Come on, admit it. You didn’t give them a shot. Not before the season began, and especially after Scott Parker was given his marching orders. Ever since they earned promotion back to the Premier League in May 2022, the vast majority consigned the Cherries to the drop.
And hey, they might still end up getting relegated. But did you envisage Bournemouth, one led by novice coach Gary O’Neil, being this competitive in 2022/23?
The south coast outfit will fight until the last, and they’ve given themselves a legitimate chance of survival with O’Neil proving his competence at the highest…