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Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

By Nabil HassanBBC Sport
Yann Kermorgant
Yann Kermorgant gave Bouremouth the lead with his 14th goal of the season

Bournemouth leapfrogged Middlesbrough to return to the top of the Championship table after a dominant victory over their promotion rivals.

The Cherries now hold a one-point advantage over Watford with Yann Kermorgant's penalty, Harry Arter's stunning strike and a further spot-kick from Brett Pitman sealing victory.

It was a return to winning ways for the Cherries with seven games to go.

Boro, who failed to register a single shot on target, slipped to third.

Kermorgant's first-minute free-kick, which forced a save from Dimi Konstantopoulos, set the tone for the opening 45 minutes at the Goldsands Stadium with the hosts completely dominating.

The recalled striker fired home from the spot after Tomas Kalas hauled down Callum Wilson in the area following a fine long ball from Arter.

Konstantopoulos was busy throughout the first half keeping out efforts from Kermorgant and Matt Ritchie, while Wilson was also proving a menace up front.

Brett Pitman
Brett Pitman took his tally to 14 with Bournemouth's second penalty against Middlesbrough

The Cherries almost doubled their lead shortly after the restart when Tommy Elphick's close-range header from Ritchie's free-kick was superbly kept out.

Bournemouth did make it 2-0 shortly afterwards, Arter grabbing his second goal in a week with another stunning strike from distance.

Ritchie blazed over from close range on the hour following an earlier defensive calamity from Boro while Kike found the net with a header after 65 minutes but he was ruled offside.

Substitute Pitman's disputed penalty made it 3-0 after Arter went down in the box.

Boro forward Patrick Bamford, anonymous throughout, floated a late free-kick on to the roof of Artur Boruc's goal in what was the closest Middlesbrough came to scoring.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"That's as well as we have played when you consider the opposition we were up against.

"We defended very well and limited them to half chances and with the ball we were excellent so it's been a really good day. We fully deserved the win.

"Psychologically it gives us a boost knowing we've beaten one of the best sides in the division and it should serve us well hopefully in the remaining games."

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka:

"Today we had all the things against us. The penalties, for me, are unbelievable.

"I can understand mistakes because everyone makes mistakes, but I can't understand behaviours. For example, when we had a disallowed goal the linesman was laughing.

"I knew it was going to be a very difficult game, because we played against one of the best teams in the league."

"It was going to be difficult and then I started to see the mistakes we made, especially in the first half. Then I started to feel the referee's decisions."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 65'minutes
  • 8ArterBooked at 57mins
  • 6Surman
  • 7Pugh
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forPitmanat 61'minutes
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forRantieat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 24NsueBooked at 44minsSubstituted forForshawat 55'minutes
  • 26Kalas
  • 6Gibson
  • 3Friend
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forWhiteheadat 79'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 37minsSubstituted forKikeat 55'minutes
  • 20Reach
  • 10Tomlin
  • 27Adomah
  • 23Bamford

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 12Ripley
  • 18Whitehead
  • 21Vossen
  • 22Omeruo
  • 33Wildschut
  • 34Forshaw
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
10,998

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home17
Away3
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Middlesbrough 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Middlesbrough 0.

  3. Post update

    Marc Pugh went off injured after Bournemouth had used all subs.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Callum Wilson because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  10. Post update

    Adam Forshaw (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

  13. Post update

    Kike (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Smith.

  15. Post update

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Adam Reach (Middlesbrough).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

  18. Post update

    Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth392110882404273
2Watford392261178463272
3Middlesbrough39219959302972
4Norwich392010976433370
5Derby3919101069432667
6Ipswich3919101059431667
7Brentford392061364521266
8Wolves3918111056451165
9Nottm Forest391512126254857
10Blackburn391412135150154
11Charlton391315114850-254
12Sheff Wed391314123640-453
13Leeds391410154347-452
14Cardiff391312144850-251
15Birmingham381114134355-1247
16Brighton391015144346-345
17Bolton39129184657-1145
18Huddersfield391111174867-1944
19Reading38128184261-1944
20Fulham39127205068-1843
21Rotherham39913174060-2040
22Wigan39811203552-1735
23Millwall39712203364-3133
24Blackpool39411243078-4823
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