Bournemouth beats Swansea with 1st clean sheet in 11 games

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  • AFC Bournemouth's Benik Afobe celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Swansea City during the English Premier League soccer match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

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    Swansea City's Wayne Routledge, left, and AFC Bournemouth's Joshua King battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

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    AFC Bournemouth's Joshua King, left, and Swansea City's Jack Cork battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

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    AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith controls the ball during the English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

  • AFC Bournemouth's Benik Afobe celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Swansea City during the English Premier League soccer match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

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    Swansea City's Wayne Routledge, left, and AFC Bournemouth's Joshua King battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

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    AFC Bournemouth's Joshua King, left, and Swansea City's Jack Cork battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

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    AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith controls the ball during the English Premier League soccer match against Swansea City at the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England, Saturday March 18, 2017. (Steven Paston/PA via AP)

BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP) — Bournemouth plugged the leaks in defense and moved nine points clear of the Premier League drop zone by beating relegation-threatened Swansea 2-0 on Saturday.

After leaking 26 goals in 10 games since a 3-0 win over Swansea on New Year's Eve, Bournemouth finally secured a clean sheet.

Alfie Mawson was credited with opening the scoring after Benik Afobe's tame shot hit the Swansea defender and wrong-footed goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in the 31st minute.

Afobe did get on the scoresheet by tucking away a low shot in the 72nd minute of his eighth start of the league campaign.

Swansea is one place and three points above the relegation zone.

  

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