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Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Bournemouth

Eddie Howe
Eddie Howe first took charge of Bournemouth in 2008 when they were in the League Two relegation zone

Bournemouth went top of the Championship by beating 10-man Sheffield Wednesday for a seventh consecutive league and cup victory.

The mid-table Owls were holding their own until Royston Drenthe was sent off after an hour for a second booking.

Five minutes later, Callum Wilson found Andrew Surman, who curled a left-foot shot past Keiren Westwood.

And the game was sealed when Ryan Fraser clipped the ball home moments after coming on as a substitute.

Cherries on the up
Bournemouth have now won six successive league games in the second tier of English football for the first time, while a run of three away league wins (at Bolton, Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday) is another first for them at this level

Recent weeks have seen Eddie Howe's Cherries surge up the table, only six years since they started the League Two season on minus 17 points for exiting administration in an incorrect manner.

The Owls, on the other hand, have struggled for consistency and have only scored three goals in their seven home league games this season.

However they had the first chances at Hillsborough.

Drenthe twice forced Artur Boruc to save when shooting from distance, with Jacques Maghoma also bringing a good stop from the Pole with a bouncing 30-yard shot.

Royston Drenthe
Wednesday's Royston Drenthe was a Real Madrid player until 2012

Bournemouth wasted a great chance to open the lead when Owls keeper Westwood parried Wilson's shot to strike partner Brett Pitman, who failed to connect.

Wilson fired wide following a counter-attack early in the second half and it seemed as if they were going to be frustrated, before the game's turning point.

Drenthe fouled Marc Pugh for his second booking in the 60th minute and was sent off.

And it did not take long for Bournemouth to profit, with Surman firing home from 18 yards out.

And they took full advantage of Watford's 2-1 defeat at Birmingham as Wilson found Scotland Under-21 winger Fraser, who had only been on the pitch for two minutes.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray:

"That is not an acceptable performance. That's probably the worst I've felt losing a game with Sheffield Wednesday.

"You're not going to win games of football if you wait until the 85th minute to get a tackle in. You're not going to win football matches by playing square and backwards.

"We lost probably in every department. We seemed to down tools after going down to 10 men.

"We are a Jekyll and Hyde side at the moment. We have confidence and self-belief away from home but not at home."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"It was another good, professional performance and a big three points.

"I don't think we were at our best in the final third in the first half. We needed an extra pass before shooting and thankfully we got that in the second half with two goals of real quality.

"You need goals to stamp your authority and I back this team to score goals.

"The red card certainly helped us. I don't think the tackles were in any way malicious. I think they were just mistimed.

"We want to enjoy being top of the table but we've got to look to maintain our position."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15Lees
  • 5Loovens
  • 17Helan
  • 11DrentheBooked at 60mins
  • 20LeeSubstituted forDielnaat 78'minutes
  • 10MaguireBooked at 66minsSubstituted forMayat 67'minutes
  • 14Coke
  • 19Maghoma
  • 9Nuhiu

Substitutes

  • 6Semedo
  • 7May
  • 12Taylor-Fletcher
  • 16McCabe
  • 25Young
  • 35Dielna
  • 43Kirkland

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 67'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 10PitmanSubstituted forKermorgantat 66'minutes
  • 13C WilsonSubstituted forRantieat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 9Rantie
  • 14Harte
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
16,881

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stevie May (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Callum Wilson.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Cook (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman tries a through ball, but Simon Francis is caught offside.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Claude Dielna replaces Kieran Lee.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 2. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Stevie May replaces Chris Maguire.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Brett Pitman.

  16. Booking

    Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 1. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Callum Wilson following a fast break.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  19. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Royston Drenthe (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.