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Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Town: Cherries up to sixth with home win

Callum Wilson
Wilson has scored 10 goals in 18 games for club and country so far this season

Manager Eddie Howe hopes Bournemouth's win over Huddersfield brings their "mojo" back after defeats in their previous four matches.

The Cherries moved up to sixth in the Premier League thanks to early goals from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser.

"A few weeks ago we were playing champagne football but we lost our mojo and hopefully this will bring it back," said Howe.

"We showed resilience and you can see how much the win means to us. It gets us on our feet again and looking forward."

Bournemouth went ahead after five minutes as Wilson muscled home a powerful header from Fraser's cross.

Wilson returned the favour soon after, slipping in Fraser for a well-worked second.

Huddersfield rallied with Terence Kongolo's first goal for the club halving the deficit before the interval.

Aaron Mooy shot low into the shins of goalkeeper Asmir Begovic from the best chance created during a spell of pressure on the other side of the break, but the Terriers left themselves with too much to do.

Bournemouth's win lifts them above Leicester, Manchester United and Everton, all of whom play on Wednesday.

Cherries get their work done early

Ryan Fraser scores Bournemouth
Fraser, who scored Bournemouth's second, now has as many Premier League assists as former Tottenham midfielder and Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric according to Opta

The hosts' recent poor results did not reflect the quality of their performances in single-goal defeats by Arsenal, Newcastle and Manchester United, and last weekend's 3-1 reverse at Manchester City.

Certainly Huddersfield, perched perilously one point above the relegation zone, struggled to contain the intelligent and incisive home attack early on.

Wilson, who scored a hat-trick in this fixture last year, found the Terriers defence in accommodating mood once again as he beat the offside trap and buried a header after just five minutes.

Fraser came close to providing a second shortly after, picking out Joshua King in the box, before bursting up the left to supply a side-foot finish to a slide-rule Wilson pass.

It perhaps came a little too easily for the hosts, who slipped deep and switched off early in the second half. An increasingly edgy Vitality Stadium greeted the final whistle with relief.

Huddersfield into double figures at last

Terence Kongolo
Kongolo, who made his loan move from Monaco permanent in the summer for a club record fee, scored his first goal for Huddersfield

Huddersfield manager David Wagner was left ruing his side's slow start.

"The goals we gave away were too easy and the opportunities we missed were presents. It was Christmas for Bournemouth," said the German in his post-match interview.

Before kick-off, Howe had pin-pointed the visitors' size and strength as a potential danger and 'Route One' almost provided a comeback trail for the Terriers.

Huddersfield began the evening as the only team in the top four divisions yet to reach double figures in the goals scored column and, with striker Steve Mounie suspended, their entire three-man defence combined to finally wipe out that statistic.

Kongolo jumped well to direct home a header, ending a passage of penalty area head tennis involving Christopher Schindler and Mathias Jorgensen.

The visitors penned Bournemouth deep and ushered forward more heavy artillery as the second half wore on, but, Mooy's chance apart, struggled to carve out any clear sights of goal.

To add to their disappointment, substitute Abdelhamid Sabiri suffered a serious looking shoulder injury only three minutes after coming on. It was the 22-year-old's first Premier League appearance since August.

Man of the match - Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)

Nathan Ake
Bournemouth's attack impressed early on, but they ended up relying on the defence and Nathan Ake made 15 clearances and five blocks, both match-high totals

'There is a lot of relief' - what they said

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "There is a lot of relief. It wasn't a vintage performance. At 2-0 you think we can go on but Huddersfield did very well and created chances. We defended heroically.

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Not a vintage performance - Cherries boss Howe

"Football doesn't work kindly and credit to Huddersfield. They can feel hard done by.

"The manner of the defensive mentality and will to win when not playing well - we had that to get us over the line."

Huddersfield manager David Wagner: "We dominated the game in large parts and created chances. I have to say it was a free-kick to us before we conceded the first. But we only have to blame us. We have to make sure defensively in these situations we are more focused. Offensively we need to put our chances away.

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It was Christmas for Bournemouth - Wagner

"We had enough opportunities to score at least two. We needed to score three or four today. We didn't take them and that is why we have no rewards."

Fraser's record-equalling season - the stats

  • Bournemouth are unbeaten in seven home matches against Huddersfield in all competitions, winning four and drawing three, since losing 1-0 in League One in August 2007.
  • Since the start of last season, only Brighton (17) and Watford (16) have lost more away Premier League games than Huddersfield (15).
  • Huddersfield have won just two of their past 19 Premier League games (drawing six and losing 11).
  • Kongolo's goal for Huddersfield was their fourth headed goal in the Premier League this season (4/10) - only Burnley (46%) and Newcastle (55%) have scored a higher percentage of headed goals in the competition this season.
  • Fraser has provided seven Premier League assists for Bournemouth so far this season - more than any other player has provided for the Cherries in a single Premier League campaign.
  • Wilson has scored eight Premier League goals in 15 appearances for Bournemouth this season - as many as his managed in 28 games last season.
  • Wilson has both scored and assisted in three different Premier League games this season (level with Raheem Sterling) - no player has done this on more occasions this season.

What's next?

Bournemouth entertain Liverpool at 12:30 GMT on Saturday with Huddersfield away to Arsenal at 15:00 GMT on the same day.

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 27Begovic
  • 2FrancisBooked at 73mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Aké
  • 11DanielsBooked at 64mins
  • 20BrooksSubstituted forStanislasat 62'minutes
  • 16L CookBooked at 90mins
  • 8Lerma
  • 24FraserSubstituted forMoussetat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17KingSubstituted forMingsat 90+3'minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Boruc
  • 6Surman
  • 9Mousset
  • 18Defoe
  • 19Stanislas
  • 21Rico
  • 26Mings

Huddersfield

  • 1Lössl
  • 33Hadergjonaj
  • 25M Jorgensen
  • 26Schindler
  • 5KongoloSubstituted forMbenzaat 75'minutes
  • 8BillingBooked at 61minsSubstituted forSabiriat 75'minutesSubstituted forSobhiat 78'minutes
  • 6Hogg
  • 10MooyBooked at 57mins
  • 21Pritchard
  • 37Durm
  • 20Depoitre

Substitutes

  • 2Smith
  • 9Kachunga
  • 12Hamer
  • 14Sobhi
  • 18Mbenza
  • 19Williams
  • 29Sabiri
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
9,980

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home6
Away23
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

Attempt missed. Christopher Schindler (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Erik Durm.

Booking

Lewis Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Tyrone Mings replaces Joshua King.

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Callum Wilson with a headed pass.

Booking

Lys Mousset (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Zanka with a headed pass.

Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Nathan Aké.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Lys Mousset replaces Ryan Fraser.

Attempt missed. Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan Hogg.

Foul by Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Ramadan Sobhi replaces Abdelhamid Sabiri because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Abdelhamid Sabiri (Huddersfield Town) because of an injury.

Abdelhamid Sabiri (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Abdelhamid Sabiri replaces Philip Billing.

Substitution

Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Isaac Mbenza replaces Terence Kongolo.

Attempt missed. Terence Kongolo (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Booking

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Alex Pritchard (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

Foul by Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town).

Joshua King (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Bournemouth. Joshua King tries a through ball, but Ryan Fraser is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Philip Billing.

Attempt missed. Laurent Depoitre (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Florent Hadergjonaj (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua King (Bournemouth).

Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Daniels from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces David Brooks.

Booking

Philip Billing (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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As It Stood

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2Liverpool1411302752236
3Chelsea1494130111931
4Arsenal1493232181430
5Tottenham14100425151030
6Bournemouth157262522323
7Everton146442016422
8Man Utd146442223-122
9Leicester146352017321
10Brighton156361921-221
11Watford156271821-320
12West Ham155372023-318
13Wolves144461317-416
14Newcastle143381119-812
15Crystal Palace153391120-912
16Cardiff1532101430-1611
17Huddersfield152491026-1610
18Southampton141671226-149
19Burnley142391329-169
20Fulham1422101435-218
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