Bournemouth tightened their grip on second place in League One by edging out relegation-threatened Scunthorpe.

The Cherries went ahead when Marc Pugh crossed from the left and Matt Tubbs's header back across goal was met on the volley by Brett Pitman, who found the net for the fifth successive game.

Iron keeper Eirik Johansen saved well from Harry Arter and Eunan O'Kane, while Pitman rattled the crossbar.

Mark Duffy had Scunthorpe's best chance but dragged his shot wide.

Eddie Howe's side are now three points clear of third-placed Brentford, who lost 2-0 at Milton Keynes but have two games in hand on the Cherries, while Scunthorpe drop into the bottom four after rivals Oldham drew with Colchester.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told BBC Radio Solent:

"It's always edgy at 1-0 but I thought we were well in control of the game, especially in the first half.

"I can't really remember Scunthorpe having any chances or Ryan [Allsop, Bournemouth keeper] being called into too much action. I thought we were quite comfortable but we desperately wanted the second goal just to see the game through a little bit more relaxed.

"We were very controlled, we were brave as always, players were rotating positions and we looked like a really good football team.

"I think we've seen the players act really professionally. The lads have grown from experiences this season and I'm delighted with the way we defended today."

Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws told BBC Radio Humberside:

"We created a couple of good opportunities, especially in the second half, when I was expecting to at least work the goalkeeper.

"We worked ever so hard to get in a good position particularly Mark Duffy, who's gone through and caused them problems, and opened the goal wide open and missed the target.

"When you look at the overall game we would have only needed that to get us back into the game and get us a point.

"There's a fighting spirit amongst us and we'll give it our best shot."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Bournemouth

  • 21 Allsop
  • 02 Francis
  • 03 Cook
  • 13 Elphick
  • 07 Pugh (MacDonald - 82' )
  • 08 Arter
  • 11 Daniels
  • 30 Ritchie Booked (Fogden - 90' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 18 Tubbs (McQuoid - 73' )
  • 40 Pitman

Substitutes

  • 01 Jalal
  • 05 Seaborne
  • 12 Fogden
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 17 McQuoid
  • 26 Hughes
  • 33 Fletcher

Scunthorpe

  • 26 Johansen
  • 05 Mirfin
  • 15 Canavan Booked
  • 18 Nolan
  • 21 Newey Booked
  • 07 Ryan
  • 16 Duffy
  • 19 Collins
  • 23 Forde (Alabi - 72' )
  • 11 Barcham (Grella - 89' )
  • 22 Hawley (Sodje - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Severn
  • 02 Ribeiro
  • 14 Gibbons
  • 25 Hornsey
  • 09 Sodje
  • 10 Grella
  • 27 Alabi
Ref: Ward
Att: 7,465

Match Stats

Shots

10 7

On target

5 4

Corners

5 3

Fouls

7 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:54 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +3:03

Eddie Nolan produces a cross, clearance made by Tommy Elphick.

90:00 +2:19

Unfair challenge on James Alabi by Shaun MacDonald results in a free kick. Eirik Holmen Johansen restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:46 Substitution

Substitution Wes Fogden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt Ritchie.

88:01 Substitution

Substitution Mike Grella on for Andy Barcham.

87:24

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mark Duffy.

86:23

The ball is delivered by Charlie Daniels, clearance by Tom Newey.

81:21

Free kick crossed right-footed by Simon Francis, Eddie Nolan manages to make a clearance.

81:21 Substitution

Substitution Shaun MacDonald comes on in place of Marc Pugh.

81:21

Matt Ritchie fouled by Tom Newey, the ref awards a free kick.

79:44

Brett Pitman delivers the ball, save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

79:13

James Alabi takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Cook.

78:37

The ball is sent over by Jimmy Ryan, clearance made by Simon Francis.

77:54

Eddie Nolan sends in a cross, save made by Ryan Allsop.

74:43

A cross is delivered by Mark Duffy, clearance by Steve Cook.

72:22

Charlie Daniels takes the free kick.

72:22 Substitution

Substitution Josh McQuoid is brought on as a substitute for Matt Tubbs.

72:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Collins on Brett Pitman.

70:57

Free kick taken by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

70:57 Substitution

Substitution Akpo Sodje on for Karl Hawley.

70:57 Substitution

Substitution James Alabi replaces Anthony Forde.

70:57

The referee blows for offside against Brett Pitman.

68:22

The ball is delivered by Simon Francis, clearance by Eddie Nolan.

67:28

Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Karl Hawley results in a free kick. Tommy Elphick takes the direct free kick.

67:02

Matt Ritchie sends in a cross, save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

66:44

Mark Duffy handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Harry Arter.

66:10

Effort on goal by Andy Barcham from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.

65:41

Eunan O'Kane takes a shot. Save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

64:08 Booking

Booking The referee books Niall Canavan for unsporting behaviour.

63:30

The ball is crossed by Simon Francis, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

63:00

Centre by Charlie Daniels, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

61:58

A cross is delivered by Marc Pugh. Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save by Eirik Holmen Johansen. Marc Pugh decides to take a short corner.

61:14

Marc Pugh sends in a cross, Shot from close range by Brett Pitman clears the bar. Brett Pitman decides to take the corner short.

59:24

Steve Cook takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

58:21

Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, Niall Canavan manages to make a clearance.

56:47

Brett Pitman takes a shot.

54:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Tubbs by David Mirfin. Free kick crossed right-footed by Brett Pitman.

53:48

Mark Duffy takes a shot. Save by Ryan Allsop.

52:37

Mark Duffy produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

52:11

The ball is sent over by Matt Ritchie, save by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

50:41

Matt Ritchie produces a cross, save made by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

50:17

Harry Arter takes a shot. Save made by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

49:18

Centre by Mark Duffy, blocked by Eunan O'Kane.

47:12

Andy Barcham fouled by Matt Ritchie, the ref awards a free kick. Niall Canavan takes the direct free kick.

46:58

The ball is crossed by Matt Ritchie, clearance by Niall Canavan.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:37

The referee penalises Michael Collins for handball. Matt Ritchie crosses the ball in from the free kick.

44:09

Marc Pugh sends in a cross, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

43:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc Pugh on Eddie Nolan. Free kick taken by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

42:14

The ball is crossed by Charlie Daniels, Anthony Forde gets a block in. Charlie Daniels delivers the ball.

39:59

Simon Francis sends in a cross, Tom Newey manages to make a clearance.

37:54

Direct free kick taken by David Mirfin.

37:54 Booking

Booking Matt Ritchie is booked.

37:45

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Ritchie on Mark Duffy.

37:24

Brett Pitman takes a shot. Blocked by David Mirfin. The ball is sent over by Simon Francis, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

35:54

Unfair challenge on Anthony Forde by Charlie Daniels results in a free kick. Eirik Holmen Johansen takes the direct free kick.

35:29

Unfair challenge on Matt Tubbs by David Mirfin results in a free kick. Steve Cook takes the direct free kick.

35:04

Mark Duffy produces a cross.

34:36

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save made by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

33:21

Charlie Daniels decides to take a short corner.

31:48

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Duffy.

30:40

Harry Arter concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Forde. Mark Duffy crosses the ball in from the free kick.

29:31

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Duffy.

29:25

Jimmy Ryan produces a cross, clearance by Steve Cook.

29:18

Centre by Eddie Nolan, Steve Cook makes a clearance.

27:36

Simon Francis produces a cross, Niall Canavan makes a clearance.

26:51

Simon Francis produces a cross, clearance made by Eddie Nolan. Short corner taken by Matt Tubbs.

26:06

Mark Duffy takes a shot. Ryan Allsop makes a save.

25:36

A cross is delivered by Anthony Forde, blocked by Simon Francis.

24:32

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

23:57

Marc Pugh fouled by Jimmy Ryan, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Daniels takes the free kick.

22:40

The ball is crossed by Anthony Forde, Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

22:22

Anthony Forde takes a shot. Blocked by Eunan O'Kane.

20:57

Mark Duffy concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Francis. Simon Francis takes the direct free kick.

18:09

The assistant referee signals for offside against Mark Duffy. Indirect free kick taken by Steve Cook.

17:45

Brett Pitman is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

15:00

Matt Ritchie produces a cross, Brett Pitman produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

10:24

The assist for the goal came from Matt Tubbs.

10:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Bournem'th 1 - 0 Scunthorpe Brett Pitman finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Bournemouth 1-0 Scunthorpe.

10:20

Marc Pugh sends in a cross.

9:49

Simon Francis sends in a cross, Eddie Nolan makes a clearance.

7:14

Matt Tubbs is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Direct free kick taken by Eirik Holmen Johansen.

5:29

Free kick crossed left-footed by Matt Ritchie from right wing, free kick awarded for a foul by Steve Cook on Karl Hawley. Eirik Holmen Johansen restarts play with the free kick.

5:29 Booking

Booking Tom Newey goes into the referee's book.

5:18

Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Tom Newey results in a free kick.

3:02

Eunan O'Kane takes a short corner.

1:51

Jimmy Ryan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.

1:40

Anthony Forde crosses the ball, clearance by Steve Cook.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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