Bournemouth – Zimbabwe international defender Jordan Zemura described as a “massive day” beating Everton 3-0, to send Cherries into the World Cup break on a high.
Zemura was named man-of-the-match for his impressive display at left-back, having been restored to the Premier League side in place of Ryan Fredericks.
Goals from Marcus Tavernier, Kieffer Moore and Zemura’s close friend Jaidon Anthony sealed the win over Frank Lampard’s Toffees, which sends Cherries up to 14th in the table.
“It was a massive day for us,” Zemura told the Daily Echo.
“In the last few weeks I think you’ve seen us perform really well at a high level, but just not finishing out games or not stopping games.
“Saturday was all that frustration in one of losing a few games after being in the lead.
“On Saturday we got it to 3-0 then just held strong. It was a good day.”
Zemura was one of just three players to keep their places from Tuesday’s Carabao Cup win, also against Everton, as Gary O’Neil reverted back largely to the side who lost at Leeds in the Premier League the previous weekend.
“As you can see, the squad is really close,” said Zemura, who turned 23 yesterday.
“We’re all a really good group of lads. We all really get along with each other in the changing room.
“So when he made nine changes it wasn’t going to change anything because in training the chemistry is always really high and obviously then the team was back in on Saturday.
“We just want to be playing and winning as many games as we can.”
Discussing his housemate Anthony’s rare headed goal, Zemura said: “Honestly, I don’t think he’s scored a header in about six years!
“So for him to score a header is a massive one for him. I’m buzzing for him. His second Premier League goal, what a guy.”