Roller-coaster draw may prove vital for Cherries

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard could only watch in vain, as Bournemouth midfielder Junior Stanislas (right) scores his team's second goal in the thrilling 3-3 draw.
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard could only watch in vain, as Bournemouth midfielder Junior Stanislas (right) scores his team's second goal in the thrilling 3-3 draw.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LONDON • Childhood Toffees fan and Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe went from the depths of despair to the heights of elation, as his side battled back to snatch a thrilling 3-3 home draw in the 98th minute against Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Cherries, who have not won for eight matches, twice went behind and seemed set to suffer yet again when Ross Barkley put the visitors 3-2 ahead five minutes into the long period of stoppage time.

Yet Junior Stanislas scored his second goal of the match a minute from time at the Vitality Stadium to boost Bournemouth's fight against relegation, and prompt Howe to feel his side may have found some much-needed momentum.

"That was a crazy ending to a really competitive and tight game," the 37-year-old told reporters.

"The despair we felt on conceding that third goal was as bad as I've known, and the elation at scoring our third was the greatest I've ever known. It just shows what a powerful sport football is."

He had earlier seen his side go 0-2 down to goals from Ramiro Funes Mori and Romelu Lukaku before Adam Smith and Stanislas equalised late on.

The draw was 18th-placed Bournemouth's fourth in 14 league matches. They have 10 points, five ahead of bottom side Aston Villa.

Said Howe: "We've shown our resolve and our willingness to improve, which we will need if we are going to get through this tough season."

Everton manager Roberto Martinez rued his side's lack of a ruthless edge.

He added: "I don't know why the referee allowed play to continue for so long, but maybe it was luck for Bournemouth which they haven't had all season."

There was also a late show at the Stadium of Light, as two goals in two minutes gave Sunderland a 2-0 victory over 10-man Stoke that took the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2015, with the headline 'Roller-coaster draw may prove vital for Cherries'. Print Edition | Subscribe