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    Stoke City 2 - 1 Bournemouth Match Report

    Jonathan Walters who opened the scoring celebrates with the match winning scorer Mame Biram Diouf.
    The wait is over. Stoke City overcame Bournemouth in a tight contest at the Britannia to give them their first win of the season in the league. Going into the fixture Stoke were staring at the bleak possibility of seven consecutive first division games without a win for the first time since the 1973-74 season. After making two alterations to the team that faced Leicester City last week Jonathan Walters put the home side ahead on 32 minutes after some clever play from Marko Arnautović, who is making a reputation for himself as an assist maker after his fine assist for Bojan Krkić last week in the draw with Leicester City. Walters finished calmly & his goal meant that he had scored in consecutive fixtures for the first time since last November.

    Dan Gosling equalised for the visitors in the second half which was reward for the resilience showed by Bournemouth, who after 17 minutes lost joint second top goal scorer in the league Callum Wilson to what looked like a serious knee after what seemed a innocent tangle with Stoke City defender Philipp Wollscheid, who replaced Marc Wilson who wasn't able to play because of a calf problem. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe confirmed those fears after seeing his most potent attacking threat after the match in a knee brace. The third injury of the kind that they have suffered after Tyrone Mings & Max Gradel.

    Seven minutes from stoppage time Stoke managed to take the lead for the second & decisive time in the match. Glen Johnson provided a inviting cross for Mame Biram Diouf who stopped low to head past Artur Boruc in the Bournemouth goal. It was Diouf's third goal of the season & this one was reminiscent of the opener against Norwich City at Carrow Road but there was one significant difference, that goal was only good enough to get a point, whilst this one gave the Potters a first league win of 2015-16.

    Relief more than euphoria would have been a more apt description of the emotions being felt by anyone associated with Stoke. Mark Hughes's post match comments certainly echoed those emotions. "It was an important win - we probably played better in other games and got beaten. This was about getting the three points.

    "We played with a bit of apprehension in the second half which allowed them back into the game, but showed good courage after that as it would have been very easy for Bournemouth to gain momentum after their equaliser. Great ball by Glen Johnson for the goal, great finish by Mame Diouf."

    Stoke travel to Villa Park on Saturday where they will come up against Aston Villa who have not won since the opening day of the season, which was against Bournemouth. After beating the same opposition to claim their first league win, Stoke will hope that the second isn't too far away.

    Lineups:

    STK: Butland, Johnson, Cameron, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Adam (Van Ginkel - 75), Shaqiri (Afellay - 54), Krkić (Diouf - 62), Arnautović, Walters Subs: Muniesa, Joselu, Given, Crouch.

    BOU: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Distin, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Gosling, Pugh (Smith - 87), Tomlin (King - 71), Wilson (Murray - 17) Subs: MacDonald, Federici, Bennett, Cargill.

    Referee: Lee Mason

    Statistics

    Possession:

    STK: 46% BOU: 54%

    Shots off target:

    STK: 3 BOU: 6

    Shots on target:

    STK: 5 BOU: 6

    Corners:

    STK: 3 BOU: 7
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