Brighton 2-2 Bournemouth highlights

Ibe closes down Everton's Wayne Rooney during Bournemouth's 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium

Ibe closes down Everton's Wayne Rooney during Bournemouth's 2-1 win at the Vitality Stadium

Bournemouth made the final scoreline 2-2 with what may be the scruffiest goal this season.

A sublime arching header from Cook hit the back of the net to level matters in the 33rd minute as Bournemouth took full advantage of some sloppy Brighton defending. They got off to the worst possible start in the fifth minute when Brighton's Anthony Knockaert rounded off a flowing move by squeezing the ball in at the far post for his second goal of the season.

Bournemouth edge three points clear of the relegation zone, still two shy of their opponents, who had every right to be aggrieved over not claiming victory.

It was the kind of miss that might have begun to prey on the minds of Hughton and his players had Brighton not added a second just three minutes into the second half. Duffy picks out Suttner with a brilliant crossfield ball, he plays it inside to Gross and he in turn plays in Izquierdo, who squares for Knockaert to score from a tight angle.

Nearly out of nothing Izquierdo sprinted from inside his own half but carried it too close to Begovic and the chance was gone. A "clearance" bounced off Bournemouth defender Adam Smith before Wilson was able to poke home past Brighton keeper Maty Ryan.

Lowly AFC Bournemouth enter 2018 embroiled in a dogged battle to preserve their Premier League status for a fourth successive year.

Bournemouth twice had to come from behind on this short trip down the south coast, and twice they demonstrated the sort of spirit they had shown in scoring a late victor against Everton just two days earlier.

- Bournemouth have now gone eight league matches unbeaten against Brighton (W4 D4), with their last defeat coming back in January 2008 (3-2).

- Wilson has scored 16 Premier League goals without providing an assist - the most a player has scored in the competition without setting up a team-mate, overtaking Branko Strupar (15 goals, 0 assists).

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