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Bournemouth 0-0 Blackburn Rovers

Yann Kermorgant
Kermorgant has scored 11 goals this season but has failed to score in his last two matches.

Bournemouth made it five Championship games without a win as they played out a scrappy goalless draw against a resilient Blackburn Rovers.

Marc Pugh had the chance to give the Cherries an early lead but his effort was tipped over by Jason Steele.

Rovers' Rudy Gestede played Chris Taylor in on goal soon after but the midfielder dragged his shot just wide.

Yann Kermorgant could have sealed three points for the hosts late on but he rattled the bar with a headed effort.

The match kicked-off half an hour later than scheduled following an accident on the A338 which saw Bournemouth's Artur Boruc and Tommy Elphick held up in traffic.

Despite the Cherries' dominance, they could not find the target, squandering the chance to close the gap on top two Derby and Middlesbrough, who both lost.

The hosts struggled to assert themselves in a scrappy first half but Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Fraser was unlucky not to hit the target from close range.

Callum Wilson came close to putting Bournemouth ahead just before the break but Matthew Kilgallon defended well to keep the scores level.

Some poor defending from the visitors allowed Pugh to cross to the onrushing Wilson who could not connect.

Wilson and Pugh linked up again as Bournemouth dominated the opening of the second period but the latter fired weakly at Steele.

Kermorgant was unfortunate not to give the hosts the lead in the closing stages but Steele superbly saved his pinpoint header.

Minutes later, Kermorgant latched onto Simon Francis' cross but his powerful header hit the crossbar.

Bournemouth's last win came against Wigan on 7 February, whilst Blackburn extended their winless run on the road to 10 matches.

Bournemouth assistant Jason Tindall:

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Tindall on Bournemouth v Blackburn

"It was very frustrating. It is another frustrating game where we have dominated possession but have not taken the opportunities that we have created.

"We could have quite easily won all of the games but, from our point of view, our performances have still been good. You have to stay positive and we find ourselves in a fantastic position.

"If we can continue to create those opportunities then we will get our rewards. The positive is that we have kept a clean sheet and it has been a while since we had done that."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"We are the first team to come here this season to get a clean sheet and stop them from scoring. I thought tactically we were spot on and our organisation was excellent.

"We have some real firepower in our team but unfortunately we have not got the goal that could have won the game.

"We could have won the game and we had some chances at the end."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 20Fraser
  • 6Surman
  • 8ArterBooked at 48mins
  • 7PughSubstituted forRitchieat 56'minutes
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forRantieat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 22Ward
  • 30Ritchie

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 2Henley
  • 15Baptiste
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 14Olsson
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forRhodesat 73'minutes
  • 25SpearingSubstituted forWilliamsonat 73'minutes
  • 29Evans
  • 32Conway
  • 12MarshallSubstituted forCairneyat 79'minutes
  • 39Gestede

Substitutes

  • 3Spurr
  • 8Dunn
  • 9Brown
  • 10Cairney
  • 11Rhodes
  • 13Eastwood
  • 17Williamson
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
10,196

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Blackburn Rovers 0.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Jason Steele tries a through ball, but Craig Conway is caught offside.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Attempt missed. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Baptiste.

Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Callum Wilson.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Simon Francis.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Rudy Gestede.

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers).

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Adam Henley.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney replaces Ben Marshall.

Attempt missed. Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Jay Spearing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Jordan Rhodes replaces Chris Taylor.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

Attempt missed. Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Kilgallon.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Steve Cook (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie replaces Marc Pugh because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

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7Brentford34184125344958
8Wolves3416994740757
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10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
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14Huddersfield34119144456-1242
15Cardiff341011133945-641
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17Bolton34117164253-1140
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19Fulham34116174658-1239
20Brighton34813133843-537
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22Millwall34710173053-2331
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