Bournemouth 3-2 Swansea City: Main talking points in a thrilling gamedown South

Max Gradel, Joshua King and Steve Cook scored for Bournemouth while Modou Barrow and Gylfi Sigurdsson scored consolations for the visitors, but what did we learn from the game?

Bournemouth 3-2 Swansea City: Main talking points in a thrilling gamedown South
Modou Barrow levelling the scoreline. (Photo:Swansea City A.F.C)

It was a disappointing result on Saturday for the Swans, as they went down 3-2 to the Cherries at Dean Court.

Max Gradel passed the ball into the back of the net to give Bournemouth the lead, and just minutes later Modou Barrow became the first Gambian to ever score in the Premier League with an Arjen Robben-like goal to level the score at half time.

Bournemouth then came out of the blocks racing as Joshua King beat Lukasz Fabianski at his near post to give Bournemouth the lead. Gylfi Sigurdsson then continued his rich vein of form by scoring the equalising goal, making it seven goals in 11 games for the midfielder. Swansea then conceded yet another goal from a corner as Steve Cook powered a header home.

Swansea safe from relegation?

Despite the loss, it’s 33 points, eight ahead of the relegation places and still in 16th place. Not a terrible afternoon for Alan Curtis & co. Another win would take Swansea to 36 points which surely would secure Premier League safety for another year. With games against Aston Villa, Stoke City and Newcastle United all still to come it, appears Swansea will be playing Premier League football for the sixth season in a row next year.

Leroy is a breath of fresh Fer

On his first start for the club, Leroy Fer impressed once again. Not only does is fit into the side with his passing skills, but he can turn the game on its head by beating a player in the middle of the field and turn defence into attack with one lung-bursting run, the likes of which Swansea fans haven’t seen for a long time. It’s a shame his misplaced pass resulted in King’s goal because otherwise he had a good game.

Modou Barrow graduated from Hogwarts?

Because he’s a wizard, get it? Only his fourth start for the club this season and already receiving ‘The Jefferson Montero treatment’ of being doubled up on whenever the ball is anywhere near him. Despite that, he was able to level the score before half time with a wonder strike, cutting in from the right hand flank. He was Swansea’s biggest offensive threat and the managerial team will surely have to give him more consideration for a regular starting role now.

Alan Curtis’ subs almost saved the day

Setting up using the 4-2-3-1 shape and playing with width was definitely the right call, whether it was Francesco Guidolin or Curtis who decided that. Subbing Bafetimbi Gomis on for Wayne Routledge was an odd decision, while it did give Swansea more firepower up front it forced Sigurdsson – a man in fabulous form – out wide. To much surprise though it worked, as the Icelandic international was able to cut in from the left to score the game’s 4th goal. Perhaps taking Alberto Paloschi off for a midfielder once the score was at 2-2 would have been a smart option.

Should Paloschi, pictured stretching for the ball, have been taken off? (photo: Getty)
Should Paloschi, pictured stretching for the ball, have been taken off? (photo: Getty)

Bournemouth are Swansea-lite

The Southern side are very reminiscent of Swansea when they first reached the pinnacle of world football. Very few big names in that squad but there’s a belief installed from the top, through the manager and to each player that they want to play a certain way, and can get results while playing football that’s easy on the eye. It’s refreshing to see in a world of Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis-ball, and everyone at the club should be commended on it.