A hat-trick from Brett Pitman helped promotion-chasing Bournemouth beat Crewe in League One.

The Cherries took an early lead through Pitman's penalty, following Adam Dugdale's foul on Marc Pugh.

Pitman finished from close range after Josh McQuoid's centre to extend the lead, before Ryan Colclough slotted his first career goal to give Crewe hope.

But Pitman sealed his hat-trick with a second penalty, this time converting after Wes Fogden was brought down.

The result means Bournemouth move up to fifth, having lost just one league match in 18 since Eddie Howe returned to the club.

Crewe, who are without a win in three, remain 13th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent:

"I think that today's game was a difficult one for us. It was always going to be hard - we've had a lot of travelling, we've had a lot of games and Crewe have had a long time to prepare for us.

"Physically, I think today we looked a little bit leggy first-half, we looked like we didn't have our usual spring in the step that we've displayed at home so to come in at 1-0 up was really pleasing.

"Brett's worked hard. We've left him out a couple of times because we've tweaked our system but he's shown a great attitude to that disappointment. His goal scoring record is up there with the best of them so I'm really pleased for Brett and hopefully there's more to come."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 01 Jalal
  • 02 Francis
  • 03 Cook
  • 05 Seaborne
  • 13 Elphick
  • 07 Pugh Booked
  • 08 Arter Booked
  • 17 McQuoid (Fogden - 80' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 22 Grabban (Tubbs - 88' )
  • 40 Pitman (Hughes - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Allsop
  • 06 Partington
  • 12 Fogden
  • 23 McDermott
  • 26 Hughes
  • 18 Tubbs
  • 33 Fletcher

Crewe Alexandra

  • 01 Phillips
  • 03 Davis
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 08 Murphy
  • 14 Mellor
  • 19 Osman Booked
  • 31 Inman (Colclough - 63' )
  • 07 M Clayton (Leitch-Smith - 63' )
  • 09 Pogba
  • 11 Moore

Substitutes

  • 21 Garratt
  • 05 Ellis
  • 12 Turton
  • 17 Ray
  • 27 Colclough
  • 23 West
  • 10 Leitch-Smith
Ref: Williamson
Att: 8,628

Match Stats

Shots

15 15

On target

7 6

Corners

2 6

Fouls

9 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:27 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:19

Byron Moore sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Kelvin Mellor goes over the bar.

90:00 +4:19 Booking

Booking The referee books Marc Pugh for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +4:16

The referee gives a free kick against Marc Pugh for handball.

90:00 +3:32

Centre by Byron Moore, clearance made by Tommy Elphick.

90:00 +2:15

A cross is delivered by Byron Moore, Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:55

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Blocked by Harry Davis.

90:00 +1:29

Centre by Byron Moore, Simon Francis makes a clearance.

89:31

Foul by Ajay Leitch-Smith on Richard Hughes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Simon Francis.

89:01

A cross is delivered by Eunan O'Kane.

88:32

Richard Hughes challenges Ryan Colclough unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

87:49

Mathias Pogba challenges Wes Fogden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Hughes takes the free kick.

87:10 Substitution

Substitution Matt Tubbs comes on in place of Lewis Grabban.

86:36

Shot from deep inside the area by Wes Fogden goes over the bar.

86:21

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

85:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Hughes on Ajay Leitch-Smith. Luke Murphy takes the free kick.

84:20

The referee blows for offside against Ajay Leitch-Smith. Shwan Jalal takes the free kick.

82:18 Substitution

Substitution Richard Hughes is brought on as a substitute for Brett Pitman.

81:47

Assist on the goal came from Wes Fogden.

81:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Bournem'th 3 - 1 Crewe Brett Pitman scores a power penalty. Bournemouth 3-1 Crewe.

80:52

Abdul Osman concedes a Penalty for a foul on Wes Fogden.

80:35

Foul by Ryan Colclough on Eunan O'Kane, free kick awarded. Eunan O'Kane takes the direct free kick.

79:12 Substitution

Substitution Wes Fogden is brought on as a substitute for Josh McQuoid.

77:04

Josh McQuoid concedes a free kick for a foul on Abdul Osman. Direct free kick taken by Steve Phillips.

75:36

Mathias Pogba provided the assist for the goal.

75:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Ryan Colclough - Bournem'th 2 - 1 Crewe Ryan Colclough fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bournemouth 2-1 Crewe.

74:49

Mathias Pogba takes a shot.

73:23

Unfair challenge on Ajay Leitch-Smith by Eunan O'Kane results in a free kick. Ajay Leitch-Smith takes the direct free kick.

72:49

Harry Arter has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

71:57

Effort from deep inside the area by Ryan Colclough misses to the left of the target.

70:45

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy, clearance by Marc Pugh.

70:28

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Steve Cook gets a block in.

69:56

Josh McQuoid produces a cross, Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

67:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Arter by Mathias Pogba. Shwan Jalal takes the free kick.

66:36

Assist on the goal came from Josh McQuoid.

66:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Bournem'th 2 - 0 Crewe Brett Pitman grabs a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Bournemouth 2-0 Crewe.

66:29

Josh McQuoid sends in a cross,

66:05

Harry Arter takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a save.

65:48

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Steve Phillips makes a fantastic save.

62:44 Substitution

Substitution Ajay Leitch-Smith joins the action as a substitute, replacing Max Clayton.

62:21 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Colclough comes on in place of Bradden Inman.

61:28

A cross is delivered by Josh McQuoid, Brett Pitman takes a shot. Save by Steve Phillips.

58:49

Close range headed effort by Abdul Osman misses to the right of the goal.

58:22

Corner taken by Luke Murphy.

57:57 Booking

Booking Abdul Osman booked for unsporting behaviour.

57:33

Brett Pitman has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

56:00

Abdul Osman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane. Shwan Jalal takes the free kick.

53:04

Effort on goal by Bradden Inman from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

52:10

Effort from the edge of the box by Brett Pitman goes wide of the right-hand upright.

50:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Abdul Osman on Marc Pugh. Free kick taken by Harry Arter.

50:00

Centre by Lewis Grabban, clearance by Kelvin Mellor.

49:40

The ball is delivered by Josh McQuoid, Harry Davis manages to make a clearance.

46:26

Simon Francis produces a cross.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +2:16 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +1:38

Luke Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Francis. Direct free kick taken by Shwan Jalal.

45:00 +0:31

Lewis Grabban has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

43:07

Steve Phillips takes the direct free kick.

43:07 Booking

Booking Caution for Harry Arter.

42:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jon Guthrie by Harry Arter.

41:21

Mathias Pogba produces a cross, Max Clayton takes a shot. Daniel Seaborne gets a block in.

40:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Abdul Osman by Lewis Grabban. Adam Dugdale takes the direct free kick.

37:32

Foul by Eunan O'Kane on Kelvin Mellor, free kick awarded. Luke Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

34:36

Luke Murphy produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

32:20

Josh McQuoid sends in a cross, Shot by Brett Pitman from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

32:08

Simon Francis crosses the ball, Jon Guthrie manages to make a clearance.

27:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Bradden Inman on Josh McQuoid. Shwan Jalal restarts play with the free kick.

27:12

Max Clayton takes a shot. Clearance by Tommy Elphick.

26:46

Short corner taken by Luke Murphy from the right by-line.

25:26

Brett Pitman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jon Guthrie. Harry Davis restarts play with the free kick.

23:51

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy from the right by-line, Steve Cook manages to make a clearance.

23:29

Mathias Pogba takes a shot. Harry Arter gets a block in.

21:13

Bradden Inman sends in a cross, clearance by Steve Cook.

19:07

Max Clayton takes a shot. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.

18:22

Bradden Inman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

16:44

Centre by Mathias Pogba, Steve Cook manages to make a clearance.

15:33

The ball is sent over by Marc Pugh, clearance by Adam Dugdale.

14:52

Josh McQuoid has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

14:12

Inswinging corner taken by Marc Pugh.

13:26

Harry Davis challenges Brett Pitman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brett Pitman takes the free kick.

12:50

The ball is delivered by Byron Moore, Max Clayton takes a shot. Shwan Jalal makes a save.

12:15

Corner taken right-footed by Luke Murphy to the near post, clearance by Steve Cook.

12:04

Byron Moore sends in a cross, clearance by Steve Cook.

9:36

Unfair challenge on Eunan O'Kane by Abdul Osman results in a free kick. Tommy Elphick restarts play with the free kick.

7:49

Assist by Marc Pugh.

7:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Bournem'th 1 - 0 Crewe Brett Pitman scores a placed penalty. Bournemouth 1-0 Crewe.

6:39

Adam Dugdale challenges Marc Pugh unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

5:15

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Luke Murphy, Adam Dugdale has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

5:00

The ball is sent over by Kelvin Mellor, clearance by Tommy Elphick.

4:38

Centre by Byron Moore, clearance made by Simon Francis.

4:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Arter on Byron Moore. Adam Dugdale restarts play with the free kick.

2:23

Byron Moore delivers the ball, Simon Francis makes a clearance.

0:56

Shot from deep inside the area by Harry Arter clears the crossbar.

0:39

Outswinging corner taken by Brett Pitman from the right by-line.

0:22

Centre by Josh McQuoid, Jon Guthrie gets a block in.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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