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Bournemouth 3-0 Reading

Brett Pitman scores for Bournemouth
Bournemouth moved up to eighth with victory against Reading, who are now 17th in the table

Brett Pitman and Callum Wilson scored the goals as Bournemouth made it four wins in five Championship games with victory over Reading.

The home side, who had already hit the post, took the lead through Wilson's header, his third goal in three games.

Two goals inside a 10-minute spell from Pitman - both neat finishes - ended the game as a contest.

Reading had earlier hit the bar through Jamie Mackie but were second best through the game.

The Royals have now gone seven games without a win under Nigel Adkins with Reading fans calling for the former Southampton boss to be sacked.

The visitors managed to keep the home side at bay during the first half, although Matt Ritchie went close with a curling shot that struck the post before deflecting away to safety.

However, they could only hold out for a further 10 minutes after the break as Marc Pugh's cross was put away by the head of Wilson to give the Cherries the lead.

Wilson then turned provider with a neat ball to set up the first goal for Pitman, who netted his second soon after with another strike from inside the box from Ritchie's corner.

It was all smiles for the home supporters with the Cherries recording their fifth win in six league and cup games, but the opposite for the away fans, who voiced their dissatisfaction with a manager who has now failed to guide his team to victory in six games.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I was really impressed with Brett (Pitman). He stayed composed and it was a great finish and it helped us on our way.

"All strikers thrive on goals and Brett has always scored goals wherever he has been and I am really pleased with him.

"He has been out of the side but today he did what he needed to do and his first goal was clinical and the second one was just the icing on the cake.

"He is determined to be a success and whenever you have a player like that they deserve a chance and hopefully that is just the start for him."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins: "Everybody is well aware of how football works and if you lose a couple of games in this division you're under pressure.

"But I try not to really think about that because we as a club have to think about long-term footballing aims.

"The beauty of the Championship is that there is a game every three days so you have plenty of chances to pick yourself up and prove yourself with a win.

"For me the foundations are in place to move forward and we will all work hard and grind away to ensure that can happen."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 79'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forGoslingat 90'minutes
  • 10Pitman
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forRantieat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 9Rantie
  • 14Harte
  • 15A Smith
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Fraser

Reading

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Federici
  • 2Gunter
  • 15Hector
  • 5Pearce
  • 11Obita
  • 19Mackie
  • 16Akpan
  • 6Norwood
  • 22Blackman
  • 10CoxSubstituted forTaylorat 71'minutes
  • 9Robson-KanuSubstituted forPogrebnyakat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 25Taylor
  • 28Kuhl
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
  • 37Stacey
Referee:
Mark Haywood
Attendance:
8,899

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamReading
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Obita with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Marc Pugh.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

  8. Post update

    Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Callum Wilson.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Reading. Pavel Pogrebnyak replaces Hal Robson-Kanu.

  12. Post update

    Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Mackie (Reading).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  17. Post update

    Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

  20. Post update

    Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Derby1375123101326
2Watford1374225141125
3Middlesbrough137241811723
4Wolves136521914523
5Norwich1364322121022
6Nottm Forest135712213922
7Charlton135711612422
8Bournemouth136342014621
9Ipswich135531814420
10Cardiff135441816219
11Blackburn135441819-119
12Brentford135441516-119
13Sheff Wed134631111018
14Rotherham134451417-316
15Leeds134451316-316
16Huddersfield134451723-616
17Reading134361523-815
18Millwall133551316-314
19Wigan132651214-212
20Brighton132651215-312
21Birmingham132561220-811
22Fulham133281625-911
23Bolton132291023-138
24Blackpool13139819-116
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