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Bournemouth 2-1 Wolves

Bournemouth's Yann Kermorgant
Bournemouth's previous league win was on 7 February

Bournemouth secured their first Championship win in six games to reignite their automatic promotion hopes against Wolves.

French forward Yann Kermorgant put Eddie Howe's side ahead when he hooked home Callum Wilson's cross.

Benik Afobe equalised after slotting past Artur Boruc following Kevin McDonald's superb through ball.

But Kermorgant won the game for the hosts from the penalty spot after Richard Stearman's foul on Wilson.

The penalty was strongly disputed by Wolves but referee James Linnington dismissed their protests and Kermorgant beat Tomas Kuszckak for his 13th goal of the season.

It was Bournemouth's first victory in the league since 7 February and lifted them to fourth in the table.

They are two points behind second-placed Derby with 11 matches remaining.

The defeat damaged Wolves's hopes of reaching the play-offs after a solid recent run.

Kenny Jackett's men are four points off the play-offs after their three-match winning streak came to an end.

The visitors were second best for long periods as Howe's men looked in a real hurry to end a poor run that had seen them fail to win in five previous games.

Bournemouth will look to build on the momentum when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "It gives everyone a boost. All the question marks, doubt and negativity, from our perspective, were never there.

"It doesn't mean it goes away because you have to prove yourselves every week, but it proves there's nothing wrong with this team.

"Outside influences can affect the team and it's my job and my staff's job to keep their focus clear.

"But you can't help them reading newspapers and all the rest. As much as you want to keep them away from it, I think they're going to find it.

"That inner self belief is so important. We have to know how good we are."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded.

"The first one looked soft, and then with the second one, the first contact from Richard Stearman was outside the box.

"The referee and the linesman have to be really sure that it is inside the box and I thought that was a fortunate decision for Bournemouth.

"I haven't seen the referee yet and whether I see him or not, it won't change the decision or the result."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2FrancisBooked at 71mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S CookBooked at 45mins
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 83'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 8Arter
  • 7PughBooked at 86minsSubstituted forWardat 90+1'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forPitmanat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward

Wolves

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanBooked at 48mins
  • 30Hause
  • 17van La Parra
  • 4Edwards
  • 11McDonald
  • 10Sako
  • 12Afobe
  • 40DickoSubstituted forDoyleat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 7Henry
  • 13McCarey
  • 16Doyle
  • 19Price
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 33Iorfa
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
9,851

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Doyle with a cross.

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bakary Sako tries a through ball, but Kevin Doyle is caught offside.

Booking

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Elliott Ward replaces Marc Pugh.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Yann Kermorgant.

Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Booking

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.

Attempt missed. Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a through ball.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Richard Stearman.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Kevin Doyle replaces Nouha Dicko.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bakary Sako.

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough35199753242966
2Derby35198866372965
3Watford352051070422865
4Bournemouth35189869383163
5Norwich34188866372962
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich34179854361860
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Sheff Wed341113103032-246
11Blackburn341112114344-145
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Cardiff351111134246-444
14Birmingham341012123950-1142
15Huddersfield35119154560-1542
16Leeds34118153645-941
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham35116184659-1339
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Millwall35710183056-2631
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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