TWO goals from substitute Harry Wilson came in vain as Cherries fell to a 3-2 defeat at Tottenham.

Dele Alli’s brace combined with a Moussa Sissoko volley had put Spurs 3-0 up, before a late fightback from the visitors.

Welshman Wilson curled in an impressive free-kick in reply to give Cherries hope, and then netted again deep into stoppage time.

And there was even time for one last chance for Cherries as Nathan Ake sent Callum Wilson scampering through on goal in the final attack of the afternoon, but an outstretched leg from Jan Vertonghen kept him at bay.

The 3-2 loss marks a third straight defeat for Cherries.

Eddie Howe made four changes to the side which lost against Wolves last weekend. Two were enforced with suspended duo Simon Francis and Philip Billing replaced by Jack Stacey and Jefferson Lerma. The other changes saw Dominic Solanke and Arnaut Danjuma start with Harry Wilson dropping to the bench, while Adam Smith missed out due to illness.

Teenagers Gavin Kilkenny and Christian Saydee were included in a Premier League matchday squad for the first time in their careers, named among the substitutes.

Spurs came into the game having won both their matches under new boss Jose Mourinho, but it was Cherries who started the game on the front foot. Danjuma’s left-footed effort was turned behind by goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga before Callum Wilson headed over following a cross by the lively Solanke.

Diego Rico also let fly, calling Gazzaniga into a smart parry.

But, slowly, Spurs began to grow into the contest. Son Heung-Min broke down the left and fired just wide on 19 minutes and suddenly the hosts were beginning to find gaps on the counter-attack.

And they duly took the lead two minutes later. Out of nothing, a long ball forwards from centre-back Toby Alderweireld beat the defence, allowing Son to tee up Alli to slot home inside the box.

Aaron Ramsdale was called into an important stop at his near post to deny Harry Kane soon after, before Tottenham thought they had doubled their lead. A Moussa Sissoko shot struck Davinson Sanchez, who controlled and slammed into the net, but the play was pulled back for a handball by the Colombian.

Back came Cherries with Stacey chopping inside onto his left foot and arrowing a shot just past the post. Danjuma also saw an effort saved, just after Spurs had seen a strong penalty appeal waved away after a sliding Steve Cook blocked an Alli cross with an arm.

Within five minutes of the restart, Tottenham had doubled their tally. It was in familiar fashion again with a long Alderweireld ball finding Alli, who ghosted in between Stacey and Steve Cook and clipped a finish beyond Ramsdale.

Cherries looked for an instant reply with Rico’s deep free-kick finding Steve Cook, but his shot deflected behind.

Alli, who had only notched three goals this season prior to facing Cherries, almost rounded off his hat-trick on 56 minutes, latching onto a low Serge Aurier cross, but curling over the crossbar.

Howe soon turned to his bench, introducing Harry Wilson in place of Ryan Fraser, and the Welshman was quickly involved, firing over the bar.

But Spurs wrapped up the contest as the game headed towards its final 20 minutes. Son received the ball on the left and crossed for Sissoko, who arrived to meet it on the volley and guide the ball back across goal and into the far corner.

Cherries again looked to respond quickly and got a shot away with Lewis Cook aiming towards the bottom corner, but Gazzaniga got down to tip behind.

And the visitors did find a route back into the contest with little over 15 minutes to play. After Lewis Cook was barged over just outside the box, Harry Wilson stepped up to beautifully curl a free-kick over the wall to notch his fifth goal of the campaign.

Cherries rallied to try and set up a grandstand finish, with substitute Dan Gosling twice going close before Wilson tucked in from Danjuma’s cutback.

Howe’s charges were then denied what would have been a remarkable comeback right at the death when Vertonghen slid in to deny Callum Wilson in the box.

Cherries go to Crystal Palace on Tuesday (7.30pm).

Cherries: Ramsdale; Stacey, S Cook, Ake, Rico; Danjuma, Lerma, L Cook (Gosling, 74), Fraser (H Wilson, 63); Solanke, C Wilson.

Unused subs: Mepham, Simpson, Kilkenny, Saydee, Boruc (g/k).

Booked: Rico, Lerma.

Tottenham: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Ndombele (Moura, 74), Dier; Sissoko, Alli (Winks, 90+4), Son (Lo Celso, 88); Kane.

Unused subs: Walker-Peters, Rose, Eriksen, Whiteman (g/k).

Referee: Lee Mason

VAR: Paul Tierney