Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hailed Ryan Fraser’s impact after coming off the bench to inspire them to a 3-1 win over Everton.
Prior to Fraser’s introduction, Howe’s Bournemouth side were tied at 1-1 with Everton at the Vitality Stadium following first-half goals from both Callum Wilson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Wilson gave the hosts a dream start by nodding in a 23rd-minute goal from the rebound. However, Calvert-Lewin scored a header of his own just before the break for his first goal since March.
The 22-year-old striker’s good work, though, was undone in second-half in the space of just five minutes.
Fraser, who replaced Harry Wilson, restored Bournemouth’s lead with a low free-kick just 10 minutes after coming on. Wilson later lobbed the ball past Everton keeper Jordan Pickford to seal a 3-1 victory.
For Howe, though, Fraser’s introduction triggered their winning display in the second-half.
“I expected Ryan to make a real impact,” the 41-year-old told Sky Sports.
“It was a stage of the game where we felt we needed a lift. the goal was typical and his set play delivery is excellent. he was the catalyst for our improvement in the second half.”
He also paid tribute to Wilson, who has now scored three goals in his last two appearances. It marks a welcome return in form for the 27-year-old, who had gone five league games without scoring.
“Strikers need to score goals to feel confident,” said Howe.
“Callum has never had a problem in that respect and the second goal, in particular, was an outstanding finish.”
On the game itself, Howe added: “It was hard work.
“It was a really hot day and our boys performed superbly. It is huge psychologically because our home form is so important. we knew it was a huge moment in our season and, hopefully, we can use it as a launchpad for better things.”
Bournemouth now sit in eighth-place in the Premier League table with seven points from five games.