Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Sheffield Wednesday remain in the relegation zone after goals from Matt Ritchie and Lewis Grabban gave Bournemouth victory.

Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray saw his side go 2-0 down before half time as Ritchie struck with a low shot and Grabban scored at the near post.

Jacques Maghoma pulled a goal back for the hosts at the end from close-range after a defensive mix-up.

The result kept the struggling hosts in 22nd place in the Championship.

The Owls' previous game against Wigan had been abandoned before the hour mark because of a waterlogged pitch, though they had won at Watford last weekend.

They faltered from the start against Bournemouth, falling behind in the 10th minute as Ritchie went unchallenged just outside the area and fired in a low shot which goalkeeper Damian Martinez failed to keep out.

The Cherries went further ahead soon after as Grabban received an excellent pass from Harry Arter and beat the Arsenal loanee from inside the area.

Both sides exchanged chances either side of half-time, before Wednesday began working themselves back into contention. Defender Miguel Llera fired a free-kick over the crossbar from 25 yards, then Maghoma struck after Charlie Daniels failed to clear.

Bournemouth looked the stronger at the death however, and held out to move into 15th place after securing their third away win of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray:

Stuart Gray

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Post-match: Owls caretaker Gray

"I think I'll be in charge for the Blackburn game, unless the chairman tells me different.

"It was very disappointing, I thought we started quite well but then sloppy defending has cost us. Suddenly we're chasing the game, it was a similar thing again with poor defending for the second goal.

"We're short of strikers so in the end I had to put Reda [Johnson] down the middle. Hopefully we're going to have Chris Maguire back from his loan [at Coventry City], we're going to recall him on Christmas Day."

Eddie Howe

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Post-match: Bournemouth boss Howe

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I was delighted in the first half because I thought it was a very good display. We counter-attacked with real quality and pace and Lewis Grabban led the line well, causing problems with his pace and mobility.

"We built on the Reading victory in terms of our performances without getting the results. You do need wins to back it up so today was very important.

"Our priority now is a long overdue home win. Of late, we've failed to turn our dominant performances into victories."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Burnley2112721843
2QPR2112631342
3Leicester2113351142
4Derby2112451840
5Leeds211047934
6Reading21975634
7Nottm Forest21894733
8Brighton21885732
9Ipswich21876631
10Blackpool21876-131
11Blackburn21867230
12Wigan20848128
13Huddersfield21768127
14Watford21687226
15Bournemouth217410-1325
16Birmingham21669024
17Middlesbrough21588123
18Bolton21588-423
19Millwall215610-1721
20Doncaster215511-1920
21Charlton214710-919
22Sheff Wed20389-917
23Yeovil214512-1117
24Barnsley213711-1916
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