Bournemouth moved a step closer to retaining their Premier League status after beating Swansea 3-2 in a thrilling encounter at Dean Court on Saturday.
- Bournemouth 3 Swansea City 2
- Gradel fires hosts in front
- Barrow swiftly restores parity
- King puts Cherries’ ahead again
- Sigurdsson pulls Swans level once more
- Cook secures home win
The two teams went into the break at level pegging after Modou Barrow had cancelled out Max Gradel’s opener two minutes earlier, but Joshua King restored the Cherries’ lead just five minutes into the second half.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s equaliser on 62 minutes made for an exciting finish to the game and Steve Cook replied for the hosts 12 minutes from time to secure their third successive win in the league.
Eddie Howe’s side moved up to 13th in the standings, 13 points clear of the relegation zone and two shy of the theoretical safety mark of 40, while the Welsh outfit remain in 16th place.
The home team started brightly and had three chances to take the lead inside the opening 15 minutes, with King steering a header over the crossbar from Gradel’s cross and then doing the same with a shot from inside the area, before Andrew Surman saw his 20-yard free-kick strike the woodwork.
Bournemouth continued to dominate proceedings in the first half and their efforts were finally rewarded on 35 minutes when Gradel opened the scoring.
The Ivory Coast forward fired home on the rebound after Adam Smith’s low cross from the right was parried into his path by Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi.
However, their lead lasted only two minutes as the visitors hit back through Barrow, who cut into the area from the right and went past two opponents before firing home into the far corner of the net.
Howe’s men made a fast start to the second half and King fired them back in front on 50 minutes with a shot from 16 yards out that beat Fabianski at his near post.
Once again Swansea would find a swift response as Sigurdsson equalised from 10 yards on 62 minutes out after being set up by a strong run from Barrow.
But the Cherries had the final say as Cook got on the end of Matt Ritchie’s cross to power his header past Fabianksi from six yards out.
The result sees Bournemouth climb to 13th in the standings, while Swansea are in 16th, eight points clear of the relegation zone. The Cherries face high-flying Tottenham next weekend, while Swansea welcome struggling Aston Villa to Wales.