PREM: Bournemouth 2-1 Burnley


Josh King is congratulated after scoring Bournemouth’s winner

Josh King's late winner spoiled Burnley's comeback as Bournemouth moved into the top half with a 2-1 win on Saturday.


Junior Stanislas had put Bournemouth ahead midway through the first half with a well-placed finish after capitalising on a ball-watching Burnley defence.

Sam Vokes looked to have stolen a rare away point for Burnley when he headed the Clarets level against the run of play with just seven minutes left. But King scored his 16th Premier League goal of the season just two minutes later to give Eddie Howe's side a deserved win and leave Burnley 14th in the top flight.

Unchanged from draws in last weekend's fixtures, both mid-table sides looked as though they were already thinking about post-season holidays early on.

Steve Cook, without a goal in 113 appearances, attempted a rather audacious shot from distance in the opening quarter's only real moment of excitement, both sets of fans cheering as it cleared the stand behind Burnley's goal. But Stanislas caught Stephen Ward, and everyone inside the Vitality, napping on 25 minutes when he latched onto a long diagonal from Lewis Cook and calmly stroked the ball past Tom Heaton to put the home side ahead.

Sean Dyche brought on Andre Gray and Robbie Brady for the second half as Burnley raised the intensity, Scott Arfield stirring the pot with a whipped shot from distance that had Artur Boruc diving in the 57th minute.
 
Lys Mousset, kept in the starting line-up despite an own-goal on his full Premier League debut last week, then headed straight at Heaton from a looping cross before being withdrawn with cramp shortly after. With the game drifting into the afternoon sun undisturbed, Vokes stunned the home crowd with a superb glancing header into the top corner from Johann Berg Gudmundsson's cross on 83 minutes.
 
But King got the wrong side of James Tarkowski just two minutes later to latch onto Ryan Fraser's low cross and ensure Bournemouth's players enjoyed their final home game lap of honour having claimed all three points.


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