Wide areas key to Bournemouth's success this season

Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Charlie Daniels

The Cherries' strong play on the flanks has been key to their most impressive performances.

Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas celebrates scoring their fourth goal with Charlie Daniels

Bournemouth's 6-1 thrashing of Hull City was an impressive performance that was coming for the Cherries. 

Hull had conceded 11 goals in their previous three league games coming into the match, while Bournemouth had only lost one of their previous five - and that was to an impressive Manchester City side.

Key to their strong - and largely unnoticed - run of form has been their excellent use of wing play. Both starting wingers have an excellent relationship with their full-backs, Jordon Ibe and Charlie Daniels on the left and Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith on the right, respectively.

Bournemouth's Jordon Ibe in action with Everton's Idrissa Gueye

The wingers - Ibe and Stanislas - are pacey and direct, able to go at their opposite numbers both inside and outside, and that creates an interesting proposition for the full-backs. 

Daniels and Smith have the license to get forward and overlap, but also to underlap their wingers. The former is a common tactic, but the latter in particular wreaks havoc for opposition defences. 

Opposition wingers are forced to reluctantly trudge back and track Bournemouth's full-backs on the overlap, but often lose them completely when they underlap. This creates a two-on-one situation against opposition full-backs, as well as exploiting the space between full-back and centre-back consistently.

Bournemouth's Charlie Daniels celebrates scoring their first goal

The results have been coming for the Cherries, slowly but surely. Back-to-back losses in the opening two weeks deflected attention away from the steady progress and refinement Eddie Howe's side have been making.

The presence of the full-backs in attacking areas gives the wingers more creative license to make a telling contribution, and often, it has proved decisive. Stanislas scored a beauty to down Everton, while substitute Joshua King scored almost immediately after coming on to give his side the lead in the 2-2 draw against Watford. 

Needless to say, that was on show once again as Stanislas scored twice and set one up, Daniels scored and assisted, and Smith grabbed another assist.

Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas scores their fourth goal

Their strength on the flanks isn't rocket science, but it has a knock-on effect for the rest of the team. The central midfielders have more time and space and more options to pick out as a result of teams being stretched. 

Eddie Howe's Bournemouth hit six for the first time in the Premier League, and while Hull played poorly, the Cherries were excellent and deserved their big win.

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