Full-time: Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham

  • Spurs remain third but stretch their unbeaten Premier League run to nine matches with a frantic, high-tempo goalless draw at the Vitality Stadium
  • Both sides hit the woodwork in the first half, with Hugo Lloris deflecting a Charlie Daniels shot against the crossbar and Erik Lamela hitting the post with a swerving effort from distance
  • Mauricio Pochettino's side, who received four yellow cards in a frustrating first half, should have gone down to 10 men late on when Moussa Sissoko appeared to catch Harry Arter with an elbow
  • Arsenal loanee Jack Wilshere completes 90 minutes of competitive football for the first time since September 2014
  • Bournemouth lost Andrew Surman to illness during the warm-up
  • Later: Arsenal vs Middlesbrough, Liverpool vs West Brom
Bournemouth vs Tottenham
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That is just about it for this particular blog, but be sure to join my IBTimes UK colleague Josh Evans for live coverage of today's five 15.00 BST kick-offs including Arsenal vs Middlesbrough from the Emirates Stadium.

I will be back later this afternoon to guide you through Liverpool's home clash with West Brom.

Goodbye for now.


So honours even on the south coast after a frantic and entirely watchable goalless draw. Tottenham picked up the pace after a disappointing and ill-disciplined first half, but lacked the necessary cutting edge to dig out a victory that would have temporarily taken them to the summit of the Premier League.

They also should have been reduced to 10 men late on and could have been staring at their first defeat of the season had Afobe's late header been a few inches lower. Pochettino's men stay third on goal difference and travel to Liverpool in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

Howe will be content with another committed Bournemouth display that preserves their positive recent home record. The Cherries move up to ninth for the time being and make the long trip north to Middlesbrough next Saturday.



Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham


Despite being second best for the majority of this second half, it is Bournemouth who are pushing for a winner here. Francis turns a sluggish Janssen over on the right-hand side and whips in a glorious pinpoint cross that is headed over the bar by Afobe.


King looks to have picked up a knock here and is promptly replaced by Ryan Fraser. Bournemouth are now out of substitutes, meaning that Wilshere, barring any late injury blow, is set to complete a full 90 minutes for the first time since September 2014.


Bournemouth appeal in vain for a late spot-kick as Wanyama flies in on Wilshere but clearly gets a toe to the ball. Vertonghen then makes a fabulous diving block to thwart Gradel.


Having now seen a replay of that incident, Sissoko can count himself incredibly fortunate to still be on the pitch. Not a wise move.

Howe's next substitution sees a change up top, with Benik Afobe replacing Wilson.


Tempers flare with 10 minutes plus stoppage time left to play. Arter wins an initial challenge with Sissoko and then looks to be caught by an elbow from the French midfielder.

Plenty of handbags ensue and both players end up with a warning from referee Pawson.

Moussa Sissoko and Harry Arter
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Bournemouth vs Tottenham
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Good centre forward play from Janssen, who receives the ball with his back to goal and holds it up before laying off to Lamela.

He finds Sissoko, whose low cross drifts behind Janssen and is fired on target by Rose at the back post. Boruc makes the necessary save.


Gosling looks OK to continue, but Wanyama now seems to be hurt after being caught on the follow-through after another lively challenge from Arter.

He gets back to his feet and Pochettino sends on Sissoko in place of Alli.


Bournemouth try to spring forward down the left flank, but a poor pass from Gradel intended for Daniels rolls out of play.

Gosling looks to have sustained a knock and is currently sat in midfield clutching the back of his leg.


Gradel impedes Lamela inside the centre circle and is shown a yellow card for his troubles.


Gradel blocks off the run of Walker and concedes a free-kick in very dangerous territory. However, Lamela's attempt is comfortably held by Boruc.


Dembele, Alli and Lamela combine to good effect with some intricate, incisive passing and Son then has a shot blocked by the impressive Arter.

That proves to be the South Korean international's last contribution to the game as he is withdrawn and replaced by a far more conventional centre forward in summer signing Janssen.

30 minutes remaining.


Tottenham look an entirely different beast in this second half and are now dominating possession as Bournemouth struggle to find an out ball to relieve the mounting pressure.

Howe responds by sending on Gradel, back involved today after missing four weeks with a hamstring injury, in place of Ibe.


Alli is sent crashing to the turf by a robust sliding challenge but Rose keeps the attack alive. He needn't have bothered, though, as Lamela selfishly blazes a shot over the crossbar from a difficult angle.

Erik Lamela
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Vital defending from Dier to just glance King's clever right-wing cross away from Wilson. Eriksen then releases Lamela with a gorgeous first-time flick, but the former Roma man is stopped in his tracks by a combination of Daniels and Francis.

Goal kick.


Tottenham look to pose an immediate threat during the early stages of this second 45. Walker gets the better of Ibe before a powerful low ball is cleared by Steve Cook and ricochets off Eriksen for a goal kick.

Cook later backs off Alli too far and invites the England midfielder to produce an accurate long-range drive that is beaten away by Boruc.


We are back underway. No changes from either manager at the break.



An engrossing first half that, while not inundated with clear goal-scoring opportunities, has been a fascinating watch. Bournemouth have matched up against Tottenham superbly and look well capable of inflicting a first defeat of the season upon Pochettino's side.


Both teams have hit the woodwork and four yellow cards already for Tottenham clearly demonstrates that they are not having everything their own way.



Bournemouth 0-0 Tottenham


The pacy Jordon Ibe has been fairly anonymous during this first half, but he finally gets a chance to stretch his legs and terrorises Walker before providing a low cross for Wilson to fire wide under pressure from Vertonghen.


Two minutes of added time are signalled by the fourth official as Wilson guides a long-range header wide after being picked out by a left-footed cross from Wilshere.

Arter executed another impressive sliding challenge, this time on Dembele, to tee up that chance.