Marc Pugh's goal 12 minutes from time defeated a spirited Barnsley side and sent Bournemouth seventh in the Championship table.

Pugh drilled in a low left-footed shot after neatly sidestepping his marker.

Barnsley had made a strong start, with Chris O'Grady and Steve Dawson striking the same post in the first half.

Bournemouth improved after the break, and should have gone ahead when Lewis Grabban missed a one-on-one before Pugh sealed it.

The newly promoted Cherries now sit outside the play-off spots on goal difference, while Barnsley remain in the relegation zone.

There was no sign of this gap between the sides in the early stages, as Barnsley hit the woodwork twice within seconds.

Rollercoaster ride for Cherries

Bournemouth have alternated between victory and defeat in their first seven games back at Championship level

Striker O'Grady's effort cannoned off the inside of the far post and Dawson could only return the ball to exactly the same spot.

Bournemouth - who have yet to draw a game this season - should have gone ahead within a minute of the restart, but Grabban fired wide when played clean through.

Inspired by the introduction of record signing Tokelo Rantie, Eddie Howe's side continued to press for a winner.

After Elliott Ward, Grabban and Brett Pitman went close, it was left to Pugh to secure the victory with a smart finish.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I thought Tokelo Rantie did well, these are big changes for him. I thought he did so well, and the first thing he did was nearly score.

"With the ability he has got I am sure he will be a big success.

"This victory sets us up nicely for a tough few games. They are a tough side and they will beat some big teams this year - for me this was one of our most difficult games so far."

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft:

"I told the players to give it everything and they have done. They put everything I asked of them into a football match and it wasn't good enough to get anything out of the game.

"Certainly in the first half I was delighted with the way we played and in the second half they got on top of us and we couldn't stop them at times.

"I can't ask anything more from that group of players - they work hard for each other and give it everything. We came here to win the game and I've thrown everyone on and gone really positive."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Bournemouth

  • 01 Allsop
  • 02 Francis
  • 03 Cook
  • 11 Daniels (Elphick - 52' )
  • 22 Ward
  • 07 Pugh
  • 16 MacDonald (Hughes - 86' )
  • 20 Fraser (Rantie - 55' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 09 Grabban
  • 10 Pitman

Substitutes

  • 25 Flahavan
  • 05 Elphick
  • 14 Harte
  • 17 McQuoid
  • 26 Hughes
  • 15 Thomas
  • 28 Rantie

Barnsley

  • 01 Steele
  • 03 Ramage
  • 04 Kennedy (Noble-Lazarus - 80' )
  • 06 Cranie
  • 14 Wiseman
  • 08 Dawson
  • 11 Perkins
  • 13 Dagnall Booked (Scotland - 72' )
  • 19 Cywka (Jennings - 64' )
  • 23 Etuhu
  • 10 O'Grady

Substitutes

  • 30 Dibble
  • 22 Mvoto
  • 16 Jennings
  • 21 Mellis
  • 09 Scotland
  • 24 Noble-Lazarus
  • 32 Rose
Ref: Malone
Att: 7,574

Match Stats

Shots

14 10

On target

4 2

Corners

7 3

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:49 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:10

David Perkins restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +4:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Pitman on David Perkins.

90:00 +4:18

Corner taken short by Eunan O'Kane.

90:00 +1:13

Brett Pitman takes a shot and went wide right of the net.

90:00 +0:05

Tokelo Rantie produces a cross.

89:39

Kelvin Etuhu takes a shot. Ryan Allsop blocks the ball.

89:25

Luke Steele takes the free kick.

89:09

Foul by Simon Francis on Jason Scotland, free kick awarded.

88:55

The ball is crossed by Simon Francis.

88:38

Elliott Ward restarts play with the free kick.

88:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Francis by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

88:02

Shot by Tokelo Rantie went wide of the right-hand post.

87:04

Corner taken by Dale Jennings from the left by-line.

86:39

Chris O'Grady takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

86:16

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

86:12

Free kick crossed by Reuben Noble-Lazarus.

85:35 Substitution

Substitution Richard Hughes replaces Shaun MacDonald.

83:51

Foul by Shaun MacDonald on Stephen Dawson, free kick awarded.

82:03

David Perkins restarts play with the free kick.

81:47

Foul by Shaun MacDonald on Dale Jennings, free kick awarded.

80:34

Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.

80:13

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shaun MacDonald.

79:22 Substitution

Substitution Reuben Noble-Lazarus replaces Tom Kennedy.

79:10

Chris O'Grady takes a shot and cleared the crossbar.

79:04

Tommy Elphick makes a clearance.

79:02

The ball is swung over by Stephen Dawson.

78:57

Clearance made by Marc Pugh.

78:53

Centre by Tom Kennedy.

77:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Marc Pugh - Bournemouth 1 - 0 Barnsley Marc Pugh scores a left footed goal. Bournemouth 1-0 Barnsley.

76:57

Clearance made by Stephen Dawson.

76:47

The ball is crossed by Simon Francis.

75:07

Clearance made by Elliott Ward.

75:02

Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.

74:40

Unfair challenge on Martin Cranie by Tokelo Rantie results in a free kick.

73:24

A cross is delivered by Marc Pugh.

73:07

Clearance made by Elliott Ward.

73:01

Luke Steele takes the free kick.

72:42

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tokelo Rantie.

71:34 Substitution

Substitution Jason Scotland comes on in place of Chris Dagnall.

71:17

Header at goal by Tommy Elphick to the left of the net.

71:07

Corner from the right by-line taken by Brett Pitman.

70:56

Centre by Lewis Grabban.

70:37

Clearance by Peter Ramage.

70:35

Simon Francis delivers the ball.

68:19

Tom Kennedy delivers the ball.

67:24

Simon Francis crosses the ball in from the free kick.

67:04

David Perkins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brett Pitman.

65:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Eunan O'Kane.

65:22

Martin Cranie makes a clearance.

65:14

Eunan O'Kane delivers the ball.

65:00

Shaun MacDonald restarts play with the free kick.

64:40

Chris O'Grady concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Pitman.

63:29 Substitution

Substitution Tomasz Cywka leaves the field to be replaced by Dale Jennings.

63:00

Lewis Grabban gets a header at goal. Luke Steele safely holds on.

62:57

Brett Pitman delivers the ball.

61:46

Elliott Ward restarts play with the free kick.

61:41

Foul by Tomasz Cywka on Eunan O'Kane, free kick awarded.

61:04

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

60:23

Shot by Elliott Ward went wide left of the target.

59:54

The ball is sent over by Brett Pitman.

59:47

Corner taken by Brett Pitman from the left by-line.

59:24

Clearance by Luke Steele.

59:19

Clearance made by Peter Ramage.

59:14

Simon Francis sends in a cross.

58:45

Lewis Grabban has a headed effort at goal.

58:39

A cross is delivered by Simon Francis.

56:43

Tommy Elphick manages to make a clearance.

56:41

A cross is delivered by Tom Kennedy.

55:43

Shot by Tokelo Rantie went wide of the right-hand post.

54:50 Substitution

Substitution Tokelo Rantie replaces Ryan Fraser.

54:32

Eunan O'Kane makes a clearance.

54:17

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tom Kennedy.

52:37

Stephen Dawson has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.

51:09 Substitution

Substitution Tommy Elphick on for Charlie Daniels.

49:28

Header at goal by Peter Ramage goes over the frame of the goal.

49:19

Corner taken by Scott Wiseman from the left by-line.

48:54

Clearance made by Elliott Ward.

48:49

Scott Wiseman produces a cross.

47:23

Clearance made by Peter Ramage.

47:16

Simon Francis crosses the ball in from the free kick.

46:47

Kelvin Etuhu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser.

46:08

Lewis Grabban takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand post.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:33

Lewis Grabban takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

44:56

Clearance made by Elliott Ward.

44:53

Luke Steele takes the free kick.

44:21

Unfair challenge on David Perkins by Eunan O'Kane results in a free kick.

43:09

The ball is swung over by Chris O'Grady.

42:19

Corner taken by Marc Pugh from the left by-line.

41:58

Lewis Grabban has an effort at goal. Martin Cranie gets a block in.

41:05

Elliott Ward takes the free kick.

40:49

Chris Dagnall is caught offside.

38:06

David Perkins takes the free kick.

37:59

Unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall by Shaun MacDonald results in a free kick.

36:45

Clearance made by Martin Cranie.

36:40

Charlie Daniels delivers the ball.

36:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Daniels.

36:12

A cross is delivered by Charlie Daniels.

36:05

Luke Steele manages to make a clearance.

35:59

The ball is sent over by Lewis Grabban.

35:37

Shot by Tomasz Cywka.

34:59

Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

34:57

The ball is sent over by Tom Kennedy.

33:45

Tom Kennedy takes the free kick.

33:42

Ryan Fraser challenges Tom Kennedy unfairly and gives away a free kick.

32:52

Clearance by Charlie Daniels.

32:47

Chris O'Grady delivers the ball.

32:09

Shot by Chris Dagnall went wide right of the net.

31:56

Eunan O'Kane takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Luke Steele catches the ball.

31:44

David Perkins manages to make a clearance.

31:41

Lewis Grabban delivers the ball.

29:12

Header by Brett Pitman goes to the left of the goal.

29:03

Centre by Ryan Fraser.

27:13

Clearance made by Brett Pitman.

27:09

Free kick crossed by Tom Kennedy.

26:38

Foul by Eunan O'Kane on Stephen Dawson, free kick awarded.

26:16

Tom Kennedy makes a clearance.

26:13

Simon Francis produces a cross.

26:08

Corner taken by Charlie Daniels.

25:07

Tomasz Cywka takes a shot and cleared the bar.

24:59

Elliott Ward manages to make a clearance.

24:56

A cross is delivered by Martin Cranie.

24:15

Charlie Daniels restarts play with the free kick.

24:00

Unfair challenge on Shaun MacDonald by Scott Wiseman results in a free kick.

22:34

Stephen Dawson takes a shot and strikes the post.

22:24

Chris O'Grady takes the chance to get an effort at goal and bounces off the post.

21:52

Brett Pitman takes a shot and goes harmlessly over the bar.

21:10

Charlie Daniels manages to make a clearance.

20:51

Luke Steele manages to make a clearance.

17:52

Tom Kennedy delivers the ball.

16:51

Clearance by Peter Ramage.

16:44

The ball is delivered by Simon Francis.

15:41

Lewis Grabban produces a cross.

15:12

Free kick taken by Charlie Daniels.

14:57

Chris Dagnall shown a yellow card.

14:57 Booking

Booking

14:39

Brett Pitman fouled by Chris Dagnall, the ref awards a free kick.

14:26

Clearance made by Martin Cranie.

14:20

Free kick crossed by Brett Pitman.

13:57

Scott Wiseman challenges Marc Pugh unfairly and gives away a free kick.

11:47

Elliott Ward restarts play with the free kick.

11:37

Chris Dagnall is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

10:43

Free kick taken by Elliott Ward.

10:15

Unfair challenge on Ryan Fraser by Kelvin Etuhu results in a free kick.

8:34

Ryan Fraser produces a cross.

7:45

The ball is swung over by Tom Kennedy.

5:51

Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

5:43

Centre by Marc Pugh.

4:24

Clearance made by Martin Cranie.

4:18

Simon Francis sends in a cross.

3:27

Charlie Daniels takes the free kick.

3:23

Tomasz Cywka concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Pugh.

1:38

Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.

1:14

The official flags Lewis Grabban offside.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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