Bournemouth 2-2 Stoke City: Cherries safe after Potters draw
By James Dale
Last Updated: 06/05/17 6:11pm
Stoke scored their first away goals in 10 hours of football but could still only draw 2-2 at Bournemouth on Saturday.
The Potters needed Lys Mousset, making his full Premier League debut for Bournemouth, to end their drought with a first-half own goal (33) before Junior Stanislas levelled shortly after the break (62).
Mame Biram Diouf scored his first goal in 11 months to put Stoke back in front with just 17 minutes remaining, but another own goal - this time from Ryan Shawcross - ensured Mark Hughes' side continued their run of six away games without a win.
The controversial late equaliser - Josh King had looked offside in the build-up - guarantees Bournemouth their Premier League status for another season while Stoke - all but safe - remain in 13th and are not yet mathematically sure of avoiding the drop.
Mousset was making his first Premier League start after coming in for the injured Benik Afobe, while Stoke's Saido Berahino was dropped to the bench for Diouf after battling sickness this week.
After a tentative opening, Adam Smith shook the game into life when he rattled the post with a left-footed drive on 22 minutes after a galloping run from right-back.
Moments later Harry Arter's risky challenge left its mark on Joe Allen, as the Bournemouth midfielder escaped with only a yellow card much to the Stoke players' protests.
Stoke eventually broke their away duck when Marko Arnautovic's corner was nodded into the top corner just after the half-hour mark, with Geoff Cameron claiming the plaudits before Mousset was revealed to be the guilty party.
Arnautovic was left ruing a missed header following good work by Allen to pick him out at the back post, with the Austrian unable to arrow his effort below the crossbar to double Stoke's lead in the 60th minute.
Less than two minutes later, another marauding run from right-back saw Smith cross low into the area and find Stanislas - following Josh King's dummy - who prodded home to level the score.
With 17 minutes remaining and substitute Jonathan Walters being readied on the bench, Diouf finally scuffed the ball into the net after Simon Francis failed to clear under pressure from Arnautovic.
However, Stoke could not hold on for the win, with Shawcross unknowingly directing the ball into the corner of the net in the 81st minute after King - who looked offside - miscued his close-range effort.
Bournemouth: Boruc (6), Smith (8), Francis (6), Steve Cook (6), Daniels (6), Lewis Cook (7), Arter (7), Stanislas (7), Mousset (5), Pugh (5), King (6)
Subs: Gradel (6), Fraser (6), Ibe (6)
Stoke: Butland (6), Johnson (6), Shawcross (6), Martins Indi (6), Muniesa (6), Cameron (6), Whelan (6), Shaqiri (7), Allen (7), Arnautovic (7), Diouf (7)
Subs: Pieters (6), Walters (6)
Man of the match: Adam Smith