Brighton travel to Bournemouth for Friday night clash

Taylor Byrd
September 17, 2017

Defoe naturally grabbed immediate headlines, claiming his first Bournemouth goal in 16 years, but Howe also reserved special praise for Ibe.

Defoe's first goal of the campaign sunk Brighton, who had led through Solly March's header. We were on the front foot.

Manager Chris Hughton has played Hemed over top of GroƟ in three of Brighton's four games this season.

Jermain Defoe has scored only one goal in his last 17 Premier League appearances, in Sunderland's 2-0 victory at Hull City on 6 May.Defoe could feature against a 39th different club in the Premier League.

"When you start a season, you want those first points on the board and that first win as quickly as you can".

I thought it was a really good period for us just before we scored.

The 21-year-old teed up Andrew Surman then Jermain Defoe as Bournemouth ended their four-match losing streak. He can beat people in really tight areas and he did that for the two goals.

"He's got used to our training and how we work, he's understanding more that demand we put on our players".

Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes, with the Seagulls happy to absorb pressure from the home side and break on the counter.

Bournemouth host Brighton at Dean Court at 8pm this evening in the first Premier League fixture this weekend.

"There's no doubt though that this Friday is, by a considerable margin, the more important of the two".

German star Pascal Gross limped off with a potential knee problem which Hughton insisted was genuine. Fellow defender Lewis Dunk skippered the side in his absence, with Liam Rosenior coming into the starting line-up at Right back and Ezequiel Schelotto making the bench for the first time since signing from Sporting Lisbon on Deadline Day. It's a tough lesson for us. "I don't think it's too serious, hopefully".

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