Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Defoe delighted as Bournemouth seal win over Brighton

Defoe delighted as Bournemouth seal win over Brighton

But Surman's maiden Premier League goal and Defoe's first Bournemouth strike since a teenage loan spell 18 seasons ago secured precious points for Howe and vindicated the decision to sign the former Sunderland marksman.

Brighton were deservedly in front after Solly March's opener, and the home fans were beginning to feel nervous.

Eddie Howe's side has had a hard start to their campaign, having already faced Arsenal and Manchester City, although, the young manager has condemned his team's recent performances.

The Seagulls got their first win of the season last time out beating West Bromwich Albion by three goals to one and should they pick up another three points here they will move level on points with fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.

Eddie Howe's men have scored just once in losing four Premier League games.

"He's such a talented footballer and we were hoping Jordon explodes to show the player he can be", Howe said.

However, the hosts rallied round and were level in the 67th minute through Andrew Surman before Jermain Defoe struck the victor six minutes later. Play the Premier League challenge and win cash prizes daily. "He's got the finishing ability to score lots of goals for us", Howe told Sky Sports. And it's all about us creating more openings for him. That's probably the most important thing for me at this moment'.

Andrew Surman's maiden Premier League goal and Jermain Defoe's first for Bournemouth in nearly two decades saw off Brighton on Friday.

German star Pascal Gross limped off with a potential knee problem which Hughton insisted was genuine.

"When you work so closely with a group every day you see the trends and you see the attitude, the willingness to do well - that's all there. we just haven't delivered on game day". It's a tough lesson for us.

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