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Bournemouth boss Howe delighted with victory over Brighton

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was delighted with their 3-1 win over Brighton.

Bournemouth ended their six-game winless run in the Premier League as they claimed a valuable three points against fellow strugglers Brighton.

The visitors swept forward at every opportunity, and only a superb save from home goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, and an equally important Nathan Ake block prevented Neal Maupay from opening the scoring.

However, the hosts sparked into life just after the half hour mark, creating three chances in quick succession before Harry Wilson dispatched a low drive past Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan from 12 yards.

Callum Wilson's jostling presence contributed to their second goal, with the ball flicking off his marker Pascal Gross from a Diego Rico corner.

Wilson rounded Ryan to register his first league goal for 16 games and while Aaron Mooy scored a late consolation, Bournemouth held firm for their first league win at the Vitality Stadium since 2 November.

Howe said: "It's a nice feeling for everyone connected with the club. It was a hard game but we gave everything. The lads were flat out at the end which is all I can ask.

"The first 15-20 minutes were really difficult. We had to stay mentally strong but once we scored, the confidence came back and we started to flow. We almost didn't want half-time to come.

"We looked a threat and could have scored more. I'm delighted for Callum [Wilson] and for Harry [Wilson]. Set-pieces were a threat too.

On Wilson breaking his goal drought, he added: "It's massive. You need your strikers to score and you need them to believe they can score. He took it superbly. It was a decisive moment.

"Nothing was going to be decided tonight but it lifts us and gives us that belief. There's a lot more football to come so we need to back it up and commit to games every week."

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