Mousa Dembele scored his first Premier League goal since February to help Tottenham Hotspur recover from a nightmare start against Bournemouth to lead 3-1 at the break at Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth fell asleep from a set piece and the Belgian midfielder was quickest to respond when Danny Rose’s shot was blocked, holding off several tackles to confidently slot beyond Artur Boruc.
The goal is just Demebele’s fifth in 91 Premier League appearances for Spurs since his 2012 arrival from Fulham – a tally which is shockingly low for a player of his undoubted talent and skill.
His 17th-minute strike completed Tottenham’s turnaround, after Matt Richie’s powerful opener inside 50 seconds had been cancelled out by a Harry Kane penalty which he earned under Boruc’s challenge.
Boruc made another mistake in spilling a cross from Kane, leaving Erik Lamela with a simple tap-in from close range which put Mauricio Pochettino’s visitors 3-1 up moments before the half-hour mark.
Half-time: Bournemouth 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
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