Wednesday 18 September 2019

Premier League round-up: Bournemouth end losing run while West Ham and Brighton secure impressive wins

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town at Vitality Stadium on December 4, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Ryan Fraser of AFC Bournemouth celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town at Vitality Stadium on December 4, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

A blistering start by Bournemouth saw them end their four-game Premier League losing streak with a 2-1 win over Huddersfield at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries had lost to Newcastle, Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City in recent weeks but goals in the opening 22 minutes from Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser got them back on track.

They did have to battle for the three points after that, though, as the Terriers came back strongly and made a game of it through Terence Kongolo's header shortly before the break.

David Wagner's men pushed for a leveller in the second half, but lacked a cutting edge, despite having 21 shots on goal, and slipped to a ninth defeat of the season.

Elsewhere, Lucas Perez scored his first Premier League goals for West Ham to fire them to a 3-1 victory over Cardiff.

The summer signing from Arsenal, on as a substitute for the injured Marko Arnautovic, found the net twice as the Hammers recorded back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time in almost two years.

Cardiff, still without an away win this season, blew a golden chance to take the lead when Joe Ralls missed a first-half penalty.

And Perez punished them after the break with a quickfire double before Michail Antonio also opened his Premier League account for the season.

Meanwhile, Brighton did the damage in the first half to record a comfortable 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace.

First half goals from Glenn Murray, Leon Balogun and Florin Andone put Chris Hughton's side in a commanding position at the break, despite having Shane Duffy sent off. Crystal Palace pulled one back through Luka Milivojevic with ten minutes remaining, but that was as good as it got for the visitors.

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