Dominic Solanke emerged as the star player for AFC Bournemouth as he clinched a triumphant 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest in the Premier League by scoring three goals. This match also served as Forest’s debut under their new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, who was appointed following the dismissal of Steve Cooper due to a series of disappointing outcomes.
Although Nuno, who has previously held managerial positions at Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur, couldn’t kick off his tenure with a victory, the showdown against Bournemouth at the City Ground was undeniably rife with excitement and tension. Willy Boly’s dismissal left Forest with only 10 players on the field within 22 minutes, as he received two consecutive yellow cards. Although his tackle on Adam Smith sparked debate, VAR was unable to intervene as it did not meet the criteria for a direct red card.
Despite having more players, Bournemouth failed to capitalize on their advantage during the first half. In turn, Forest took advantage and scored through Anthony Elanga early in the second half. However, just three minutes later, Solanke swiftly equalized for Bournemouth. He then proceeded to give his team the lead in the 58th minute with another goal. In the 74th minute, Chris Woods managed to equalize the score for Forest, but Solanke secured his hat-trick by scoring a last-minute winner during stoppage time.
As a result of this triumph, Bournemouth has ascended to the 11th position in the Premier League standings, while Forest remains in 17th place. However, they now find themselves just two points ahead of the relegation zone after Luton, currently in 18th place, surprisingly defeated Newcastle with a 1-0 victory. Luton’s Andros Townsend was responsible for scoring the lone goal of the match, and he dedicated his celebration to captain Tom Lockyer, who experienced a cardiac arrest in the previous game against Bournemouth. After a strong beginning to the season, Newcastle has been facing difficulties in recent times and is currently positioned seventh in the standings. In unrelated news, Rebecca Welch created a historic milestone by becoming the inaugural female referee in a Premier League match. She presided over Burnley’s 2-0 triumph against Fulham at Turf Moor, with goals scored by Wilson Odobert and Sander Berge.
This victory held significant importance for Burnley, led by Vincent Kompany, as they are also struggling to escape the danger of relegation.