Lewis Grabban and Yann Kermorgant both scored twice as Bournemouth ended Nottingham Forest's Championship play-off hopes in emphatic fashion.

The Cherries, whose own slim chances of a top-six finish also vanished because of other results, deservedly led at the break when Kermorgant headed home.

Grabban's shot made it 2-0 and the striker's penalty made it 3-1 after Greg Halford had headed in for Forest.

Kermorgant sealed victory when he blasted the ball home late on.

Bournemouth had all but slipped out of the play-off picture after failing to win any of their previous three games.

Bournemouth's twin threat

Lewis Grabban has scored 22 goals this season, while Yann Kermorgant has scored nine for the Cherries since joining from Charlton in January - taking his season tally to 17.

And despite needing a win and an unlikely set of results to keep alive their chances until the last day of the season, their lively start suggested they had no intention of missing out through their own shortcomings.

Matt Ritchie had the home side's first chance in the second minute with a decent drilled 18-yard strike, and Grabban missed a volleyed chance after being teed up by Kermorgant.

Forest who had won their last two games to get their own promotion challenge back on track, could have gone ahead when Matt Derbyshire shot straight at former Reds goalkeeper Lee Camp after being sent through by Halford.

But Bournemouth had dominated possession and finally made that count two minutes before half-time when Kermorgant bundled a header in to the net from a superb Simon Francis cross.

Two minutes after the interval it was 2-0 when Grabban swept the ball home after good work by Eunan O'Kane.

Halford got the visitors back into the match, powerfully heading home Ben Osborn's free-kick.

And Forest missed a great chance to level when Halford wastefully skied an effort over the bar from close range following an Osborn corner.

The Cherries made Forest pay when Grabban netted his 22nd goal of the season from the spot after substitute Gonzalo Jara tripped Marc Pugh.

Kermorgant then added a fourth - and his ninth Bournemouth goal since joining in January - when he fired the ball past Dorus De Vries after good approach play from Tokelo Rantie and Ryan Fraser.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"We were excellent in the first 15 or 20 minutes and all that was missing was a goal to show for it. Our overall performance was top class against an excellent side.

"Once we had gone ahead I felt we were always in control even after Nottingham Forest had pulled a goal back from a set-piece. We have come a long way this season. We took some heavy beatings early on, which was all part of the learning process.

"I like to think we know have threats all over the pitch and always look like we can score goals from any direction.

"I don't feel any sense of huge disappointment as it is not as though we have dropped out of the top places. We arrived late on the scene and we have to hope we can take this momentum into next season."

Nottingham Forest caretaker manager Gary Brazil:

"It was a disappointing day. I thought Bournemouth were much better than us. In the first half we did what we wanted to do, to make sure we made it hard for them to score.

"We did that well right up until just before half-time where we let them get into the game. We didn't defend the cross, and they get a goal up.

"You can see straight after half-time the game got away from us. We get ourselves a goal off a set-piece and potentially could have got another off another set-piece.

"The penalty really took the game away from us and we are chasing from there. I've no complaints about the result, they were the better team and they looked like a settled team who have a very settled style of play. It was tough for us to play against them at times today."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook Booked
  • 30 Ritchie (Coulibaly - 92' )
  • 04 Surman
  • 18 Kermorgant
  • 09 Grabban (Rantie - 86' )
  • 07 Pugh (Fraser - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 08 Arter
  • 11 Daniels
  • 15 Smith
  • 20 Fraser
  • 21 Coulibaly
  • 28 Rantie

Nottingham Forest

  • 29 de Vries
  • 15 Halford
  • 03 Harding Booked
  • 37 Peltier
  • 16 Lascelles Booked (Jara - 65' )
  • 05 Collins
  • 30 McLaughlin (Henderson - 73' )
  • 24 Vaughan (Cox - 69' )
  • 27 Derbyshire
  • 12 Mackie
  • 38 Osborn

Substitutes

  • 09 Henderson
  • 14 Greening
  • 18 Jara
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 26 Evtimov
  • 28 Majewski
  • 31 Cox
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 11,021

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

7 2

Corners

5 5

Fouls

6 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bournemouth 4, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +5:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bournemouth 4, Nottingham Forest 1.

90:00 +4:01

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

90:00 +3:31

Dangerous play by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

90:00 +3:31

Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Mohamed Coulibaly replaces Matt Ritchie.

90:00 +0:16 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 4, Nottingham Forest 1. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.

88:28

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

87:42 Booking

Booking Steve Cook (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:38

Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

87:38

Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87:33

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

86:58

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jamie Mackie.

86:25

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

86:25

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

85:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Lewis Grabban.

85:10

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

85:10

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

83:00

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

81:29

Offside, Bournemouth. Lee Camp tries a through ball, but Yann Kermorgant is caught offside.

81:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Marc Pugh.

80:42

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Lee Peltier tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

78:56

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

78:56

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

78:11

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

78:11

Foul by Darius Henderson (Nottingham Forest).

77:07

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

77:07

Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:26

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Lee Camp.

75:19

Attempt missed. Simon Cox (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Darius Henderson.

74:57

Offside, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

72:50 Booking

Booking Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:43

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

72:43

Foul by Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest).

72:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Darius Henderson replaces Stephen McLaughlin.

71:07

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

70:49

Offside, Nottingham Forest. Daniel Harding tries a through ball, but Simon Cox is caught offside.

69:55 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 3, Nottingham Forest 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

69:13

Penalty Bournemouth. Marc Pugh draws a foul in the penalty area.

69:13

Penalty conceded by Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest) after a foul in the penalty area.

68:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Simon Cox replaces David Vaughan.

67:40

Attempt missed. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Lee Peltier following a corner.

67:38

Attempt missed. Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a corner.

67:17

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Steve Cook.

65:27

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

64:47

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

64:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Nottingham Forest. Gonzalo Jara replaces Jamaal Lascelles.

62:27

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Danny Collins.

61:28 Booking

Booking Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:19

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

61:19

Foul by Jamaal Lascelles (Nottingham Forest).

60:37

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

60:13

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

60:13

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

55:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Nottingham Forest 1. Greg Halford (Nottingham Forest) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Osborn with a cross following a set piece situation.

54:55

Hand ball by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

54:19

Attempt missed. David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire.

51:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

50:18

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

49:52

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

49:08

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jamaal Lascelles.

48:29

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

48:29

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

48:08

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

46:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 2, Nottingham Forest 0. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

45:37

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

45:37

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

45:00

Second Half begins Bournemouth 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

45:00 +1:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Nottingham Forest 0.

42:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bournemouth 1, Nottingham Forest 0. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.

40:41

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Danny Collins.

39:53

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

38:58

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

38:58

Foul by Lee Peltier (Nottingham Forest).

38:45

Attempt saved. Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Greg Halford.

38:11

Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

36:42

Corner, Nottingham Forest. Conceded by Simon Francis.

34:42

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

29:30

Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).

29:30

Daniel Harding (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:12

Attempt missed. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

27:02

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

27:02

Foul by Jamie Mackie (Nottingham Forest).

26:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

25:40

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

21:10

Attempt missed. Stephen McLaughlin (Nottingham Forest) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Derbyshire with a headed pass.

18:15

Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:15

Foul by Matt Derbyshire (Nottingham Forest).

9:19

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

7:41

Offside, Bournemouth. Steve Cook tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

6:56

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

6:56

Foul by Ben Osborn (Nottingham Forest).

3:23

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

3:23

David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:52

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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