Jordon Ibe makes the difference as Bournemouth beat Brighton

Rachel Hardy
September 17, 2017

Eddie Howe's side has had a hard start to their campaign, having already faced Arsenal and Manchester City, although, the young manager has condemned his team's recent performances.

Solly March capped a flowing move to put Brighton deservedly ahead, but Surman finished coolly to level, before Defoe rifled home the victor.

But Surman's maiden Premier League goal and Defoe's first Bournemouth strike since a teenage loan spell 18 seasons ago secured precious points for Howe and vindicated the decision to sign the former Sunderland marksman. Bournemouth need Defoe or King to start scoring or they could be a relegation candidate.

Davy Propper's delicate chip cleared Asmir Begovic and the crossbar - while Defoe kept Mathew Ryan honest at the other end with a swivelling snapshot that fizzed past the far post.

"He showed some real final-third quality".

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"Once we took the lead, if anything, that spurred them into perhaps making the changes that they did and they had to go for it a little bit more".

Ibe came off the bench in the 65th minute and turned the game on its head, providing two assists, one of which set-up Jermaine Defoe for his first Bournemouth goal of the season.

Bournemouth leveled matters 10 minutes later as Surman collected a fine pass form Jordon Ibe, before showing composure to slot into the bottom corner.

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Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "When you're at a club like Bournemouth that have only recently been in the Premier League, you can have good and bad periods". After starting their first 11 games of the season, Ibe lost his place.

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