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Bournemouth 0-2 Stoke City: Will Forrester and Tommy Smith sink play-off bound Cherries

Will Forrester
Goalscoring debutant Will Forrester (centre) has been with the Potters since the age of six

Play-off bound Bournemouth fell to their third straight defeat as Stoke ended a six-match winless run at the Vitality Stadium.

Will Forrester marked his senior debut by hooking a finish into the net after Jefferson Lerma missed with a wild swing attempting to clear a corner.

The Potters doubled their lead after the break when Sam Clucas' neat through ball sent Tommy Smith clear to drill a precise low finish into the far corner.

The defeat, combined with Barnsley's draw with Norwich, dropped Bournemouth to sixth and set up a play-off semi-final with Brentford.

Stoke's sixth away win of the season left them 14th, their best finish since relegation from the Premier Division in 2017-18.

Having lost back-to-back matches without scoring, Jonathan Woodgate recalled top scorers Dominic Solanke and Arnaut Danjuma in seven changes from the side beaten by strugglers Wycombe.

Against a Stoke side with just one win in their previous 14 away trips, the Cherries began on top, with Philip Billing's goalbound strike deflected wide and Lerma heading David Brooks' corner past the post.

Yet the hosts failed to build on their good start and did not force a save before the break, while home keeper Asmir Begovic had to keep out a Rabbi Matondo effort after 19-year-old academy graduate Forrester had produced his dream moment.

Woodgate would have hoped for a reaction after the interval, but a lacklustre start to the second half was further punished by Smith's clinical finish.

Solanke's close-range strike forced City goalkeeper Adam Davies into a good save, but that proved to be Bournemouth's only attempt on target and they will go into their play-off clash against the free-scoring Bees without a goal in three games.

Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate:

"We'll be the underdogs, it's all on them (Brentford) as the favourites, but we'll give it our best shot.

"It's massive for the football club. It's massive for the players. It's massive for myself.

"When I came in the objective was to finish in the play-offs and we've done that by seven points. If you're winning seven games out of 10 then you are doing OK.

"We don't want to lose any game that we play, but that will have nothing to do with the play-offs."

Stoke boss Michael O'Neill:

"The frustration is that's promotion form really, but in the other 25 games we've conceded too many obviously.

"We lost some momentum in January and February so we have to learn from that.

"All round it was a very good afternoon for us. It was a great performance and a great result against a good side with a huge prize to play for.

"We sat three points off the play-offs after 23 games, but we finish on a positive. We've got to keep looking for that bit of quality and keep adding to our squad hopefully."

Line-ups

Bournemouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 15A SmithSubstituted forStaceyat 75'minutes
  • 18Carter-Vickers
  • 3S CookBooked at 6minsSubstituted forMephamat 69'minutes
  • 5Kelly
  • 8Lerma
  • 22PearsonSubstituted forRiquelmeat 55'minutes
  • 7Brooks
  • 29BillingBooked at 61minsSubstituted forLongat 75'minutes
  • 10Danjuma Groeneveld
  • 9Solanke

Substitutes

  • 6Mepham
  • 11Wilshere
  • 12Long
  • 14Surridge
  • 17Stacey
  • 20Riquelme
  • 21Rico
  • 23Travers
  • 32Anthony

Stoke

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Davies
  • 14Smith
  • 39Forrester
  • 6BatthBooked at 48mins
  • 46Norrington-Davies
  • 22Clucas
  • 13Obi
  • 34Thompson
  • 49MatondoSubstituted forNortonat 90+4'minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forVokesat 90+4'minutes
  • 35Tymon

Substitutes

  • 9Vokes
  • 32Bursik
  • 41Sparrow
  • 43Coates
  • 44Norton
  • 48Malone
  • 50Taylor
  • 51Jones
  • 52Macari
Referee:
David Webb

Match Stats

Home TeamBournemouthAway TeamStoke
Possession
Home76%
Away24%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Bournemouth 0, Stoke City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Bournemouth 0, Stoke City 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Christian Norton replaces Rabbi Matondo.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Stoke City. Sam Vokes replaces Jacob Brown.

  5. Post update

    Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Smith (Stoke City).

  7. Post update

    Rodrigo Riquelme (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by John Obi Mikel (Stoke City).

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Brooks (Bournemouth).

  10. Post update

    Sam Clucas (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Stacey (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rodrigo Riquelme.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Rhys Norrington-Davies (Stoke City).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  15. Post update

    Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sam Clucas (Stoke City).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Shane Long replaces Philip Billing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Jack Stacey replaces Adam Smith.

  19. Post update

    Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Foul by John Obi Mikel (Stoke City).

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