 21Ruddy
  • 26Perry
  • 29Vinagre
  • 49Kilman
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
10,539

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2.

Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum Wilson following a set piece situation.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Adama Traoré tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Rui Patrício (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Rúben Neves.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Booking

Diego Rico (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adama Traoré (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Diego Rico (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rúben Vinagre replaces Diogo Jota.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rúben Neves.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leander Dendoncker tries a through ball, but Raúl Jiménez is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld with a cross following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Leander Dendoncker.

Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Attempt saved. Nathan Aké (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Steve Cook with a headed pass.

Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Aaron Ramsdale.

Attempt saved. Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by João Moutinho with a through ball.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jonny.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Lewis Cook.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Diego Rico.

Attempt saved. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Diogo Jota with a cross.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Jonny tries a through ball, but João Moutinho is caught offside.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Attempt saved. Romain Saïss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by João Moutinho with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Diego Rico.

Diogo Jota (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 2. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Rúben Neves.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

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5Wolves134721816219
6Burnley135352018218
7Arsenal134631819-118
8Sheff Utd12453139417
9Tottenham134542119217
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11Bournemouth134451617-116
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13Crystal Palace134361118-715
14Newcastle124351118-715
15Everton134271320-714
16West Ham133461623-713
17Aston Villa123271720-311
18Norwich133191328-1510
19Southampton132381331-189
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