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Bournemouth 2-0 Fulham

Harry Arter scores for Bournemouth

Championship leaders Bournemouth saw off resurgent Fulham to extend their unbeaten league run to 13 games.

Brett Pitman put the Cherries ahead on his 250th Football League appearance, heading in Matt Ritchie's corner.

Pitman then had a penalty saved by keeper Marcus Bettinelli after Jack Grimmer fouled Callum Wilson.

Fulham rarely threatened Artur Boruc's goal, but Seko Fofana and Scott Parker went close before Harry Arter drove in Bournemouth's second in stoppage time.

While Eddie Howe's side never threatened to repeat their 6-1 demolition of Blackpool, the win was sufficient to reclaim the top spot they vacated briefly when Ipswich beat Brentford in the early kick-off.

Ritchie's delivery from an early corner was inch-perfect for Pitman, who stole in at the near post to deftly head past Bettinelli.

Despite driving rain and bitter cold, both sides remained committed to the passing game. But while Bournemouth kept Bettinelli busy, the visitors' neat build-up play rarely translated into clear chances.

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Ross McCormack roused Fulham spirits with a dangerous cross which missed everyone before Grimmer's push on Wilson earned Bournemouth's spot-kick, but Bettinelli again saved Fulham as he parried Pitman's low effort.

Fofana then curled a shot wide, while McCormack set up captain Parker, whose low drive was pushed wide for a corner.

As time ran out, Bournemouth looked more likely to score, as the lively Ritchie fed Marc Pugh, who was foiled by Bettinelli.

And after Cottagers substitute George Williams was booked for diving, Arter sealed proceedings from the edge of the area with a shot which his brother-in-law Parker narrowly failed to charge down.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "The challenge for us now going forward is to stay at the top of the table. Everyone wants to knock us off.

"We are a scalp now. We faced that situation in the past couple of weeks now. We're a lot more well known now, so the element of surprise has gone.

"But we were always going to have to cross that bridge and the players are going to come under more pressure now in different ways."

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "We said at half-time we'd weathered the storm a little bit. We had some opportunities, but it wasn't quite to be.

"We rode our luck at times, but we had to be brave and take the game to Bournemouth and I thought we did that in the second period."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 10PitmanBooked at 82minsSubstituted forGoslingat 86'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forKermorgantat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser
  • 32O'Kane
  • 38Cargill

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 37Grimmer
  • 6Bodurov
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8Parker
  • 21ChristensenSubstituted forWilliamsat 66'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 12Fofana
  • 10RuizSubstituted forRobertsat 80'minutes
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forWoodrowat 87'minutes
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 27Williams
  • 28Hyndman
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
10,926

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0.

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Callum Wilson.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

George Williams (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

George Williams (Fulham) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Brett Pitman.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Brett Pitman following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Bryan Ruiz.

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

Offside, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by George Williams.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Lasse Vigen Christensen.

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth23136452252745
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Derby23126544232142
4Middlesbrough23126538172142
5Brentford2312473933640
6Watford23115739241538
7Norwich23107643271637
8Blackburn239773533234
9Wolves239772632-634
10Nottm Forest2371063230231
11Cardiff238783031-131
12Charlton2361342425-131
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Bolton2385102529-429
15Fulham2384113541-628
16Birmingham237792436-1228
17Reading2375112839-1126
18Rotherham2351082029-925
19Huddersfield2367102941-1225
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2358102438-1423
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2327141740-2313
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