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Bournemouth 5-3 Cardiff City

Bournemouth's Brett Pitman, Andrew Surman, Matt Ritchie and Marc Pugh
Goalscorer Matt Ritchie (second right) joined Bournemouth from Swindon in January 2013

High-flying Bournemouth beat Cardiff in an eight-goal thriller to become the Championship's new leaders.

Matt Ritchie put the hosts ahead after just 39 seconds as he side-footed home.

Harry Arter's cool finish and Marc Pugh's curling shot either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal for Cardiff all came in the final few minutes of the half.

Yann Kermorgant scored a superb free-kick for the hosts in between two Sean Morrison headers, before Callum Wilson rounded David Marshall to seal the win.

The victory for Eddie Howe's men stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games and moved them ahead of Middlesbrough, who beat Derby in the day's early kick-off, at the summit because of their superior scoring record.

Free-scoring Bournemouth
The Cherries are the leading scorers in all four divisions with 44 goals in 21 league games.

Bournemouth, who had opened the scoring in every one of their home games this season, did so again as Ritchie fired in his fourth goal of the season from the first attack.

The game eventually settled down after the frantic start but burst back into life again with three goals in as many minutes just before the break.

Arter doubled the Cherries advantage as he slotted the ball into the corner from the edge of the box, but the visitors soon reduced the deficit as Adam Le Fondre robbed Steve Cook after he slipped in possession and squared for Jones to fire home.

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Tindall on Bournemouth v Cardiff

However, Bournemouth restored their two-goal lead within a minute as Pugh curled a sublime shot into the top corner to make it 3-1.

Russell Slade's visitors made the perfect start to the second half as centre-back Morrison rose above a static defence to nod Peter Whittingham's cross past Artur Boruc, before referee James Adcock was involved in a moment of controversy when he failed to punish Cardiff goalkeeper Marshall, who looked to have handled the ball outside the box.

A moment of brilliance from substitute Kermorgant stretched Bournemouth's lead, the Frenchman placing a precise free-kick into the top corner after Pugh had been fouled.

Whittingham and Morrison combined again for Cardiff to make it 4-3, but after Bournemouth had let a two-goal lead slip in their last home game against Millwall, Wilson made sure there was to be no repeat as he raced onto Ritchie's through ball and calmly slotted home.

Bournemouth assistant manager Jason Tindall: "For us to be top of the Championship before Christmas is a great achievement and our aim now is to build on that and extend our lead at the top.

"I'm not sure we really anticipated winning it 5-3 but we will take it because top is the position we want to be in. Cardiff threw everything at us and there were goals flying in everywhere. We pride ourselves on attacking football but maybe that was the reason we conceded some poor goals today.

"But the fact that we are top and all five goals were scored by different players shows just how good this squad can be."

Cardiff manager Russell Slade: "What I was most disappointed with was the start because we were losing within a minute away from home which is a disaster.

"But what is worse is that we do it at the home of the league leaders. It feels like we kept shooting ourselves in the foot throughout the game. Every time we threatened to make a game of it we shot ourselves in the foot again."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 90+4'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 8Arter
  • 7Pugh
  • 10PitmanSubstituted forKermorgantat 59'minutes
  • 13C WilsonSubstituted forGoslingat 90'minutes

Substitutes

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

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 16Connolly
  • 36Morrison
  • 6Turner
  • 2Brayford
  • 13KimSubstituted forK Harrisat 45'minutes
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forAdeyemiat 84'minutes
  • 7Whittingham
  • 11Noone
  • 9JonesSubstituted forMachedaat 71'minutes
  • 10Le Fondre

Substitutes

  • 3da Silva
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 14Macheda
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 21Ralls
  • 33Moore
  • 40K Harris
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
10,440

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home22
Away17
Shots on Target
Home11
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 5, Cardiff City 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 5, Cardiff City 3.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

  7. Post update

    Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Bournemouth. Simon Francis tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Callum Wilson.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 5, Cardiff City 3. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a through ball.

  12. Post update

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Adeyemi (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Turner with a headed pass following a corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

    Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Tom Adeyemi replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth21116444242039
2Middlesbrough21116435152039
3Derby21115538211738
4Ipswich21108332201238
5Brentford2111463427737
6Watford21105638231535
7Norwich2196635241133
8Blackburn218763231131
9Nottm Forest217953126530
10Charlton2161232322130
11Cardiff218672727030
12Wolves218672431-730
13Sheff Wed2161051617-128
14Fulham2174103139-825
15Birmingham216782332-925
16Reading2174102636-1025
17Huddersfield216692738-1124
18Bolton2165102228-623
19Leeds2165102431-723
20Millwall215882331-823
21Rotherham214981626-1021
22Brighton213992129-818
23Wigan2138102128-717
24Blackpool2127121633-1713
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