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Bournemouth 0-0 Wolves: Cherries end three-game losing streak as they earn a point in their first game since Scott Parker’s sacking
- Bournemouth and Wolves played a stalemate at the Vitality Stadium
- It was the Cherries’ first game since the resignation of former boss Scott Parker
- Wolves lost several chances, most notably Raul Jimenez in the 78th minute
- Bournemouth are out of the relegation zone, but Wolves stay in
Not a £1,320 vest in sight, although Bournemouth tried to pull some wool over referee Anthony Taylor’s eyes when this match came to a stalemate.
Midway through the first half, Bournemouth was warned by Taylor for a waste of time. The recurring routine was simple: A defender stood over a deep free kick, took an age and let the keeper take the ball at the last minute instead.
Taylor’s patience broke in the second half when he booked Bournemouth goalkeeper Neto for milking a goal kick. But it was an indication of the team’s top priority without a manager in this Premier League game: not to lose, come what may.
Bournemouth ended their three-game losing streak after scoring a point against Wolves
Interim boss Gary O’Neil took charge of Bournemouth’s first game since Scott Parker’s sacking
MATCH FACTS & REVIEWS
Bournemouth (4-2-3-1): Neto 6; Smith 6, Mepham 6, Kelly 6, Zemura 6 (Fredericks 69, 6); Cook 6, Lerma 6; Billing 6 (Moore 77), Christie 5.5 (Anthony 86), Tavernier 5.5; Solanke 5.5
Subs (not used): Travers, Marcondes, Stacey, Lowe, Hill, Sense
Booked: Neto, Mepham
Manager: Gary O’Neil 6
Wolves (4-3-3): Sat 6; Semedo 6 (Ait-Nouri 60, 6), Collins 6, Kilman 6, Castro 6; Nunes 6.5 (Podence 75, 6), Neves 6.5, Moutinho 6; Guedes 6 (Traore 75, 6), Jimenez 5.5, Neto 6.5
Subs (not used): Sarkic, Hee-Chan, Toki, Ronan, Dendoncker, Campbell
Manager: Bruno Lage 6
Referee: Anthony Taylor 6
They couldn’t take another defeat. Not after those losses against Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City to a total score of 16-0. Bournemouth took their chances to finish the clock at the Vitality Stadium and took a point in return.
They drove their luck – Wolves had several golden chances to win this match – but Bournemouth will take this scoreless draw after their recent streak of rotten luck.
Scott Parker got four games before he was fired – one for each stripe on that now famous vest of his. Instead, janitor Gary O’Neil was in charge here.
Bournemouth went into this game with just 21 shots this season, the lowest total in the Premier League. In contrast, Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had managed 22 alone.
They wanted some help to level up with Mitrovic when Jordan Zemura claimed he was kicked in the back by Pedro Neto in the penalty area. Taylor was unmoved.
Wolves, who remain winless this season, tried to reach Bournemouth. The first of a series of chances saw Matheus Nunes hit the bar.
Raul Jimenez’s header then had to be tilted, before Neto’s vicious long shot went wide and Nunes’ own 20-yard drive was cleverly saved.
Wolf boss Bruno Lage looked irritated in his technical room. He felt his side could and should have taken one of these opportunities to open the scoring, but it remained scoreless.
At halftime, the deficits from the four other Premier League matches were read out. “Manchester City, three, Nottingham Forest, zero,” the announcer said. “And yes, all three goals were scored by Erling Haaland.” Cue a cheer. Bournemouth may have lost 4-0 to City earlier in August, but they failed to let Haaland score.
Wolves kicked themselves the same way because they didn’t find a breakthrough here. Bournemouth looked lively at the start of the second half and showed some attacking intent.
Ryan Christie (left) and Joao Moutinho battled for the ball in Wednesday night’s game
Raul Jimenez went clear on goal in the 78th minute, but his effort went wide
Wolves fans were frustrated and started singing, “Bruno, make a sub.” Followed by: ‘Adama Traore.’ Lage listened and introduced Traore a few minutes later.
He was lively as ever, and Wolves cursed their luck for failing to bury two clear opportunities. In the 78th minute Jimenez went on, one against one, but his shot went wide. In the 80th, Daniel Podence’s header flew in until Lloyd Kelly cleared a goal line.
It ended goalless with that. Wolves are still looking for that deceptive first win, but at least Bournemouth’s rotten streak of defeats is over.