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Bournemouth 2-0 Sunderland: Things Just Keep Getting Worse For The Black Cats

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Bournemouth easily beat a Sunderland side that just keep getting worse in what was another embarrassing display.

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First half goals from Wilson and Ritchie were enough for Bournemouth to see off a pathetic Sunderland side at Dean Court.

Bournemouth started on the front foot and were immediately rewarded with the opening goal as Wilson took his tally to five league goals. Kaboul tried to nick the ball away from Wilson but was turned far too easily, leaving the front man through on goal and he made no mistake finishing low past Pantilimon.

It was looking like same old Sunderland as Bournemouth made it two nil on 8 minutes. A half cleared corner fell to Matt Ritchie who struck his volley into the top corner from 25 yards. The Scottish international wasn’t closed down by Van Aanholt leaving him plenty of time to rifle home the second goal of the afternoon.

Sunderland nearly pulled a goal back on 17 minutes when Gomez tried to catch Boruc out at his near post from a free kick, but his shot bounced back off the post.

Sunderland undoubtedly should have scored on 40 minutes after Defoe found himself through on goal but he shot tamely straight at Boruc. Two minutes later Defoe again had a great chance but his free header went wide.

An all too familiar first half away performance from the Black Cats saw them go two goals behind at the break and seemingly still unable to defend against what’s basically a Championship standard Bournemouth team who cut them open at will.

Sunderland started the second half much better and they nearly forced a corner home on 53 minutes, moments later Borini had a shot blocked as the Black Cats upped the pressure.

Sunderland’s pressure should have brought a goal as Lens headed home at the back post but the linesman incorrectly flagged for offside.

Things got worse for the Black Cats on 75 minutes as Kaboul was shown a second yellow card after he hauled down Wilson who bullied Kaboul all day.

The Black Cats played better in the second half until Kaboul, who was captain today jumped from the sinking ship in what was a humiliating individual performance.

The Black Cats plugged on towards the latter stages but until they learn how to defend as a unit they will continually give themselves a mountain to climb.

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Boruc, Francis, Cook, Distin, Daniels, Ritchie (Smith 89’), Surman, Gosling, Pugh, Tomlin (O’Kane 64’), Wilson (Murray 76’).

Subs: Federici, Smith, Bennett, O’Kane, Stanislas, Murray, Kermorgant.

Goals: Wilson (3’) Ritchie (8’)

Sunderland (4-3-3): Pantilimon, Van Aanholt, Jones, Kaboul, Coates, M’Vila, Toivonen, Gomez (Rodwell 46’), Lens, Borini (Johnson 72’), Defoe (Fletcher 68’).

Subs: Mannone, Yedlin, Cattermole, Rodwell, Larsson, Johnson, Fletcher.

Goals: None

Red Card: Kaboul (75’)