Championship
BournemouthAFC Bournemouth2WolvesWolverhampton Wanderers1
Bournemouth's Yann Kermorgant
Bournemouth's previous league win was on 7 February

Bournemouth secured their first Championship win in six games to reignite their automatic promotion hopes against Wolves.

French forward Yann Kermorgant put Eddie Howe's side ahead when he hooked home Callum Wilson's cross.

Benik Afobe equalised after slotting past Artur Boruc following Kevin McDonald's superb through ball.

But Kermorgant won the game for the hosts from the penalty spot after Richard Stearman's foul on Wilson.

The penalty was strongly disputed by Wolves but referee James Linnington dismissed their protests and Kermorgant beat Tomas Kuszckak for his 13th goal of the season.

It was Bournemouth's first victory in the league since 7 February and lifted them to fourth in the table.

They are two points behind second-placed Derby with 11 matches remaining.

The defeat damaged Wolves's hopes of reaching the play-offs after a solid recent run.

Kenny Jackett's men are four points off the play-offs after their three-match winning streak came to an end.

The visitors were second best for long periods as Howe's men looked in a real hurry to end a poor run that had seen them fail to win in five previous games.

Bournemouth will look to build on the momentum when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "It gives everyone a boost. All the question marks, doubt and negativity, from our perspective, were never there.

"It doesn't mean it goes away because you have to prove yourselves every week, but it proves there's nothing wrong with this team.

"Outside influences can affect the team and it's my job and my staff's job to keep their focus clear.

"But you can't help them reading newspapers and all the rest. As much as you want to keep them away from it, I think they're going to find it.

"That inner self belief is so important. We have to know how good we are."

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: "I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded.

"The first one looked soft, and then with the second one, the first contact from Richard Stearman was outside the box.

"The referee and the linesman have to be really sure that it is inside the box and I thought that was a fortunate decision for Bournemouth.

"I haven't seen the referee yet and whether I see him or not, it won't change the decision or the result."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

  • 31Boruc
  • 2FrancisBooked at 71mins
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S CookBooked at 45mins
  • 11Daniels
  • 30RitchieSubstituted forA Smithat 83'minutes
  • 6Surman
  • 8Arter
  • 7PughBooked at 86minsSubstituted forWardat 90+1'minutes
  • 18KermorgantSubstituted forPitmanat 90+1'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 13C Wilson

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 9Rantie
  • 10Pitman
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 20Fraser
  • 22Ward

Wolves

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2Doherty
  • 6Batth
  • 5StearmanBooked at 48mins
  • 30Hause
  • 17van La Parra
  • 4Edwards
  • 11McDonald
  • 10Sako
  • 12Afobe
  • 40DickoSubstituted forDoyleat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Golbourne
  • 7Henry
  • 13McCarey
  • 16Doyle
  • 19Price
  • 23Ebanks-Landell
  • 33Iorfa
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
9,851

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamWolves
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home12
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away1
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Doyle with a cross.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bakary Sako tries a through ball, but Kevin Doyle is caught offside.

  7. Booking

    Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Booking

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Kortney Hause (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Elliott Ward replaces Marc Pugh.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman replaces Yann Kermorgant.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam Smith (Bournemouth).

  14. Post update

    Bakary Sako (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Simon Francis (Bournemouth).

  16. Post update

    Rajiv van La Parra (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

    Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Kevin McDonald (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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