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Bournemouth 3-1 Reading

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.

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."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 3Cook
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90+3'minutes
  • 4Surman
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 9GrabbanSubstituted forPitmanat 85'minutes
  • 7PughSubstituted forFraserat 73'minutesBooked at 81mins

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 10Pitman
  • 15Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward
  • 28Rantie

Reading

  • 21McCarthy
  • 2Gunter
  • 18BridgeSubstituted forKellyat 60'minutes
  • 19Robson-Kanu
  • 5Pearce
  • 17Gorkss
  • 10DrentheSubstituted forBlackmanat 74'minutes
  • 11McAnuff
  • 9Le FondreSubstituted forLeigertwoodat 60'minutes
  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 37ObitaBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 1Federici
  • 3Kelly
  • 8Leigertwood
  • 12McCleary
  • 15Morrison
  • 22Blackman
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
11,182

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamReading
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home18
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Matt Ritchie.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Stephen Kelly (Reading).
Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).
Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
Foul by Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth).
Nick Blackman (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Lewis Grabban because of an injury.
Delay in match Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

Booking

Jordan Obita (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Obita (Reading).
Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).

Booking

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth).
Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant tries a through ball, but Ryan Fraser is caught offside.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Nick Blackman replaces Royston Drenthe.

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Ryan Fraser replaces Marc Pugh.
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.
Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).
Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).
Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).
Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Stephen Kelly replaces Wayne Bridge.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Mikele Leigertwood replaces Adam Le Fondre.
Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
Attempt missed. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.
Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jobi McAnuff (Reading).
Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).
Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Reading. Conceded by Yann Kermorgant.
Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).
Jobi McAnuff (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt blocked. Jobi McAnuff (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).
Chris Gunter (Reading) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Bournemouth 3, Reading 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Bournemouth 3, Reading 0.
Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).

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.
Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Wayne Bridge (Reading).
Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Yann Kermorgant.
Foul by Ian Harte (Bournemouth).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley41231443283
3Derby41219112572
4QPR412010111270
5Wigan411910121467
6Reading411712121363
7Brighton41161312961
8Ipswich41161312761
9Bournemouth41171014161
10Nottm Forest41141710759
11Blackburn41151412359
12Watford401414121656
13Middlesbrough41131612955
14Bolton41121514-351
15Sheff Wed41121316049
16Leeds4113820-1147
17Huddersfield41121019-746
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster41111020-2543
20Blackpool41101219-2442
21Charlton39101118-2041
22Millwall4191220-3039
23Barnsley4081220-2836
24Yeovil4181122-2535
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