Championship
BournemouthAFC Bournemouth2FulhamFulham0
By Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at the Goldsands Stadium
Harry Arter scores for Bournemouth

Championship leaders Bournemouth saw off resurgent Fulham to extend their unbeaten league run to 13 games.

Brett Pitman put the Cherries ahead on his 250th Football League appearance, heading in Matt Ritchie's corner.

Pitman then had a penalty saved by keeper Marcus Bettinelli after Jack Grimmer fouled Callum Wilson.

Fulham rarely threatened Artur Boruc's goal, but Seko Fofana and Scott Parker went close before Harry Arter drove in Bournemouth's second in stoppage time.

While Eddie Howe's side never threatened to repeat their 6-1 demolition of Blackpool, the win was sufficient to reclaim the top spot they vacated briefly when Ipswich beat Brentford in the early kick-off.

Ritchie's delivery from an early corner was inch-perfect for Pitman, who stole in at the near post to deftly head past Bettinelli.

Despite driving rain and bitter cold, both sides remained committed to the passing game. But while Bournemouth kept Bettinelli busy, the visitors' neat build-up play rarely translated into clear chances.

Ross McCormack roused Fulham spirits with a dangerous cross which missed everyone before Grimmer's push on Wilson earned Bournemouth's spot-kick, but Bettinelli again saved Fulham as he parried Pitman's low effort.

Fofana then curled a shot wide, while McCormack set up captain Parker, whose low drive was pushed wide for a corner.

As time ran out, Bournemouth looked more likely to score, as the lively Ritchie fed Marc Pugh, who was foiled by Bettinelli.

And after Cottagers substitute George Williams was booked for diving, Arter sealed proceedings from the edge of the area with a shot which his brother-in-law Parker narrowly failed to charge down.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "The challenge for us now going forward is to stay at the top of the table. Everyone wants to knock us off.

"We are a scalp now. We faced that situation in the past couple of weeks now. We're a lot more well known now, so the element of surprise has gone.

"But we were always going to have to cross that bridge and the players are going to come under more pressure now in different ways."

Fulham manager Kit Symons: "We said at half-time we'd weathered the storm a little bit. We had some opportunities, but it wasn't quite to be.

"We rode our luck at times, but we had to be brave and take the game to Bournemouth and I thought we did that in the second period."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 10PitmanBooked at 82minsSubstituted forGoslingat 86'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 13C WilsonSubstituted forKermorgantat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser
  • 32O'Kane
  • 38Cargill

Fulham

  • 40Bettinelli
  • 37Grimmer
  • 6Bodurov
  • 4Hutchinson
  • 3Stafylidis
  • 8Parker
  • 21ChristensenSubstituted forWilliamsat 66'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 12Fofana
  • 10RuizSubstituted forRobertsat 80'minutes
  • 20RodallegaSubstituted forWoodrowat 87'minutes
  • 44McCormack

Substitutes

  • 1Kiraly
  • 13Zverotic
  • 14Roberts
  • 16Woodrow
  • 27Williams
  • 28Hyndman
  • 33Burn
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
10,926

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Smith.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Callum Wilson.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

  8. Post update

    Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Booking

    Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Booking

    George Williams (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Post update

    George Williams (Fulham) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.

  13. 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 Matt Ritchie with a cross.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Brett Pitman.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Brett Pitman following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

    Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Booking

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

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