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Brighton & Hove Albion 0-2 Bournemouth

By Nabil HassanBBC Sport at The Amex
Bournemouth celebrate
Bournemouth are four games away from a first appearance in the Premier League

Bournemouth edged closer to promotion to the Premier League after second-half goals from Yann Kermorgant and Callum Wilson sealed victory over Brighton.

The Cherries moved four points clear with four games left, but Norwich and Watford can close the gap on Saturday.

In a match of few chances Leon Best had Brighton's best effort with his tame effort straight at Artur Boruc.

However, Kermorgant's stunning 25-yard free-kick and Wilson's cool finish from close range secured the points.

With five points covering the top four, the promotion race threatens to go to the last game of the season but Bournemouth will reach the top flight if they win their remaining fixtures.

Brighton remain 19th and are still nine points above the relegation zone, although Millwall in 23rd place have two games in hand.

The first-half statistics told the story of a poor opening 45 minutes at the Amex Stadium with neither side managing to get a meaningful effort on goal.

There were half chances for Inigo Calderon and Joao Teixeira for Brighton, while Matt Ritchie was Bournemouth's biggest threat with two strikes that failed to concern keeper David Stockdale.

Dale Stephens came close to breaking the deadlock after the restart with his side-foot effort from 20-yards flying a foot over Boruc's crossbar and on the hour Brighton should have taken the lead.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe salutes the fans after the 2-0 win at Brighton
Eddie Howe is attempting to lead the Cherries into England's top flight for the first time in their history

Best latched onto a long ball and while his superb first touch set the chance up perfectly his scuffed shot from 10 yards was tame and straight at Boruc. At the other end Kermorgant floated a header just wide of Stockdale's post as the game finally started to open up.

Lewis Dunk's crude challenge on Adam Smith presented the Cherries with a free-kick from 25 yards and Kermorgant superbly curled a strike into the top-right hand corner of the goal for 1-0.

Wilson doubled that lead after collecting Kermorgant's through ball, turning Greg Halford inside and out before coolly slotting home his 21st goal of the season.

That strike - their 89th of 2014-15 - saw Bournemouth break their highest tally for goals scored in a league campaign in what is becoming a season of broken records.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton: "For 70 minutes we were very good but Bournemouth showed why they are where they are in the league.

"We were the more likely to score in the first half but in the last period we tried to push forward and they capitalised on it.

"I'm majorly concerned by the lack of goals. The facts are there to see - we haven't scored in our last three games."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent:

"Brighton are a tough nut to crack and they still play good football and we were under no illusions how difficult tonight was going to be. That is why we are delighted with the three points.

"I'm very proud of the players. The goalscorers will obviously get the plaudits but it's very much a team achievement. I'm very proud of the team for that [record number of league goals].

"What we have done is reaffirmed to ourselves that we can come to tough grounds and find a way to win when the pressure is really on with players who can step up."

Line-ups

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Bruno
  • 33Halford
  • 5DunkBooked at 69mins
  • 30BennettBooked at 90mins
  • 6Stephens
  • 28KayalSubstituted forInceat 67'minutes
  • 14Calderon
  • 17Vilaca TeixeiraSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 74'minutes
  • 32CarayolSubstituted forLua Luaat 74'minutes
  • 19Best

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 11O'Grady
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 24Ince
  • 25Lua Lua
  • 31Walton

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30Ritchie
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forA Smithat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forGoslingat 83'minutes
  • 13C WilsonSubstituted forJonesat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 19Stanislas
  • 22Ward
  • 49Jones
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
25,919

Match Stats

Home TeamBrightonAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  5. Booking

    Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Booking

    Adam Smith (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

  8. Post update

    Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Kenwyne Jones replaces Callum Wilson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Leon Best (Brighton and Hove Albion).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Yann Kermorgant.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Brighton and Hove Albion 0, Bournemouth 2. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant following a fast break.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

    Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth422311889434680
2Norwich412210979433676
3Watford412371182483476
4Middlesbrough412291060322875
5Derby4120111073452871
6Wolves4120111062491371
7Brentford412171370551570
8Ipswich4119111161461568
9Nottm Forest411513136558758
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton411316125053-355
12Sheff Wed411315133743-654
13Cardiff411313154954-552
14Leeds411410174654-852
15Birmingham401214144760-1350
16Bolton411310185058-849
17Huddersfield411212175169-1848
18Reading401210184463-1946
19Brighton421015174350-745
20Fulham42129215475-2145
21Rotherham411013184262-2043
22Wigan42812223757-2036
23Millwall40812203565-3036
24Blackpool41413243280-4825
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