Bournemouth 2 – Everton 1
In his final match in 2017, Sam Allardyce lost his unbeaten record at Everton.
Everton fell to a 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth on Saturday in a huge result for the Cherries.
After their controversial 3-3 draw with West Ham, Bournemouth picked up three huge points against Everton in their bid to beat the drop.
The win pushed Bournemouth up to 13th in the Premier League.
The hero for the hosts was midfielder Ryan Fraser. He opened in the 33rd minute and scored a winner for the Cherries in the 89th.
Idrissa Gana Gueye had scored a leveller for Everton in the second half.
Bad news for Josh King
Bournemouth have been hit with an injury crisis in the past few weeks.
A few weeks ago in the League Cup, Chelsea knocked out Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.
Aside from losing the cup tie, Bournemouth also lost two key players at Stamford Bridge.
Charlie Daniels picked up a knock, as did striker Jermain Defoe.
Bournemouth have since confirmed that Defoe will be out of action for up to two months.
Howe has also been without Junior Stanislas and Harry Arter, while Adam Federici, Brad Smith and Tyrone Mings are all sidelined with long term injuries.
And now Josh King has joined the walking wounded at the Vitality Stadium.
King was subbed out of the Everton game just after the hour mark. After the game it was confirmed King has a hamstring injury.
We've been forced into a change…
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) December 30, 2017
That’s likely to mean he’s out of commission for two to three weeks.
That had been suggestions that West Brom or Wolves could sign Bournemouth’s Benik Afobe in the January transfer window.
But after King’s injury, can Bournemouth really allow another striker to leave their squad?
Confirmation that Josh King picked up another hamstring injury. "You're looking at least a few weeks. It may change our transfer policy." #AFCB
— Ben Dinnery (@BenDinnery) December 30, 2017
Brighton host Bournemouth on Monday before the Cherries face Wigan in the FA Cup third round next weekend.