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Bournemouth 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

Bournemouth celebrate
Bournemouth have won their last six matches in all competitions - and eight of their last nine

Bournemouth climbed to second in the Championship as they recorded their fifth straight league win.

The Cherries went ahead when Gordon Greer nodded a Simon Francis cross past his own keeper, but Brighton hit back swiftly through Adriano Colunga.

Marc Pugh acrobatically restored Bournemouth's lead before Sam Baldock netted his first goal for Albion.

But Lewis Dunk brought down Callum Wilson and substitute Yann Kermorgant made no mistake from the spot.

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Hyypia on Bournemouth v Brighton

Defeat means that Brighton are without a win in their last 11 league matches and leaves them sitting just one point above the relegation zone.

Sami Hyypia's side threatened to end Bournemouth's run when Teixeira's excellent through ball released Colunga to stroke in the first equaliser.

But the Cherries hit back shortly before half-time when Pugh twisted his body to strike a fine volley that took a deflection on its way past debutant keeper Ali Al-Habsi, who signed on a month's loan from Wigan on Friday.

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Howe on Bournemouth v Brighton

Brighton again raised hopes of a crucial point when Baldock latched onto Greer's flick-on from a long kick by Al-Habsi and fired past Artur Boruc.

But Eddie Howe's in-form Cherries - who have won their last six games in all competitions, and eight of their last nine - were not to be denied and their pressure told when Wilson's run was halted by Dunk's reckless challenge.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"Obviously the thought of promotion excites me but we will not be talking about it. There is a belief we can go on and hopefully keep getting wins but we don't look too far ahead.

"It is the toughest game we have had for a long time but the players are in a really good frame of mind and it has been a great few weeks.

"You don't expect to go on these types of runs in this league. These are great times for us and we want it to run as long as we can."

Brighton manager Sami Hyypia:

"We need three points in the table. I am responsible for the results and if we don't get them then something needs to change.

"I can't do anything more than my best, I try to do everything I can to coach the team and my team is working very hard. That is the only thing you can do.

"It is very difficult to get something from the game if you keep conceding easy goals. I can't blame the effort of the players."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S CookBooked at 84mins
  • 11DanielsBooked at 89mins
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 63'minutes
  • 10PitmanSubstituted forKermorgantat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Pugh
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forGoslingat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 9Rantie
  • 14Harte
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser

Brighton

  • 1Al-Habsi
  • 4HughesSubstituted forCalderonat 13'minutesBooked at 75mins
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30BennettBooked at 41mins
  • 19Gardner
  • 22Holla
  • 18Forster-CaskeyBooked at 69mins
  • 17Vilaca TeixeiraBooked at 71mins
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 73'minutes
  • 7ColungaSubstituted forLua Luaat 63'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 14Calderon
  • 15Chicksen
  • 20McCourt
  • 24Ince
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
10,166

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2.

Booking

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

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

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Booking

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Danny Holla (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Callum Wilson.

Attempt missed. Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón with a cross.

Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Booking

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gordon Greer (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith tries a through ball, but Íñigo Calderón is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Bournemouth 3, Brighton and Hove Albion 2. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty Bournemouth. Callum Wilson draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion) after a foul in the penalty area.

Booking

Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Sam Baldock.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

Booking

João Teixeira (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Íñigo Calderón.

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

goal

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6Norwich1575324131126
7Blackburn157442421325
8Ipswich156632216624
9Charlton155821716123
10Nottm Forest155732319422
11Cardiff156452118322
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16Millwall154561519-417
17Rotherham154561521-617
18Wigan153751718-116
19Leeds154471521-616
20Fulham154382228-615
21Brighton152761519-413
22Birmingham152671228-1612
23Bolton1532101426-1211
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