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Bournemouth 2-4 Sheffield Wednesday

Chris Kirkland

Late goals from Leon Best and Chris Maguire helped Sheffield Wednesday dent Bournemouth's play-off hopes.

Wednesday took the lead when Atdhe Nuhiu drilled home from the edge of the area, before Marc Pugh headed in Lewis Grabban's cross for 1-1.

Sam Hutchinson headed a long throw past Lee Camp to restore Wednesday's lead but Yann Kermorgant's header following Ian Harte's corner levelled the score.

Hutchinson was sent off late on before Best and Maguire earned victory.

The result leaves the Cherries three points off the top six with three games left as Brighton moved into the play-off places after Reading's defeat at Wigan.

Bournemouth found Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland in imperious form and he was called into action early on to stop Grabban's shot from an acute angle finding the corner of the net.

Nuhiu took advantage of sloppy defending from the home side to give Wednesday the lead.

Steve Cook mishit an attempted pass straight to the feet of the Nuhiu and the giant Austrian striker controlled the ball neatly before rifling past a helpless Camp.

Bournemouth drew level 14 minutes before half-time when the lively Grabban sprinted past three defenders before crossing for Pugh to head beyond Kirkland at close range.

The Cherries' joy lasted just three minutes until Chelsea loanee Hutchinson headed Wednesday back in front with his first goal for the club after a long throw from Michail Antonio caused confusion in the box.

Grabban and then Andrew Surman were denied an equaliser by Kirkland towards the end of an entertaining first half.

However, there was nothing the former Liverpool goalkeeper could do to prevent Kermorgant heading Bournemouth back on level terms for a second time.

Wednesday, who are 15th in the Championship table, were forced to see out the final 27 minutes a man light after goalscorer Hutchinson was shown a second yellow card for a late lunge on Kermorgant.

Kermorgant was denied a second goal by another brilliant intervention from Kirkland as the Frenchman's 20-yard free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar.

Best struck the decisive blow in the 87th minute, tucking home the rebound after Antonio hit the crossbar at the end of a fine solo run.

Maguire made it 4-2 in stoppage time, tapping in Best's centre from six yards as Bournemouth were caught pushing for an equaliser.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I felt we had to win all four of our remaining games so it will be difficult now but we have to try to win the last three.

"We were not at our fluent best but still created enough chances to win and Kirkland made important saves at key times.

"We were going all out for the win and sometimes that is dangerous against 10 men but we had no alternative.

"I felt we would regret it if we settled for a draw and ended up missing out by a point."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray: "I am so proud of the players. It may seem like an upset but I thought we deserved it.

"We knew this would be a difficult place to come because Bournemouth have won the majority of their home games and we showed unbelievable character after going to 10 men.

"We went into the last game of last season looking over our shoulders so it will be nice to go into the last three without having any pressure.

"You want your substitutes to make an impact and Leon did that."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14HarteSubstituted forA Smithat 70'minutes
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5ElphickBooked at 84mins
  • 3S Cook
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 62'minutes
  • 4SurmanBooked at 15mins
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 9Grabban
  • 7PughSubstituted forPitmanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
  • 28Rantie

Sheff Wed

  • 1Kirkland
  • 2BuxtonSubstituted forPalmerat 52'minutes
  • 19Mattock
  • 20Lee
  • 8Onyewu
  • 32Llera
  • 18MaguireBooked at 71mins
  • 41HutchinsonBooked at 63mins
  • 34NuhiuSubstituted forBestat 73'minutes
  • 7Antonio
  • 17HelanSubstituted forCokeat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Coke
  • 15Taylor
  • 22Palmer
  • 25Lavery
  • 26Martinez
  • 28Afobe
  • 42Best
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
10,864

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home63%
Away37%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Best following a fast break.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday).

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Offside, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Brett Pitman is caught offside.

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 3. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Giles Coke with a headed pass following a fast break.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Oguchi Onyewu.

Booking

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Marc Pugh.

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

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

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Leon Best replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Booking

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Ian Harte.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke replaces Jeremy Helan.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

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As It Stood

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