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Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City

Alfie Mawson
Alfie Mawson was credited with his second own goal of the season - the first at Stoke in October

Benik Afobe had a hand in both goals as Bournemouth moved nine points clear of the bottom three and added to Swansea's relegation worries with victory over the Welsh club.

Swans centre-back Alfie Mawson inadvertently broke the deadlock when he deflected the ball past his own goalkeeper after Afobe took Marc Pugh's pass and hit a low shot from outside the penalty area.

Afobe, who had hoped to claim the opener, finished clinically via the inside of the post in the second half after Joshua King played him through.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was involved in Swansea's best attacking moments, delivering a free-kick that King glanced just wide of his own goal, and curling a 25-yard shot that Artur Boruc tipped aside.

Bournemouth would have won by a greater margin had Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski not saved superbly by his post after King headed down substitute Jack Wilshere's cross.

Swansea have dropped one place to 17th, and are three points clear of the relegation places.

Cherries continue to build on Old Trafford point

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe could not have picked a better moment for his team to record back-to-back league wins for the first time in a year.

His side had been sliding towards relegation trouble after starting 2017 by going eight Premier League games without a win.

If Bournemouth do stay up - and it looks increasingly likely - they may well look back on the 1-1 draw they secured at Manchester United on 4 March as a turning point.

Howe's side earned a point with 10 men that day, with Boruc saving Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty.

After that, they earned a dramatic late win over West Ham, despite missing two penalties - and against Swansea they played with a fluency and confidence missing during their poor run.

The game took a long time to get going - but once Mawson's own goal opened the scoring, Bournemouth never looked like letting victory slip.

Afobe and defence ease King's burden

Joshua King
Joshua King would have scored for the fourth game running but for Lukasz Fabianski's outstanding second-half save

King had scored Bournemouth's past five goals - and seven of their past eight - so it was probably time for someone else to take on the scoring burden.

Afobe, signed for £10m from Wolves in January 2016, has not had a prolific season, but he showed here just why Howe broke the club's transfer record to sign him.

The first goal was his in all but name, with a clever piece of footwork creating space to hit the shot that rolled in off the unlucky Mawson.

Afobe took the second superbly for his fourth goal of the season, with King getting the assist.

Arguably just as satisfying for Howe, though, was a first clean sheet in 11 league and cup matches - a run in which they had conceded 26 goals.

Swansea set for a nervy run-in

Paul Clement
Paul Clement has won four of his nine Premier League matches as Swansea head coach

Paul Clement suggested before the match that Swansea's fight for Premier League survival would go to the season's final weekend - when his team host West Brom - and the head coach may well be proved right.

Clement has improved Swansea considerably since they slumped to a 3-0 New Year's Eve home defeat by Bournemouth at the end of Bob Bradley's short reign.

He has not, however, been able to stop them leaking goals; they have let in nine in their past four matches, and continue to have the top division's worst defensive record.

Swansea have tended to pick up wins this season by outscoring their opponents - a 5-4 victory over Crystal Palace in November the prime example.

That never looked likely against Bournemouth, with Fernando Llorente barely in the game before he was taken off with seven minutes left.

Defeat on the south coast came seven days after Swansea were beaten at Hull, another side in relegation trouble, and suggests Clement's side are in for an anxious few weeks yet.

Fernando Llorente
Fernando Llorente, Swansea's 11-goal top scorer, touched the ball just three times in Bournemouth's penalty area

Man of the match - Benik Afobe (Bournemouth)

Benik Afobe
A goal and an assist marked one of the former Arsenal youth striker's best displays since joining Bournemouth from Wolves in January 2016

'I am delighted' - manager reaction

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Howe 'delighted' with back-to back wins

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I am delighted with the back-to-back wins and the clean sheet. It has been a long time since we have been solid enough to do that.

"Swansea have talented players so to keep them so quiet is very satisfying. We have kept a very good striker quiet.

"The players have stuck with it. They have not got low or negative and were able to ride out a period when we weren't getting things as we wanted to. That has been key."

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Clinical Bournemouth deserved victory - Clement

Swansea manager Paul Clement: "We were clearly not good enough. For periods we did OK then we suffered a blow and our performance went right down. In the second half it was a similar situation.

"I think Bournemouth were good for the victory. We have to be more clinical and we have to rebuild and go again. They got luck with the first goal and the second is a mistake by us. They deserved to win."

Swansea's unwanted own-goal record - the best stats

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in three Premier League games (W2 D1) for the first time since October (4 games).
  • Swansea have kept just one clean sheet in their past 14 games and have shipped a league-high 63 goals this season.
  • The Cherries have scored two or more goals in seven of their past eight games against Swansea.
  • Swansea have netted 10 own goals in the league over the course of the past two seasons, more than any other side in the Football League in that period.
  • Mawson is one of just three players - along with team-mate Jack Cork and Bournemouth's Tyrone Mings - to score two top-flight own goals this season.
  • Wayne Routledge made his 181st Premier League appearance for Swansea, equalling Ashley Williams' record for the most games for the club in the competition.
  • Afobe has scored two Premier League goals against Swansea, more than against any other side.
  • King has been directly involved in eight goals in his past six Premier League games (7 goals, 1 assist).

What's next?

Swansea face a crucial home match against relegation rivals Middlesbrough on 2 April, the day after Bournemouth make their shortest away trip of the season when they visit Southampton.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 1Boruc
  • 15Smith
  • 2Francis
  • 3Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 24FraserSubstituted forWilshereat 75'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 4Gosling
  • 7PughSubstituted forIbeat 90+4'minutes
  • 17KingSubstituted forGradelat 90+2'minutes
  • 9Afobe

Substitutes

  • 10Gradel
  • 14Smith
  • 18Cook
  • 21Allsop
  • 32Wilshere
  • 33Ibe
  • 38Cargill

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 8Fer
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Mawson
  • 35Kingsley
  • 24CorkBooked at 77mins
  • 3J AyewSubstituted forNarsinghat 56'minutes
  • 4Ki Sung-yuengBooked at 40minsSubstituted forRoutledgeat 67'minutes
  • 42Carroll
  • 23Sigurdsson
  • 9LlorenteSubstituted forBastónat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 7Britton
  • 10Bastón
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 15Routledge
  • 28Narsingh
  • 52Roberts
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
11,240

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Swansea City 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jordon Ibe replaces Marc Pugh.

Attempt saved. Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Max Gradel replaces Joshua King.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Borja Bastón replaces Fernando Llorente.

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Attempt saved. Joshua King (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Booking

Jack Cork (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Bournemouth).

Tom Carroll (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Jack Wilshere replaces Ryan Fraser.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Swansea City 0. Benik Afobe (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua King.

Offside, Swansea City. Alfie Mawson tries a through ball, but Fernando Llorente is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Tom Carroll (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Wayne Routledge replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Benik Afobe.

Attempt blocked. Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

Tom Carroll (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benik Afobe.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Luciano Narsingh replaces Jordan Ayew.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joshua King.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Leroy Fer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

Jordan Ayew (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Benik Afobe (Bournemouth).

Alfie Mawson (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea28223359213869
2Tottenham27168353203356
3Man City27175553292456
4Liverpool28167560352555
5Arsenal27155756342250
6Everton29148751302150
7Man Utd261310339221749
8West Brom29127103938143
9Stoke2999113342-936
10Southampton2696113234-233
11Bournemouth2996144254-1233
12West Ham2996144052-1233
13Burnley2995153142-1132
14Watford2887133348-1531
15Leicester2886143347-1430
16Crystal Palace2884163646-1028
17Swansea2983183663-2727
18Hull2966172658-3224
19Middlesbrough27410131930-1122
20Sunderland2855182450-2620
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