Harry Redknapp's first competitive return to Dean Court ended in defeat as 10-man Bournemouth beat his QPR side.

In damp conditions on the south coast, Tommy Elphick headed the Cherries in front following a corner, but Armand Traore levelled soon after half-time.

Lewis Grabban fired in from close range to restore the home side's lead, before Harry Arter was shown a straight red card for a lunge on Junior Hoilett.

But QPR found no reply and slipped 10 points behind second-placed Burnley.

Recent form

While Bournemouth have recorded four successive victories, QPR have won only two of their past seven Championship matches

A fourth successive victory for Bournemouth leaves them as one of four teams five points behind Reading, who occupy the final play-off position.

Redknapp began his managerial career with the Dorset club in 1983, spending nine years in charge and taking them to the second tier for the first time in their history.

But his hopes of taking QPR back into the Premier League took a knock with his third-placed team now only three points ahead of Wigan in fifth.

Bournemouth goalkeeper Lee Camp made impressive saves to deny Jermaine Jenas and Ravel Morrison, but the Cherries should have taken the lead when Grabban squared for Yann Kermorgant, only for Rangers goalkeeper Rob Green to make a fantastic point-blank stop.

But the hosts did go in front in first-half stoppage time, when skipper Elphick nodded home Ian Harte's right-wing corner.

The visitors responded in emphatic fashion after the break as on-loan Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll lofted a delightful ball into the path of Traore, who juggled to the byeline before firing smartly past Camp.

Bournemouth rallied, with Grabban slotting home his 20th goal of the season, but they were reduced to 10 men when Arter was dismissed after going in high on Hoilett.

Despite their numerical advantage, Rangers needed Green to prevent further damage with saves from Andrew Surman, Grabban and Harte.

The visitors' Richard Dunne then had a header cleared off the line in the final seconds, but Redknapp left with no reward.

Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager, on Lewis Grabban:

"It is a terrific achievement at this level [to score 20 goals] when you look at the names he is up there with and I still feel there is more to come from him.

On the game:

"I cannot deny there is still a chance for us to get in the top six and Tuesday against Reading is going to be a very special game."

On Harry Arter's dismissal:

"I don't think it was a red card. It is not a tackle Harry had to make but it was not two-footed."

Harry Redknapp, QPR manager:

"It [automatic promotion] is almost impossible now, to be fair. Nobody is going to catch Burnley now are they?

"I thought we started great and played some really good football and then we began to give it away. I thought we would go on to win.

"We lacked that bit of flair to open them up. You are looking at a bit more from Junior Hoilett and Ravel Morrison, your flair players to open them up - and they didn't really do it."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte Booked
  • 04 Surman
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie (Fraser - 74' )
  • 08 Arter Dismissed
  • 18 Kermorgant (O'Kane - 70' )
  • 09 Grabban
  • 07 Pugh (Pitman - 96' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 10 Pitman
  • 15 Smith
  • 20 Fraser
  • 22 Ward
  • 28 Rantie
  • 32 O'Kane

Queens Park Rangers

  • 01 Green
  • 02 Simpson
  • 39 Assou-Ekotto
  • 10 Carroll
  • 05 Dunne Booked
  • 06 Hill
  • 23 Hoilett
  • 16 Jenas (Benayoun - 72' )
  • 40 Maiga (Austin - 65' )
  • 04 Morrison Booked
  • 03 Traore (Zamora - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Austin
  • 13 Yun Suk-young
  • 20 Henry
  • 21 Young
  • 25 Zamora
  • 26 Murphy
  • 35 Benayoun
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 11,307

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

8 5

Corners

6 8

Fouls

5 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

90:00 +5:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

90:00 +5:27

Attempt missed. Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +5:22

Attempt blocked. Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a cross.

90:00 +5:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Marc Pugh.

90:00 +4:34

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

90:00 +1:29

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Robert Green.

90:00 +1:26

Attempt saved. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

90:00 +0:32 Booking

Booking Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:27

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

90:00 +0:27

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

88:49

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Robert Green.

88:47

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

85:51

Foul by Richard Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

85:51

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

85:20

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

84:17

Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

83:10 Booking

Booking Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) is shown the yellow card.

80:21

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Simon Francis.

79:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Bobby Zamora replaces Armand Traore because of an injury.

77:50

Hand ball by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

77:17 Booking

Booking Ian Harte (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

76:57

Foul by Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers).

76:57

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

74:44

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Simpson with a cross.

73:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

71:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Yossi Benayoun replaces Jermaine Jenas.

70:54

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

69:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Eunan O'Kane replaces Yann Kermorgant.

67:47

Delay in match Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

67:40 Dismissal

Dismissal Harry Arter (Bournemouth) is shown the red card.

67:34

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

67:34

Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:46

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:55

Delay in match Steve Cook (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

64:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Queens Park Rangers. Charlie Austin replaces Modibo Maiga.

61:46

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Robert Green.

61:42

Attempt saved. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

60:50

Hand ball by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

60:18

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ian Harte.

59:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Queens Park Rangers 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner.

56:40

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

56:40

Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:13

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Robert Green.

55:11

Attempt saved. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

52:04

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

51:28

Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

51:27

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

50:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:53

Delay in match Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

46:41

Attempt blocked. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Modibo Maiga.

45:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Queens Park Rangers 1. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Carroll.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +4:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Queens Park Rangers 0.

45:00 +3:08

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +3:00

Delay in match Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

45:00 +2:30

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

45:00 +0:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Queens Park Rangers 0. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +0:05

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Clint Hill.

44:15

Offside, Queens Park Rangers. Robert Green tries a through ball, but Modibo Maiga is caught offside.

42:56

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant with a through ball.

41:55

Foul by Harry Arter (Bournemouth).

41:55

Tom Carroll (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:01

Attempt missed. Armand Traore (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Junior Hoilett following a fast break.

36:36

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Pugh with a cross.

36:17

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

33:34

Foul by Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers).

33:34

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:51

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

31:13

Foul by Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers).

31:13

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

29:02

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

28:25

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Richard Dunne.

28:23

Attempt blocked. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

26:53

Foul by Modibo Maiga (Queens Park Rangers).

26:53

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

23:01

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Steve Cook.

22:55

Attempt blocked. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Armand Traore.

21:49

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Harry Arter.

19:12

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

19:12

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:06

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Harry Arter.

17:26

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

17:22

Attempt saved. Ravel Morrison (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

17:06

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

16:36

Foul by Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers).

16:36

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

16:22

Attempt saved. Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ravel Morrison.

15:53

Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Lee Camp.

15:51

Attempt saved. Jermaine Jenas (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Junior Hoilett.

12:41

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

12:41

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

8:20

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:20

Foul by Danny Simpson (Queens Park Rangers).

4:29

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

0:22

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

0:20

Delay in match Clint Hill (Queens Park Rangers) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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