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To mark AFC Bournemouth playing 200 Premier League games, looks back at some of the top flight’s most memorable matches.

We begin with the events of a convincing 6-1 victory for the Cherries against Hull City in October 2016, the club’s biggest Premier League victory.


A scintillating display from the Cherries saw them record a hat-trick of wins at the Vitality Stadium in a memorable season that saw them finish as the ninth-best club in the Premier League.

And while it was their biggest win in the top flight, it was also the division’s best-scoring home game of 2016/17, with Liverpool beating Watford by the same scoreline a month later.

Eddie Howe’s side hosted the Tigers after picking up eight points from their opening seven games, including wins over West Brom and Everton at home.

They made their intentions clear from the first whistle when Jordon Ibe slammed into the Hull defence, his shot eventually falling on Charlie Daniels whose effort was blocked by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Lee Mason denied a penalty appeal after Jack Wilshere went to ground under a challenge from Jake Livermore, but awarded a free kick when Adam Smith was fouled.

And the Cherries took full advantage, with Daniels showing excellent technique and scoring with a finely shot half-volley after Junior Stanislas’ effort from 25 yards returned from the right.

It was the 12e goal conceded by Hull in Mike Phelan’s four games in charge, although it was his first game at the helm permanently.

Buoyed by their fifth-minute opener, the Cherries continued to probe and Ibe’s pass to Callum Wilson ended with David Marshall making a routine striker save.

Ibe was in the thick of the action again when the Cherries nearly doubled their lead, his drop finding Wilson whose drive crashed into the crossbar.

Despite their dominance, the Cherries were rocked when the Tigers equalized, with Ryan Mason’s shot taking a huge deflection off Steve Cook and off-foot goaltender Artur Boruc.

Cook, guilty of wasting possession of the ball in the build-up to Hull’s goal, atoned with interest by restoring their lead four minutes before half-time.

He edged past a Tigers defense that included future England captain Harry Maguire and powered home a header from another excellent set piece from Stanislas.

It was a fitting way for defender Cook to celebrate his 200e appearance for the club, with the Cherries continuing to add a third before the interval.

Robert Snodgrass’ reckless challenge on Wilson gave referee Mason an easy decision, with the official immediately pointing the spot.

And Stanislas got it right from 12 yards, the winger kicking the ball straight through the middle and into the roof of the net with Marshall diving to his left.

Cook was denied a second goal early in the second half when he rose at the far post to meet Stanislas’ corner, only to have his hard-hitting header knocked down the crossbar by Marshall.

The introduction of Tom Huddlestone as 55eA one-minute substitute briefly steadied the ship for the visitors who had a penalty shout after striker Mason appeared to be tripped by Simon Francis.

Joshua King replaced Ibe midway through the second half and had an instant impact on proceedings as the Cherries took a 4-1 lead two minutes after he came off the bench.

King’s clever pass freed Smith’s overlap which picked out Stanislas at the far post, the winger heading home for the first time past Marshall’s outstretched left hand.

As the hosts smelled blood, King and Wilshere combined to create a shooting chance for Wilson who pricked Marshall’s palms, a temporary reprieve for the overworked goalkeeper.

King was again involved as the Cherries made it 5-1 with seven minutes left, his deep cross from the right headed home at the far post by an unmarked Wilson.

Boruc saved well from Huddlestone’s ferocious strike before the Cherries scored the game’s seventh goal through Dan Gosling two minutes from time.

The midfielder, replacing Wilshere, finished with precision with his left foot after Daniels fed him after enjoying an unchallenged run near the halfway line.

The win lifted the Cherries to ninth place – where they would finish the season – Hull were then relegated along with Middlesbrough and Sunderland.


Callum Wilson told the Daily Echo: “It was just a normal day at the office. I’m just going to go home, relax and look forward to next week. There’s nothing to cheer about. It’s a great win but it’s a long season.

“We try to be consistent. After the international break, it’s about trying to regain momentum.

“We did everything we worked on in the last two weeks in training and that was reflected in our performance.

“From kick-off I was hungry to score – as I am every week. When the team has four goals and you’re not one of them, you try a little more to put the icing on the cake. cake for yourself.

“But the main thing was the performance of the team. When you are four goals ahead, you are delighted with your team-mates and the way we played and we would have taken 4-1. But, luckily, I managed to put myself on the score sheet.

Hull City manager Mike Phelan told the BBC: “I feel very embarrassed. I have a team here showing what they can do when they want to.

“We have to grow. Unless we focus and are disciplined, we won’t get where we want. What we did today was not enough.

“I thought we were victims of our own downfall in some ways. We concede far too much and I will take responsibility for that.

“I will look at myself, the players will look at each other and we will start again. We will learn, but we must learn quickly.


AFC Bournemouth 6 (Daniels 5, S Cook 41, Stanislas 45 pen, 65, Wilson 83, Gosling 88) Hull City 1 (Mason, 34)

AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Stanislas, Surman, Arter, Ibe (King, 62), Wilshere (Gosling, 79), Wilson (Afobe, 86). Unused subtitles: Mings, Ake, Fraser, Federici (g/k).

City of Hull: Marshall, Elmohamady, Maguire, Davies, Robertson (Diomande 63); Keys; Snodgrass, Livermore, Mason (Meyler 78), Maloney (Huddlestone 55); Kean. Unused subtitles: Hernandez, Weir, Henriksen, Jakupovic (g/k).

Reserve: Clucas, Snodgrass, Robertson.

Arbitrator: Lee Mason (Greater Manchester).

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This article appeared in MATCHDAY for our recent game against Brentford.

Sherry J. Basler