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Bournemouth 5-0 Doncaster Rovers

Yann Kermorgant

Yann Kermorgant's hat-trick helped Bournemouth thump Doncaster and record their biggest win in the second tier.

Kermorgant, on his first start for the Cherries, volleyed in Ian Harte's cross and headed another before the break.

Harry Arter made it 3-0 with a shot from the edge of the area before Kermorgant completed his hat-trick with a header from a Simon Francis cross.

Home keeper Lee Camp saved easily from a Theo Robinson volley before Arter completed the rout with a volley.

Rovers have now lost their last three matches and remain just three points above the bottom three.

They found themselves under early pressure from a Bournemouth side who had failed to win any of their four February games, but Ryan Fraser and Andrew Surman were both denied by visiting keeper Sam Johnstone.

The Manchester United loanee may feel he could have done better when French striker Kermorgant, signed from Charlton for an undisclosed fee in the last day of the January transfer window and restricted to substitute appearances before now, opened the scoring with a low volley that went under the keeper's body.

Fraser was again denied by Johnstone but Kermorgant headed home a Francis cross to make it 2-0 to the Cherries at the break.

Five minutes into the second half it was three, Arter drilling home a powerful finish from the edge of the area.

Kermorgant completed his hat-trick from another Francis cross before home keeper Camp was eventually called into action in the 75th minute from Robinson's tame effort.

Camp kept out a header from Paul Keegan before Arter volleyed home from 18 yards after Johnstone's punched clearance from a Harte corner landed invitingly to him.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"Yann added a different dimension like you hope he would. He's technically very good, we didn't want to bring in a one-dimensional player.

"What we don't want to do is take away from out footballing principles and launch balls up the field to him and play the percentages.

"Although he is a tall lad, he is technically very good and can play with his feet and he is good with his chest and he'll fit our style of play which we felt was very important.

"The really important goals from my perspective are his aerial presence from headers, which is something we've lacked this season, and those were two headed goals of high quality."

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov:

"Our performance was unacceptable from start to finish. We have 13 games left and they are massive games.

"I have to apologise to our fans. They've come a long way and we have let them down.

"I am all the more disappointed because I felt we had a chance of getting something out of this match but we had to change our gameplan early in the game and never recovered.

"We were all over the place defensively. Bournemouth's front two caused us all sorts of problems."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 8Arter
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30Ritchie
  • 4Surman
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forRantieat 75'minutes
  • 9GrabbanSubstituted forCoulibalyat 83'minutes
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 21Coulibaly
  • 28Rantie
  • 32O'Kane

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 17TamasBooked at 58mins
  • 3Husband
  • 19Wellens
  • 14KhumaloBooked at 64mins
  • 20Méité
  • 18KeeganBooked at 24mins
  • 4FurmanSubstituted forCotterillat 45'minutes
  • 9Brown
  • 26Coppinger
  • 34BowerySubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Cotterill
  • 12McCullough
  • 13Maxted
  • 21De Val Fernandez
  • 22Robinson
  • 30Peterson
  • 31Stevens
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
8,983

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home26
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Harry Arter is caught offside.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill.

  7. Post update

    Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Arter with a through ball.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

  11. Post update

    Hand ball by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Mohamed Coulibaly replaces Lewis Grabban.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas with a cross.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Yann Kermorgant.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby33187860421861
4QPR32169738261257
5Nottm Forest331413654391555
6Wigan321571041301152
7Reading331491051381351
8Brighton32131093427749
9Ipswich33121294437748
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds32128124440444
13Huddersfield33127144544143
14Middlesbrough33913114137440
15Sheff Wed32912113938139
16Bournemouth32109134251-939
17Birmingham3399153942-336
18Bolton33812134149-836
19Blackpool33811142948-1935
20Doncaster3379172853-2530
21Millwall33610173161-3028
22Charlton3069152441-1727
23Yeovil3268182848-2026
24Barnsley32511163056-2626
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