Bournemouth beat nine-man Baggies in thriller

Bournemouth made it three Premier League wins in a row as they saw off nine-man West Brom 2-1 in a thrilling game at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

West Brom 1 Bournemouth 2
McClean and Rondon see red for Baggies
Smith fires low strike past Myhill
McAuley heads home equaliser
Daniels earns away win with late penalty

Match Summary

Eddie Howe's Cherries came into the game full of confidence following back-to-back wins over Chelsea and Manchester United – but Tony Pulis' hosts were also in high spirits after a four-game unbeaten run and the 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

The visitors dominated possession in the first half, and Albion's frustration came to a head when James McClean saw red on 34 minutes for a dangerous foul on Adam Smith.

Referee Mike Dean was left with no choice but to send the winger for an early bath – and Bournemouth made their superiority count on 50 minutes, when Smith cut in from the right flank and drilled a low shot past Boaz Myhill.

Gareth McAuley headed home what he thought was a late equaliser on 79 minutes – but it was the Cherries who picked up three points thanks to Charlie Daniels' 87th-minute penalty.

Salomon Rondon made it a doubly disappointing day for the Baggies when he also saw red in stoppage time for an altercation with Dan Gosling.

Full Report

The visitors started the game brightly and Junior Stanislas had a 20-yard drive well saved by Albion keeper Myhill, while James Morrison volleyed inches wide for Albion on four minutes.

Howe's men dictated the game but struggled to find a way past a resilient home backline, whose morale had been boosted by the withdrawal of Josh King with a hamstring pull in the warm-up.

That meant the less-mobile Glenn Murray led the line for Bournemouth, who were handed an advantage when McClean lost his head and fouled Smith to be shown a straight red by Dean.

It was McClean's third dismissal of his professional career, and it spurred the visitors, with Myhill saving a shot from Murray and Matt Ritchie heading a Stanislas cross narrowly wide.

Albion got to the interval on level terms – and Pulis sent on Stephane Sessegnon for James Morrison, while moving Jonny Evans to left-back and pushing Chris Brunt into midfield.

The hosts huffed and puffed with 10 men and nearly scored on 49 minutes, when Rondon's volley was brilliantly tipped over the crossbar by Artur Boruc.

Just a minute later the ball was in the net – but it was the travelling fans celebrating after Smith received the ball on the right, cut inside and steered a low drive through Myhill and into the bottom corner.

Stanislas drew a fine save from Myhill, but after that Albion threw the kitchen sink at Bournemouth after sending on striker Rickie Lambert for Brunt.

Pulis was rewarded for his side's late dominance as they drew level on 79 minutes, when McAuley headed home a corner off the far post.

But Daniels netted his first Premier League goal when Darren Fletcher fouled Gosling and Bournemouth were awarded a late penalty, which the left-back smashed in off the underside of the crossbar.

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