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Bournemouth 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday

By Mark MitchenerBBC Sport at the Goldsands Stadium
Chris Maguire celebrates Sheffield Wednesday's equaliser

Bournemouth missed the chance to return to the top of the Championship as Sheffield Wednesday equalised with a stoppage-time penalty.

Kieran Lee headed the visitors in front but Yann Kermorgant levelled with a deft header from Matt Ritchie's centre.

After Cherries' Simon Francis saw red for a second booking, Ritchie looked to have won it with a 25-yard screamer.

But when Adam Smith brought down Atdhe Nuhiu with time running out, Chris Maguire made no mistake from 12 yards.

It means Eddie Howe's side remain second in the Championship - overtaking Middlesbrough on goal difference but slipping behind Watford who beat Birmingham 1-0.

Crucially, that goal difference - 15 better than Boro's - means that barring an unlikely scoring spree from the Teesside club, Bournemouth can still clinch promotion by winning their two remaining games against Bolton and Charlton.

If the result felt cruel from Bournemouth's perspective, it reflected the endeavour of a mid-table Wednesday side, ostensibly with nothing to play for, who never gave up during a pulsating game.

Kieran Lee celebrates with Sheffield Wednesday team mates
Kieran Lee drew first blood for the visitors with a direct header

The Owls lost two players to injury before 14 minutes had elapsed as keeper Keiren Westwood failed to reappear after the warm-up and was replaced by Chris Kirkland, while midfielder Sam Hutchinson limped off with an apparent hamstring strain.

Indeed, the Wednesday physio was busier than either keeper early on as Kamil Zayatte needed lengthy treatment after heading Maguire's corner wide - and was withdrawn at the interval.

The visitors took the lead when Lewis Buxton - who had two loan spells at Bournemouth more than a decade ago - delivered a deep, hanging cross and Lee was allowed to pick his spot with an inch-perfect header across goal.

For all Bournemouth's pedigree as the country's top scorers, it took that goal for them to kick into gear as Harry Arter's fierce drive from distance was tipped over by Kirkland.

Wednesday nearly made it 2-0 when the impressive Maguire curled a free-kick against the post and Caolan Lavery could only spoon the rebound over the bar.

Kermorgant equalised with 21 minutes left but Francis received a second caution for clipping Maguire as Bournemouth were reduced to 10 men.

Matt Ritchie
Matt Ritchie put Bournemouth back in front with a sensational strike from 25 yards on 84 minutes

However, when the Cherries were awarded a free-kick 25 yards out, Andrew Surman tapped the ball to Ritchie to fire an unstoppable left-foot rocket into the top corner.

Wednesday kept pressing, with Lavery inches wide as the game slipped into stoppage time.

Referee Paul Tierney had earlier waved away two Bournemouth penalty claims, but the Lancashire official had no hesitation in pointing to the spot when he adjudged that Smith had impeded fellow substitute Nuhiu.

Maguire converted and Smith looked inconsolable as the final whistle blew - but Bournemouth's Premier League dream still remains in their hands.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "That really is tough to take. That is the reason why we love the game, with its drama and twists and turns even in one game. It was a heartbreaking end to the game for us.

"Even though we have had the most successful season in the club's history, we have had many moments when we have felt low and down and we have to respond to adversity."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "We knew it was going to be difficult coming here because their tails are up. When we went 2-1 down, I was thinking that we didn't deserve that as my players were giving everything.

"We thought maybe it wasn't going to be our day but we kept going until the final whistle. I thought if I left this building without anything I would have been very disappointed."



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 2FrancisBooked at 79mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S CookBooked at 31minsSubstituted forJonesat 64'minutes
  • 11Daniels
  • 30Ritchie
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forA Smithat 57'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forWardat 81'minutes
  • 13Wilson


  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
  • 49Jones

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 43Kirkland
  • 2BuxtonBooked at 75mins
  • 15Lees
  • 18ZayatteSubstituted forVermijlat 45'minutes
  • 17HelanBooked at 61mins
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forMaghomaat 15'minutes
  • 33Melo
  • 10Maguire
  • 20Lee
  • 27IsgroveBooked at 2minsSubstituted forNuhiuat 63'minutes
  • 13Lavery


  • 7May
  • 9Nuhiu
  • 16McCabe
  • 19Maghoma
  • 28Bus
  • 30Dawson
  • 36Vermijl
Paul Tierney

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Tom Lees.

  4. Post update

    Kenwyne Jones (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Adam Smith (Bournemouth) after a foul in the penalty area.

  8. Post update

    Penalty Sheffield Wednesday. Atdhe Nuhiu draws a foul in the penalty area.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Caolan Lavery (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marnick Vermijl.

  10. Post update

    Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  13. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  15. Post update

    Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Elliott Ward replaces Yann Kermorgant.

  18. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Simon Francis (Bournemouth) for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  20. Post update

    Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

11Nottm Forest441514156965459
12Sheff Wed441417134146-559
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