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Millwall 0-2 Bournemouth

Harry Arter
Midfielder Harry Arter has scored six goals for Bournemouth so far this season

Harry Arter scored for the fifth successive league game as Bournemouth beat Millwall to move four points clear at the top of the Championship.

The Cherries took the lead when Yann Kermorgant scored from the penalty spot after Charlie Daniels was brought down by Lee Martin.

On his 25th birthday, midfielder Arter then fired into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 before the break.

Shaun Williams' red card with 10 minutes to go added to Millwall's woes.

Ian Holloway's side were looking to recover from their 6-1 thrashing at Norwich on Boxing Day, which left them three points away from the relegation zone.

And, although the Lions looked composed in the opening stages of Sunday's contest, they could not match the Cherries, who are unbeaten in the league since September.

Bournemouth's top scorers this season
LeagueCup Total
Callum Wilson11213
Brett Pitman718
Marc Pugh707
Matt Ritchie 606
Harry Arter 606
Yann Kermorgant606

Defender Sid Nelson, on his professional debut for Millwall, headed inches wide before Martin's effort was gathered by keeper Artur Boruc.

The Londoners were punished in the 32nd minute when Martin tripped Daniels in the box and, although the hosts were convinced it was outside the area, their appeals were waved away and Kermorgant slotted home.

The goal settled the Cherries and they were soon two up when Callum Wilson beat the offside trap and pulled back for Arter to drill into the bottom corner.

After the restart, Millwall pushed to make the breakthrough but Lee Gregory shot over the bar and Jimmy Abdou's ball in evaded everyone in the box.

Arter's strike was then blocked by Nelson before Dan Gosling fizzed his shot just wide for the visitors, and their victory looked inevitable when Williams received a straight red for kicking out at Wilson.

Millwall manager Ian Holloway: "There is a nervousness in the team. The lads want to do well but then we go and get a player sent of. That is unforgivable and ridiculous. Williams should have just got on with it.

"We are going to have to simplify things, play from back to front. I'm going to need some more choices and now and it's as simple as that."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "It was a very hostile atmosphere but we dealt well with the challenge that was posed and concentrated on the football.

"We always felt if we could keep a clean sheet, we'd have a good chance to win the game. We've been 2-0 ahead against Millwall before, so it was a good test for us to learn from the previous game."

Line-ups

Millwall

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1FordeBooked at 35mins
  • 29WilkinsonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forFullerat 45'minutes
  • 3ShittuBooked at 13minsSubstituted forDunneat 67'minutes
  • 35Nelson
  • 28Malone
  • 6WilliamsBooked at 80mins
  • 26Abdou
  • 7MartinSubstituted forGueyeat 56'minutes
  • 27McDonaldBooked at 62mins
  • 11Woolford
  • 9Gregory

Substitutes

  • 2Dunne
  • 8Easter
  • 15Upson
  • 16Beevers
  • 18Gueye
  • 19Fuller
  • 41King

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forFraserat 88'minutes
  • 6SurmanBooked at 34mins
  • 8Arter
  • 15A SmithBooked at 52minsSubstituted forPughat 69'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forGoslingat 58'minutes
  • 13WilsonBooked at 80mins

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 7Pugh
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 20Fraser
  • 38Cargill
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
10,407

Match Stats

Home TeamMillwallAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home3
Away19
Shots on Target
Home0
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home23
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Millwall 0, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Millwall 0, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Callum Wilson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Simon Francis.

  7. Post update

    Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Millwall).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Lee Gregory.

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alan Dunne (Millwall).

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dan Gosling.

  20. Booking

    Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth24146454252948
2Ipswich23128338221644
3Middlesbrough24127538172143
4Derby23126544232142
5Watford24125743261741
6Brentford2412484035540
7Norwich24107744291537
8Wolves2410772833-537
9Blackburn249873533235
10Nottm Forest2471073333031
11Charlton2361342425-131
12Cardiff248793235-331
13Sheff Wed2371061721-431
14Birmingham248792737-1031
15Bolton2485112631-529
16Reading2485113040-1029
17Fulham2384113541-628
18Huddersfield2477103142-1128
19Rotherham2451182130-926
20Leeds2366112534-924
21Millwall2458112440-1623
22Wigan2348112430-620
23Brighton2331192432-820
24Blackpool2428141841-2314
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