Bournemouth 1 Burnley 2: Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe endured a miserable 40th birthday, as former club Burnley continued their fine away form with a 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium.
Howe would have been hoping to mark the milestone by seeing his resurgent side extend their unbeaten run to four games, but the occasion was ruined by goals either side of half-time from Clarets duo Chris Wood and Robbie Brady.
Josh King halved the deficit to set up a tense final 11 minutes, but it was a deserved win for Sean Dyche’s visitors, who have recorded 14 points on the road this season, equalling their record tally in a Premier League season.
Dyche recalled record-signing Wood and the former Leeds striker almost made an immediate impact, sending a looping header on to the top of Asmir Begovic’s crossbar after Clarets skipper Ben Mee nodded Brady’s left-wing corner back across goal.
Wood threatened again in the 16th minute, when he headed down into the ground from Bardsley’s centre, forcing Begovic to tip the ball behind.
Burnley then took a deserved lead eight minutes before the break. Ireland winger Brady’s cross-shot deflected off Cherries defender Steve Cook to leave Wood with a simple tap-in for his fifth goal since his big-money summer move to Turf Moor.
Bournemouth rallied and midfielder Harry Arter saw a shot blocked moments before the interval and, after he was replaced by Lewis Cook on the hour mark, defender Simon Francis nodded wide.
After failing to manage an attempt on target in the opening 64 minutes, the hosts brought on Jermain Defoe, but the England striker had barely had time to touch the ball when the away side doubled their advantage.
Brady, who was instrumental in the opener, claimed it, working space on the edge of the box before curling a superb strike beyond the reach of Begovic and into the top right corner with 25 minutes remaining, but King ensured a lively end to the game when poking into the top left corner after keeper Nick Pope repelled Defoe’s effort.
Begovic, Francis, Steve Cook, Ake, Daniels, Ibe (Fraser 69), Surman, Arter (Cook 58), Pugh (Defoe 64), King, Callum Wilson.
Boruc, Gosling, Afobe, Adam Smith, Lewis.
Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson, Defour (Westwood 75), Cork, Brady, Hendrick (Barnes 86), Wood (Vokes 90).
Taylor, Lindegaard, Long, Arfield.
Roger East (Wiltshire)
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