Sheffield Wednesday remain in the relegation zone after goals from Matt Ritchie and Lewis Grabban gave Bournemouth victory.

Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray saw his side go 2-0 down before half time as Ritchie struck with a low shot and Grabban scored at the near post.

Jacques Maghoma pulled a goal back for the hosts at the end from close-range after a defensive mix-up.

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Bournemouth have been involved in 23 matches so far this season and have yet to be involved in a goalless draw.

The result kept the struggling hosts in 22nd place in the Championship.

The Owls' previous game against Wigan had been abandoned before the hour mark because of a waterlogged pitch, though they had won at Watford last weekend.

They faltered from the start against Bournemouth, falling behind in the 10th minute as Ritchie went unchallenged just outside the area and fired in a low shot which goalkeeper Damian Martinez failed to keep out.

The Cherries went further ahead soon after as Grabban received an excellent pass from Harry Arter and beat the Arsenal loanee from inside the area.

Both sides exchanged chances either side of half-time, before Wednesday began working themselves back into contention. Defender Miguel Llera fired a free-kick over the crossbar from 25 yards, then Maghoma struck after Charlie Daniels failed to clear.

Bournemouth looked the stronger at the death however, and held out to move into 15th place after securing their third away win of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray:

"I think I'll be in charge for the Blackburn game, unless the chairman tells me different.

"It was very disappointing, I thought we started quite well but then sloppy defending has cost us. Suddenly we're chasing the game, it was a similar thing again with poor defending for the second goal.

"We're short of strikers so in the end I had to put Reda [Johnson] down the middle. Hopefully we're going to have Chris Maguire back from his loan [at Coventry City], we're going to recall him on Christmas Day."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I was delighted in the first half because I thought it was a very good display. We counter-attacked with real quality and pace and Lewis Grabban led the line well, causing problems with his pace and mobility.

"We built on the Reading victory in terms of our performances without getting the results. You do need wins to back it up so today was very important.

"Our priority now is a long overdue home win. Of late, we've failed to turn our dominant performances into victories."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 22 Palmer
  • 03 Johnson Booked
  • 06 Semedo (Savic - 66' )
  • 08 Johnson
  • 32 Llera
  • 20 Lee
  • 14 Coke
  • 34 Nuhiu (Helan - 66' )
  • 11 Johnson (Mattock - 80' )
  • 10 Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 16 McCabe
  • 17 Helan
  • 19 Mattock
  • 21 Corry
  • 27 McPhail
  • 33 Savic

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 11 Daniels
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick Booked
  • 22 Ward
  • 08 Arter
  • 04 Surman (MacDonald - 85' )
  • 09 Grabban (Pitman - 94' )
  • 30 Ritchie
  • 20 Fraser (Pugh - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 07 Pugh
  • 10 Pitman
  • 14 Harte
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 24 Addison
  • 28 Rantie
Ref: Jeremy Simpson
Att: 21,057

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

3 5

Corners

5 3

Fouls

10 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bournemouth 2.

90:00 +4:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bournemouth 2.

90:00 +3:18

Andelko Savic (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:18

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

90:00 +3:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Lewis Grabban.

89:58

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:40

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:40

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

84:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Andrew Surman.

81:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bournemouth 2. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

79:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Mattock replaces Jermaine Johnson.

79:07

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:07

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

78:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

77:08

Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

76:11

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Harry Arter.

76:03

Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

72:32

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

70:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

70:56

Attempt missed. Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

70:17 Booking

Booking Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

69:54

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:54

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

69:22

Offside, Bournemouth. Harry Arter tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

68:44

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

67:29

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Giles Coke.

65:36 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jeremy Helan replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

65:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Andelko Savic replaces Josè Semedo.

63:37

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:37

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

62:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:30

Delay in match Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

59:38

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

59:38

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:48

Offside, Bournemouth. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

57:40

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

57:40

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:27

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

55:27

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

51:42

Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:42

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

51:12

Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

50:15

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:15

Foul by Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday).

46:17

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 2.

45:00 +3:16 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 2.

45:00 +1:35

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:35

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

45:00 Booking

Booking Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:43

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

44:43

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:22

Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

40:27

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:27

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

40:09

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

40:09

Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:03

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques Maghoma tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

37:16

Attempt missed. Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

36:42

Hand ball by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

36:03

Foul by Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

36:03

Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:12

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Giles Coke.

34:29

Attempt missed. Reda Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Palmer with a cross.

32:40

Offside, Bournemouth. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

32:13

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

32:13

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:33

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:33

Foul by Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday).

31:07

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lee Camp.

31:00

Attempt saved. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Josè Semedo.

30:26

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lee Camp.

30:21

Attempt saved. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kieran Lee with a through ball.

28:13

Offside, Bournemouth. Tommy Elphick tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

27:56

Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:56

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

26:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 2. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Harry Arter.

24:48

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

23:26

Delay in match Simon Francis (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

21:19

Attempt missed. Elliott Ward (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.

20:47

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

20:17

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

20:14

Attempt blocked. Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

19:54

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Harry Arter.

19:25

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

18:21

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

18:17

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Arter.

17:08

Attempt blocked. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

16:43

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Damián Martinez.

16:33

Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

15:28

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

15:28

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

13:53

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Lee.

11:45

Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:45

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

10:24

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

10:24

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:22 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 0, Bournemouth 1. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

8:47

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Miguel Ángel Llera tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

7:53

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

7:53

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:33

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

4:45

Attempt blocked. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Giles Coke.

4:10

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.

2:49

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

1:51

Attempt missed. Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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