Defoe delighted as Bournemouth seal win over Brighton

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The south coast side went into the game second bottom in the league, having lost their first four fixtures and scored only once.

The Seagulls broke the deadlock in the 55th minute through Solly March's header following Pascal Gross's pinpoint delivery from the right.

- Jermain Defoe scored his first goal for Bournemouth since May 2001 (5977 days ago), when he was playing alongside Eddie Howe for the Cherries away at Reading.

- Andrew Surman ended a run of 68 Premier League games without a goal, scoring his first since he found the net in Norwich's 6-1 defeat to Manchester City in April 2012.

The hosts then took the lead in the 73rd minute when Ibe played in Defoe, who rifled the ball past Matt Ryan. He wants to train every day, he doesn't want to be treated as a special case, he really wants to muck in and be one of the boys.

Hughton's charges continued to push for a leveler in the closing stages of the second half, but Bournemouth managed to hold out to claim three points for the first time this season. He can beat people in tight areas and he did that for the two goals.

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"(I am) incredibly disappointed. "We have to regroup and focus on the next game".

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

"My biggest concern is the identity of the team, making sure that's visible to me and everyone else", said Howe.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "When you're at a club like Bournemouth that have only recently been in the Premier League, you can have good and bad periods".

"This is the first meeting between these two coastal clubs since April 2015, but there won't be a long wait until the next match as they face each other again in the EFL Cup on Tuesday".

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