Bournemouth 4-0 Huddersfield: Callum Wilson's hat-trick secures win
By Oliver Young-Myles
Last Updated: 18/11/17 6:07pm
A brilliant Callum Wilson hat-trick set 10-men Bournemouth on their way to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Huddersfield at the Vitality Stadium.
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Wilson struck twice in five minutes (25, 31) to hand the hosts a seemingly comfortable two-goal cushion, before Simon Francis gave Huddersfield renewed hope after being sent off for two bookings in first-half stoppage time.
But a well-taken Harry Arter goal 20 minutes from time put the game beyond the visitors before Wilson sealed his hat-trick late on (84) following good play from Josh King.
Bournemouth have now won back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time this season and move to 13th in the table, while Huddersfield remain in 10th.
Bournemouth: Begovic (6), Francis (4), S. Cook (6), Ake (9), Daniels (7), Ibe (6), Surman (7), Arter (8), Pugh (6), King (7), Wilson (9)
Subs: A. Smith (6), Gosling (N/A), L. Cook (N/A)
Huddersfield: Lossl (6), Hadergjonaj (5), Cranie (5), Zanka (5), Malone (5), Van La Parra (6), Mooy (6), Williams (4), Ince (5), Kachunga (5), Depoitre (4)
Subs: Mounie (5), Quaner (5), Sabiri (5)
Man of the match: Callum Wilson
The hosts opened the scoring in controversial fashion, with Huddersfield feeling aggrieved at not being awarded a free-kick after Charlie Daniels caught Florent Hadergjonaj with a studs-up challenge.
Bournemouth played on amid the protests and with Hadergjonaj off the field receiving treatment, Jordon Ibe's floated in-swinging corner was met emphatically by Wilson's header on 26 minutes.
That goal was Wilson's first in the Premier League this season and he only had to wait five minutes to register his second. Again it came from a set-piece, this time from Andrew Surman, whose out-swinging free-kick bypassed the entire Huddersfield defence to find Wilson at the far post and he rifled a volley confidently beyond Jonas Lossl. Replays showed he was marginally offside.
But with Bournemouth looking on course for a comprehensive victory, they were reduced to 10 men in first-half stoppage as Francis was sent off for a second yellow card after catching Rajiv Van La Parra on the halfway line, having been booked for a foul on the same opponent just ten minutes before.
Eddie Howe named the same starting XI that beat Newcastle United 1-0 prior to the international break as Josh King passed a late fitness test to partner Callum Wilson in attack.David Wagner was forced into making two changes, though, with Martin Cranie and Danny Williams replacing the suspended Christoper Schindler and Jonathan Hogg, whose partner had a baby boy on Friday night.
With the one-man advantage, Huddersfield dominated the second half with over 75 percent possession, but they played a part in their own subsequent downfall on 70 minutes. Scott Malone was robbed on the edge of the penalty area by Arter after dribbling out of his box and the Republic of Ireland midfielder punished him ruthlessly by cutting inside and firing low into the bottom corner for Bournemouth's third.
That became 4-0 on 82 minutes on the clock as Wilson completed his hat-trick with a fine finish after King held off three defenders before laying the ball perfectly into his path.
Wilson, whose career has stalled over the past couple of seasons due to two serious knee injuries, deservedly walked away with the match ball, although Nathan Ake was also a strong contender for the man of the match award for a colossal second-half defensive display.
Man of the match - Callum Wilson
Following two injury-plagued seasons, it was impossible to not feel happy for Callum Wilson as he struck a brilliant hat-trick to fire Bournemouth to a second consecutive Premier League win.
It was a clinical display of finishing from the Cherries' frontman too as he scored with all three of his shots on target and each finish was supremely well-taken.
Given how hard he has worked to overcome two serious knee injuries, Wilson thoroughly deserved his match ball. although Nathan Ake also warrants praise for an outstanding defensive performance, particularly when Bournemouth were under significant pressure in the second half.
Bournemouth will be looking to maintain their winning run when they travel to Swansea City next Saturday, while Huddersfield will be looking to bounce back against Manchester City on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League.