Yann Kermorgant's hat-trick helped Bournemouth thump Doncaster and record their biggest win in the second tier.

Kermorgant, on his first start for the Cherries, volleyed in Ian Harte's cross and headed another before the break.

Harry Arter made it 3-0 with a shot from the edge of the area before Kermorgant completed his hat-trick with a header from a Simon Francis cross.

Home keeper Lee Camp saved easily from a Theo Robinson volley before Arter completed the rout with a volley.

Rovers have now lost their last three matches and remain just three points above the bottom three.

Second-tier success

During their only previous spell in the second tier of English football (1987-90), Bournemouth beat Hull City 6-2 and 5-1 at Dean Court in 1988, but this is their first victory by five goals at this level

They found themselves under early pressure from a Bournemouth side who had failed to win any of their four February games, but Ryan Fraser and Andrew Surman were both denied by visiting keeper Sam Johnstone.

The Manchester United loanee may feel he could have done better when French striker Kermorgant, signed from Charlton for an undisclosed fee in the last day of the January transfer window and restricted to substitute appearances before now, opened the scoring with a low volley that went under the keeper's body.

Fraser was again denied by Johnstone but Kermorgant headed home a Francis cross to make it 2-0 to the Cherries at the break.

Five minutes into the second half it was three, Arter drilling home a powerful finish from the edge of the area.

Kermorgant completed his hat-trick from another Francis cross before home keeper Camp was eventually called into action in the 75th minute from Robinson's tame effort.

Camp kept out a header from Paul Keegan before Arter volleyed home from 18 yards after Johnstone's punched clearance from a Harte corner landed invitingly to him.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe:

"Yann added a different dimension like you hope he would. He's technically very good, we didn't want to bring in a one-dimensional player.

"What we don't want to do is take away from out footballing principles and launch balls up the field to him and play the percentages.

"Although he is a tall lad, he is technically very good and can play with his feet and he is good with his chest and he'll fit our style of play which we felt was very important.

"The really important goals from my perspective are his aerial presence from headers, which is something we've lacked this season, and those were two headed goals of high quality."

Doncaster boss Paul Dickov:

"Our performance was unacceptable from start to finish. We have 13 games left and they are massive games.

"I have to apologise to our fans. They've come a long way and we have let them down.

"I am all the more disappointed because I felt we had a chance of getting something out of this match but we had to change our gameplan early in the game and never recovered.

"We were all over the place defensively. Bournemouth's front two caused us all sorts of problems."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte
  • 08 Arter
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie
  • 04 Surman
  • 18 Kermorgant (Rantie - 75' )
  • 09 Grabban (Coulibaly - 83' )
  • 20 Fraser (Pugh - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 07 Pugh
  • 10 Pitman
  • 15 Smith
  • 21 Coulibaly
  • 28 Rantie
  • 32 O'Kane

Doncaster Rovers

  • 33 Johnstone
  • 17 Tamas Booked
  • 03 Husband
  • 19 Wellens
  • 14 Khumalo Booked
  • 20 Méité
  • 18 Keegan Booked
  • 04 Furman (Cotterill - 45' )
  • 09 Brown
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 34 Bowery (Robinson - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Cotterill
  • 12 McCullough
  • 13 Maxted
  • 21 De Val
  • 22 Robinson
  • 30 Peterson
  • 31 Stevens
Ref: Darren Sheldrake
Att: 8,983

Match Stats

Shots

26 7

On target

10 1

Corners

10 0

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0.

90:00 +2:21

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

90:00 +1:55

Offside, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Harry Arter is caught offside.

90:00 +0:26

Attempt missed. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marc Pugh.

89:52

Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill.

88:12

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

85:28

Attempt missed. Tokelo Rantie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Harry Arter with a through ball.

84:51

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.

83:53

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

83:10

Hand ball by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Mohamed Coulibaly replaces Lewis Grabban.

81:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

80:17

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.

79:18

Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

78:53

Attempt blocked. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

76:52

Attempt saved. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas with a cross.

75:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

74:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Yann Kermorgant.

74:04

Attempt saved. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas with a cross.

72:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 4, Doncaster Rovers 0. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

70:51

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

70:51

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

69:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:58

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

64:31

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Keegan.

64:28

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

63:30

Offside, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

63:09 Booking

Booking Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

62:17

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

61:26

Offside, Bournemouth. Ian Harte tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

59:29

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

59:29

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:12

Offside, Bournemouth. Ian Harte tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

57:39 Booking

Booking Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

57:29

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

57:29

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

55:18

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

54:17

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

53:06

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

52:36

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:36

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

51:34

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

51:34

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 3, Doncaster Rovers 0. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

49:43

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

46:50

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

46:31

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

46:31

Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers).

45:43

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

45:43

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. David Cotterill replaces Dean Furman.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. Theo Robinson replaces Jordan Bowery.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

44:47

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

44:18

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

44:17

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steve Cook.

43:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Doncaster Rovers 0. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

41:50

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

41:50

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:15

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

41:11

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a through ball.

40:09

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

40:09

Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:59

Attempt missed. Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Husband with a cross.

38:21

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a set piece situation.

37:39

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

37:39

Foul by James Husband (Doncaster Rovers).

35:30

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by James Husband.

34:43

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

34:43

Foul by Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers).

33:26

Attempt missed. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

31:49

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

31:49

Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:09

Offside, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

31:06

Attempt missed. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ian Harte following a set piece situation.

30:15

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

30:15

Foul by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

27:26

Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:26

Foul by Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers).

25:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

24:36

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Keegan.

24:33

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

23:55 Booking

Booking Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

23:40

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

23:40

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

20:37

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ian Harte following a corner.

20:01

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Chris Brown.

19:58

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

19:19

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.

19:18

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Surman with a through ball.

18:32

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

18:32

Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:05

Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

14:24

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

13:53

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Sam Johnstone.

13:51

Attempt saved. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

10:41

Attempt missed. Dean Furman (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Jordan Bowery.

7:17

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

6:25

Offside, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

5:11

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but Jordan Bowery is caught offside.

3:53

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

3:53

Foul by James Husband (Doncaster Rovers).

3:13

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Fraser with a cross.

1:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

1:08

Delay in match Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

0:15

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

0:15

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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