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Barnsley 0-4 Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke among goals as Cherries go top

By James LawBBC Sport
Dominic Solanke scores Bournemouth's second goal
Dominic Solanke scored his sixth Championship goal of the season

Bournemouth moved to the top of the Championship as two goals in each half saw them ruthlessly defeat Barnsley.

In an open game with several chances at both ends, the Cherries led when Philip Billing found the bottom corner with a low strike from 20 yards.

The hosts should have levelled, but defender Mads Andersen could not sort out his feet in time to divert Michal Helik's effort in from two yards, and were punished as Dominic Solanke doubled Bournemouth's lead with a run and near-post finish on the stroke of half-time.

Diego Rico made it 3-0 with a fine free-kick which caught out Barnsley keeper Jack Walton - who expected a cross - with Sam Surridge capitalising on an error to complete the scoring with a shot that Walton should have kept out.

Victory moves Jason Tindall's side two points clear of Norwich, who will regain top spot if they beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Barnsley, meanwhile, drop a place to 15th as their goal difference took a dent at Oakwell against a Bournemouth side displaying the clinical edge they lacked in the Premier League last season.

The Cherries - beaten at home by Preston on Tuesday - should have led in the opening minutes but Surridge shot wide with an open goal, albeit at an angle, after beating the onrushing Walton to a ball into the channel.

Alex Mowatt forced Asmir Begovic into a decent save from range as the Tykes carried a threat, but they gave Denmark midfielder Billing too much space to pick his spot for the opener after Adam Smith had carried the ball forward for the visitors.

In many ways Valerien Ismael's Barnsley were architects of their own downfall - striker Cauley Woodrow gave the ball away in his own half for Solanke's well-taken second, Andersen conceded a needless free-kick which led to Bournemouth's third and Herbie Kane inexplicably played in Surridge with a wayward pass which was also duly punished.

A Woodrow snapshot was tipped wide by Begovic and Luke Thomas curled wide as the home side threatened from outside the box in the second half but Bournemouth - now the Championship's joint leading scorers with 29 goals alongside Blackburn - kept their first away clean sheet since winning 1-0 at Chelsea in December 2019.

Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall:

"We knew we needed to respond after a disappointing result against Preston and I felt we certainly we did that tonight.

"We knew if we won here tonight, we'd go to the top of the league. That was a challenge and that was what we managed to do.

"Tonight was not about any one individual. I thought it was a great team performance at a really difficult place in difficult conditions."

Barnsley head coach Valerien Ismael:

"We made too many mistakes and the opponent punished us. Bournemouth is one of the best teams in the division.

"We played well, created a lot of situations and pressed very well, but the mistakes destroyed our chance to win the game.

"I think we have to analyse the game but not be over-critical. This is our position and if you want to reach the next step, we have to improve."



Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Walton
  • 26SollbauerBooked at 85mins
  • 30HelikSubstituted forHalmeat 64'minutes
  • 6AndersenBooked at 76mins
  • 7Brittain
  • 8KaneSubstituted forPalmerat 83'minutes
  • 27Mowatt
  • 4StylesSubstituted forOduorat 58'minutes
  • 29AdeboyejoSubstituted forThomasat 58'minutes
  • 11ChaplinSubstituted forFrieserat 58'minutes
  • 9WoodrowBooked at 32mins


  • 16Thomas
  • 19Schmidt
  • 21Palmer
  • 22Oduor
  • 24Halme
  • 25Miller
  • 28Frieser
  • 32James
  • 40Collins


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Begovic
  • 6Mepham
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Kelly
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forOfoborhat 90'minutes
  • 29BillingSubstituted forKilkennyat 90'minutes
  • 16L CookSubstituted forRiquelmeat 81'minutes
  • 7BrooksSubstituted forGoslingat 72'minutes
  • 21Rico
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forAnthonyat 72'minutes
  • 14Surridge


  • 4Gosling
  • 19Stanislas
  • 20Riquelme
  • 23Travers
  • 24Ofoborh
  • 25Simpson
  • 26Kilkenny
  • 32Anthony
  • 33Zemura
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnsley 0, Bournemouth 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnsley 0, Bournemouth 4.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Gavin Kilkenny replaces Philip Billing.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Nnamdi Ofoborh replaces Adam Smith.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Barnsley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dan Gosling (Bournemouth).

  7. Post update

    Romal Palmer (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Diego Rico (Bournemouth).

  9. Post update

    Dominik Frieser (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Diego Rico (Bournemouth) left footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

  11. Booking

    Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Sollbauer (Barnsley).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Mowatt (Barnsley) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Callum Brittain.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnsley. Romal Palmer replaces Herbie Kane.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jack Walton.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adam Smith.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Rodrigo Riquelme replaces Lewis Cook.

  19. Post update

    Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Luke Thomas (Barnsley).

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