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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

  3. 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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Oguchi Onyewu.

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester42279678433590
2Burnley432414567353286
3Derby432391177482978
4QPR4221101154391573
5Wigan4220101257401770
6Brighton4317141250381265
7Reading4317131363531064
8Ipswich421713125547864
9Bournemouth431711156162-162
10Blackburn431516125956361
11Nottm Forest421417116258459
12Middlesbrough4214161254441058
13Watford4114151266501657
14Bolton431316145456-255
15Sheff Wed431314165957253
16Leeds42148205463-950
17Huddersfield431211205261-947
18Birmingham411110205363-1043
19Doncaster431110223866-2843
20Charlton421012203155-2442
21Blackpool431012213562-2742
22Millwall42913204272-3040
23Barnsley42912214068-2839
24Yeovil43813224267-2537
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