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Bournemouth manager Scott Parker praises ‘animal’ Leif Davis for role in 4-0 win over Swansea

Bournemouth coach Scott Parker praises’ animal ‘Leif Davis for his role in the Cherries’ 4-0 beating of Swansea after the youngster’s stuttering start to the season

  • Bournemouth beat Swansea City 4-0 in the Championship on Saturday
  • The victory keeps the Cherries holding their two-point lead at the top
  • Dominic Solanke scored in either half and Jaidon Anthony scored twice at the end
  • Leif Davis endured an interrupted period since joining the loan, but was victorious.


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Scott Parker praised the ‘animal’ Leif Davis after the youngster came out of the cold to help Bournemouth crush Swansea and maintain their two-point lead at the top of the championship.

Left-back Davis, 21, had endured an interrupted campaign with a start and three substitute appearances since joining on loan from Leeds United, but provided a display of action and assistance as his team immediately rebounded from their first loss. in the League at home to Preston. in the middle of the week.

With Dominic Solanke (just 24) scoring in each half, 21-year-old winger Jaidon Anthony scored twice at the end and goalkeeper Mark Travers, 22, posting a ninth clean sheet in 16 games, Parker’s faith in youth is paying good dividends.

Scott Parker praised the 'animal' Leif Davis (right) after his participation in the 4-0 win

Scott Parker praised the ‘animal’ Leif Davis (right) after his participation in the 4-0 win

On Davis ‘performance, Chief Parker said:’ I was happy for him. He has had to wait for his opportunity. He has had problems since he arrived for many reasons. He’s had injuries and illnesses, so it’s been a bit of a stuttering start.

He’s also a young player and doesn’t have a lot of experience in the arena, so we’ve had to work and help him get through that.

“ What I liked the most is that it started slowly in that regard today, then it just became the game. He really was an animal and he got some help, so I was happy for him. ‘

Davis himself stepped alongside the injured 21-year-old Jordan Zemura, who had enjoyed a sensational start to the season, and the team that eliminated the Swans also featured 23-year-old captain Lloyd Kelly as central defender and 21-year-old youth team graduate Gavin Kilkenny in midfield. Marked by the experience of Gary Cahill, 35, on defense, this is a team that seems to be improving every week in all areas.

Former Liverpool player Dominic Solanke scored on both sides of the break to make it 2-0

Former Liverpool player Dominic Solanke scored on both sides of the break to make it 2-0

Former Liverpool player Dominic Solanke scored on both sides of the break to make it 2-0

Davis celebrates with Gavin Kilkenny (left) and Jaidon Anthony (center) after Solanke's second

Davis celebrates with Gavin Kilkenny (left) and Jaidon Anthony (center) after Solanke's second

Davis celebrates with Gavin Kilkenny (left) and Jaidon Anthony (center) after Solanke’s second

In a fierce encounter at Vitality Stadium, the Cherries showed resistance to overcome a dominant opening spell from Swansea, which slipped to 12th place and three points from the play-offs.

When the opener came, everything seemed so simple. Anthony’s ball sent Philip Billing clear and his first low cross found Solanke in the box.

After a difficult first half, Davis came to the fore as the hosts put the game to bed almost immediately after the break. He ran for another pass from Anthony and his cross was acrobatically dispatched by the lethal Solanke.

The Cherries showed resilience as they bounced back from a midweek loss to Preston.

The Cherries showed resilience as they bounced back from a midweek loss to Preston.

The Cherries showed resilience as they bounced back from a midweek loss to Preston.

Aggressive pressure from Bournemouth made it difficult for Swansea to build any of their signature passing moves, at times flirting with danger by playing from behind.

That led to the third goal when Matt Grimes’ missed pass was taken advantage of by Ryan Christie, who dropped Kyle Naughton and charged on goal.

When his effort was stopped by Ben Hamer, Anthony placed a header back past the goalie.

In the last minute, Swansea was caught in possession again inside his own box and substitute Jamal Lowe slid the ball for Anthony to concede with the last kick of the game.

Swans head coach Russell Martin said: ‘It hurts me that we lost 4-0. I don’t think the guys deserved it. ‘

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