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Three things learnt from Bournemouth’s 2-0 victory over Swansea City

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AFC Bournemouth recorded back-to-back victories in the Premier League for the first time this season and completed the double over Swansea City with a 2-0 win at the Vitality Stadium.

The Cherries secured the three points courtesy of a goal in each half, with Benik Afobe playing an important role in both. His first-half effort was inadvertently deflected in by Alfie Mawson, before the Bournemouth striker confidently dispatched a through ball from Joshua King into the bottom corner to put the result beyond doubt with 20 minutes remaining.

Consequently, Swansea have slipped to 17th in the table, just three points above the relegation zone. Here are three things we learnt from this match.

 

Afobe regains his goalscoring touch

The former Arsenal striker, who joined the Cherries from Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2016, has found it difficult to break into the first team this season. The emergence of King as a genuine number nine pushed Afobe down the pecking order, although this was his third successive Premier League start, with manager Eddie Howe now favouring two up front.

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Afobe always offers a goal threat and often finds himself in the right positions, but sometimes his finishing lets him down. He was up to the task here, however. It was his movement and shot that led to the opener, which was subsequently credited as an own goal. There was no doubt about the second though, which Afobe took with aplomb. From a tight angle, he managed to squeeze the ball past Lucasz Fabianski and into the net via the far post. It’s a goal that takes Afobe’s tally for the season to four and should do his confidence the world of good for the run-in.

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