The first half of the match was quite eventful with the cherries scoring their first goal of the match after a rare piece of quality from Junior Stanislas. Both teams struggled to take control of their game and in the first half Bournemouth and Norwich teams made several mistakes. Dennis Srbeny had a good effort go wide as Norwich tried to force the pace in the 11th minute, he again smashed another shot against the goal post towards the end of the first half.
Artur Boruc was called upon to make a splendid save from Dennis Srbeny, Eddie Howe made a lot of changes as expected but Steve Cook, Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels formed a three at the back, surviving from the Fulham game. It was great to see Marc Pugh get a start along with Defoe.
In the second half, the Bournemouth side earned a free kick after Christoph Zimmermann’s pull back on Stanislas. Onel Hernandez equalised the game for Norwich and Eddie Howe was forced to bring on Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson with 30 and 20 minutes to go, respectively.
Bournemouth were far from their best and were fortunate with the woodwork and Boruc often coming to their aid, but what won this game was Howe’s substitutions of Fraser and Wilson. Fraser especially lit the game up on what had been a mediocre Bournemouth outing.