English Premiership

Wilson back-heel wins it for Cherries

Callum Wilson (Gallo)
Callum Wilson (Gallo)

Cape Town - A late Callum Wilson stunner secured all three points for Bournemouth as they beat West Brom 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.

As expected the home side dominated possession and the Baggies looked to beat them on the counter but despite having the most of the ball, Bournemouth never really threatened in the first half.

However, as the game looked to be heading for a boring draw, Wilson produced a moment of magic to set the Vitality Stadium alight with only 10 minutes remaining.

The back-heeled goal was enough to secure their first win of the season.

Jordan Ibe had an early chance to but the Cherries ahead but he delayed his shot and it was easily blocked by the Baggies defence.

Eddie Howe's side dominated possession completely in the opening 25 minutes with some crisp passing all over the pitch but Ibe and co struggled to get the better of the solid defensive partnership of Johnny Evans and Gareth McAuly.

However, Ibe was really lively as he looked like beating left-back Brendan Galloway everytime he received the ball.

Just after the break, Baggies forward Saido Berahino, who was handed a surprise start ahead of Salamon Rondon, missed a glorious chance when he hit the ball straight at Artur Boruc from five yards out.

Just after the hour mark Berahino looked to be fuming when he was replaced by Rondon, while Howe gave new signing Jack Wilshere his league debut for the club.

Matt Phillps nearly got the away side the opener with a slightl;y over-hit free kick from the left flank, the former QPR winger's cross dipped at the last moment to hit the top of a relieved Boruc's cross bar.

With the last 10 minutes of the game approaching and the home side playing in front of the Baggies defence it looked like the game would be heading a goalless draw but a moment of magic from Callum Wilson eventually broke the deadlock.

Right-back Adam Smith picked the ball up on the right flank and as he approached the penalty area, he smashed a ball across the face of goal for Wilson to deflect into the back of Ben Foster's net with a backheel.

The wonderful goal was deservedly the winner and gave Eddie Howe and his side their first three points of the new Premier League campaign.