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Sheff WedSheffield Wednesday1BournemouthAFC Bournemouth2

Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Sheffield Wednesday remain in the relegation zone after goals from Matt Ritchie and Lewis Grabban gave Bournemouth victory.

Wednesday caretaker boss Stuart Gray saw his side go 2-0 down before half time as Ritchie struck with a low shot and Grabban scored at the near post.

Jacques Maghoma pulled a goal back for the hosts at the end from close-range after a defensive mix-up.

The result kept the struggling hosts in 22nd place in the Championship.

The Owls' previous game against Wigan had been abandoned before the hour mark because of a waterlogged pitch, though they had won at Watford last weekend.

They faltered from the start against Bournemouth, falling behind in the 10th minute as Ritchie went unchallenged just outside the area and fired in a low shot which goalkeeper Damian Martinez failed to keep out.

The Cherries went further ahead soon after as Grabban received an excellent pass from Harry Arter and beat the Arsenal loanee from inside the area.

Both sides exchanged chances either side of half-time, before Wednesday began working themselves back into contention. Defender Miguel Llera fired a free-kick over the crossbar from 25 yards, then Maghoma struck after Charlie Daniels failed to clear.

Bournemouth looked the stronger at the death however, and held out to move into 15th place after securing their third away win of the season.

Sheffield Wednesday caretaker manager Stuart Gray:

"I think I'll be in charge for the Blackburn game, unless the chairman tells me different.

"It was very disappointing, I thought we started quite well but then sloppy defending has cost us. Suddenly we're chasing the game, it was a similar thing again with poor defending for the second goal.

"We're short of strikers so in the end I had to put Reda [Johnson] down the middle. Hopefully we're going to have Chris Maguire back from his loan [at Coventry City], we're going to recall him on Christmas Day."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"I was delighted in the first half because I thought it was a very good display. We counter-attacked with real quality and pace and Lewis Grabban led the line well, causing problems with his pace and mobility.

"We built on the Reading victory in terms of our performances without getting the results. You do need wins to back it up so today was very important.

"Our priority now is a long overdue home win. Of late, we've failed to turn our dominant performances into victories."

Line-ups

Sheff Wed

  • 26Martinez
  • 22Palmer
  • 3JohnsonBooked at 45mins
  • 6SemedoSubstituted forSavicat 66'minutes
  • 8Johnson
  • 32Llera
  • 20Lee
  • 14Coke
  • 34NuhiuSubstituted forHelanat 66'minutes
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forMattockat 80'minutes
  • 10Maghoma

Substitutes

  • 1Kirkland
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Helan
  • 19Mattock
  • 21Corry
  • 27McPhail
  • 33Savic

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 11Daniels
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5ElphickBooked at 71mins
  • 22Ward
  • 8Arter
  • 4SurmanSubstituted forMacDonaldat 85'minutes
  • 9GrabbanSubstituted forPitmanat 90+4'minutes
  • 30Ritchie
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 10Pitman
  • 14Harte
  • 16MacDonald
  • 24Addison
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
Jeremy Simpson
Attendance:
21,057

Match Stats

Home TeamSheff WedAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bournemouth 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bournemouth 2.

  3. Post update

    Andelko Savic (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Lewis Grabban.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Shaun MacDonald replaces Andrew Surman.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Sheffield Wednesday 1, Bournemouth 2. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Mattock replaces Jermaine Johnson.

  12. Post update

    Liam Palmer (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

  14. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  15. Post update

    Delay in match Harry Arter (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Harry Arter.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner from a direct free kick.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burnley21127233151843
2QPR21126324111342
3Leicester21133533221142
4Derby21124545271840
5Leeds2110473223934
6Reading219753024634
7Nottm Forest218942922733
8Brighton218852518732
9Ipswich218763125631
10Blackpool218762425-131
11Blackburn218672624230
12Wigan208482423128
13Huddersfield217682524127
14Watford216873129226
15Bournemouth2174102639-1325
16Birmingham216692626024
17Middlesbrough215883231123
18Bolton215882327-423
19Millwall2156102542-1721
20Doncaster2155111837-1920
21Charlton2147101726-919
22Sheff Wed203892231-917
23Yeovil2145121728-1117
24Barnsley2137111938-1916
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