Bournemouth 3-0 Swansea City: Bournemouth batter Swansea in a three-goal demolition 
Arnaut Danjuma celebrates after he scored a goal to make it 3-0 during the Sky Bet Championship match between AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City at Vitality Stadium on March 16, 2021 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

Bournemouth were on a high for 45 minutes on the weekend after turning around a 1-0 deficit to go 2-1 up against Barnsley at half time. The second-half didn't go to plan with Dominik Frieser and Carlton Morris turning the game around, giving Barnsley all three points in the 3-2 victory.

Swansea City put in a pretty drab display but came away with three points by defeating Luton Town on Saturday. Conor Hourihane scored early on, which was the only goal to settle the two sides.

The Cherries made four changes from Saturday with Jack Wilshere returning to the starting 11. Jack Stacey, Diego Rico and Philip Billing were brought in.

Swans head coach Steve Cooper made a tactical change to his side, bringing in Jamal Lowe for Yan Dhanda, instead of playing two up top, instead of Andre Ayew on his own, which was the plan against Luton.

Bournemouth took a lead inside the first ten minutes after a stunning goal from Billing gave the Cherries an early lead.

An unfortunate own goal from Joel Latibeaudiere gave Bournemouth a two-goal lead going into the interval.

A fantastic performance from Arnaut Danjuma was ended with a goal. He drilled his effort into the roof of the net to pile more misery on Swansea's night.

  • Story of the match

The first chance of the game was the first goal and it was an absolute beauty from Billing. The ball was out on the left flank, with Danjuma whipping the ball in to find Billing completely free inside the area, for him to come out with a wonderful bicycle kick, which flew past Swansea keeper Freddie Woodman as he could only get a slight fingertip to it. A wonderful goal from Bournemouth, awful marking from Swansea.

Danjuma looked lively from the get-go and he could've made it two for Bournemouth. He worked the ball well, onto his right foot, but he fired well over as the Cherries started on top.

Swansea started to play football midway through the first half. They targeted the wides areas and tried to find a way through the Bournemouth defence. A patient move from the Swans as Hourihane played through Korey Smith, who drilled the ball across the six-yard box, with no-one there to get on the end of it.

Bournemouth looked dangerous on the counter, with hold-up play from Solanke on the half-way he found full-back Stacey wide open on the right-wing. Stacey drove forward and found Billing on the edge, who set up Solanke to take a shot on goal. An extra touch from Solanke to try and find space in the area, was perfect for Kyle Naughton to get a foot in and block Solanke's attempt at goal.

Swansea's first attempt at goal came on the 40th minute, a Conor Roberts deflected shot was the only sight towards goal for the Swans after a dismal first-half.

In additional time just before the break, it got worse for Swansea. A corner whipped in from Danjuma was aimed towards the head of Solanke. The forward missed the ball and it bounced off the back of Latibeaudiere and flew into Swansea's net.

The Cherries nearly made it three with a delightful ball in from a free-kick by Danjuma, Cameron Carter-Vickers rose highest and met the header, for Woodman to pull a wonderful save to put the ball out for a corner. 

Morgan Whittaker was brought on at half-time to possibly bring a moment of magic for the Swans, and that he nearly did. Ayew intercepted the ball on the edge, passed backwards to Whittaker, who took his time to guide his effort towards goal and nearly find the top corner from 30 yards. Asmir Begovic parried it out for a corner. 

After stunning work from Stacey on the right, the ball fell to Jefferson Lerma on the edge of the area, his drilled effort deflected inches wide. 

Swansea's best chance came with 75 minutes on the clock. Lowe took a quick throw-in, for Ryan Manning to drill in a low-cross and Whittaker connected from six-yards out for Begovic to stand tall and make another quality stop.

Bournemouth were playing some fantastic football when they had the chance, and Stacey nearly saw the game out. The ball fell to him just inside the area, his effort was inches wide on his strong foot, which would've topped his brilliant performance.

With three minutes to go, it was done and dusted. A deflected shot from Stacey fell to Billing who needed a slight touch to set up Danjuma. The Dutchman took his time and drilled the ball into the roof of the net to make it three.

Bournemouth stay in seventh, currently, two points off a play-off spot, whilst Swansea fall to third after Watford smashed Rotherham United 4-1 away from home.

  • Takeaways

Performances like that should get Bournemouth a play-off spot

The Cherries played some wonderful football on the counter-attack against Swansea, with the likes of Danjuma and Solanke neatly playing one-twos with one another.

Wilshere and Billing made a huge difference in the midfield controlling the play, whilst Stacey was a constant threat up and down the right flank.

If they carry on playing like that each week, Jonathan Woodgate's men should have no issue with getting in the top six.

Swansea lack an attacking instinct again

When you see performances like that, you wonder how Swansea are even near the top of the table this year. 

The performance was so similar to Luton on the weekend, the difference was Bournemouth could find the net, and Luton could not, so it saved Swansea from embarrassment. 

They looked completely lacklustre and have no desire to go towards goal. They were dominated in all areas and it was another performance where we saw nothing from Ayew up top.

  • Man of the match

Many people could be in contention for this one, and it does have to go to Danjuma. He came away with two assists and ended the night with a goal.

When the winger brings his A-game, he can be extremely threatening in the final third. If it wasn't for Danjuma's hand in the goals, Stacey would've won the award as he returned to the starting 11 and put in a blistering performance, with non-stop running from the first whistle.

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