- Dan Gosling, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas score for Bournemouth
- Anthony Knockaert shown a straight red card
- Albion remain five points clear of the relegation zone
- The Seagulls are next in action against Cardiff City on Tuesday
Brighton & Hove Albion’s quest for Premier League survival was dealt another blow after a 5-0 defeat to AFC Bournemouth at the Amex Stadium.
A goal each from Dan Gosling, Ryan Fraser, David Brooks, Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas secured a convincing win for the Cherries, while Anthony Knockaert received a straight red card in the second half for Chris Hughton's team.
The one bright side of an otherwise dark day for the Seagulls was Cardiff City's 2-0 defeat at Burnley, which meant the gap between Albion and the bottom three remained at five points.
Hughton made two changes to the side that lost to Manchester City last week, with Florin Andone and Jurgen Locadia replacing Glenn Murray and Alireza Jahanbakhsh in the starting line-up.
Albion created a chance inside the opening couple of minutes when Yves Bissouma took advantage of some space on the edge of the box, but the Malian midfielder shot wide of the target.
Bournemouth broke forward through Nathan Ake in the early stages, as he got to the byline and played in a cross towards Joshua King, who headed wide after being put under pressure by Bernardo.
Davy Propper then delivered an enticing cross beyond the Cherries defence, which narrowly missed the onrushing Locadia and Andone deep inside the box.
But it was the visitors that struck first in the 34th minute through Gosling, who took a touch and finished from close-range at the end of a free-flowing Bournemouth move.
Knockaert and Bissouma then linked up well to tee up Dale Stephens on the edge of the area, but the midfielder fired wide with a shot from distance.
Steve Cook then fired at goal from 25 yards, but Maty Ryan was equal to the former Albion defender's ambitious effort.
The second half began with an altercation in the penalty area involving Andone and Chris Mepham, with the latter appearing to move his head towards the Romanian, but referee Kevin Friend gave a yellow card to both players.
Hughton’s men looked to try and get some sort of foothold in the game, as Knockaert drifted a free kick into the area, but Bernardo headed over the bar.
Eddie Howe’s side still carried a threat though, and King got the better of Lewis Dunk down the right and played a cut-back towards Wilson, but Shane Duffy made a brilliant sliding challenge to clear the ball.
Albion were dealt a hammer blow just moments later when Fraser doubled the visitors’ lead with a looping finish over Ryan after being teed up by Wilson.
Murray and Jose Izquierdo were brought on in a bid to freshen up Albion’s frontline, but the Seagulls were dealt another blow after Knockaert was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Adam Smith with 20 minutes left to play.
Howe’s side effectively killed the game as a contest courtesy of Brooks, who played a one-two with Fraser and fired past Ryan from close-range despite Dunk’s best efforts to intercept the midfielder's shot.
The visitors added extra gloss to the scoreline through Wilson, who showed some good footwork inside the box and fired past Ryan to make it 4-0 in the 83rd minute.
The damage wasn't done though, as Stanislas added a fifth in stoppage time to complete the rout. Albion's attentions now turn to Tuesday's game against Cardiff City - a game which now carries even greater significance in their bid to beat relegation.
ALBION: Ryan; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bernardo; Propper (Izquierdo 63), Stephens, Bissouma; Knockaert, Andone (Murray 58), Locadia.
SUBS NOT USED: Button (GK), Bong, Burn, Kayal, Jahanbakhsh.
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