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Bournemouth 0-1 Luton Town: Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall goal sinks 10-man Cherries

Jefferson Lerma (centre) and Tom Lockyer (right)
Luton's Tom Lockyer (right) had to come off after being caught by the elbow of Jefferson Lerma

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall's second-half strike was enough for Luton to win at promotion-chasing Bournemouth, who played for more than an hour with 10 men.

Midfielder Jefferson Lerma was controversially sent off for the hosts when he inadvertently caught Hatters defender Tom Lockyer in the face with a flailing arm after being knocked off balance in the air by Luke Berry.

Despite being a man down the Cherries matched their visitors, Joshua King's volley being parried wide and Dominic Solanke's effort cleared off the line by Dan Potts.

But Luton also had their chances and took all three points as on-loan Leicester midfielder Dewsbury-Hall curled a low shot into the far corner from the edge of the area.

Victory lifts Nathan Jones' Luton into the Championship's top half while Bournemouth remain third, eight points behind leaders Norwich with the chasing pack closing in on them.

Lockyer was forced off for the visitors shortly after the incident that led to Lerma being red carded but the Colombia midfielder could do little to avoid the unfortunate coming together, with Cherries boss Jason Tindall clearly unhappy with the officials at the interval.

Luton looked to make the man advantage count after the break, Glen Rea going close before Asmir Begovic made a superb double save to keep out efforts from Berry and Dewsbury-Hall.

The talented young midfielder did make his mark though, receiving the ball in space from Harry Cornick and guiding it around a Bournemouth defender into the net.

Late substitute Rodrigo Riquelme came closest to a leveller for the home side but his volley was tipped away by Simon Sluga as the Cherries lost a Championship match on a Saturday for the first time this season, adding to the frustration of Tuesday's home draw with Millwall.

Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall told BBC Radio Solent:

"It [Lerma's dismissal] was an outrageous decision, I think everybody knows it, even their staff, their players, our players.

"I don't think the ref was going to give a red card, I honestly believe he wasn't, and then he has reacted to a bit of blood on their player and made the decision, but he certainly couldn't have seen the incident to have made the decision that he's made.

"You expect the assistants and the other guys to maybe help with certain decisions, but I have found that in this division they don't seem to get too involved and work as a team.

"For us it proved to be a really crucial moment in the game, although I still believe we were by far the better team all day today."

Luton manager Nathan Jones told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"To be fair it [Lerma's red card] seemed to rock us more than them, they galvanised a little bit, came after us and were a real, real test.

"But we got into half-time, we changed a few things, and I thought second half we were excellent.

"They have good athletes, they have players that are too good for this level so for us to compete we need something to go for us, and it did today."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 3-4-3

  • 1Begovic
  • 3S Cook
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 21RicoSubstituted forBillingat 70'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17StaceySubstituted forKellyat 70'minutes
  • 8LermaBooked at 26mins
  • 16L Cook
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forRiquelmeat 81'minutes
  • 7BrooksSubstituted forAnthonyat 81'minutes
  • 9Solanke
  • 27KingSubstituted forSurridgeat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Kelly
  • 6Mepham
  • 14Surridge
  • 20Riquelme
  • 25Simpson
  • 26Kilkenny
  • 29Billing
  • 32Anthony
  • 40Dennis

Luton

Formation 5-3-2

  • 12Sluga
  • 26BreeSubstituted forPearsonat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15LockyerSubstituted forNaismithat 34'minutes
  • 16Rea
  • 5Bradley
  • 3Potts
  • 8Berry
  • 17Mpanzu
  • 22Dewsbury-Hall
  • 7CornickSubstituted forClarkat 77'minutes
  • 19CollinsSubstituted forHyltonat 87'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Shea
  • 6Pearson
  • 9Hylton
  • 14Moncur
  • 18Clark
  • 24Naismith
  • 25LuaLua
  • 27Nombe
  • 28Morrell
Referee:
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home14
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home12
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Luton Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Luton Town 1.

  3. Booking

    Danny Hylton (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Philip Billing (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Philip Billing (Bournemouth).

  6. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo Riquelme with a cross.

  8. Booking

    Matty Pearson (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Matty Pearson (Luton Town).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jaidon Anthony (Bournemouth).

  12. Post update

    Jordan Clark (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (Luton Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Luton Town. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Danny Hylton replaces James Collins.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Matty Pearson replaces James Bree.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Cook (Bournemouth).

  19. Post update

    Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lloyd Kelly with a cross.

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