Substitute Jordan Ibe inspired Bournemouth to the first three points of the season on Friday night. After Solly March’s header, they lost to Brighton, but goals from Andrew Surman and Jermain Defoe gave Eddie Howe’s side a 2-1 victory. Here are our Comments for the Players of both Teams.
Asmir Begovic – there was not much he could do against the goal, but was not tested enough in other phases to show what he is capable of doing.
Adam Smith – a lot of pace and energy, which allowed him to restore his Position from time to time, but his crossing was bad. Didn’t cover his man at the back post for the gate.
Simon Francis-property recycled well, but its boundaries were suspended in the second half. Let his man move away from him at both corners and do not ask for the door in the air.
Nathan Ake-good at moving the ball, but not as effective at being strong in the air, this is the main priority for a central defender.
Charlie Daniels – some good forward passes, but lacked a bit of defensive heart for the goal.
Ryan Fraser-could not reach the ball and left a lot to be desired on his flank. Middle of the second half deservedly stalled.
Harry Arter-had a good pass completion report that denied Brighton the opportunity to launch strikes. Sometimes we want him to be a little more ambitious.
Andrew Surman-controlled process in the first half of the possession of his serenity. Normally not known for his third-man goal assists, but he showed a decent performance to balance a surefire finish.
Marc Pugh – not fast enough for the Premier League. Unable to hit Byline when opportunities presented themselves, so he was too dependent on the support of his defender, which slowed down the game in the final third.
Josh King-stole the ball down the middle a couple of times to create an opening or two, but needs to run off the ball earlier to make room for Defoe.
Jermain Defoe-he is the kind of player who comes to life only when the balls are in the box. Bournemouth reaped the advantages only for the winner, but their lack of movement limited them in the first half.
Jordan Ibe (over 65) – had a transformative influence on the team. Played a clever Flick to free Surman for The equaliser and then an excellent return pass for Defoe’s winner. His willingness to take risks in the final third had missed Bournemouth.
Benik Afobe (on 78) – ran the channels well in the final stage. Maybe a better partner for King than Defoe.