Brighton & Hove Albion 2-2 Bournemouth
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 03, 2018,
Jan 03, 2018, 1:28
"We were the better side and I thought we deserved more".
Ryan Fraser scored twice in Bournemouth's 2-1 Premier League win over Everton a few days ago, but the Scottish worldwide will miss the Cherries New Year's Day clash with Brighton & Hove Albion through injury.
Hughton's players responded in exactly the way he wanted them to, quickly opening up Bournemouth to claim a fourth minute lead. Duffy picks out Suttner with a brilliant crossfield ball, he plays it inside to Gross and he in turn plays in Izquierdo, who squares for Knockaert to score from a tight angle.
On Saturday, the Gulls earned a point in a scoreless draw against Newcastle United at home, but will need to start getting three points consistently on home soil if they are to stay in the hunt for a top-half finish.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe admitted that there haven't been many times in his Cherries career that he had felt as he did after last Sunday's game against Liverpool. That effort sparked a period of sustained pressure that eventually culminated in Cook heading the 32nd minute equaliser. However, it was far from one-way traffic and both keepers were kept busy before Steve Cook equalised against the club where he began his career with a clever back-flick header from a corner on 33 minutes. However, he went on better from the resulting corner, swung in by Ibe from the opposite wing, rising above the home defence to loop a header that went in off the underside of the bar.
Davy Propper and Glenn Murray both saw shots charged down by the Bournemouth defence, then Pascal Gross released Izquierdo who ran at the Cherries defence and angled a shot just wide of Asmir Begovic right hand post.
That trio were all involved as Brighton restored their lead three minutes into the second half.