Late goals from Leon Best and Chris Maguire helped Sheffield Wednesday dent Bournemouth's play-off hopes.

Wednesday took the lead when Atdhe Nuhiu drilled home from the edge of the area, before Marc Pugh headed in Lewis Grabban's cross for 1-1.

Sam Hutchinson headed a long throw past Lee Camp to restore Wednesday's lead but Yann Kermorgant's header following Ian Harte's corner levelled the score.

Hutchinson was sent off late on before Best and Maguire earned victory.

The result leaves the Cherries three points off the top six with three games left as Brighton moved into the play-off places after Reading's defeat at Wigan.

Bournemouth found Wednesday keeper Chris Kirkland in imperious form and he was called into action early on to stop Grabban's shot from an acute angle finding the corner of the net.

Four-some Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday scored four goals in an away league game for the first time since November 2010 (4-1 v MK Dons)

Nuhiu took advantage of sloppy defending from the home side to give Wednesday the lead.

Steve Cook mishit an attempted pass straight to the feet of the Nuhiu and the giant Austrian striker controlled the ball neatly before rifling past a helpless Camp.

Bournemouth drew level 14 minutes before half-time when the lively Grabban sprinted past three defenders before crossing for Pugh to head beyond Kirkland at close range.

The Cherries' joy lasted just three minutes until Chelsea loanee Hutchinson headed Wednesday back in front with his first goal for the club after a long throw from Michail Antonio caused confusion in the box.

Grabban and then Andrew Surman were denied an equaliser by Kirkland towards the end of an entertaining first half.

However, there was nothing the former Liverpool goalkeeper could do to prevent Kermorgant heading Bournemouth back on level terms for a second time.

Kermorgant's super seven

Yann Kermorgant has now scored seven goals in his past five home appearances

Wednesday, who are 15th in the Championship table, were forced to see out the final 27 minutes a man light after goalscorer Hutchinson was shown a second yellow card for a late lunge on Kermorgant.

Kermorgant was denied a second goal by another brilliant intervention from Kirkland as the Frenchman's 20-yard free-kick was tipped onto the crossbar.

Best struck the decisive blow in the 87th minute, tucking home the rebound after Antonio hit the crossbar at the end of a fine solo run.

Maguire made it 4-2 in stoppage time, tapping in Best's centre from six yards as Bournemouth were caught pushing for an equaliser.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "I felt we had to win all four of our remaining games so it will be difficult now but we have to try to win the last three.

"We were not at our fluent best but still created enough chances to win and Kirkland made important saves at key times.

"We were going all out for the win and sometimes that is dangerous against 10 men but we had no alternative.

"I felt we would regret it if we settled for a draw and ended up missing out by a point."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Stuart Gray: "I am so proud of the players. It may seem like an upset but I thought we deserved it.

"We knew this would be a difficult place to come because Bournemouth have won the majority of their home games and we showed unbelievable character after going to 10 men.

"We went into the last game of last season looking over our shoulders so it will be nice to go into the last three without having any pressure.

"You want your substitutes to make an impact and Leon did that."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte (Smith - 70' )
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick Booked
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie (Fraser - 62' )
  • 04 Surman Booked
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 09 Grabban
  • 07 Pugh (Pitman - 79' )

Substitutes

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

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 02 Buxton (Palmer - 52' )
  • 19 Mattock
  • 20 Lee
  • 08 Onyewu
  • 32 Llera
  • 18 Maguire Booked
  • 41 Hutchinson Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 34 Nuhiu (Best - 73' )
  • 07 Antonio
  • 17 Helan (Coke - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Coke
  • 15 Taylor
  • 22 Palmer
  • 25 Lavery
  • 26 Martinez
  • 28 Afobe
  • 42 Best
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 10,864

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

7 6

Corners

6 6

Fouls

7 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

90:00 +7:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4.

90:00 +5:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 4. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Best following a fast break.

90:00 +4:33

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

90:00 +1:59

Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

90:00 +1:59

Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:12

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

90:00 +1:12

Foul by Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday).

90:00 +0:10

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

89:29

Offside, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Brett Pitman is caught offside.

89:06

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

88:12

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

87:15

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

87:15

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

85:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 3. Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner following a fast break.

85:52

Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Giles Coke with a headed pass following a fast break.

85:07

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Oguchi Onyewu.

83:46 Booking

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

83:26

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

83:26

Leon Best (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:19

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

82:15

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

82:15

Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Marc Pugh.

77:12

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

74:36

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:36

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

72:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Leon Best replaces Atdhe Nuhiu.

71:39

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

70:43 Booking

Booking Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:34

Adam Smith (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:34

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

70:08

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

70:06

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

69:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Ian Harte.

65:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Giles Coke replaces Jeremy Helan.

62:57 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) for a bad foul.

62:38

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

62:38

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

61:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Matt Ritchie.

60:45

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Lee Camp.

59:22

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Simon Francis.

57:45

Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Surman with a through ball.

56:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a corner.

56:02

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kieran Lee.

55:11

Offside, Bournemouth. Eunan O'Kane tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

54:31

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Atdhe Nuhiu.

53:41

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

53:41

Foul by Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday).

52:50

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Steve Cook.

51:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces Lewis Buxton because of an injury.

51:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:11

Delay in match Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

47:34

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Sam Hutchinson tries a through ball, but Oguchi Onyewu is caught offside.

46:48

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

46:48

Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:18

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

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

45:00 +3:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2.

45:00 +2:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +1:19

Delay in match Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) because of an injury.

45:00 +0:12 Booking

Booking Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:52

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

44:52

Foul by Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday).

44:11

Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.

43:41

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Chris Kirkland.

43:35

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

42:14

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Chris Maguire tries a through ball, but Atdhe Nuhiu is caught offside.

41:28

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

40:28

Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).

40:28

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

39:33

Hand ball by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

38:47

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross following a set piece situation.

37:55

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

37:55

Foul by Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday).

37:17

Attempt missed. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

36:34

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

36:34

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:16

Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Eunan O'Kane.

33:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Sheffield Wednesday 2. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) header from very close range to the bottom left corner.

32:32

Attempt saved. Lewis Buxton (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Mattock with a cross.

30:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Grabban with a cross.

26:36

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:36

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

25:42

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Eunan O'Kane.

25:39

Attempt blocked. Sam Hutchinson (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Atdhe Nuhiu.

24:07

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

22:44

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

21:54

Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:54

Foul by Oguchi Onyewu (Sheffield Wednesday).

21:12

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

21:12

Foul by Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday).

20:22

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Andrew Surman.

20:13

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Hutchinson.

19:59

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Marc Pugh.

19:20

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

19:19

Attempt blocked. Michail Antonio (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Miguel Ángel Llera.

17:54

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:54

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

15:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1. Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

14:43

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

14:43

Foul by Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday).

14:18 Booking

Booking Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

13:53

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

13:53

Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:57

Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Simon Francis is caught offside.

11:20

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Chris Kirkland.

11:18

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

10:14

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

6:39

Offside, Bournemouth. Matt Ritchie tries a through ball, but Eunan O'Kane is caught offside.

5:06

Attempt missed. Kieran Lee (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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