Bournemouth were unable to stay in the Premier League despite a win against Everton. CATHERINE IVILL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Junior Stanislas scored a fine solo goal as Bournemouth fought gallantly but end their five-year stay in the Premier League with an entertaining 3-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
The visitors needed three points to have a chance of survival and put on an excellent display.
However, Aston Villa’s draw at West Ham United sealed the fate of the south coast side, who finished with 34 points, one shy of safety.
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Josh King gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot after 13 minutes, but Everton drew level before halftime through Moise Kean as the home team enjoyed the majority of possession.
But after Dominic Solanke restored their lead, Stanislas gave Bournemouth a two-goal cushion late in the second half.
It was just a second win in 13 matches for Bournemouth, and a first away since victory at Chelsea in December. However, their nine losses on the road since then went a long way to sealing their return to the Championship.
Postmatch, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe was unsure about his future with the club.
“It hurts. I’m trying to keep it together, I’m really sad for the fans of this club. They’ve not been here for the last part of the journey and that makes it harder,” Howe told BBC Sport.
“It’s a time for reflection, a time to see what the next step is. Everything at the club is based around staying in the Premier League and I’ll speak to the people that I need to speak to.
“It’s a very quick turnaround and we have to make the right decisions now.”
He added: “It’s small margins, there has been loads of moments during the season, it’s never down to one thing. As the manager I make hundreds of decisions and I haven’t been good enough this…