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Experience matters: Defoe seals AFC Bournemouth win inspired by Ibe

Experience matters: Defoe seals AFC Bournemouth win inspired by Ibe

After starting their first 11 games of the season, Ibe lost his place.

And Howe now wants the England youth worldwide to kick on and repeat the dose throughout the campaign.

"I felt like we controlled the game tonight, we created chances and had good energy levels. I hope that's the kick-start and the confidence boost he needs because he can be a difference-maker for us".

"He only played two pre-season games, maybe 20-25 minutes in each". The England worldwide had time to turn and fire home his first goal of the campaign, which was enough to secure all three points for the Dorset outfit.

"He [Howe] wanted me to be direct and go at the full-back, it's great for me to help the team win today".

Defoe turned in the box and drilled home a clinical finish - his first goal since joining the Cherries in the summer - after being put through by substitute Jordon Ibe.

"He is one of the best finishers I've ever seen".

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"We need to get to know as a team what Jermain wants, where he wants the ball", said Howe. His first assist was an example of the flair that has marked him out as a rising star since his teenage years, and there was impressive skill and composure for his second.

Bournemouth's spluttering, pointless start to the campaign had been masked by higher-profile malaises at the likes of Crystal Palace and Arsenal, whose 3-0 thrashing of Eddie Howe's men last week had laid bare the Cherries' flaws.

"It's hard to take, we did everything right", Hughton said.

After the game, Defoe told Sky Sports: "I thought when we went a goal down, we really dug in - the tempo changed completely".

"When you work so closely with a group every day you see the trends and you see the attitude, the willingness to do well - that's all there. we just haven't delivered on game day". Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.

It only took two minutes for Ibe to provide the spark they needed.