AFC Bournemouth recorded an excellent 3-0 win at the home of Premier League champions Chelsea this evening.
Second half goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and Nathan Ake made for a memorable night at Stamford Bridge, as the Cherries remain unbeaten in the Premier League since Christmas.
The result also means that the Cherries have beaten the reigning Premier League champions in each of the club’s three top flight campaigns.
The Cherries took the lead after 51 minutes of football. Wilson stole the ball in the Chelsea half, before playing a one-two with Ibe, who slot the striker in neatly to finish beyond Courtois. With the game barely restarted, Howe’s players were high in confidence and Lewis Cook took advantage of a nicely fallen ball, volleying it first time just over the bar.
A couple of Chelsea chances came and went, with Hazard ruled offside and Cherries ‘keeper Asmir Begovic called into action on more than one occasion.
But, the Cherries held their cool and their patience paid off once more.
Wilson and Stanislas combined excellently on the left, with the winger played through one-one-one against Courtois, making no mistake to slot home for 2-0.
With Howe’s side buoyed, there was no stopping the visitors at Stamford Bridge and a third duly followed.
A Cherries corner was swung in and cleared as far as Stanislas on the edge of the box, whose low shot was diverted in by ex-Chelsea defender Ake from six yards out.