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Summary

  1. Bournemouth go top of league
  2. Boro miss chance to go top themselves

Live Reporting

By Alistair Magowan

All times stated are UK

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Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium

"Both sets of fans give their teams a standing ovation off the pitch but in truth there is only one side that deserves it with rampant Bournemouth back on top of the Championship after a stunning performance."

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Matthew Bennett: How many more penalties are we going to see awarded at the Goal-sands this season? Pens have put B'mouth where they are

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Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Right, that's enough from me. Hopefully you've enjoyed another sparkling performance from a team that are brimming with positivity from their manager Eddie Howe. Unless you are a Boro fan, of course.

Safe trip home if you're at the game. See you soon.

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Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

So at the top of the Championship, leaders Bournemouth enjoy a one-point lead over Watford and Middlesbrough. The Hornets face Ipswich at 15:00. Fourth placed Norwich host play-off chasing Nottingham Forest.

Bournemouth have now scored 82 goals this season, the most by an English team in the top four divisions. That goal difference may just be a worth a point when it comes to the crunch on 2 May. Only seven games to go.

As it stands table
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Middlesbrough will rightly feel aggrieved about the penalty being awarded against them but Bournemouth were worthy winners today.

Bournemouth goalscorer Harry Arter on Sky Sports: "We knew today was crucial so we set out our stall to win the game and we did that comfortably. This goal meant a lot to me as it gave us control at that point. I don't know if there was a touch [for the penalty] but I didn't dive. My momentum took me through."

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Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

All over at the Goldsands as the Cherries romp to a 3-0 win. Four wins in five games and they are top of the Championship by a point.

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Another problem for Bournemouth as Marc Pugh comes off after being clipped. The hosts down to 10 men for the last minute or so.

INJURY TIME

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Four minutes of stoppage time.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Callum Wilson looks like he has picked up a hamstring problem and has to leave the pitch to a thunderous applause from the Bournemouth faithful. He's been superb today. South African forward Tokelo Rantie comes on to replace him.

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Boro win a free-kick 25 yards out to ironic cheers from their fans. Patrick Bamford takes it and slices across in a languid fashion but it's just over. Strange technique but Artur Boruc was bamboozled.

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Brett Pitman goes close to adding a fourth for Bournemouth, but his curled effort is just over.

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

So who wants to see another fine example of a young English manager in the Premier League? The way Eddie Howe's team is going, he could be rubbing shoulders with Jose Mourinho next season. And deservedly so.

Eddie Howe
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Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium

"Game, set and match at the Goldsands with Brett Pitman's penalty putting further gloss on an already fine Bournemouth performance. Boro's fans cannot wait for the final whistle."

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Marc Pugh cuts in from the left and fires over for Bournemouth. Home fans now singing: "The Reds are going up." Boro are deflated.

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Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Boro's Grant Leadbitter comes off for Dean Whitehead. He is fuming about that Harry Arter penalty decision. Meanwhile Bournemouth fans sing "Are you Blackpool in disguise?"

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Momentum is a crucial thing in football and the visitors were just gaining some. That penalty has left Boro looking flatter than road-kill and the Cherries fans are understandably basking in the glory of a 3-0 scoreline.

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

Safe to say that Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka is not amused on the sidelines.

GOAL

Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough - Brett Pitman

Anything you can do. No mistake from the Bournemouth substitute Brett Pitman as he fires in to Dimitrios Konstantopoulos's left. That's 14 for the season now and looks like game over.

Brett Pitman
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PENALTY TO BOURNEMOUTH

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

This looks a bit harsh. Harry Arter drives into the box and referee Anthony Taylor takes a long hard think and decides that Albert Adomah has tripped the Bournemouth player. Adomah claims Arter dived and the Boro defence is livid.

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Bournemouth defender Steve Cook claims he is pulled down in the Middlesbrough penalty area, but replays show he doesn't really have a case. Glorious sunshine on the south coast now, Boro upping their work-rate.

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Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc looks like he is struggling with an injury but gets some treatment and takes the resulting free-kick.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

This is close, but correct from the officials. Middlesbrough's Albert Adomah delivers a deep cross from the right and although Kike nods a header into the bottom corner, he is rightly ruled offside. Sigh of relief from the home fans.

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Matt Ritchie has had a fine game today, but I can't help thinking of a plucked chicken when I see his haircut. Still, we know which is more important.

SUBSTITUTION

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Time to tell you now that goalscorer Yann Kermorgant has been replaced by fellow Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman. And now Matt Ritchie is off in place of Adam Smith.

Brentford 0-1 Millwall

An unexpected goal, perhaps, at Griffin Park as Lee Gregory gives Millwall the lead against Brentford after 28 minutes. You can

follow updates here.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

It should be 3-0. Charlie Daniels bursts down the left flank, delivers a cut-back to Matt Ritchie but the Cherries midfielder blazes over from 10 yards. Wasteful.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Boro striker Patrick Bamford is appealing for a penalty as he is bumped off the ball by Steve Cook but referee Anthony Taylor is not interested.

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Nathan Nicholls: Harry Arter is as important as Callum Wilson

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Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Bournemouth goalscorer Harry Arter goes into the book as he clips the breaking Lee Tomlin.

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Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Perhaps understandably, Boro boss Aitor Karanka makes a double change. The two players who have been booked, Emilio Nsue and Adam Clayton, are replaced by Adam Forshaw and Kike.

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Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium

"Stunning start to the second half from the Cherries with Tommy Elphick going close and then Harry Arter doubling Bournemouth's lead shortly after the break. Middlesbrough have been completely blown away today and the home fans are now singing: "We are going up". On this form, no one will bet against them.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

That goal takes Harry Arter's total to eight for the season, level with fellow Bournemouth midfielder Marc Pugh.

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

So has Middlesbrough's half-time team talk been shattered? "Keep it tight lads, and then let's try and nick one." Not any more.

GOAL

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough - Harry Arter

This is a strike, and then some. Once again, Bournemouth press from the front, they win the ball on the edge of the area and as Marc Pugh turns back inside, Harry Arter pinches the ball off him and slams it left-footed into the far corner.

Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

What a save this is. Bournemouth win a free-kick on their left after Marc Pugh is brought down and Matt Ritchie's set-piece is headed goalwards by Tommy Elphick from barely six yards but Dimitrios Konstantopoulos spreads himself wide to stop it.

KICK-OFF

Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

So can Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson (right) get his 20th of the season in the second half? We are under way again as the Cherries kick us off. No changes.

Callum Wilson
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Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

Referee Anthony Taylor has kept everything flowing and made some good decisions at the Goldsands, but Neil Swarbrick has not done his profession any favours during Manchester City's game against West Brom.

Once again, the curse of mistaken identity strikes as the official appears to have sent off West Brom's Gareth McAuley instead of Craig Dawson. You can follow reaction to that incident and updates from the game in our

Premier League live page.

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KoloKK: Bournemouth vs Middlesbrough is one tight game.

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Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

We are under way in the Championship's second early kick-off as Brentford host Millwall. You can follow updates on our

match page, but I'll keep you up to date with first-half goals right here.

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Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium

"It's safe to say that Bournemouth have dominated this first half. Middlesbrough had been second in the Championship, going into this game, but they've just gone 45 minutes without a single shot on target. On this evidence, it's the Cherries who are Premier League bound."