Defoe delighted as Bournemouth seal win over Brighton

Defoe delighted as Bournemouth seal win over Brighton

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"There's no doubt though that this Friday is, by a considerable margin, the more important of the two".

Bournemouth's win eases the pressure on Howe, who has challenged his players to get up to speed on exactly how to tee-up Defoe. "When I was playing with him I couldn't believe how good he was, when we first started to introduce him into the team".

"Although, we don't want to take our foot off the gas".

"We know that we'll be judged on these games".

- Jordon Ibe provided assists for both of Bournemouth's goals - before tonight, he hadn't been involved in a single goal in his previous 28 Premier League appearances for the Cherries. But what they've always done is come through them. Two bits of quality from them and they have won the game. "I hope that's the kick-start, the confidence boost that he needs because he could be a difference-maker for us".

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Bournemouth seemed like a flawless place for him to begin fulfilling his potential, but his first season on the south coast was disappointing.

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Wilson initially suffered the same injury to his right knee in September 2015, during a Premier League match against Stoke City. Bournemouth need Defoe or King to start scoring or they could be a relegation candidate.

The south coast side went into the game second bottom in the league, having lost their first four fixtures and scored only once.

The Seagulls got their first win of the season last time out beating West Bromwich Albion by three goals to one and should they pick up another three points here they will move level on points with fifth place Tottenham Hotspur. He has scored against 35 of the 38 previous sides he has faced.

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