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By Alistair Magowan

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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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    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.


    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

    Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

    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."


    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.

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


    Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough

    Four minutes of stoppage time.


    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.

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    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.

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

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    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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    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."

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    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.


    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?"

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    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.

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

  18. 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

    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 2-0 Middlesbrough

    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.


    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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    Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

    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.


    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

    Nathan Nicholls: Harry Arter is as important as Callum Wilson


    Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

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


    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.

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

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    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.

  34. 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.

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    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.

  36. 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

    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.


    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.


    Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

    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."


    Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

    That's the half on the south coast. Very positive performance from Bournemouth and they've been rewarded. As it stands, Eddie Howe's side top the Championship by a point.

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    One minute of added time at the Goldsands Stadium.


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    Boro right-back Emilio Nsue goes into the book for pulling back Marc Pugh.

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    The sun is out at the Goldsands Stadium and the league's leading scorers are still attempting to add another before the break. They want this game won, and quickly. Great positivity from Eddie Howe's team.

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    Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Lee Tomlin breaks through the Bournemouth midfield but when the cross comes back to the Boro midfielder, Harry Arter is back to make the tackle. Well played. Moments later Callum Wilson is running at the visitors' defence but shoots wide and over. Aitor Karanka will need to address the Wilson problem at half-time.


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    Adam Clayton

    It's that man again, Callum Wilson, who picks up the ball on the edge of his own area following a Middlesbrough corner and looks to break clear. But Adam Clayton senses the danger and rugby tackles the Cherries striker. Yellow card for the Boro midfielder, but clever too.

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    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium

    "Middlesbrough are still yet to have a meaningful attempt on Artur Boruc's goal with 30 minutes played and the frustration is starting to sweep through the away support here at Dean Court with Boro's fans seeing their team completely outplayed."

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    Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson needs one more goal to reach 20 for the season and he looks hungry for it. Wonder if it triggers some sort of bonus?

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    Bournemouth back on the front foot with Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie linking up. The latter's shot is drilled from 25 yards but well taken by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

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    Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough are chasing a third win in a week and despite being under pressure, they look confident bringing the ball out from the back. A decent move ends up with Adam Reach's clipped effort towards goal but it's straight down Artur Boruc's throat. Decent game, this.

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    No let-up from the Cherries as they go searching for a second. Another cross from the right, Callum Wilson nods down and Yann Kermorgant cracks a crisp shot but Dimitrios Konstantopoulos is well behind it. I love typing that name!

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    Our man at the stadium is right. Callum Wilson is a menace up front for Bournemouth as a cross from the right is controlled by the Cherries striker in the six-yard box, but it's hacked clear for a corner before he can get a second touch.

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    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium

    "Only one team in it at the moment with Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter pulling the strings in midfield and Callum Wilson providing a useful outlet up front with his pace. Middlesbrough struggling to get a foothold in this game."

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    Another half-chance for the Cherries. Matt Ritchie cuts in from the right but Yann Kermorgant fires well over. Good build-up play, though.

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    Bournemouth's strikers are pressing the Middlesbrough defence very hard early on and when they win the ball back on this occasion, Callum Wilson is in space and fires a shot wide from 25 yards wide. Perhaps passing to Marc Pugh was a better option. Unlucky.

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    A disputed free-kick is delivered in from the left from Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter, but Artur Boruc makes a safe claim. The visitors have understandably stepped up their tempo as their fans shout: "Come on Boro."

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    Middlesbrough respond to that early set-back with a shot from Albert Adomah, but it's well over and no trouble for Artur Boruc in the Cherries goal.

  58. GOAL

    Bournemouth 1-0 Middlesbrough - Yann Kermorgant

    Yann Kermorgant

    No problems for Yann Kermorgant, who makes a successful return to the side. His kick to Dimitrios Konstantopoulos's right is too strong. That's his 14th of the season.

    Yann Kermorgant

    Bournemouth 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Callum Wilson is released down the left and burns past Tomas Kalas, who pulls him back. No doubt in the penalty as Anthony Taylor points to the spot.

  60. CLOSE!

    Bournemouth 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Albert Adomah, who had a great game in the 4-1 win over Ipswich last week, is picked out by a deep ball by Tomas Kalas, with Adam Reach almost getting on the end of his cross at the near post. Close.

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    Bournemouth 0-0 Middlesbrough

    The Cherries taking early control of this with some decent possession. Middlesbrough yet to find their feet.

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    Just watching replays of Yann Kermorgant's early free-kick and it appeared that Ben Gibson pulled Callum Wilson's shirt as he attempted to latch onto the rebound. A let off for Boro, there.

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    Bournemouth 0-0 Middlesbrough

    Lively atmosphere at the Goldsands as Callum Wilson is causing problems in the Middlesbrough defence and wins another free-kick, this time on the left. But it is delivered too deep from Matt Ritchie.

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    Early pressure for Bournemouth as Matt Ritchie robs George Friend and wins a free-kick, 35 yards out. Yann Kermorgant takes it but it is well-saved as Dimitrios Konstantopoulos dives to his left.

  65. KICK-OFF

    Bournemouth 0-0 Middlesbrough

    So it's the Championship's top marksmen versus those least likely to concede. What does that mean? Who knows, but we can find out right now as we get under way at the Goldsands Stadium.

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    Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (12:15)

    Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "We have been preparing this game 150% because it is the last one in a massive week for us."

    150%? Wow!

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    Nabil Hassan, BBC Sport at Goldsands Stadium

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe in his programme notes: "It is incredibly tight at the top of the Championship and there is everything to play for for a number of teams. Nobody expected us to be in this position and having come this far we are enjoying the pressure that is associated with it."

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    The eagle-eyed among you will know that there are two early kick-offs this afternoon. Promotion-chasing Brentford host relegation-threatened Millwall, which kicks off at 13:00 GMT. We'll keep you updated with what's happening during the first half at Griffin Park. You can also follow updates from that game on our match page.

    Here's how it looks at the top. Tight, and then some.

    Championship top six
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    Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (12:15)

    Bournemouth make one change to the team that drew at Cardiff in midweek with forward Yann Kermorgant replacing Brett Pitman up front. Pitman may consider himself unlucky having scored five goals in three games.

    Middlesbrough have made two changes with Emilio Nsue replacing Jonathan Woodgate in defence while Adam Reach comes in for Jelle Vossen in midfield.

    Bournemouth XI: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Kermorgant, Wilson

    Middlesbrough XI: Konstantopopoulos, Nsue, Kalas, Gibson, Friend, Adomah, Leadbitter, Clayton, Reach, Tomlin, Bamford.

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    Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (12:15)

    If anyone is going to breach Middlesbrough's mean defence, it could be Bournemouth, who are the Championship's top scorers. Their efforts have drawn praise from Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka this week, who described them as having one of the best "team" ethics in the division. Four players have hit double figures already and another strike will see Callum Wilson reach 20 for the season.

    Let's see if he's starting. Time for some team news.

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    Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (12:15)

    The end of a huge week for Aitor Karanka's team comes against Eddie Howe's Bournemouth this afternoon. The early start last Saturday did wonders for the Teesiders, who are second in the table on goal difference behind Watford. The Cherries are lurking two points behind today's opponents in third, so it's another massive game to decide who can edge closer to the top flight.

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    Bournemouth v Middlesbrough (12:15)

    Tottenham's Harry Kane might be the hottest English striker in the Premier League right now, but he has competition in the Championship. Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford has 16 goals this season and, with four in his last four games, the England Under-21 international has shown that when Boro need him most, he can deliver.

    Patrick Bamford