Sheff Utd 5-3 AFC Bournemouth: Blades outshine Cherries as winless streak continues
AFC Bournemouth were outclassed as they continue to search for their first league win of the season.
Two goals from Ryan Flynn helped Sheffield United come from behind to record a 5-3 win over the Cherries.
Speaking to the club's official website, Cherries manager Paul Groves said: "We got ourselves in front and they then made the game more physical and direct and we had no answer to that which is disappointing.
"We gifted them a two-goal lead by half time, and you cannot do that at a place like Sheffield United."
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A header from Tommy Elphick gave the visitors to Brammal Lane the lead after 20 minutes, before two goals within seven minutes by Flynn turned the game on its head.
A fantastic strike from John Cofie gave The Blades a comfortable two-goal lead before the break. However, Bournemouth gave themselves hope immediately after the restart as Lee Barnard headed past Mark Howard.
Richard Cresswell headed home on the hour mark to give his side some breathing space, but the scoring wasn't over. With time running out, a long-range drive by Marc Pugh found the net.
The Cherries had three minutes to claim a dramatic equaliser, but Nick Blackman was tripped in the box by Josh McQuiod, allowing Blackman to get back on his feet and convert the penalty - ending any hope of a Cherries comeback.
"If you go to any ground in the division and score three goals, you expect to take something back on the bus with you" added Groves.
"We have to move on and we have the opportunity on Tuesday to put things right, and that's what we intend to do."
The Cherries face south coast rivals Portsmouth on Tuesday in the first round of the Johnstone's Paint trophy at Fratton Park.