Bournemouth moved to within two points of the Championship play-offs with a win over promotion rivals Reading.

Winger Matt Ritchie opened the scoring for the Cherries, who have won five matches in a row, with a shot from inside the penalty area.

Ritchie doubled his side's lead after 20 minutes with a close-range finish before Yann Kermorgant's header made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.

Hal Robson-Kanu scored a consolation goal for Reading in the second half.

Did you know?

Bournemouth have won eight of their last 10 games, including all of their last five.

Reading hold the final play-off position in the Championship but saw their five-point lead narrowed to two by Bournemouth, Ipswich and Brighton on Tuesday.

Bournemouth, who were promoted to the Championship this season, have won eight of their last 10 games, with their only league defeat at home since mid-December coming against Leicester on 1 February.

The Royals, meanwhile, will be glancing anxiously over their shoulders, despite having lost only two of their last nine matches, after being comprehensively beaten by their hosts.

A resounding finish from Ritchie from the centre of the box after good work by Lewis Grabban gave Bournemouth the lead.

The lead was doubled when Ritchie side-footed home from close range from Andrew Surman's pass, after Grabban's shot was blocked, and Kermorgant's header put the Cherries firmly in control before the break.

Marc Pugh and Grabban went close with second-half efforts as Bournemouth continued to impress.

But Reading pulled a goal back through Robson-Kanu's powerful shot from 20 yards.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I can believe we are here as I've seen how hard the lads have worked. We didn't expect it but why not seize the moment and see where we can go?

"It is in Reading's hands. If they win their five games, they are in it. We've always believed we have really good players and now we have the goals to justify me saying that.

"It was an incredibly hard-working performance and probably the quickest game we've played in this year."

Reading manager Nigel Adkins:

"There is a hell of a long way to go. We have to keep the group together and keep positive. We've got to keep going because we are very much in this race.

"I'm very positive in my outlook and we have to show the spirit and desire to go for the next game.

"Give Bournemouth all the credit, we are not looking to make any excuses. They were very good on the night, especially in the first half and took their goals well."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie (MacDonald - 93' )
  • 04 Surman
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 09 Grabban (Pitman - 85' )
  • 07 Pugh (Fraser - 73' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 10 Pitman
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 20 Fraser
  • 22 Ward
  • 28 Rantie

Reading

  • 21 McCarthy
  • 02 Gunter
  • 18 Bridge (Kelly - 60' )
  • 19 Robson-Kanu
  • 05 Pearce
  • 17 Gorkss
  • 10 Drenthe (Blackman - 74' )
  • 11 McAnuff
  • 09 Le Fondre (Leigertwood - 60' )
  • 07 Pogrebnyak
  • 37 Obita Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Federici
  • 03 Kelly
  • 08 Leigertwood
  • 12 McCleary
  • 15 Morrison
  • 22 Blackman
  • 25 Taylor
Ref: Andy Woolmer
Att: 11,182

Match Stats

Shots

15 9

On target

5 5

Corners

3 5

Fouls

18 16

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 1.

90:00 +5:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 1.

90:00 +2:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Matt Ritchie.

90:00 +1:43

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

90:00 +1:43

Foul by Stephen Kelly (Reading).

90:00 +0:52

Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

89:45

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:45

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

88:28

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

84:50

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

84:50

Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:24

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Lewis Grabban because of an injury.

83:40

Delay in match Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

83:03 Booking

Booking Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:36

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

82:36

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

81:48

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

81:48

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:00

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

81:00

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

80:11 Booking

Booking Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:52

Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).

79:52

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:03

Offside, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Ryan Fraser is caught offside.

74:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 3, Reading 1. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pavel Pogrebnyak.

73:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Royston Drenthe.

72:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Marc Pugh.

72:28

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

68:22

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

68:22

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:47

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

62:39

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:39

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

60:51

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

60:51

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:31

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

60:31

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

59:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Stephen Kelly replaces Wayne Bridge.

59:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Reading. Mikele Leigertwood replaces Adam Le Fondre.

58:41

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

57:35

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.

56:57

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:57

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

56:01

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

56:01

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:39

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Yann Kermorgant.

54:04

Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

54:04

Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:00

Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

48:37

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

48:37

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 3, Reading 0.

45:00 +1:53 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 0.

45:00 +1:03

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

45:00 +1:03

Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

44:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 3, Reading 0. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

41:57

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

41:57

Foul by Wayne Bridge (Reading).

41:17

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

40:06

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

40:06

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:16

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

36:42

Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).

36:42

Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:10

Attempt missed. Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a headed pass following a corner.

35:33

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Chris Gunter.

34:10

Attempt saved. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Pearce.

34:07

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross following a corner.

33:39

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

32:35

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

32:35

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:10

Attempt saved. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a cross.

31:14

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

31:14

Foul by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

29:01

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jobi McAnuff.

28:59

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

28:05

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:05

Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).

27:13

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:13

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

26:54

Attempt missed. Alex Pearce (Reading) header from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jobi McAnuff with a cross following a corner.

26:27

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Simon Francis.

25:52

Attempt saved. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu.

25:41

Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).

25:41

Royston Drenthe (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:13

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

23:13

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:34

Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:34

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

21:36

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Simon Francis.

18:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Reading 0. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

18:26

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

18:02

Hand ball by Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading).

17:34

Offside, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

15:43

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Hal Robson-Kanu.

14:35

Ian Harte (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:35

Foul by Royston Drenthe (Reading).

13:32

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

12:47

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:47

Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).

12:24

Hand ball by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

10:20

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

10:20

Jordan Obita (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

8:00

Attempt saved. Royston Drenthe (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Hal Robson-Kanu with a cross.

5:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Reading 0. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

5:21

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

5:21

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:59

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

3:59

Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:17

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

3:17

Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

1:28

Attempt missed. Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a cross following a corner.

0:57

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Simon Francis.

0:48

Attempt saved. Jordan Obita (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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