Wolves 0-1 Bournemouth: Antoine Semenyo seals win for 10-man Cherries

Antoine Semenyo scores against Wolves
Antoine Semenyo has matched his best ever scoring league campaign with his eighth goal of the season

Antoine Semenyo scored the only goal as 10-man Bournemouth beat Wolves at Molineux to move into the top half of the Premier League table, despite having Milos Kerkez sent off.

Semenyo marked his return to the starting line-up with the opening goal, taking his tally to eight for the season when he slotted in from close range after Wolves failed to clear.

It was no less than the visitors deserved as they employed a positive approach from the outset.

Bournemouth created a plethora of chances with top scorer Dominic Solanke, Alex Scott, Kerkez and Justin Kluivert all testing home keeper Jose Sa, who performed admirably in the face of constant pressure.

The Cherries’ profligacy in front of goal looked like it was going to be punished when Hwang Hee-chan looked to have equalised in the second half, but his effort was ruled out after the video assistant referee (VAR) asked on-field official Stuart Attwell to check the pitchside monitor for a foul in the build-up.

Attwell, who was at the centre of a VAR storm after Nottingham Forest’s defeat by Everton on Sunday, deemed that Wolves substitute Matheus Cunha had caught Kluivert in the face with a swinging arm in the moments before Nelson Semedo delivered the cross for Hwang.

The game immediately fell back into its original pattern in the aftermath of that incident, with Bournemouth probing without finding any success in the final third, until they were reduced to 10-men for the final 10 minutes of regulation time after Hungary left-back Kerkez was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Matt Doherty.

Andoni Iraola’s side hung on throughout the closing stages – including 12 minutes of stoppage time – for a win that moves them up to 10th, two points behind eighth-placed West Ham, while Wolves drop to 12th.

Toothless Wolves falter again

Wolves’ season seems to be fizzling out as they slumped to a fourth successive home defeat in all competitions, for the first time since February 2017 when they were playing in the Championship.

It is six games without victory in the league, losing four during that sequence, and a threadbare squad is making life difficult for boss Gary O’Neil.

The hosts simply never managed to build any momentum with chances few and far between as they allowed Bournemouth to control the tempo and take ownership of territory high up the field.

Pablo Sarabia had Wolves’ best sight at the target in the opening 45 minutes, curling a shot from the edge of the box but Mark Travers, making his first league start of the season for Bournemouth, pulled off a fine save.

Wolves emerged early for the second half with O’Neil’s words still ringing in their ears but it did not have much impact as his old side Bournemouth continued to call the shots.

VAR played a big role in denying Wolves two goals, with the first more controversial than the second.

Hwang’s header was put away cleanly but an incident earlier in the move ultimately meant the goal was chalked off, while Max Kilman fired into the bottom corner deep into additional time, only to be deemed offside after VAR took a look.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers

  1. Squad number1Player nameJosé Sá

  2. Squad number22Player nameNélson Semedo

  3. Squad number4Player nameBueno

  4. Squad number23Player nameKilman

  5. Squad number24Player nameToti Gomes

  6. Squad number5Player nameLemina

  7. Squad number21Player nameSarabia

  8. Squad number8Player nameJoão Gomes

  9. Squad number20Player nameDoyle

  10. Squad number3Player nameAït-Nouri

  11. Squad number11Player nameHwang Hee-chan

  1. Squad number2Player nameDoherty

  2. Squad number6Player nameTraoré

  3. Squad number12Player nameMatheus Cunha

  4. Squad number62Player nameChirewa

  5. Squad number63Player nameFraser

AFC Bournemouth

  1. Squad number42Player nameTravers

  2. Squad number15Player nameA Smith

  3. Squad number27Player nameZabarnyi

  4. Squad number25Player nameSenesi

  5. Squad number3Player nameKerkez

  6. Squad number4Player nameL Cook

  7. Squad number10Player nameChristie

  8. Squad number24Player nameSemenyo

  9. Squad number14Player nameScott

  10. Squad number19Player nameKluivert

  11. Squad number9Player nameSolanke

  1. Squad number5Player nameKelly

  2. Squad number11Player nameOuattara

  3. Squad number23Player nameHill

  4. Squad number26Player nameÜnal



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1
  • 22Nélson SemedoBooked at 23mins
  • 4BuenoSubstituted forDohertyat 45′minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 23Kilman
  • 24GomesSubstituted forFraserat 90+3′minutes
  • 5Lemina
  • 21SarabiaSubstituted forChirewaat 64′minutes
  • 8João GomesSubstituted forTraoréat 64′minutes
  • 20DoyleSubstituted forMatheus Cunhaat 55′minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 3Aït-NouriBooked at 44mins
  • 11Hwang Hee-chan


  • 2Doherty
  • 6Traoré
  • 12Matheus Cunha
  • 17Bueno
  • 25Bentley
  • 37Holman
  • 61Okoduwa
  • 62Chirewa
  • 63Fraser


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 42Travers
  • 15A Smith
  • 27Zabarnyi
  • 25SenesiSubstituted forHillat 87′minutes
  • 3KerkezBooked at 79mins
  • 4L Cook
  • 10Christie
  • 24Semenyo
  • 14ScottSubstituted forKellyat 81′minutes
  • 19KluivertSubstituted forOuattaraat 74′minutes
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forÜnalat 87′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 1Neto
  • 5Kelly
  • 11Ouattara
  • 23Hill
  • 26Ünal
  • 29Billing
  • 37Aarons
  • 49Sadi
  • 50Dacosta Gonzalez

Stuart Attwell


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