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Bournemouth 3-0 Swansea City: Billing and Danjuma strikes help Cherries topple Swans

By Gareth VincentBBC Sport Wales
Philip Billing volleys in his fourth goals of the season
Philip Billing volleys in his fourth goal of the season

Bournemouth revived their play-off push with a 3-0 victory over Swansea City which dealt a blow to the Welsh club's automatic promotion hopes.

Philip Billing's spectacular volley and a Joel Latibeaudiere own goal put Bournemouth in control at the break.

Jonathan Woodgate's team sealed victory late on as Arnaut Danjuma drove home.

Bournemouth remain seventh but cut the gap on the top six to only two points, while Swansea stay third but lose ground on second-placed Watford.

Woodgate was seeking a response after Barnsley's weekend win at the Vitality Stadium left his side five points adrift of the Tykes, who occupy the last the play-off spot ahead of their trip to bottom-club Wycombe on Wednesday.

Bournemouth delivered for their head coach as they deservedly claimed all three points against a weary-looking Swansea.

Steve Cooper's side have proved in recent weeks that they can grind out results even when short of their best, but made life hard for themselves here by conceding after only nine minutes.

A side with a fine defensive record were opened up all too easily, with the excellent Danjuma finding time on the flank to pick out the unmarked Billing eight yards from goal.

The Dane made a difficult task look easy, hooking home an acrobatic volley which Freddie Woodman could only push high into the net.

Swansea enjoyed a spell of decent possession as they sought a response, though Bournemouth threatened on the counter through Dominic Solanke only for Kyle Naughton's challenge to clear the danger.

A half of few clear chances ended with the hosts' second goal, as Solanke glanced on Danjuma's corner and the ball ricocheted off the unfortunate Latibeaudiere's back before bouncing inside the far post.

Former Swansea defender Cameron Carter-Vickers' header was clawed out by Woodman early in the second period before the visitors mustered a first effort of note as Matt Grimes dragged wide.

Substitute Morgan Whittaker then drew two decent saves from Asmir Begovic, first with a 25-yard drive then with a first-time effort from Ryan Manning's drilled cross.

Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere stretches to block Swansea's Conor Hourihane
Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere stretches to block Swansea's Conor Hourihane

In truth a Swansea revival rarely looked likely, and Bournemouth rounded off their fine night when Danjuma lashed in his fourth goal in five games after being found by Billing.

The Cherries head into their FA Cup quarter-final with Southampton in high spirits, while it will be Swansea's turn to chase a response when they host Cardiff City in Saturday's south Wales derby.

Bournemouth head coach Jonathan Woodgate:

"It sends out a message to the others that we're not giving up. We were five points outside the play-offs, now we are two.

"We are in with a shout and if they perform like that every week, which they should with the calibre of players we have, we shouldn't be getting outside the play-offs.

"The consistency has to be there. You can see how good the players are.

"I thought Jack Wilshere was absolutely fantastic. You could tell after a minute where he took the ball out of the sky and swivelled and should have got a foul for it. It set the tone from there."

Swansea head coach Steve Cooper:

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"The first two goals were everything that I don't want the team to be and the players will know that. The first goal it's a free cross and no-one's marking in the box and a soft finish.

"The second goal is a first contact off a corner which we do a lot of work on as well. If you don't do the basics of defending well enough, you run the risk of conceding soft goals.

"We got into enough good positions with the ball but didn't back ourselves enough to really be the threat we should be, and in the end we have turned over another ball and given away a soft third goal.

"Morgan came on and tested the keeper a couple of times but in the end we have defended poorly on the goals ands not done enough in their box to threaten, so you get what you deserve."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 17Stacey
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 3S Cook
  • 21RicoBooked at 58mins
  • 11WilshereSubstituted forPearsonat 71'minutes
  • 8Lerma
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forRiquelmeat 39'minutes
  • 29Billing
  • 10Danjuma GroeneveldSubstituted forMephamat 90+1'minutes
  • 9Solanke

Substitutes

  • 6Mepham
  • 12Long
  • 14Surridge
  • 20Riquelme
  • 22Pearson
  • 23Travers
  • 26Kilkenny
  • 32Anthony
  • 33Zemura

Swansea

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Woodman
  • 26Naughton
  • 2Bennett
  • 22LatibeaudiereSubstituted forWhittakerat 45'minutes
  • 23Roberts
  • 7SmithSubstituted forDhandaat 68'minutes
  • 8Grimes
  • 3Manning
  • 14HourihaneSubstituted forRoutledgeat 80'minutes
  • 10A Ayew
  • 9Lowe

Substitutes

  • 6Fulton
  • 15Routledge
  • 17Whittaker
  • 18Hamer
  • 21Dhanda
  • 24Bidwell
  • 31Cooper
  • 34Freeman
  • 44Cabango
Referee:
James Linington

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home8
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Swansea City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Swansea City 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Chris Mepham.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Chris Mepham replaces Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Philip Billing.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 3, Swansea City 0. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Philip Billing following a fast break.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego Rico.

  8. Post update

    Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Swansea City).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Rodrigo Riquelme.

  11. Post update

    Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Bennett (Swansea City).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Conor Hourihane.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Stacey.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ryan Manning.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Philip Billing.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Morgan Whittaker (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Manning with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Conor Hourihane (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ben Pearson (Bournemouth).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich36247553262779
2Watford37219752262672
3Swansea36209745281769
4Brentford361910764382667
5Reading361871150381261
6Barnsley36187114539661
7Bournemouth3716111055371859
8Middlesbrough37168134638856
9Cardiff3715101254371755
10Millwall36111693533249
11Stoke371213124142-149
12Bristol City36153183948-948
13Luton36138153041-1147
14QPR351210133540-546
15Blackburn36128164941844
16Preston37135193948-944
17Nottm Forest361011152935-641
18Huddersfield36118174051-1141
19Derby371010172741-1440
20Coventry36911163248-1638
21Birmingham36811172646-2035
22Rotherham3395193647-1132
23Sheff Wed3597192545-2028
24Wycombe3668222458-3426
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