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Bournemouth 2-1 Huddersfield Town

Tokelo Rantie

Bournemouth's record signing Tokelo Rantie came off the bench to score only his second goal for the club as they beat Huddersfield Town.

There were no goals in the first half on a waterlogged pitch, but the rain stopped and the goals came after the break.

Lewis Grabban put the Cherries ahead with a penalty before Calum Woods equalised from Nahki Wells's pass.

But substitute Rantie secured victory with a shot that went in off the post.

It was the 23-year-old's first home goal since his August move from Malmo for a reported £2.5m, and only his second in 19 games.

With the game seemingly under threat of abandonment in the heavy rain, it was a poor first half, though Bournemouth had chances to score.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies pulled off a fantastic double save from Elliott Ward and Harry Arter after five minutes, then denied Matt Ritchie 10 minutes later.

The game got going after the break, and the deadlock was broken after Tom Smith brought down Marc Pugh in the box, with Grabban firing home.

That lead lasted only four minutes as Wells pierced the Cherries defence with a ball that Woods raced onto and fired high into the net.

Rantie, on for midfielder Andrew Surman, scored the winner within three minutes of his introduction when Eunan O'Kane set him up for a right-footed effort.

The Terriers pushed for an equaliser and almost found it in stoppage time, but Ward squandered the chance.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"It was a great moment for TK and I am so pleased for him. I know he has struggled for goals since he came to us but I have had absolutely no doubts about his ability. I know what he can bring to the team.

"It was a question of him adapting to a new country, to the English game, to new team-mates and how we play. He is still doing that and we always knew it would take him time to settle and fulfil his great potential.

"Some of our supporters began to think we had made a mistake, but we have not. I just hope he scores many more like that because when he came on he was razor-sharp."

Huddersfield boss Mark Robins:

"I am disappointed with the result. Our away from has not been good enough and we have to start picking up points on our travels.

"The rain made it difficult to play good football but overall I thought we had done enough to earn a draw, but not enough to have won.

"We played against a good footballing side who provide a lot of movement and are a different team to the one we beat 5-1 back in August. In the end we cannot get away from the fact that we were bare up top without [James] Vaughan."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 11DanielsSubstituted forHarteat 14'minutes
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 22Ward
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forMacDonaldat 88'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 9Grabban
  • 4SurmanSubstituted forRantieat 69'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 7Pugh

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 3S Cook
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 16MacDonald
  • 17McQuoid
  • 28Rantie

Huddersfield

  • 1Smithies
  • 2WoodsSubstituted forSteadat 79'minutes
  • 3Dixon
  • 15Wallace
  • 39Gerrard
  • 27SmithBooked at 54mins
  • 8Clayton
  • 10GobernSubstituted forSouthernat 61'minutesBooked at 63mins
  • 11Ward
  • 21Wells
  • 4NorwoodBooked at 75minsSubstituted forScannellat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Clarke
  • 7Scannell
  • 13Bennett
  • 14Stead
  • 16Southern
  • 18Lolley
  • 38Holmes
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
7,258

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamHuddersfield
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Huddersfield Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Ward (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jon Stead with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jon Stead (Huddersfield Town) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Daniel Ward with a cross following a corner.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Ian Harte.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Matt Ritchie.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Clayton (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Simon Francis.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lee Camp.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nahki Wells (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Murray Wallace.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jon Stead replaces Calum Woods.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Tokelo Rantie is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Sean Scannell replaces Oliver Norwood.

  16. Booking

    Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield Town).

  19. Booking

    Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 2, Huddersfield Town 1. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane with a through ball.