Bournemouth 4 Leicester 2: Ryan Fraser double helps see off 10-man Foxes in goal-fest

AFTER going orienteering with the SAS during the international break, it was fitting that Bournemouth had their shooting boots on and no problem finding the way to goal against Leicester.

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Bournemouth star Ryan Fraser was superb against Leicester
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Eddie Howe’s troops lived up to the SAS motto of Who Dares Wins with a thrilling and clinical attacking display inspired by their jet-heeled winger Ryan Fraser.

Fraser was the main marksman in Bournemouth’s special force and provided two deadly sniper-like first-half finishes.

He also set up Adam Smith’s goal while Josh King was also on target before a late fightback from 10-man Leicester brought respectability to the final score.

Howe, whose side climbed up to fifth, said: “I can’t say that performance was down to picking up tips from the SAS!

“The players here always look fi t and that is testament to the work they have done during the international break.

“They have shown a great attitude again to what we have asked them to do and I was going to say that was a little bit of fun but I am not sure they would look at it like that.

“But it was something different they took to in a really good way.”

Leicester were better than the final score suggested but not helped by two of their most trusted soldiers, centre-backs Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan, having days to forget.

Captain Morgan’s was capped by his second-half dismissal after being shown two yellows.

Boss Claude Puel said: “It was a tough afternoon. It was not a fair reflection. We had good chances against a good team and it will be important that this game is just an accident.

“We have to prevent these goals conceded because it’s handicap for us.”

Bournemouth’s opener came in the 19th minute when Fraser capped a brilliant breakaway.

Howe’s men shuttled the ball quickly from goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to Dan Gosling to King and on to Fraser who ran at a panicking Morgan before cutting inside and firing past Kasper Schmeichel.

Maguire was then lucky to survive a second yellow after body-checking King.

And then what could have been 1-1, when Asmir Begovic produced a brilliant double save to deny Jamie Vardy and James Maddison, quickly became 3-0.

As he had already had his last warning, Maguire could do little other than let Fraser run through on to Callum Wilson’s pass to slot in his second in the 37th minute.

And four minutes later King smashed in a penalty he helped earn when Ricardo Pereira handled his pass.

Leicester’s afternoon went from bad to worse when Morgan was shown a second yellow Maguire almost got in the first half.

It seemed harsh but Morgan paid the price for looking out of control as he overstretched to reach a loose ball as he bulldozed his way forward.

Bournemouth made the most of being a man up when Fraser crossed for Smith to mark his 100th Premier League appearance to make it 4-0.

Leicester’s late rally when Maddison scored from the spot and Marc Albrighton headed in fellow sub Kelechi Iheanacho’s cross was too little, too late.

Howe claimed Fraser can become as good as he wants to be after yesterday’s star showing.

Pocket-rocket Fraser, who at 5ft 4in is nicknamed Wee Man, produced a big performance.

And Howe said: “He can go wherever he wants to go. I’d say the same for any player with his ability, age and attitude. He’s got a really bright future in front of him.

“The key thing for Ryan at this stage is believing in how good he can be.

“He’s being reinforced every week with his performances and now his goals. He’s in a very good place.

“Part of management is trying to give players confidence but I really only think that comes from the player himself. He has to believe it.

“You can tell them as much as you want but ultimately the player has to know it and feel it himself.

“I think now he’s going on to the pitch knowing he can perform at this level in a very good way.”

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