Bournemouth 1-2 Sunderland Review and Player Ratings

Credit: Mick C

Jermain Defoe’s second half penalty gave 10 man Sunderland their first win of the season.

Bournemouth took the lead in the 11th minute through Dan Gosling after great build up play by Adam Smith.

Victor Anichebe equalised for the visitors smashing home from six yards out in the 33rd minute.

The home side looked destined to win after Steven Pienaar was given a second yellow card for a late challenge 66 minutes in.

But Sunderland fought on and were awarded a penalty after Anichebe went down in the box, Defoe converted the spot kick sending Artur Boruc the wrong way with 15 minutes remaining.

Sunderland defended frantically for the rest of the game gaining their first win in the league since beating Everton at home 3-0 last season in May.

Bournemouth Player Ratings

Boruc (6), Smith (6.5), Francis (6), Cook (6), Daniels (6), Stanislas (6), Ibe (5) Wilshire (6) Arter (5) Gosling (7) King (5) Subs: Afobe (5), Mousset (6), Fraser (N/A)

Gosling was Bournemouth’s best player with the goal helping with his rating. Whilst midfield partner Harry Arter was booked very early into the game, he was quiet for the majority of the game which is why he received a five rating.

The subs had little impact for Bournemouth, Afobe missed several chances and Fraser didn’t have many touches of the ball. It was a quiet debut from the bench for 20 year old Frenchman Mousset.

Sunderland Player Ratings 

Pickford (8), Jones (6), Kone (5), Djilobodji (6.5), Van Aanholt (6), McNair (6), Watmore (7), Ndong (5.5), Pienaar (5), Defoe (8), Anichebe (9.5) Subs: Denayer (6.5), Love and Gooch (N/A)

Anichebe was easily man of the match he worked tirelessly throughout the game. Scoring one and assisting another is a great full debut for the man released by West Brom last season. The Nigerian international also played through the second half with a cracked rib which makes his performance look even better.

Pickford continued his great start to the season keeping Sunderland in the game with several stops as Bournemouth piled the pressure after Pienaar’s sending off in the second half.

Top 3 Stats

3. If Artur Boruc saved Jermain Defoe’s penalty he would have been the first keeper to save four consecutive PL penalties.

2. This is the fifth game this season Jordan Pickford has made six or more saves in one game, the most in the league.

1. Victor Anichebe scored his first PL goal for 546 days since scoring vs Newcastle for West Brom back in May 2015. (via OptaJoe)