Premier League: Tough return for Cardiff as they lose at Bournemouth

Tough return for Cardiff as they lose at Bournemouth
By Eurosport

11/08/2018 at 15:53Updated 11/08/2018 at 19:30

Premier League, Vitality Stadium - Bournemouth 2 (Fraser 24, Wilson 90+1) Cardiff City 0

Promoted Cardiff started their Premier League campaign with a 2-0 defeat at Bournemouth as Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson gave the home side all three points.

Bournemouth dominated possession and deserved their 24th-minute lead as Scotland international Fraser latched on to Wilson's low pass inside the penalty area and slotted past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Wilson won a penalty nine minutes later following a clumsy challenge by Cardiff defender Bruno Ecuele Manga, but the forward failed to double his team's advantage as his weak shot was comfortably saved by Etheridge.

Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser scores their first goal

Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser scores their first goalReuters

Neil Warnock's side showed attacking intent after the break and had a couple of chances to equalise but Wilson ended their hopes of a comeback by converting defender Simon Francis' cross from close range in stoppage time.

Wilson said he was relieved to have found the net after his penalty miss and to secure Bournemouth's first win on the opening day of the Premier League in four attempts.

"It's never nice when it's saved but you can make it go one way or another, and thankfully, I've put it right," the 26-year-old told the BBC.

"There has been a good vibe in the squad in pre-season and we've brought that into today. It was difficult, and we knew it would be, but we got there in the end."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said Cardiff were tough to play against, despite the scoreline.

"They are very organised, very well coached and managed," Howe said. "They have a playing style that is unusual in the Premier League - long throws, deep free kicks. We stood up to that test well and it's a really promising start."