Oct 25 AFC Bournemouth 1-5 Tottenham Att: 11,332

Last updated : 26 October 2015 By Andy Burton

With the Cherries kicking towards the South End in the opening 45 minutes the home side started the first encounter against Spurs since 1957 perfectly as Matt Ritchie fired home within 50 seconds of the opening whistle following a superb cross from Charlie Daniels which Spurs failed to deal with.

Sadly that's as good as it got for the Cherries.

In the 8th minute Boruc inexplicably came racing out to bring down Kane, who tucked away the resulting penalty. Luckily Boruc escaped a red card for his efforts, but could easily have walked.

Just minutes later Spurs caused more problems for the Cherries as Dembele capitalised on some poor defending to neatly slot the ball home past Boruc. There were opportunities to clear the ball, but our defence, who were so composed last season failed to deal with the danger and paid the price for their indecision.

On the half hour the Cherries were made to pay again. This time a cross from Kane was not gathered by Boruc who presented a simple tap for Lamela.

Just on the stroke of half time, the Cherries came to within a whisker of pulling a goal back. Marc Pugh was unlucky to see the ball cleared off the line, before Josh King saw an effort cannon off a post and to safety.

The Cherries started the second period brightly enough, with Simon Francis seeing an effort deflected away from danger, but any thought of  a come back were snuffed out in the 56th minute when a delightful cross from Eriksen eluded the Cherries defence for Kane to slide the ball home.

Just 7 minutes later the Cherries failed to deal with a corner. Boruc spilled a header from Alderweireld for Kane to bag his hat-trick and Spurs' 5th of the afternoon. Could it get any worse??

The Cherries tried to bounce back, as Matt Ritchie saw a dipping effort tipped over the bar by Lloris, but in truth that was the only meaningful save the Spurs keeper had to make through the game. While moments later doiwn at the other end Eriksen saw an effort come off the woodwork.

What can be said about the Cherries performance? Not a great deal sadly ..... started brightly enough but then lacked the quality, pace and skill when needed. The midfield were caught too many times, the front guys never had sufficient service and the defence was undone too easily and too often. If the Cherries are to remain in the top flight for more than one season something needs to be done to shore up the defence and soon because leaking 22 goals at this early stage of the season doesn't bode well.

AFCB: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Distin, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Gosling, Pugh, King, Murray
Subs: Federici, Bennett, Stanislas, Rantie, O'Kane (for King, 61 mins), Kermorgant (for Murray, 68 mins), Smith (for Pugh, 75 mins)

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