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Bournemouth 5-0 Doncaster Rovers

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.

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.

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Post-match: Bournemouth boss Howe

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."

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Doncaster Rovers boss Paul Dickov

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."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 8Arter
  • 5Elphick
  • 3Cook
  • 30Ritchie
  • 4Surman
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forRantieat 75'minutes
  • 9GrabbanSubstituted forCoulibalyat 83'minutes
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 15Smith
  • 21Coulibaly
  • 28Rantie
  • 32O'Kane

Doncaster

  • 33Johnstone
  • 17TamasBooked at 58mins
  • 3Husband
  • 19Wellens
  • 14KhumaloBooked at 64mins
  • 20Méité
  • 18KeeganBooked at 24mins
  • 4FurmanSubstituted forCotterillat 45'minutes
  • 9Brown
  • 26Coppinger
  • 34BowerySubstituted forRobinsonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home26
Away7
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 5, Doncaster Rovers 0.
Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.
Offside, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh tries a through ball, but Harry Arter is caught offside.
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.
Attempt missed. Theo Robinson (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Cotterill.
Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Sam Johnstone tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.
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.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.
Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Tokelo Rantie.
Hand ball by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Mohamed Coulibaly replaces Lewis Grabban.

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.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Bongani Khumalo.
Attempt missed. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Attempt blocked. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Tokelo Rantie replaces Yann Kermorgant.
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.

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.
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Paul Keegan.
Attempt blocked. Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Fraser.
Offside, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Booking

Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
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.
Offside, Bournemouth. Ian Harte tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.
Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).
James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Bournemouth. Ian Harte tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

Booking

Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Simon Francis (Bournemouth) because of an injury.
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.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3323553074
2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3318781861
4QPR3216971257
5Nottm Forest33141361555
6Wigan32157101152
7Reading33149101351
8Brighton3213109749
9Ipswich3312129748
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3212812444
13Huddersfield3312714143
14Middlesbrough3391311440
15Sheff Wed3291211139
16Bournemouth3210913-939
17Birmingham339915-336
18Bolton3381213-836
19Blackpool3381114-1935
20Doncaster337917-2530
21Millwall3361017-3028
22Charlton306915-1727
23Yeovil326818-2026
24Barnsley3251116-2626
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