Bournemouth moved nine points clear of the bottom three with victory over relegation rivals Swansea yesterday. Eddie Howe's side had addressed a slide in form with a vital win over West Ham last weekend and this 2-0 success - courtesy of an Alfie Mawson own-goal and a Benik Afobe strike - will go a long way to securing the Cherries' top-flight status for another season.
Mawson was credited with opening the scoring for the hosts as Afobe's tame shot hit the 23-year-old and squirmed past Lukasz Fabianski, before Afobe tucked away a second after the break.
Bournemouth's Jack Wilshere in action with Swansea City's Jack Cork. Photo: Tony O'Brien/Reuters
Bournemouth, through Ryan Fraser, came close with 10 minutes gone as the diminutive winger dragged a shot wide. Gylfi Sigurdsson's radar was slightly askew as he hit a Fernando Llorente flick over the bar before Afobe headed wide for Bournemouth.
Josh King, after nearly heading a Sigurdsson free-kick into own goal, was involved in Bournemouth's opener on the half-hour mark, beating Federico Fernandez to the ball before Marc Pugh played in Afobe, whose weak effort nicked off Mawson to wrong-foot Fabianski and roll into the net.
At the other end, Artur Boruc then made a meal of turning a speculative Sigurdsson drive wide of the post as the hosts went in ahead at half-time. Dan Gosling had the first decent chance after the interval, but his low drive was pushed behind for a corner.
Howe's side began to dictate the tempo of the game keeping the visitors at arm's length, with Swansea unable to create any clear-cut chances. Afobe made sure of the points as he collected a pass from King and, with Mawson slipping, got the ball out of his feet and finished into the corner.