Bournemouth kept up the pressure on leaders Doncaster after coming from behind to beat Notts County.

Jeff Hughes opened the scoring for County with a header from inside the six-yard box after only two minutes.

Matt Ritchie equalised from the edge of the area before Brett Pitman netted for the sixth successive game with a strike from outside the box.

County's Andre Boucaud was sent off for two bookable offences before Ritchie added a third with a neat finish.

The result means the Cherries, who have three games remaining, stay two points behind Doncaster - who themselves have a game in hand.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe speaking to BBC Radio Solent:

"It was a really disappointing start for us when it's such a big game and such big expectancy to go 1-0 down within a couple of minutes.

"I think it was a real test for us and it was a good challenge and to see how we responded. We haven't done very well when we've conceded at home the first goal - it was really pleasing to see us come through from that. I think that in itself pleases me probably more than anything today.

"I didn't think we particularly played well 11 v 10, but it's difficult. I thought Notts County defended very well, they had a game plan, half time helped them - they could regroup - they stuck everybody behind the ball as we thought they would and it shows how difficult it is to break down when you do it right."

On Brett Pitman: "He could have had more again today, but it's a superb finish for his goal and from that range and in those areas on his right foot he's deadly."

On the five-point gap: "I think we're still in a position where we're not masters of our own destiny at the moment. If they (the chasing pack) win those games in hand then they go above us so no, not comfortable. I'd still say they're favourites to go up at this stage."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 21 Allsop
  • 02 Francis Booked
  • 03 Cook
  • 13 Elphick Booked
  • 07 Pugh (Fogden - 87' )
  • 08 Arter
  • 11 Daniels
  • 30 Ritchie
  • 32 O'Kane (MacDonald - 76' )
  • 18 Tubbs (Grabban - 70' )
  • 40 Pitman

Substitutes

  • 01 Jalal
  • 05 Seaborne
  • 12 Fogden
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 17 McQuoid
  • 26 Hughes
  • 22 Grabban

Notts County

  • 01 Bialkowski
  • 02 Kelly (Arquin - 85' )
  • 03 Sheehan
  • 06 Leacock
  • 04 Bishop
  • 08 Liddle Booked
  • 11 Hughes
  • 16 Labadie Booked (Tempest - 67' )
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 28 Boucaud Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 09 Showunmi (Waite - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 23 Speiss
  • 05 Smith
  • 21 Thompson
  • 25 Tempest
  • 13 Zoko
  • 15 Arquin
  • 17 Waite
Ref: Phillips
Att: 7,551

Match Stats

Shots

15 8

On target

8 6

Corners

6 1

Fouls

11 18

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +3:44 Booking

Booking Gary Liddle receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +3:24

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

90:00 +3:14

Yoann Arquin concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Daniels. Harry Arter takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:41

Unfair challenge on Tyrell Waite by Shaun MacDonald results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Alan Sheehan, clearance made by Charlie Daniels.

90:00 +1:51

Tyrell Waite takes a shot. Shaun MacDonald gets a block in.

90:00 +1:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Harry Arter on Jeff Hughes. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

90:00

The ball is crossed by Yoann Arquin, Simon Francis manages to make a clearance.

89:52

Centre by Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

88:57

Lewis Grabban is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Wes Fogden is brought on as a substitute for Marc Pugh.

85:21

Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Alan Sheehan.

85:21 Booking

Booking Booking for Tommy Elphick.

85:16

Tommy Elphick concedes a free kick for a foul on Yoann Arquin.

84:51 Substitution

Substitution Yoann Arquin comes on in place of Julian Kelly.

84:02

The assist for the goal came from Lewis Grabban.

84:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Ritchie - Bournem'th 3 - 1 Notts Co Matt Ritchie finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bournemouth 3-1 Notts County.

83:20

Marc Pugh takes a shot. Blocked by Alan Sheehan.

83:05

Corner taken short by Brett Pitman.

82:45

Simon Francis produces a cross, Gary Liddle makes a clearance.

81:24

Lewis Grabban challenges Neal Bishop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alan Sheehan takes the direct free kick.

80:51

Lewis Grabban delivers the ball, Julian Kelly gets a block in.

80:21

The ball is crossed by Charlie Daniels, clearance by Gary Liddle.

79:22

Foul by Tyrell Waite on Tommy Elphick, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Simon Francis.

78:30

Effort from just outside the box by Brett Pitman goes over the bar.

77:35

Matt Ritchie takes a short corner.

77:25

A cross is delivered by Marc Pugh, Alan Sheehan manages to make a clearance.

75:03 Substitution

Substitution Eunan O'Kane goes off and Shaun MacDonald comes on.

73:44 Substitution

Substitution Enoch Showunmi leaves the field to be replaced by Tyrell Waite.

73:34

Effort from outside the penalty box by Matt Ritchie goes wide left of the target.

72:39

Jamal Campbell-Ryce crosses the ball, save by Ryan Allsop.

71:35

Foul by Matt Ritchie on Jamal Campbell-Ryce, free kick awarded. Jamal Campbell-Ryce restarts play with the free kick.

69:29 Substitution

Substitution Lewis Grabban comes on in place of Matt Tubbs.

69:12

Neal Bishop has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

69:02

The ball is delivered by Enoch Showunmi, clearance made by Steve Cook.

66:01 Substitution

Substitution Greg Tempest on for Joss Labadie.

66:01

Dean Leacock challenges Matt Tubbs unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Daniels.

65:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Simon Francis. Indirect free kick taken by Bartosz Bialkowski.

64:18

Joss Labadie challenges Harry Arter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Brett Pitman crosses the ball in from the free kick.

62:45

Corner taken left-footed by Eunan O'Kane, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

62:34

Harry Arter takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

61:33

Marc Pugh delivers the ball, Dean Leacock manages to make a clearance.

61:21

Jeff Hughes challenges Harry Arter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Eunan O'Kane.

59:26

A cross is delivered by Marc Pugh, Bartosz Bialkowski makes a save.

58:32

The referee blows for offside against Brett Pitman. Bartosz Bialkowski restarts play with the free kick.

58:25

Matt Ritchie crosses the ball, clearance by Julian Kelly.

55:22

Matt Ritchie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Alan Sheehan.

54:08

Foul by Dean Leacock on Marc Pugh, free kick awarded. Brett Pitman takes the direct free kick.

51:54

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Alan Sheehan, Matt Tubbs makes a clearance.

50:15

Shot comes in from Joss Labadie from the free kick, save by Ryan Allsop.

50:15 Booking

Booking Simon Francis shown a yellow card.

50:10

Jamal Campbell-Ryce fouled by Simon Francis, the ref awards a free kick.

48:15

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hughes by Simon Francis. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Alan Sheehan, Harry Arter gets a block in.

47:19

Brett Pitman produces a cross.

45:42

Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Alan Sheehan results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Matt Ritchie.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +2:43 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:04 Dismissal

Dismissal Andre Boucaud is sent off.

45:00 +0:40

Andre Boucaud challenges Harry Arter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steve Cook restarts play with the free kick.

44:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamal Campbell-Ryce by Harry Arter. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

43:54

Foul by Joss Labadie on Eunan O'Kane, free kick awarded. Steve Cook takes the free kick.

43:28

Matt Tubbs fouled by Julian Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Daniels takes the direct free kick.

42:27

Brett Pitman concedes a free kick for a foul on Julian Kelly. Bartosz Bialkowski takes the direct free kick.

41:10

Neal Bishop takes a shot. Tommy Elphick gets a block in.

40:51

Alan Sheehan crosses the ball, clearance made by Charlie Daniels.

37:07

Brett Pitman has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.

30:51

Enoch Showunmi produces a cross.

30:25

The ball is delivered by Jamal Campbell-Ryce, clearance by Steve Cook.

29:00

Centre by Matt Ritchie, Andre Boucaud manages to make a clearance.

28:00

Tommy Elphick takes the free kick.

28:00 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Andre Boucaud for unsporting behaviour.

27:49

Foul by Andre Boucaud on Matt Tubbs, free kick awarded.

27:12

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tommy Elphick on Enoch Showunmi. Free kick taken by Alan Sheehan.

25:45

Assist by Matt Tubbs.

25:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Brett Pitman - Bournem'th 2 - 1 Notts Co Brett Pitman finds the net with a goal from just outside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bournemouth 2-1 Notts County.

24:32

Matt Tubbs takes a shot. Bartosz Bialkowski makes a comfortable save.

23:55

Eunan O'Kane challenges Neal Bishop unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Alan Sheehan, clearance made by Charlie Daniels.

23:13

Marc Pugh sends in a cross, Close range header by Steve Cook misses to the right of the target.

22:11

Inswinging corner taken by Marc Pugh, Jeff Hughes makes a clearance.

22:01

Charlie Daniels sends in a cross, Gary Liddle gets a block in.

18:24

Marc Pugh crosses the ball, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

17:04

Joss Labadie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marc Pugh. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

16:03

Charlie Daniels provided the assist for the goal.

16:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Ritchie - Bournem'th 1 - 1 Notts Co Matt Ritchie gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bournemouth 1-1 Notts County.

15:57

Charlie Daniels crosses the ball,

15:14

Effort from long distance by Matt Ritchie goes wide right of the target.

14:30

Steve Cook takes the direct free kick.

14:30 Booking

Booking Joss Labadie is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

14:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Harry Arter by Joss Labadie.

13:59

The ball is delivered by Harry Arter, Gary Liddle gets a block in.

13:37

Jeff Hughes challenges Eunan O'Kane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Harry Arter.

12:07

Unfair challenge on Ryan Allsop by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Allsop.

11:00

Brett Pitman delivers the ball, save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

10:46

Short corner worked by Marc Pugh.

10:28

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save made by Bartosz Bialkowski.

9:37

Foul by Andre Boucaud on Matt Ritchie, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Eunan O'Kane, Dean Leacock makes a clearance.

7:44

Shot from just outside the box by Brett Pitman misses to the right of the target.

6:41

Charlie Daniels fouled by Joss Labadie, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Daniels restarts play with the free kick.

5:29

Neal Bishop takes a shot. Steve Cook gets a block in.

3:51

Simon Francis takes a shot. Save by Bartosz Bialkowski.

1:38

Assist on the goal came from Joss Labadie.

1:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Jeff Hughes - Bournem'th 0 - 1 Notts Co Jeff Hughes grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Bournemouth 0-1 Notts County.

1:32

Joss Labadie produces a cross,

0:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Tubbs by Alan Sheehan. Matt Ritchie restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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