Bournemouth fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Everton in their trip to Goodison Park over the weekend.
The Cherries were the better side for much of the first half and got their first opportunity after less than a minute in as David Brooks hit the post with the game still at 0-0.
Everton improved in the latter stages of the first half and were the much better side in the second 45.
Bournemouth failed to create too much after half time and needed Nathan Ake to prevent Richarlison from scoring the first goal with a brilliant block off the line.
Marco Silva’s men finally broke through with Kurt Zouma, who headed in from a corner. Dominic Calvert-Lewin added the second in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
In the end, Everton were deserving winners and they move three points clear of Bournemouth, who have now gone five games without tasting victory.
Here are the Bournemouth player ratings.
Asmir Begovic - 5
No stand out saves and two conceded, but Begovic didn’t do much wrong. Rushed out quickly to prevent a goal at 0-0.
Nathaniel Clyne - 5
Clyne was a threat offensively and strong defensively in the first half, quieter in the second period. Lost the ball on a few occasions also.
Nathan Ake - 6
Ake was Bournemouth’s best defender against Everton. He was saved by his keeper after falling asleep with the game at 0-0.
Made some strong tackles and also a superb clearance off the line.
Steve Cook - 5
An average performance from Cook, who couldn’t do a lot to prevent Everton’s goals.
Adam Smith - 5
Showed some good attacking intent. However, he was not always solid at the back.
Jefferson Lerma - 5
Made some good passes but didn’t have much of an impact on the game in general.
Dan Gosling - 5
Gosling well on occasions at both ends of the pitch but wasn’t great. Missed a good chance at the end of the game against his former side.
Ryan Fraser - 6
Fraser was a constant threat in the first half, creating an opportunity after just 40 seconds. The winger had a more frustrating second half but kept trying to get forward and attack.
Junior Stanislas - 6
Stanislas had a decent game, he was up and down the pitch, looked dangerous, helped out defensively but the final product was missing from his game.
David Brooks - 7
Brooks was Bournemouth’s best player, he was very dangerous in the first half in particular. Unlucky to miss one of the Cherries’ best chances of the game, which hit the post.
Josh King - 6
Lys Mousset - 7
Mousset came on for King in the second half and transformed Bournemouth’s attack. Full of energy and was unlucky not to get a couple of assists. Could have been a different game had he played more.
Jordan Ibe - 5
Came on in the late stages, but the game was already heading away from Bournemouth by this point.