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'We must work even harder' - Radu urges AFC Bournemouth to kick on after huge win over Burnley
AFC Bournemouth recorded their first Premier League victory of the season, with a 2-1 triumph over Burnley.
Goalkeeper Andrei Radu helped AFC Bournemouth seal their first Premier League win of the season, before declaring: “We must work even harder now.”
Andoni Iraola’s side recorded a 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Burnley at Vitality Stadium, coming from behind thanks to goals from Antione Semenyo and Philip Billing.
Romanian Radu, signed on loan from Inter Milan in July, was parachuted in between the sticks for Cherries in place of the injured Neto.
And the 26-year-old expressed his delight in seeing the Dorset outfit get their first league success on the board, during his own Premier League debut.
He told afcbTV: “We were waiting for this win since the beginning of the season and it finally came.
“We are very happy with it. We must work even harder now.
“We needed that. We needed that sparkling of motivation. We just need to focus and give 100 per cent.”
In a game which saw both teams start the day in the bottom three of the top flight, the hosts fell behind on 11 minutes.
Burnley full-back Charlie Taylor tried his luck with a rasping effort from the edge of the box following a corner.
The strike paid dividends for the former Leeds man to make it 1-0 to the Clarets – his first goal in 198 games for the Turf Moor side.
However, Taylor then went from hero to zero just more than 10 minutes later.
He was pressed and dispossessed by Antoine Semenyo in midfield, with the Cherries attacker surging forward and applying a cool finish into the bottom corner to level the scores.
A moment of magic then won the encounter for Bournemouth with 14 minutes remaining.
After Burnley lost possession in midfield, Billing saw visiting keeper James Trafford off his line and sent a stunning long range effort into the beck of the net to seal three points.
We still can't get over this goal ??— AFC Bournemouth ?? (@afcbournemouth) October 29, 2023
Phil reacts to his winning strike ?? pic.twitter.com/LSqtaMiSW7
Burnley did have the ball in the net again late on through Jay Rodriguez but, after a lengthy VAR check, the former Southampton striker was confirmed offside.
Asked about Billing’s sensational winner, Radu added: “Our coach told us to watch the keeper because he was staying up during the game. I am happy that Bill scored an amazing goal.
“It was a big relief when we heard the whistle. We are very happy.”
Victory lifted Cherries to 17th in the league table, above Luton, Burnley and Sheffield United.
They host Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
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