Sep 15, 2017 at 8pm UK at ​Dean Court
Attendance: 10,369
BrightonBrighton & Hove Albion
Surman (67'), Defoe (73')
FT(HT: 0-0)
March (55')

Result: Bournemouth come from behind to see off Brighton & Hove Albion

Bournemouth claim their first Premier League win of the season as Jermain Defoe helps the Cherries clinch a 2-1 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at the Vitality Stadium.

Jermain Defoe has scored his first goal in Bournemouth colours since 2001 as the Cherries came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jordon Ibe celebrates with Jermain Defoe during the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion on September 15, 2017© SilverHub

Chris Hughton's charges took the lead just after the break through Solly March but the introduction of Jordon Ibe in the 65th minute changed the game for the hosts as he notched up two assists to set up Andrew Surman and Defoe to score.

The result ensures that Eddie Howe's side now have their first Premier League points of the season, keeping them in 19th place in the table but level on points with West Ham United and Leicester City.

The first concrete chance of the match came Brighton's way in the ninth minute, with Anthony Knockaert and Pascal Gross linking up well before the former charged goalwards and fired just wide.

The hosts, however, soon took hold of the game and applied pressure to their opponents, with Charlie Daniels finding Marc Pugh inside the Gulls area with a first-time pass in the 20th minute, only for Pugh to miscue his shot and blaze wide.

Harry Arter and Pascal Gross in action during the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion on September 15, 2017© SilverHub

On 24 minutes, Bournemouth weighed in with the first shot on target of the encounter as a Brighton attack was snuffed out when March was caught in possession and Daniels broke quickly, but he decided to have a go from range and Mat Ryan was able to make a comfortable save.

Just before the half-hour mark it was the Cherries' turn to lose the ball as Harry Arter was caught out by Davy Propper, who raced off towards the goal but chipped his effort just over.

The best chance of what turned out to be a fairly tame first half came on 30 minutes as Defoe turned and let rip from just outside the area, only for the ball to sail just past the post.

Brighton were invigorated after the restart as Shane Duffy and then Davy Propper's headers from a corner were cleared off the line by Surman on 50 minutes.

Moments later, Dale Stephens's effort from the second corner cannoned off the underside of the bar and bounced down on the line before Asmir Begovic managed to claim the ball.

Dale Stephens's header comes back off the bar during the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Brighton & Hove Albion on September 15, 2017© SilverHub

The breakthrough came 55 minutes in as Gross beat his marker on the right before crossing into the box for March, who made the most of lacklustre defending to head home.

However, Ibe came on for the Cherries in the 65th minutes and, just two minutes later, backheeled the ball into the path of Surman, who evaded one challenged and slotted the ball in beyond the far post.

The former Liverpool man then came close to getting on the scoresheet himself on 71 minutes, only for Lewis Dunk to make a last-ditch tackle and deflect his goalbound effort over the bar.

It mattered little, however, because three minutes later, Ibe cut open the Gulls' defence with a through-ball to Defoe, who fired under Ryan to claim his first of the season, his first for the Cherries in 5,977 days, and what turned out to be his side's winner.

Lewis Dunk of Brighton is challenged by Eric Lichaj of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Nottingham Forest at Amex Stadium on August 7, 2015
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