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Stoke City 2-1 Bournemouth

By James McMathBBC Sport
Jonathan Walters
Jonathan Walters has scored in successive fixtures for the first time since November 2014.

Substitute Mame Biram Diouf's header against Bournemouth gave Stoke their first Premier League win of the season.

Jonathan Walters scored from Marko Arnautovic's cross to put the hosts ahead before Dan Gosling equalised with a deflected strike after the break.

Striker Diouf then stooped to head in Glen Johnson's superb cross from the right for the winner on 83 minutes.

Bournemouth played most of the match without striker Callum Wilson after he suffered a serious-looking knee injury.

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Bournemouth's day starts badly

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe had spoken of the need to start strongly at the Britannia Stadium but the loss of striker Callum Wilson after 17 minutes was about as bad as it could have been.

Wilson injury a massive blow - Howe

Wilson hurt his knee in an innocuous exchange with Stoke defender Philipp Wollscheid. Wilson jogged freely at the side of the pitch but lasted only 30 seconds after coming back on before his leg gave way underneath him.

The 23-year-old had scored five goals in six Premier League matches and arrived in Staffordshire after talk of inclusion in the next England squad.

His afternoon ended prematurely as he left the field on a stretcher amid worrying scenes for the Cherries, who have already lost summer signings Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel to long-term knee injuries.

Stoke finally find a way to win

Failure to record victory over Bournemouth would have meant Stoke had gone seven top-flight matches without a win for the first time since 1973-74.

Hughes relieved as Stoke win at last

The Potters surrendered a 2-0 advantage to draw with Leicester City seven days earlier and, when Dan Gosling's deflected strike beat Jack Butland to equalise for Bournemouth, it looked like a repeat was on the cards.

Mark Hughes, ranting from the touchline, was clearly unhappy his team had dropped deep to protect their lead but a moment of quality from Glen Johnson and Mame Biram Diouf eased the tension around the Britannia Stadium.

An unhappy hunting ground

It is safe to say there are grounds Bournemouth fans enjoy going to more than Stoke. The 1,635 supporters who made the 416-mile round trip to Staffordshire played a part in setting an attendance record at the Britannia Stadium but it was another day to forget in the Potteries for the Cherries.

Bournemouth have won just once away at Stoke - in 1991 and they have endured some particularly hard luck in recent visits.

  • September 2015: Bournemouth lost 2-1 and Callum Wilson suffered a knee injury
  • January 2003: Bournemouth lost 3-0 and had goalkeeper Chris Tardif sent off
  • September 2001: Bournemouth lost 2-0 when Shaun Maher scored own goal and Warren Feeney missed penalty
  • October 2000: Bournemouth lost 2-1 and Richard Hughes missed a penalty
  • April 2000: Stoke Bournemouth lost 1-0 and Steve Robinson missed a penalty

Man of the match - Marko Arnautovic

Stoke winger Marko Arnautovic
Winger Marko Arnautovic starred in the first half, setting up Jonathan Walters' opening goal for the hosts.

Manager reaction

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "It was an important win - we probably played better in other games and got beaten. This was about getting the three points.

"We played with a bit of apprehension in the second half which allowed them back into the game, but showed good courage after that as it would have been very easy for Bournemouth to gain momentum after their equaliser. Great ball by Glen Johnson for the goal, great finish by Mame Diouf."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "I was disappointed with the first half, we didn't react well to Callum's departure but thought we were dominant with the ball in the second half and at 1-1 there was only going to be one winner, so it's disappointing to have lost from there. We could have defended that situation better."

The stats you need to know

  • Jonathan Walters scored in consecutive Premier League appearances for the first time since November 2014.
  • Twelve of Walters' 14 Premier League goals since the start of 2014 have come at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Dan Gosling scored his first league goal since November 2011.
  • Stoke sealed their first win in seven league games, after losing three and drawing three of their previous six.
  • Mame Biram Diouf has netted five goals in his last seven league appearances.
  • Bournemouth have kept a clean sheet in just one of their seven league games this season.

What's next?

Stoke travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 BST), while Bournemouth are at home to fellow promoted side Watford at the same time.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 8Johnson
  • 20Cameron
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 3Pieters
  • 6WhelanBooked at 90mins
  • 16AdamSubstituted forVan Ginkelat 75'minutes
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forAfellayat 45+9'minutes
  • 27BojanSubstituted forDioufat 62'minutes
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 19Walters


  • 5Muniesa
  • 11Joselu
  • 14Afellay
  • 15Van Ginkel
  • 18Diouf
  • 24Given
  • 25Crouch


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 3S Cook
  • 25Distin
  • 11Daniels
  • 30Ritchie
  • 6Surman
  • 4Gosling
  • 7PughSubstituted forA Smithat 87'minutes
  • 24TomlinSubstituted forKingat 71'minutes
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forMurrayat 17'minutes


  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17King
  • 23Federici
  • 27Murray
  • 33Bennett
  • 38Cargill
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Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamBournemouth
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 2, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 2, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  4. Post update

    Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Artur Boruc tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

  8. Booking

    Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Glenn Murray (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Marc Pugh.

  14. Post update

    Glenn Murray (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Marco Van Ginkel (Stoke City).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Stoke City 2, Bournemouth 1. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Glen Johnson with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Glenn Murray (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  19. Post update

    Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

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