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Summary

  1. Bournemouth seven points above relegation zone
  2. The Cherries looking to avoid a third straight defeat
  3. Middlesbrough six points from safety with six to play
  4. Boro without a league win in 15

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

A shocker for Middlesbrough, who are nine points from safety with five games to play. Surely it's all over now?

A fine response from Bournemouth after their 4-0 drubbing at Tottenham.

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Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

That should have been five! French substitute Lys Mousset blazes over from close range after replacing Joshua King.

Beware the big substitute?

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Rudy Gestede broke a few hearts here back in August 2015 when his headed goal gave Aston Villa all three points on Bournemouth's Premier League debut.

He's back for more today, having been introduced in place of Alvaro Negredo who was a bear with a sore head for most of the second half, taking out his verbal frustrations on the officials.

Dean Saunders said on Final Score at half-time that Boro's best hope was to nick a goal from a set-piece, and although Gestede is always a threat in that department, Boro's hopes of taking anything from the south coast back to Teesside have long since set sail into that setting sun. From which the away fans are now literally having to shield their eyes.

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

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Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

It's difficult to offer any positive evidence for Middlesbrough staying up on the back of this display. They conceded after just 96 seconds and Gaston Ramírez's red card was a hammer blow. This has been a terrible day for them.

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

With around 10 minutes left, Bournemouth are threatening to run riot here. Marc Pugh and Charlie Daniels, who have been tearing teams apart down the Bournemouth left since their days in League One, have both got on the scoresheet and look likely to create a goalscoring chance every time they burst forward.

A handful of Boro fans left after each of the third and fourth goals, but those that have remained have been a credit to their side, continuing to make plenty of noise. Not all of the 11 (now 10) men in yellow have been such a credit to the Teesside club today.

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

Bournemouth almost walk in a fifth. Middlesbrough want the full time whistle. Cherries fans want a fifth goal.

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

Five? Six? There's still plenty of time for Bournemouth to add to this. Boro are completely deflated but credit to their fans who continue to cheer their team.

Boro have run out of fight

Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

Charlie Daniels celebrates
PA

This is awful by Middlesbrough. They are showing no fight whatsoever and now they're 4-0 down as a short free-kick is played  to Charlie Daniels, who skips around a couple of challenges before rifling home from 20 yards.

GOAL - Bournemouth 4-0 Middlesbrough

Charlie Daniels

Party time at the Vitality Stadium.

From bad to worse

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Brad Guzan
AFP

Marc Pugh doesn't score many but he's just found the net with a beauty on his 250th league appearance for Bournemouth.

It's a wonderful pass from Lewis Cook to Pugh who cuts infield and bends into the far corner.

GOAL - Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Marc Pugh

A goal on his milestone appearance.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Hull have taken the lead at home to Watford. What does that mean for Boro? As it stands, they're NINE points from safety with five games to play after this.

Coming up

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

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It doesn't get any easier for Middlesbrough after this.

GREAT SAVE!

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Terrific save by Brad Guzan to deny Bournemouth a third. A stooping close range header by Benik Afobe is heading for the net but Boro's American keeper does ever so well to keep it out.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Negredo is back on his feet but is annoyed the officials have not punished Simon Francis. Boro are showing more attacking intent but Artur Boruc is enjoying a quiet game in the Bournemouth net.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Alvaro Negredo is caught by the arm of Simon Francis during an aerial challenge. The Spaniard has taken a nasty whack on the side of the head and is down receiving treatment.

Alvaro Negredo is treated for a head injury
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Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Rare corner for Boro. It's a decent delivery from Stewart Downing, who has been anonymous, but Alvaro Negredo heads wastefully over. They won't get too many better chances than that.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Stewart Downing and Simon Francis
Reuters

Scrappy start to the new half. No immediate sign of urgency from Middlesbrough, while Bournemouth are in cruise control. 

Attack, attack, attack?

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

A look at the "goals for and against" columns may give a clue as to why Middlesbrough are battling relegation. While their defence has been meaner than any other outside the Premier League's elite top seven, with only 39 conceded, a return of 23 goals scored in 32 games tells its own story.

KICK-OFF

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Can 10-man Middlesbrough turn this around? Probably not. We're back under way.

HT: Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

A busy half ends with the men in red and black in the ascendancy, and the visitors very much in (yellow) peril.

Four of today's starting 22 have already left the stage - with Gaston Ramirez sent off, Antonio Barragan taken off in a tactical reshuffle, and both Marten de Roon and Dan Gosling limping off injured.

If it finishes like this, Bournemouth will end the day seven points clear of the relegation zone with four games left, while Boro will be seven points from safety with five games remaining.

'The manager needs to rearrange'

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Dean Saunders

Ex-Liverpool and Wales striker on Final Score

Steve Agnew
PA

Middlesbrough cannot concede a third. The manager needs to get his side in at half-time, rearrange, play with two banks of four and shore up the defence. Then hope to nick one from a dead-ball, and then perhaps the odds will turn in their favour.

HALF-TIME

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

A Middlesbrough fan
PA

A shambles as far as Middlesbrough and their survival hopes are concerned.

Ehiogu remembered on 44 minutes

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

Very little for Boro's travelling fans to cheer - barring that De Roon shot which Artur Boruc saved - but as the clock ticks around to 44 minutes, the entire ground applauds in memory of ex-England and Boro defender Ugo Ehiogu, who died this week at the age of 44.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

A lovely round of applause breaks out around the Vitality Stadium in the 44th minute for Ugo Ehiogu, who died on Friday aged 44. 

'Ugo, Ugo, Ugo' chant Middlesbrough's travelling fans.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

A third substitution and we have not reached half-time yet. Trouble for Bournemouth. Dan Gosling, who has only just returned from injury, is down with what appears to be a calf problem. He's not hanging around. He signals he can't continue and Lewis Cook is on.

Boro's strikers 'have lost confidence'

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Dean Saunders

Ex-Liverpool and Wales striker on Final Score

Middlesbrough, at the start of the season, would have been happy to finish the season fourth from bottom. 

But their tactic from the first game was counter-attacking, and if you barely create chances in multiple matches your frontmen lose confidence. That then resulted in Aitor Karanka trying to change tactics, and they have never settled on a successful formula.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Bournemouth are coasting to three points as it stands. Before this game they required eight points from the last five games to surpass last season's tally of 42. 

Hats off to Eddie Howe for another fine season.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Marten de Roon
AFP

It's all over for Marten de Roon. Having bravely attempted to carry on he signals to the bench that he is unable to continue and disappears down the tunnel. Here comes Fabio da Silva. 

Guns and bullets

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Dean Saunders

Ex-Liverpool and Wales striker on Final Score

So few goalscoring opportunities get created by Middlesbrough - you can't blame the strikers. It's like the old saying: you don't need to change the gun, just change the bullets.

I've never heard that turn of phrase before... have you?

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Another change for Boro....or is it? Fabio da Silva gets ready to come on as Marten de Roon receives treatment for a heavy knock. De Roon looks uncomfortable as he slowly makes his way off the pitch but, after running off the pain on the touchline, he's back on again.  

'Self-inflicted'

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

The flat back five is no more. The 10 men of Middlesbrough, fighting for their lives, have sacrificed right wing-back Antonio Barragan in favour of Adam Forshaw to reinforce a Boro midfield which has been overrun for much of the game. Alvaro Negredo is now looking rather isolated as the lone striker in a 4-4-1 formation.

Boro have shown occasional glimpses of quality, but it must frustrate Steve Agnew that so much of what has already gone wrong for them today, has been self-inflicted.

Steve Agnew
PA

GREAT SAVE!

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Cracking shot by Marten de Roon from about 25 yards out after Alvaro Negredo's flick. It's heading for the top corner but Artur Boruc stretches and his finger-tips keeps it out.

That's the most positive thing Middlesbrough have done.

'It's tempting to put the sunglasses on'

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Dean Saunders

Ex-Liverpool and Wales striker on Final Score

Bournemouth look two yards quicker than Middlesbrough, who are now in desperate trouble. Boro are too easily dispossessed of the ball, and where the Cherries look sharp and are pressing Boro are off their game. 

Credit to Bournemouth, because for some clubs who are safe at this stage of the season it's tempting to put the sunglasses on. Bournemouth haven't.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

As it stands, Middlesbrough are seven points from safety.

Concerns on the Bournemouth bench as Harry Arter, with no-one around him, hits the surface. It looks like an ankle problem.

'You simply cannot dive into challenges'

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Leon Osman

Ex-Everton midfielder on Final Score

Gaston Ramirez is sent off
AFP

Gaston Ramirez is a victim of his own stupidity. The first booking was a dive in the box, clear to see, and then when you're on a yellow you simply cannot dive into challenges like that, especially when you are away from home. You've got to be cleverer than that.

Sometimes, managing footballers must be a nightmare...

'Home fans loving this'

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Mark Mitchener

BBC Sport at Vitality Stadium

It's all going one way at the moment. Not for the first time in this game, Boro have been caught dithering in possession and now it has cost them a second goal.

The home fans - having enjoyed watching a former Southampton player (Gaston Ramirez) be booked for diving, and then sent off for a second yellow inside 20 minutes - are absolutely loving this.

To be honest, with three-quarters of the game left, those travelling Boro fans might start thinking about leaving early to beat the traffic.

RED CARD - Gaston Ramirez

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

It goes from bad to worse for Boro. Gaston Ramirez, booked for diving earlier, needlessly hacks down Marc Pugh.

Boro, 2-0 down, will play three quarters of the match with 10 men.

Adam Forshaw comes on for Antonio Barragan.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Joshua King fires into the side netting from close range. That should have been 3-0. What is going on with Boro?