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DREAM TEAM POINTS Bournemouth 2 Brighton 1

Jermain Defoe's strike secured all three points for the Cherries and a useful Premier League record in the process

Bournemouth finally secured their first win of the season after beating fellow seasiders Brighton in an entertaining 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium. 

And who better to score the Cherries vital winner than Jermain Defoe?

Off the mark

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Off the mark

The England striker, who joined Eddie Howe’s side over the summer from Sunderland, scored his first goal of the season with a classic Defoe-esque swivel and shoot manoeuvre in the box.


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And by doing so, secured an impressive record of scoring against 36 of the 39 teams he’s played against in the Premier League.

In case you’re wondering, the former West Ham and Spurs striker has yet to score against Sheffield United (2 apps), Leeds (4 apps) and Watford (6 apps).

Having already played (and lost) against Watford this season, Defoe will have another crack at netting against the Hornets in March.


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We’re not particularly sure if or when he’ll ever get a chance to face Sheff Utd or Leeds again, though.

Defoe last scored for the Cherries during a loan spell back in 2001

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Defoe last scored for the Cherries during a loan spell back in 2001

If you’re a fan of Defoe-related stats, then tonight’s your night.

Defoe’s goal was his 20th for Bournemouth, coming 5,977 days after his 19th back in May 2001.

You’re welcome. 


DREAM TEAM POINTS

BOURNEMOUTH Begovic 0, Daniels 0, Ake 3, Francis 3, Smith 0, Pugh 0, Surman 13, Arter, Fraser 0, King 0, Defoe 8

Subs Ibe 7, Afobe 0, Gosling 0

BRIGHTON Ryan -1, Suttner -1, Dunk -1, Duffy 2, Rosenior -1, March 8, Propper 0, Stephens 3, Knockaert 0, Gross 5, Hemend 0

Subs Izquierdo 0, Murray 0

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