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Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke City

By Caroline ChapmanBBC Sport
Imbula joined Stoke for a club record £18.3m in January

Giannelli Imbula scored his first goal for Stoke as they ended their three-match losing streak in the Premier League against Bournemouth.

The Potters' record signing, who arrived in January, powered home to give the visitors a half-time lead.

Ibrahim Afellay struck a sweet second for Stoke, and substitute Joselu made it 3-0 two minutes later.

Matt Ritchie responded immediately for the Cherries, but his left-footed strike proved to be a mere consolation.

Stoke's early goal cost us - Howe

It was Stoke's first away win in 2016 and only their second league victory in seven attempts.

Mark Hughes's side move up to ninth in the table, five points off the European places, while Bournemouth remain 15th and four points above the relegation zone.

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Stoke finally find the net

Stoke had been on the end of three consecutive 3-0 defeats in the league, and had failed to get on the score sheet for a month.

But they looked clinical from the outset at the Vitality Stadium, even without Marko Arnautovic and Bojan in the side.

Frenchman Imbula, who signed from Marseille for £18.3m on transfer deadline day, opened his Stoke account in only his second appearance by racing onto the ball and thrashing home.

A superb counter-attack led to their second, as the impressive Jon Walters held the ball up before feeding to Afellay, who swept home his first ever Premier League goal.

And only moments after coming on for the injured Glen Johnson, Joselu grabbed a third with a rising header after a pinpoint ball from Xherdan Shaqiri.

Cherries fail to make it count

Bournemouth 1-3 Stoke
Bournemouth dominated possession with 65% but were lacking in front of goal, and were punished on the counter attack by Stoke

Bournemouth enjoyed 62% of the possession in the first-half but failed to really test Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland - bar a looping effort from Charlie Daniels.

Benik Afobe had scored three in five games since joining from Wolves in January but looked out of his depth at times, and only managed two touches in the box during the first 45 minutes.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe brought on Scotland international Ritchie for the second half, along with Josh King, and the wide pair made a huge difference going forward.

Ritchie scored with a clinical effort from the edge of the box, and he almost grabbed a second from King's ball in, as Stoke struggled to cope without injured defenders Johnson and Marc Muniesa.

But eventually the Cherries faded and they were unable to pull off an unlikely comeback, leaving them with back-to-back league defeats.

Man of the match

Jon Walters
It's a tough call between Xherdan Shaqiri and Jon Walters, but Walters just takes it. The Republic of Ireland international had two shots on target and provided a wonderful assist for Afellay.

Manager reaction:

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "They were quite compact and deep and I thought they were very respectful of how we played and the first moments of the game I was expecting us to have a really good afternoon but the goal seemed to change the game.

Stoke win quietens critics - Hughes

"I think the quality of their goals was really high and their first goal was a great strike, their third goal was very well worked but their second goal was the one I think we are really disappointed with."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "It was a really pleasing away performance, we came here with a good game plan.

"We conceded a bit of possession, more than we usually do but we felt we could get good opportunities on the break. With the personnel that we have got we could cause Bournemouth a problem."

The stats you need to know

  • Stoke have the same number of points after 26 games this season as they did in 2014-15, their joint-highest at this stage of a campaign (36).
  • Bournemouth have conceded eight goals from corners this season, the joint-most in the top flight.
  • Only Aston Villa (10) have picked up fewer points at home this season than Bournemouth (13).
  • Stoke ended a run of six hours and 21 minutes without a goal when Imbula opened the scoring.

What's next?

Bournemouth welcome Everton in the FA Cup fifth round before travelling to Watford in the league the following week.

Stoke have a week off before hosting bottom club Aston Villa on 27 February.



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Boruc
  • 15A Smith
  • 2FrancisBooked at 85mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 6SurmanBooked at 74mins
  • 19StanislasSubstituted forIturbeat 75'minutes
  • 4GoslingSubstituted forRitchieat 45'minutes
  • 8ArterBooked at 90mins
  • 7PughBooked at 36minsSubstituted forKingat 45'minutes
  • 20Afobe


  • 12Iturbe
  • 17King
  • 23Federici
  • 25Distin
  • 28Grabban
  • 30Ritchie
  • 32O'Kane


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Butland
  • 8JohnsonSubstituted forJoseluat 53'minutes
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 5MuniesaSubstituted forTeixeiraat 45'minutes
  • 3Pieters
  • 6Whelan
  • 21ImbulaBooked at 90mins
  • 22Shaqiri
  • 14AfellaySubstituted forIrelandat 86'minutes
  • 18DioufBooked at 21mins
  • 19Walters


  • 7Ireland
  • 9Odemwingie
  • 11Joselu
  • 23Teixeira
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 29Haugaard
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Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamStoke
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 1, Stoke City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Stoke City 3.

  3. Post update

    Juan Iturbe (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

  6. Booking

    Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Giannelli Imbula (Stoke City).

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Stephen Ireland.

  10. Booking

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Dionatan Teixeira.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

As It Stood

4Man City25145647262147
5Man Utd2611873324941
7West Ham26101064031940
13Crystal Palace2695122732-532
14West Brom2688102432-832
20Aston Villa2537152040-2016
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