Tottenham keep pressure on Chelsea with hammering of Bournemouth

Tottenham's Harry Kane shoots at goal

At times like these, with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur utterly rampant, it is the points that got away from them earlier in the season which come to feel more and more significant. How about the two they dropped in the 0-0 draw at Bournemouth last October? With just an extra couple to their tally, it would be possible to paint their Premier League title pursuit in an even more exciting light.

Bournemouth’s Joshua King preys on Liverpool nerves to share points

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

By the end, with the Bournemouth players cavorting in front of their delirious supporters and an important step in the race for the Champions League squandered, Philippe Coutinho was not the only one in red feeling nauseous at Anfield. Liverpool had almost fulfilled Jürgen Klopp’s pre-match instruction to start winning ugly when they strayed into the grotesque.

Benik Afobe lifts Bournemouth clear as Swansea remain in danger

Bournemouth's Benik Afobe scores their second goal

Bournemouth recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time since last March to hoist themselves nine points clear of the relegation zone and dent Swansea’s survival hopes. Eddie Howe felt he was ageing after his team’s difficult start to the year but this relentless display will have left him full of vigour.

Bournemouth’s Joshua King hits hat-trick in thriller with West Ham

Bournemouth's Benik Afobe shoots at goal

The jubilation on the touchline said it all as Eddie Howe was mobbed by Joshua King, who wheeled away after scoring his first Premier League hat-trick to earn Bournemouth a much-needed first win this year. King and Benik Afobe had missed first-half penalties before the Norway striker scored his ninth, 10th and 11th goals of the season in a character-building home win that lifted them six points clear of the relegation zone.