Super sub Marcus Tavernier earns praise from Bournemouth manager Gary O’Neil

Super sub Marcus Tavernier stole the show with a wonder goal that inspired Bournemouth to a thrilling 2-1 comeback against Fulham, moving them out of the Premier League relegation zone. Gary O’Neil was full of praise for Tavernier as he scored only five minutes after coming off the bench. The Cherries looked to be heading for a third defeat in four games after conceding a goal to Andreas Pereira in the 16th minute, but Tavernier’s majestic curler and Dominic Solanke’s scrappy goal proved pivotal. Despite missing the suspended Willian and Aleksandar Mitrovic, Fulham dominated the first half with Harrison Reed providing the assist to Pereira’s goal. However, Bournemouth came back stronger in the second half after Tavernier and Ryan Christie were brought on for substitutes.

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The match saw a clear difference in the play between the first and second half, with Bournemouth looking more determined and energetic in the latter half. O’Neil said that Tavernier had both physical and technical gifts, and his goal was incredible. Even Fulham boss Marco Silva admitted that his team lacked the killer instinct to score the second goal. Berndt Leno’s smart save denied Tavernier’s second goal, but Solanke grabbed the winner in the 79th minute by scrambling the ball in from close range. Will Bournemouth continue their winning form, or will Fulham bounce back? Sign up to our newsletter now for all the latest Premier League news and analysis!

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