Eddie Howe said Bournemouth’s victory over Everton was a “huge moment in our season” as Callum Wilson scored twice at Vitality Stadium.
“Callum took his goals really well and he pressed really well,” added Howe. “He was an all-round threat and his second goal was a brilliant finish.”
After back-to-back 3-1 defeats by Leicester and Manchester City, this was a timely win for Bournemouth, who welcomed Lewis Cook back to the midfield for the first time since December following his recovery from a knee injury.
Howe gave a league debut to 23-year-old defender Jack Stacey, a £4m buy from Luton in the summer, as he fielded a side with an average age of 24 years and 195 days, Bournemouth’s youngest starting line-up the Premier League.
Soft under-belly hampering Everton
Everton would have climbed above Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal into third spot with a win on the south coast.
Instead, their season is back to square one with a top-six challenge looking some way off unless they can find greater consistency.
Marco Silva’s side flattered to deceive and were ultimately well beaten.
“There’s a big frustration because we lost the game and gave some things too easily to our opponent,” said Silva.
“Bournemouth not only won the first ball, they won the second and the third.
“We have a lot of work to do – we have to be more clinical, more aggressive and more solid because we cannot concede goals as easily as we did.”
Silva had opted to drop Moise Kean, the 19-year-old Italy forward signed for an initial fee of £25.1m in the summer.
His replacement, Calvert-Lewin, was denied by Ramsdale when the game was goalless and cancelled out Wilson’s opener with his first goal in 971 Premier League minutes following Richarlison’s cross.
Richarlison also hit the bar before the opening goal and had one final chance to score after Wilson made it 3-1.
The Brazilian forward had the chance to ensure a nervous finish for Bournemouth after Ramsdale had beaten away Alex Iwobi’s attempt but, on an afternoon to forget for the Toffees, put the opportunity wide.
Man of the match – Aaron Ramsdale (Bournemouth)
Defensive worries for Everton – the stats
- Everton have conceded seven goals in their past three league games, as many as they had in their previous 13 Premier League fixtures.
- Bournemouth have scored directly from a free-kick for the second time in three Premier League games – they had done so just once in their previous 154 games in the competition.
- Ryan Fraser has scored three goals in three Premier League appearances against Everton at Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth return to Premier League action on Friday when they meet Southampton at St Mary’s (20:00 BST) while Everton host newly promoted Sheffield United on Saturday (15:00).