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Jan 16, 2016 at 3pm UK at Dean Court
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Gosling (10'), Daniels (54' pen.), Afobe (75')
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Live Commentary: Bournemouth 3-0 Norwich City - as it happened

Relive Bournemouth's 3-0 win over Norwich City in the Premier League with Sports Mole's minute-by-minute live text commentary.

Relegation rivals Bournemouth and Norwich City met at the Vitality Stadium on matchday 22 of the Premier League on Saturday.

Both teams entered the match on the back of 3-1 defeats in midweek and it was Bournemouth who ended up bouncing back, with Benik Afobe scoring his first Cherries goal in an impressive 3-0 win.

Relive it all with Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates below.

Howdy! It's the Cherries against the Canaries at the Vitality Stadium and kickoff is just around the corner. Here are the two lineups...

BOURNEMOUTH XI: Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Surman, Pugh, Gosling, Arter, Stanislas; Afobe
Subs: Federici, Distin, MacDonald, O'Kane, Murray, Kermorgant, Iturbe

NORWICH XI: Rudd; Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Brady; Odjidja-Ofoe, Howson, Tettey, Jarvis; Hoolahan; Mbokani
Subs: Ruddy, Wisdom, Jerome, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Redmond, Olsson

One change for Bournemouth from the midweek defeat at home against West Ham United and it comes out wide as Marc Pugh replaces the injured Matt Ritchie. The big talking point before this game was over Lewis Grabban and whether he would feature against the club that he's just left, but he's missing today through 'illness'. Hmmmmm.

Lewis Grabban of Norwich City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Crystal Palace at Carrow Road on August 8, 2015 in Norwich, England.© Getty Images

As for Norwich, Alex Neil is forced into one change after Gary O'Neil's red card in midweek. Matt Jarvis takes his place, so Jonny Howson will move infield a little.

Click here to see how the Premier League table looks going into the 3pm kickoffs. Bourenmouth and Norwich are 16th and 15th respectively and they would have been glad to see Spurs beat Sunderland in the early kickoff.

KICKOFF! We are underway on the South coast in what is a huge game at the wrong end of the table.

Benik Afobe hardly had the best debut in midweek against West Ham and he's keen to get involved early on here, firing over from outside the box.

Stanislas is next to try his luck and his shot is deflected, but luckily for Norwich it sits up nicely for Rudd to gather.

Bournemouth lost the reverse fixture at Carrrow Road but they've started well here and don't look like a team without a win in four and with only one goal in that time.


And the Cherries' early pressure results in a goal as Pugh delivers a fabulous cross from the right that Gosling heads home at the back post. Neil will think that was too easy, but take nothing away from Pugh. That cross was begging to be nodded in.

UPDATE: The home sides are also winning in the games at St Mary's and St James', with Southampton beating West Brom and Newcastle leading West Ham.

Gosling has been really bright so far for Bournemoth and he almost makes it two with a curling shot from outside the box that dips a yard or so wide.

Now Bournemouth want a penalty as rampaging left-back Daniels surges into the box and goes down after what looked like a slight tug. He fell far too easily though and referee Bobby Madley was right to wave away the appeals and maybe should have booked him for diving.

Norwich threaten at last as Odjidja produces a superb cross that looks perfect for Mbokani until Cook streches back just far enough to get a flick on the ball and take it away from the striker.

Down the other end and Bournemouth look dangerous through Daniels once more. Gosling finds him with an excellent pass and a low cross is cleared by Canaries captain Martin.

Norwich are the only team without a clean sheet away from home in the top flight this season and they haven't been able to keep one today.

SHOT! A first shot of note from the visitors as Jarvis, who scored his first Norwich goal against Bournemouth in the reverse at Carrow Road, cuts inside and fires straight at Boruc.

CLOSE! Arter, after scoring his first Premier League goal in midweek, looks to make it two in two with a speculative effort from distance that goes just wide.

Plenty of action at both ends as Norwich test Boruc again with a free kick from Brady.

Tettey is next to try his luck from distance but that is a woeful effort as he skies it almost out of the stadium!

Gosling celebrates his well-directed header in the 10th minute

Dan Gosling of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Norwich City at the Vitality Stadium on January 16, 2016© Getty Images

BOOKING! Rudd almost gets himself sent off by brining down Afobe. The ball was going away from goal and Norwich defenders were getting back, so a red card would have been really harsh.

It was not a good tackle from Rudd either and Afobe is really feeling the effects of it. He might not be able to stay on...

It looks as if Afobe will try to carry on until half time. The challenge was just outside the area and from the resulting free kick Stanislas curls over.

There will be two minutes of added time...


Gosling's 10th-minute header separates the two teams at the Vitality Stadium and you have to say that the hosts deserve to be in front. We'll be back soon for the second half, stay tuned!

Teams back out for the second half and it looks like Afobe has had treatment over half time. He's fit to start and there's no changes from either side.

KICKOFF! The home side get us back underway!

CLOSE! Almost a dream start to the second half for the Cherries as Pugh twists and turns his way past two defenders before shooting straight at Rudd. Great chance!

BOOKING! Arter is furious with Madley after he fell in the area and appealed for a penalty. The midfielder did go down very easily and Madley books him for the angry protest.

As it stands, Bournemouth are going to leapfrog Norwich and climb up to 15th. Open this link in a new tab to see the live table.

PENALTY TO BOURNEMOUTH! Odjidja pulls back Pugh in the box...


The left-back slots home the penalty off the post and that makes it much more comfortable for Bournemouth, who have without doubt been the better side.

NORWICH SUBS: Neil understandably makes a couple of changes, bringing on Jerome and Redmond for Jarvis and Odjidja. That's quite an attack they've got now with the giant duo of Jerome and Mbokani. Get the crosses in!

Today's attedance at the Vitality Stadium is 11,056, with 1,352 disgruntled Canaries in the away end.

Howson leaves Hoolahan's pass for Mbokani in the middle but he has the ball expertly taken away just as he was about to shoot.

Rudd dived the right way but it was an inch-perfect penalty off the post from Daniels

A couple of half-chances in the box for Norwich, but both Hoolahan and Jerome's efforts are blocked by the Bournemouth backline.

SAVE! Rudd keeps it at 2-0 by flying to his left to keep out Cook's header from a Stanislas corner.

NORWICH SUB: Neil has used all three subs now as Dorrans comes on for Hoolahan. The latter has been very quiet and not his usual playmaking self.

Gosling takes aim from 20 yards and spanks it straight at Rudd when maybe he had a better passing option ahead of him. A third Cherries goal would completely kill this off.

MISS! On the flipside, a goal for Norwich would lift the Canaries and give the visitors hope of a late fightback. They have a great chance to half the deficit but Mbokani's attempted lob with Boruc out of his goal was rubbish and bobbles wide.

SAVE! Mbokani threatens again and this time he does test the Bournemouth keeper with a low shot from a tight angle that is pushed out. It was always going to be tough to score from there and maybe he should have tried to cut back for a teammate.


A first Cherries goal for Afobe and an emphatic one at that as he slams home on the volley from Daniels's superb cross. The left-back is having a great game!

No way back for Norwich now and with Newcastle winning and Swansea still to play an out-of-form Watford, they could drop ever closer to the relegation zone this weekend.

BOURNEMOUTH SUB: Arter has been a livewire in midfield for the Cherries but his afternoon is over as Eunan O'Kane comes on.

A huge moment for the £10m man!

BOURNEMOUTH SUB: Afobe's work is done and he's replaced by Glenn Murray. Huge round of applause for the striker.

SHOT! A corner is half-cleared to Brady and he lets fly on the half-volley. The ball is heading goalwards but Murray is in the way and heads the ball up and away.

The game is now meandering towards a close and it's going to be a huge three points for Bournemouth, who had scored just one goal in their last four winless games remember.

Four more minutes of added time for Norwich to endure.

BOURNEMOUTH SUB: One last change for the Cherries as Kermorgant comes on for goalscorer Gosling.


Dan Gosling of Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team's first goal against Norwich City at the Vitality Stadium on January 16, 2016© Getty Images

A first win in five Premier League games for Howe's men and they completely deserved it. So many positives for them, including a first goal on his second appearance for Benik Afobe.

Bournemouth leapfrog Norwich with victory and you can see how the table stands by clicking here. Thanks a lot for joining us this afternoon, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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