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Wilson piles on another problem for Keane: Winners & losers from Bournemouth 3-1 Everton

By Harry Edwards

Published: 16:00, 15 September 2019

Bournemouth gained their first home victory of the season thanks to a 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday afternoon.

Callum Wilson gave Bournemouth the lead midway through the first half but Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised just before the break.

Ryan Fraser then came off the bench midway through the second half to put Bournemouth ahead once more, with Wilson adding another to cap off the win.

So, who were the key winners and losers on the South Coast?

Winner: Callum Wilson

After a stellar 2018/19, Wilson had endured a slow start to the new Premier League campaign. The Englishman failed to score in Bournemouth’s opening three games before getting his first goal in a 3-1 defeat to Leicester City prior to the international break.

But the 27-year-old got his second in as many games to open the scoring on a sunny afternoon, capitalising on some lax defending from Everton. With Josh King flicking the ball back across goal following a Bournemouth corner, Wilson was quickest to react inside the six-yard box, heading past the helpless Jordan Pickford.

A brief check from VAR on a potential handball by King passed and the goal was official, Wilson’s first at the Vitality Stadium since January 19 2019 – a run of 240 days without scoring at home.

And Wilson was not done there, finishing off the win midway through the second half, lobbing Pickford to punish some poor Everton defending.

Loser: Marco Silva

Going into Sunday’s game, Everton boasted the joint-best defence in the Premier League this season, having conceded four goals in their opening four games.

But the Toffees were torn apart by Bournemouth, shipping three goals, leaving Marco Silva scratching his head at what was going on in his defence.

The first two Bournemouth goals were avoidable from set-piece situations, the opener when Wilson was allowed to get his head on the ball inside the six-yard box unchallenged – after the Cherries had already managed two previous touches in the area from a corner – before Ryan Fraser’s shot from a free-kick was deflected in off Fabian Delph.

And Silva will be as equally unimpressed with how his side were undone for the third by a simple ball over the top, as his centre-backs fell asleep and allowed Wilson behind them.

The 3-1 reserve also brings up the first time Silva has lost against Bournemouth in the Premier League in his fifth game versus the Cherries, having previously won three and drawn one.

Winner: Lewis Cook

It was a day nine months in the waiting for Bournemouth fans, but Lewis Cook finally made his return to action for the Cherries. And what a return it was.

The 22-year-old had been out of action since December 2018 after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a Premier League win over Huddersfield.

But, starting against Everton, Cook looked as though he had played every game since, slotting right back into his midfield role perfectly. The overall performance showed just how much Bournemouth have missed Cook over the past nine months, and the Cherries will be hopeful his return helps to kick-start their season.

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Loser: Michael Keane

It’s fair to say that this hasn’t been Michael Keane’s week.

The centre-back was heavily criticised for his role in Kosovo’s opening goal against England on Tuesday as his pass was intercepted with the game just second old. Sunday represented a chance for Keane to show that midweek was merely a blip, and prove any doubters wrong.

But it was another bad day for the 26-year-old as Everton lost 3-1. Keane was fairly sloppy on the ball in the first half, with more misplaced passes, but the biggest negative came with Bournemouth’s opening goal.

Although no Everton defender covered themselves in glory, it was Keane whom Wilson got in front of to head in, with the centre-back caught standing still on the edge of his own six-yard box. By the time he had noticed the Bournemouth striker and tried to recover, it was too late.

Winner: Dominic Calvert-Lewin

For the first 44 minutes of Sunday’s game, it was looking to be one of those days for Calvert-Lewin.

Things just weren’t working out for the Everton striker, who squandered a good opportunity as the game edged closer to half-time following a mistake from Bournemouth by spending too much time on the ball before firing over.

But just as Everton looked to be going into the break a goal down, Calvert-Lewin rose high to get onto the end of Richarlison’s cross, leaving Steve Cook rooted to the ground and heading past Aaron Ramsdale.

It was the first Premier League goal Calvert-Lewin had scored for Everton since March, a run of 971 minutes without finding the net – which had Toffees fans increasingly frustrated when the 22-year-old started ahead of the likes of Moise Kean and Cenk Tosun.

Loser: Aaron Ramsdale

It was by no means a bad day for Ramsdale, as he made some good saves to keep Bournemouth in the game at times. But the 21-year-old did concede again.

Having spent the second half of last season out on loan at AFC Wimbledon, Ramsdale is aiming to establish himself as Bournemouth’s number one goalkeeper ahead of Asmir Begovic, Mark Travers and Artur Boruc – pushing the former to join Qarabag on loan in search of game time.

But Ramsdale remains one of five goalkeepers yet to register a clean sheet this season, alongside Kepa Arrizabalaga, Ben Foster, Tim Krul and Alisson – though the latter only makes the list for failing to reach the threshold before going off injured in the Premier League opener.

The sooner he can get the monkey off his back and secure his first clean sheet, the better.