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Bournemouth 4-1 Coventry City: Arnaut Danjuma hits double as Cherries defeat Sky Blues

Bournemouth's Arnaut Danjuma scored the first of his two match-winning first-half goals inside 23 seconds
Bournemouth's Arnaut Danjuma scored the first of his two match-winning first-half goals inside 23 seconds

Arnaut Danjuma hit a first-half double as Championship play-off hopefuls Bournemouth saw off relegation battlers Coventry City.

Danjuma's right-foot shot after just 23 seconds was followed within two minutes by a Coventry equaliser after Jack Wilshere brought down Callum O'Hare on the edge of the area, and Matty James' right-foot free-kick found the bottom corner.

But the Cherries were back in front on 28 minutes when Philip Billing laid the ball into Danjuma's path and he powerfully found the corner.

Danjuma then broke quickly to pick out David Brooks for the third goal on 69 minutes and Dominic Solanke completed the scoring with a stoppage-time fourth when Ben Pearson's shot deflected off him into the net.

The win lifts the Cherries back two points above Reading into sixth, while Coventry drop to 21st, now just six points clear of trouble after Rotherham United's point at Yorkshire neighbours Huddersfield.

It completed a first double for Bournemouth over Coventry since their old Third Division South days in the 1952-53 season.

They won twice at St Andrew's earlier in the season in the space of 37 days, beating tenants Coventry and then their landlords Birmingham City.

'The scoreline is very harsh' - reaction

Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate: "We started quick and played with a high intensity from the start. I thought we played really, really well.

"Coventry are a decent team, they should be higher up in the table to be honest.

"It's all able attitude, application and mentality. If that's 10 out of 10 then you win games no problem."

Coventry manager Mark Robins: "We get punished after 30 seconds which is a joke but I can't be too critical because of what we have out on the pitch, we've got to deal with things better at times, whilst it's a disappointment, I think the scoreline is very harsh.

"We didn't lose heart, we got back into it and almost immediately got back on level terms again which was good, the second goal against us was a blow but we were still in the game at half-time and had a chance of doing something.

"This is a really tough game, we came up against a team that fancied it today and they need to pick some points up to get into the play-offs, we need to pick points up for other reasons. This isn't the end of the world, we have to learn from this and move on."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 3S Cook
  • 5Kelly
  • 11WilshereSubstituted forPearsonat 72'minutes
  • 8Lerma
  • 7BrooksSubstituted forStaceyat 90+3'minutes
  • 29BillingSubstituted forRiquelmeat 90+6'minutes
  • 10Danjuma GroeneveldSubstituted forAnthonyat 90+6'minutes
  • 9SolankeSubstituted forSurridgeat 90+3'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Mepham
  • 12Long
  • 14Surridge
  • 17Stacey
  • 20Riquelme
  • 21Rico
  • 22Pearson
  • 23Travers
  • 32Anthony

Coventry

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Marosi
  • 16PaskSubstituted forThompsonat 61'minutes
  • 5McFadzean
  • 2ØstigardBooked at 75mins
  • 28Eccles
  • 6KellySubstituted forHamerat 79'minutes
  • 25James
  • 21McCallum
  • 11O'HareSubstituted forAllenat 90+4'minutes
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forGyökeresat 79'minutes
  • 19WalkerSubstituted forBakayokoat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Allen
  • 9Biamou
  • 12Gyökeres
  • 13Wilson
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 26Shipley
  • 27Thompson
  • 29Da Costa
  • 38Hamer
Referee:
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home11
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 4, Coventry City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 4, Coventry City 1.

  3. Post update

    Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Allen (Coventry City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jaidon Anthony (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Surridge.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Jaidon Anthony replaces Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Rodrigo Riquelme replaces Philip Billing.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Tyler Walker.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Jamie Allen replaces Callum O'Hare.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Jack Stacey replaces David Brooks.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Sam Surridge replaces Dominic Solanke.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Bournemouth 4, Coventry City 1. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) with an attempt from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Pearson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ben Pearson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Steve Cook.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Thompson (Coventry City) with an attempt from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sam McCallum with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Steve Cook (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

    Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dominic Solanke (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David Brooks.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Viktor Gyökeres replaces Matt Godden.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich41279565283790
2Watford412410759273282
3Brentford402013771403173
4Swansea402191048311772
5Barnsley412181254441071
6Bournemouth4019111064392568
7Reading411991356451166
8Cardiff4116111457451259
9Millwall411416114140158
10Middlesbrough41169164845357
11QPR401511144747056
12Stoke411413144546-155
13Luton40158173546-1153
14Bristol City41155214055-1550
15Nottm Forest411213163439-549
16Preston41146214155-1448
17Blackburn411211185247547
18Birmingham411112183150-1945
19Huddersfield401111184260-1844
20Derby411110203046-1643
21Coventry401012183656-2042
22Rotherham37106213851-1336
23Sheff Wed40118213452-1835
24Wycombe4189243064-3433
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