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Defoe delighted as Bournemouth seal win over Brighton

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Jermain Defoe was thrilled after the first goal of his second Bournemouth spell inspired the Cherries to a 2-1 victory over Brighton. The England striker scored his first Bournemouth goal in 16 years as Eddie Howe's men came from behind to win their first Premier League game of the season.

Solly March's 55th-minute header had Brighton dreaming of a second successive league win but Andrew Surman coolly levelled before Defoe stole the victory - with substitute Jordon Ibe setting up both home goals.

Defoe said: "I thought when we went a goal down, we really dug in - the tempo changed completely.

"On a personal note, I'm just delighted to get my first goal back and it was the winner so we're delighted with the three points."

Howe is hopeful Bournemouth can kick on after getting their first points of the campaign.

He said: "When you start a season you want those first points on the board as quickly as you can.

"It's taken longer than we'd hoped but it's come now and hopefully that can set us off."

Speaking about Ibe's impact, Howe added: "He's such a talent. He can beat people in really tight areas and he did that for the two goals. I hope that's the kick-start, the confidence boost that he needs because he could be a difference-maker for us."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton was disappointed to see his side leave empty-handed after taking the lead.

He said: "It was hard to take. We knew we were up against a Bournemouth side that would be pushing to get their first win.

"They're good on the ball, they had very good movement but I thought we matched them.

"Once we took the lead, if anything, that spurred them into perhaps making the changes that they did and they had to go for it a little bit more.

"Also I thought we conceded two poor goals, which was unlike us given what we had done in the period before that."

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