Raheem Sterling’s first-half hat-trick ensured Manchester City stayed top of the Premier League with a 5-1 mauling of Bournemouth on Saturday. Sterling, who had previously scored just twice for City since his A?49 million (66.6 million euros) summer move from Liverpool, took advantage of uncertainty in the visitorsa ranks after they lost goalkeeper Artur Boruc to an injury in the warm-up. Adam Federici, Boruc’s replacement, was badly at fault as Wilfried Bony scored only his third City goal since arriving from Swansea in January. . And although Glenn Murray did pull Bournemouth back to 2-1 midway through the first half, Sterling struck twice more, completing his hat-trick following a mix-up involving Federici and midfielder Andrew Surman before Bony added another late on. Bournemouth have suffered a series of injury setbacks since winning promotion to the top flight, losing top scorer Callum Wilson and summer signings Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel to serious knee injuries. Manager Eddie Howe has also lost […]

Eddie Howe: The Architect Of Bournemouth AFC’s Incredible Progress

Everyone likes an amazing story, especially when a small town club is on the cusp of promotion to the Premier League. AFC Bournemouth or a The Cherriesa owe a lot to their manager Eddie Howe, who has been sensational in guiding them to the top of the Championship. Boscombe St John`s Institute FC, or Bournemouth AFC as they are presently called, can hardly boast of an illustrious history with their only major achievement being the FA Cup win over Manchester United in 1984 under former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. They are on the verge of something very brilliant, and have the opportunity to play at the biggest stage in England, the Premier League. With the 4-0 win against Blackpool on Saturday, Bournemouth are on 69 points, level with Watford and Middlesbrough but with a better goal difference. This is one of the closest Championship seasons to date with as many as five teams in contention for automatic promotion to the […]

AFC BOURNEMOUTH v LIVERPOOL Dean Court,Bournemouth Wednesday 17th Dec, 2014,Ai??19:45 GMTAi?? *** Liverpool look to bounce back from defeat to Manchester United in the Premier League last weekend when they travel to Bournemouth for their quarter-final clash in the Carling Cup. The Merseysiders crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday, having been knocked out of the Champions League by Basel five days earlier. After an impressive 2013-14 campaign in which they came agonisingly close to being crowned champions of England for the first time since 1990, Brendan Rodgers’ side have endured a poor start to 2014-15 and sit 11th in the top flight. Bournemouth will attempt to inflict more misery on the out-of-sorts Premier League giants when the Championship leaders compete in a League Cup quarter-final for the first time. Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has worked wonders since returning to Dean Court following a second spell at Burnley and the south-coast club knocked out West Brom to […]