BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Stoke ended a run of three consecutive 3-0 defeats in the Premier League with a morale-boosting 3-1 win at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Newly-signed from Porto, French midfielder Giannelli Imbula gave Stoke the ideal start, volleying home from 25 yards (meters) in the ninth minute.
Bournemouth tried to respond in the second half but came off worse from three goals scored in the space of five minutes.
Ibrahim Afellay struck his first Premier League goal in the 52nd minute and Xherdan Shaqiri provided a superb cross for Joselu to make it 3-0 just a minute later.
Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie smacked a left shot past Jack Butland in the 57th and then came close to a second, but Mark Hughes' side held on for the victory.