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Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Eddie Howe celebrates on the pitch
Bournemouth fans sang the Match of the Day theme tune as they celebrated during the game
  • Bournemouth all but promoted to Premier League
  • Three points and 19 goals ahead of Middlesbrough
  • South-coast club were minutes from liquidation in 2008
  • Title race with Watford goes down to final day

Bournemouth effectively sealed a £100m promotion to the Premier League - just seven years after the south-coast club almost went out of business.

Victory over Bolton took the Cherries three points clear of third-placed Middlesbrough with just one game left.

Only defeat, a Boro win and a 20-goal swing on the final day of the season can deny them a top-flight spot.

Goals from Marc Pugh, Matt Ritchie and Callum Wilson sparked wild scenes of celebration amongst the home fans.

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Bournemouth's impending promotion marks an amazing rise through the Football League for the club, who were in administration and close to liquidation in 2008.

They only just avoided relegation in 2009 - Eddie Howe's first season as manager - but promotion to League One followed the season after.

Former Cherries defender Howe then led them into the Championship in 2013 after returning to the south coast from Burnley.

Howe's contribution cannot be overstated, with the 37-year-old set to join an elite band of managers to guide a club through the Football League and into the top flight.

"This club was on its knees six years ago," Howe told BBC Radio 5 live.

"We had nothing. A group of supporters put their money in their pockets to keep the club alive and they are reaping the rewards. It is the club I watched as a kid, the club that gave me an opportunity in the game as a player and a manager.

"It shouldn't be them thanking me, it should be me thanking them. It is a family club and deserves its moment in the sun."

Bournemouth's success this season owes much to the goals of record signing Wilson, a £3m capture from Coventry at the start of the season.

Both Wilson and Ritchie went close to giving the Cherries the lead several times in a frenetic opening.

But after several fine saves from Adam Bogdan, the opener arrived on 39 minutes, when Pugh beat the Bolton goalkeeper with a left-foot shot.

It prompted joy in the stands of the 11,700-capacity Goldsands Stadium - and there was better to come just four minutes later, when Ritchie latched onto Yann Kermorgant's lay-off to drive home from 12 yards.

Bournemouth's fans started signing the theme tune to Match of the Day as the realisation hit home that they would be seeing their side in the top flight of English football for the first time in the club's history.

Kermorgant had the chance to make the final 20 minutes a formality, but he blazed over the bar from the penalty spot after Dorian Dervite was dismissed for hauling down Wilson.

Wilson made it 3-0 after he spun and shot smartly past Bogdan to turn the remaining 12 minutes into a carnival.

The final whistle sparked a pitch invasion from home fans, who could yet be celebrating the Championship title if results go their way on Saturday.

Callum Wilson has scored 23 goals this season following a £3m move from Coventry
Callum Wilson has scored 23 goals this season following a £3m move from Coventry
Bournemouth's fans invaded the pitch at full-time
Bournemouth's fans invaded the pitch at full-time

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 15A Smith
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 83'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 8ArterBooked at 85mins
  • 7PughSubstituted forGoslingat 89'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forPitmanat 80'minutes
  • 13Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
  • 49Jones

Bolton

  • 1Bogdan
  • 14DerviteBooked at 70mins
  • 5ReamBooked at 68mins
  • 3Moxey
  • 7FeeneySubstituted forThrelkeldat 63'minutes
  • 16DaviesSubstituted forGudjohnsenat 63'minutes
  • 18Danns
  • 29Bannan
  • 52Walker
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forWooleryat 79'minutes
  • 19Heskey

Substitutes

  • 22Gudjohnsen
  • 24Lonergan
  • 27Twardzik
  • 30Woolery
  • 37Taylor
  • 41Threlkeld
  • 51Coke
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
10,070

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamBolton
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home24
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Bolton Wanderers 0.

Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Hand ball by Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth).

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

Attempt missed. Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Barry Bannan following a set piece situation.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

Emile Heskey (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Marc Pugh.

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

Oscar Threlkeld (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

Neil Danns (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Charlie Daniels with a cross following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

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

Foul by Oscar Threlkeld (Bolton Wanderers).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Yann Kermorgant.

Substitution

Substitution, Bolton Wanderers. Kaiyne Woolery replaces Adam Le Fondre.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 3, Bolton Wanderers 0. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tom Walker.

Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

Adam Le Fondre (Bolton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Surman following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Dean Moxey (Bolton Wanderers).

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot is just a bit too high. Yann Kermorgant should be disappointed.

Dismissal

Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the red card.

Penalty Bournemouth. Callum Wilson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Dorian Dervite (Bolton Wanderers) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Tim Ream (Bolton Wanderers).

Offside, Bolton Wanderers. Barry Bannan tries a through ball, but Tom Walker is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Adam Bogdan.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Watford452771190494188
2Bournemouth452512895455087
3Middlesbrough452591168373184
4Norwich4524111084463883
5Ipswich4522121170511978
6Derby4521141085533277
7Brentford452291475591675
8Wolves4521121266541275
9Blackburn451616136357664
10Charlton451418135457-360
11Birmingham451515155364-1160
12Nottm Forest451514167067359
13Cardiff451514165560-559
14Sheff Wed451417144248-659
15Leeds451510205061-1155
16Huddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham451410216079-1952
18Bolton451312205466-1251
19Reading441211214467-2347
20Brighton451016194454-1046
21Rotherham441015194466-2242
22Millwall45914224072-3241
23Wigan45912243961-2239
24Blackpool45413283691-5525
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