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Jan 16, 2016 at 3pm UK at ​Dean Court
Bournemouth
3-0
NorwichNorwich City
Gosling (10'), Daniels (54' pen.), Afobe (75')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Benik Afobe scores first Bournemouth goal in comfortable win over Norwich City

Benik Afobe scores his first Bournemouth goal in a convincing 3-0 Premier League win over Norwich City.

Benik Afobe scored his first Bournemouth goal as the Cherries convincingly beat Norwich City 3-0 in this afternoon's Premier League match at the Vitality Stadium.

Benik Afobe celebrates after scoring his first Bournemouth goal against Norwich City on January 16, 2016© Getty Images

Eddie Howe's side have a habit of scoring early goals and they did so again today, with Dan Gosling's 10th-minute opener meaning that they have more than anyone else in the opening 15 minutes of Premier League games this season.

The midfielder arrived late at the back post to head home Marc Pugh's inviting cross and ensure that Norwich are still without an away clean sheet in the league this term.

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

Norwich were second-best for much of the game and in the first half especially they created very little, with Matt Jarvis's shot from the left the only time Artur Boruc was really tested.

Down the other end Bournemouth wanted a red card for Norwich keeper Declan Rudd when the stopper upended Afobe as the striker looked to break clear on goal, but referee Robert Madley felt that the ball was going away from goal and that Norwich defenders were back to cover.

The challenge was just outside the box and from the resulting free kick Junior Stanislas could only curl over the top.

Norwich held on until half time, but Bournemouth were straight out of the traps upon the resumption as Pugh twisted and turned past two challenges before firing at Rudd from inside the box.

Marc Pugh of Bournemouth and Vadis Odjidja Ofoe of Norwich City compete for the ball on January 16, 2016© Getty Images

Not long after they were given a penalty when Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe tugged back Pugh. Cherries left-back Charlie Daniels stepped up and slotted home from 12 yards off the post.

Rudd could not get a glove to it despite diving the right way and the Norwich keeper was again diving moments later to keep out Steve Cook's powerful header.

A Canaries goal would have injected some life into the visitors and Dieumerci Mbokani had a pair of chances to get them on the board, but first missed the target with a lob before drilling at Boruc from a tight angle.

Bournemouth then killed the game off as Afobe got off the mark in red and black with a thumping side-footed finish from Daniels's inch-perfect cross.

With victory, the Cherries end their four-game league winless streak and leapfrog Norwich in the table to go 15th and five points above the relegation zone.

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Eddie Howe Manager of Bournemouth looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Newcastle United at Vitality Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Bournemouth, England.
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