Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cherries raise heat on Advocaat

Bournemouth 2 Sunderland 0

Dean Court

Published 20/09/2015 | 02:30

AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Matt Ritchie
AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game with teammate Matt Ritchie
AFC Bournemouth's Callum Wilson and Sunderland's Younes Kaboul battle for the ball

Dick Advocaat has vowed to leave no stone unturned in his attempts to halt Sunderland's stuttering start to the season. The Dutchman saw his side lose feebly at Bournemouth yesterday, with Younes Kaboul sent off as the hosts fully deserved their first ever home Premier League win.

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Callum Wilson opened the scoring for the Cherries inside four minutes before a superb Matt Ritchie volley moments later sealed a memorable result for Eddie Howe's side.

Jeremain Lens had a legitimate second-half header ruled out for offside before Kaboul was dismissed for a second booking haven been run ragged by Wilson all afternoon. Wilson has now got five league goals, making him the division's top scorer.

And Advocaat, whose side dropped to the foot of the table as a result of the loss, said both he and the players will have to take a look at themselves in the coming days.

"I'm very angry with the way we started the game," he said. "We started playing at 2-0 down but by then it is too late. I'm very, very angry with the players - although it is not the first time.

"I will think about myself, what I did wrong - the meeting, the training, the wrong line-up, whatever. I also told them you have to face it yourselves as well."

Although it is still only September, Advocaat insisted those involved with Sunderland cannot keep dismissing this run of form as unimportant due to the number of games remaining.

"We cannot keep saying that we have 32 games to go - if you play six games and have two points it is not good enough," he added. "All my respect to Bournemouth and with what they have done but there is no need to lose a game like this in my opinion."

Having won away at West Ham, this was Bournemouth's first Premier League victory at the Vitality Stadium and Howe conceded a strong home record is essential in their battle to stay in the top-flight beyond one season. "Today was a really important day for us," he said.

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