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Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Bournemouth

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at Molineux
Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie has now scored three goals in his last seven matches

Wolves slipped to a fifth straight defeat as Bournemouth took advantage of Rajiv van La Parra's second-half red card to come from behind at Molineux.

Loan striker Danny Graham's deft header gave Wolves a half-time lead.

But Van La Parra's 59th-minute dismissal following a 50-50 challenge with Steve Cook transformed the game.

Harry Arter levelled, then Matt Ritchie blasted home from 15 yards before Wolves ended with nine men when Matt Doherty was sent off too.

Referee Mike Jones' performance had angry Wolves owner Steve Morgan remonstrating with him on the pitch at the end.

Bournemouth, now unbeaten in 11 games, had 11-goal top scorer Callum Wilson fit to return, while Wolves made four changes to the team hammered 4-0 at Brentford last weekend.

Dominic Iorfa came in for his Wolves debut at right-back to replace the injured Scott Golbourne, while club captain Sam Ricketts and midfielders Lee Evans and George Saville were left out, instigating recalls for Richard Stearman, James Henry and Kevin McDonald.

Wolves dominated the first half and took a deserved lead on 41 minutes.

James Henry curled in a near-post left-wing cross and Graham's delicate header drifted in just inside the beaten Boruc's left upright.

Cherries at Molineux
Eddie Howe, now Bournemouth's manager, was in the last Cherries team to visit Molineux in September 1998. He was also part of a winning side that day, Mark Stein scoring twice in Bournemouth's 2-1 League Cup win, with Robbie Keane netting the Wolves goal.

Bournemouth started the second half more brightly, Pitman testing Carl Ikeme with a fierce low free-kick which the Wolves goalkeeper did well to hold onto.

But then came the game's main talking point when Cherries defender Cook went down heavily after an apparently harmless, fully committed collision with Van La Parra - and referee Jones quickly brandished a red card.

Within 14 minutes, Arter had levelled, then Ritchie fired home through a crowded box after Pitman and Wilson had both been denied by tremendous saves from Ikeme.

Doherty was then shown the red card for a late challenge on Brett Pitman, sparking an incident which had players from both sides squaring up to each other.

Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett told BBC WM:

"I spoke to all the officials and the information I got was that Van La Parra was deemed to have led with his elbow, which was why he was red-carded. I felt at the time that it was head to head, as I still do, having seen it, that it was accidental.

"The second sending-off was equally hard. Matt won the ball with his first leg and his second leg was passive.

"You are allowed to appeal and, on both fronts, we will appeal."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent:

"The sending-off was a key moment in the game. Cookie came back in the dressing room with a bump on his head. He was definitely caught. Whether the lad deliberately made contact is the question.

"But, even before the sending-off, I felt we were the better team in the second half.

"You can understand the home fans' frustrations when they've been one up, had two men sent off, then ended up losing."



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Ikeme
  • 33IorfaBooked at 54mins
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanBooked at 47mins
  • 2DohertyBooked at 90mins
  • 11McDonaldBooked at 89mins
  • 4Edwards
  • 17van La ParraBooked at 59mins
  • 7HenrySubstituted forJacobsat 74'minutes
  • 10SakoSubstituted forClarkeat 87'minutes
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forMcAlindenat 83'minutes


  • 9Clarke
  • 15Rowe
  • 19Price
  • 20McAlinden
  • 27Jacobs
  • 29Kuszczak
  • 30Hause


Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11DanielsBooked at 49minsSubstituted forA Smithat 68'minutes
  • 30Ritchie
  • 8ArterBooked at 31mins
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forKermorgantat 73'minutes
  • 10Pitman
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forGoslingat 90+7'minutes


  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Fraser
  • 32O'Kane
Mike Jones

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Callum Wilson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  5. Dismissal

    Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the red card.

  6. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  8. Booking

    Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  11. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

  14. Post update

    Michael Jacobs (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leon Clarke replaces Bakary Sako.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Wolverhampton Wanderers 1, Bournemouth 2. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Brett Pitman with a headed pass.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Danny Batth.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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