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Fulham 1-5 Bournemouth

Fernando Amorebieta sent off
Fernando Amorebieta joined Fulham from Athletic Bilbao in 2013

Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship on goal difference thanks to a stunning victory at Fulham.

Brett Pitman and Matt Ritchie both scored twice as Fulham had Fernando Amorebieta sent off and conceded five goals for the fifth time this season.

Pitman opened the scoring, Ritchie drilled home the second and Pitman slotted in the third after an hour.

Matt Smith got one back before Amorebieta was dismissed and Ritchie and Steve Cook completed the rout.

Bournemouth's promotion challenge had faltered in recent weeks but after beating Wolves 2-1 in mid-week they scored five - also for the fifth time this term - to overhaul Middlesbrough at the top and enhance their status as the top scorers in the country.

Brett Pitman and Callum Wilson
Brett Pitman is in his second spell with Bournemouth after re-joining the club from Bristol City in January, 2013

Pitman scored his first goal in 12 games to put Bournemouth in front after 29 minutes with a left-footed shot and Ritchie then netted his 10th goal of the season with a shot from outside the box.

Pitman made it 3-0 with a superb solo effort after an hour before Smith's explosive finish gave the home side brief hope.

But the Cottagers, with just one win in their previous 10 games, had Amorebieta sent off when the defender tripped Callum Wilson as he raced clear.

Two minutes later, Ritchie drove home a low free-kick to make it 4-1 and six minutes from time Cook lashed an angled shot into the top corner to complete a miserable Friday night for Fulham.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"Thankfully we don't have goal bonuses in the contracts. We took them out.

"During the five games we didn't win the performance levels were still strong. I didn't think there was anything wrong with the team and I think we have proved that.

"When we have that ruthlessness we are hard to stop.

"The lead (at the top of the table) has changed so many times it's almost become the tag no-one wants. That's been the nature of it and it may stay that way until the end of the season, so back-to-back wins are so important."

Fulham manager Kit Symons:

"It looked like top against bottom. All credit to Bournemouth but we are bitterly disappointed with the performance.

"Until we are mathematically safe we have to get as many points as we can. We are conscious of what's below us.

"No one is under any illusions. You only have to look at the table. Everyone is fully aware of where we are."

Line-ups

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 2Hoogland
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 6Bodurov
  • 5AmorebietaBooked at 69mins
  • 8Parker
  • 19Tunnicliffe
  • 32KavanaghSubstituted forFofanaat 72'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10RuizSubstituted forStafylidisat 72'minutes
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forSmithat 45'minutes
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 9Smith
  • 12Fofana
  • 15Voser
  • 16Woodrow
  • 33Burn

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forStanislasat 86'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 8Arter
  • 7PughSubstituted forA Smithat 81'minutes
  • 10Pitman
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forRantieat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 9Rantie
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Stanislas
  • 22Ward
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
16,317

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home19
Away24
Shots on Target
Home3
Away11
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Bournemouth 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Bournemouth 5.

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

Attempt saved. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

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

Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tim Hoogland.

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

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

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Shaun Hutchinson.

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

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

Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).

Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

Booking

Seko Fofana (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Junior Stanislas.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Junior Stanislas replaces Matt Ritchie.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Bournemouth 5. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Adam Smith following a corner.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tim Hoogland.

Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Marc Pugh.

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.

Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Callum Wilson.

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

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

Attempt saved. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Konstantinos Stafylidis replaces Bryan Ruiz.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Seko Fofana replaces Sean Kavanagh.

Attempt missed. Matt Smith (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tim Hoogland.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Bournemouth 4. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Dismissal

Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) is shown the red card.

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth36199874393566
2Middlesbrough35199753242966
3Derby35198866372965
4Watford352051070422865
5Norwich35188966382862
6Brentford351941257451261
7Ipswich35179955381760
8Wolves35169104842657
9Nottm Forest351311115750750
10Blackburn351212114545048
11Sheff Wed351113113134-346
12Charlton351015103944-545
13Birmingham351112124050-1045
14Cardiff351111134246-444
15Leeds35128153846-844
16Huddersfield35119154560-1542
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Fulham36116194764-1739
21Rotherham35813143553-1837
22Wigan35710183247-1531
23Millwall35710183056-2631
24Blackpool35410212969-4022
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