Brighton Self-destructs: Brighton 0-5 Bournemouth

By Juan Aguerrevere

Brighton and Bournemouth have struggled since the turn of the year. Since December, and despite a strong run in the FA Cup, the Seagulls had only secured eight out of thirty-six points. Bournemouth have managed to take twelve out of thirty-nine possible points. Eddie Howe went with a 4-4-2 formation instead of three in the back for more stability while Chris Hughton chose a 4-3-3. Not many expected what happened next.

Dan Gosling started the goal fest in the thirty-third minute. After a series of quick passes, Callum Wilson easily plays a ball across the Seagulls' box to Gosling who calmly controlled the ball and tucked it past Mathew Ryan.

In the second half, Anthony Knockaert's frustrations began to show after his giveaway leads to Ryan Fraser scoring Bournemouth’s second with a looping ball over Ryan.

Desperate to gain possession and likely still fuming about his poor giveaway for the second, Knockaert slid viciously taking Adam Smith's leg with him leaving Kevin Friend without any other option than to show a straight red.

Fraser then turned provider, for youngster David Brooks’s goal in the 74th minute. The third goal saw some of the home fans heading toward exit.

Wilson finally found his deserved goal after assisting on two earlier in the game. Substitute Junior Stanislas scored the fifth and last goal of the match.

Juan is a senior at the University of Florida. He is an aspiring sports writer, analyst, and commentator.