Bournemouth again showed the class in its squad at the championship level, as they presented with a flashy and reckless display despite cold, wet December conditions.
Philip Billing, who recently made his debut in Denmark, scored in the first before Dominic Solanke, formerly from Liverpool, scored the second.
Diego Rico’s clever free kick earned the Spaniard the first goal for the club and took the game beyond a Barnsley side that fought hard at times but was overtaken. The Yorkshire team had already turned 70. Minute a 4-0 deficit when Sam Surridge came on after a breakaway.
The top three on the championship standings are the three relegated Premier League last season who underscored the strength of their squad – and some of the dangerous Bournemouth weapons that were fired here and looking confident.
Also noteworthy was the rare away loss for Bournemouth as this is one side of their game that they want to further refine.
That win meant Jason Tindall’s men were recovering from their slight 3-2 loss to Preston and 2-2 draw with Rotherham.
Tindall said, “We had to answer and we definitely did. Everyone was excellent in a difficult place under difficult conditions. ”
The soaring visitors who were playing with a threesome came excruciatingly close to the goal in the second minute. A defensive mix-up with Barnsley allowed Surridge to dodge goalkeeper Jack Walton, but he shot wide.
Adam Smith, however, soon did an impressive job at Bournemouth’s opener when he cut inside and then knocked off Billing, who found the farthest corner of the goal from 22 yards.
The rain turned the crisp passing game into a challenge, but the intensity of the game remained high and Barnsley posed a threat, particularly from Conor Chaplin’s deliveries.
The Yorkshire club struggled just before the break when Cauley Woodrow cheaply lost the ball and led to the second goal. Lewis Cook won the ball and it ran free for Solanke, who burst forward and then shot from six yards.
Bournemouth’s quality was again evident at the beginning of the second half when Rico scored his free kick and whipped the ball in from a testing angle when Barnsley expected a cross instead. « I didn’t expect him to shoot, » joked Tindall.
Surridge made up for his earlier miss by racing clear and winding his shot behind Walton.
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