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Stoke City 0-1 Bournemouth: Dominic Solanke winner extends Cherries' lead

By Ged ScottBBC Sport at the Bet 365 Stadium
Of Dominic Solanke's nine Bournemouth goals this season, seven have been at home but the other two have both come in the Midlands
Of Dominic Solanke's nine Bournemouth goals this season, seven have been at home but the other two have both come in the Midlands

Dominic Solanke scored the only goal of the game as Championship leaders Bournemouth won at Stoke.

The Cherries top scorer capitalised on a 51st-minute blunder by Potters keeper Adam Davies to net his ninth goal of the season from close range.

On a night when Stoke lost their own top scorer Nick Powell to a first-half leg injury, they at least saw striker Tyrese Campbell return off the bench following 10 months out with a knee injury.

But although he twice went close and Jordan Thompson hit the post, the unbeaten Cherries remained relatively untroubled - and their ninth win in 13 games was enough to go six points clear at the top.

Second-placed West Bromwich Albion will try to halve the deficit on Wednesday when they go to Swansea.

This was Stoke boss Michael O'Neill's 100th game in charge - but it ended in his side's first home defeat of the season, Bournemouth's fourth single-goal win in a row in the Potteries, and their fourth successive Tuesday night victory.

And the Potters had only themselves to blame as they had marginally the better chances.

Inside the first 20 seconds Jacob Brown should have scored, only to drag his left-foot shot wide with the best chance of a poor first half.

But just six minutes into the second half the Cherries won it when Stoke sloppily gave the ball away. Ryan Christie took a speculative poke at goal, the ball bounced off the chest of the clumsy Davies - and Solanke slotted away the rebound.

Of his nine goals this season, seven have been at home, while the other two have both come in the Midlands - he also scored in a 2-0 win at Birmingham in August.

What's up next?

After suffering back-to-back defeats for the first time since April, Stoke slip to sixth and will drop even lower if Huddersfield and Reading both win on Wednesday. They travel to Millwall on Saturday.

Bournemouth are also back in action on Saturday, at home to Huddersfield.

Potters manager Michael O'Neill told BBC Stoke:

"You never like losing at home and it's very disappointing losing that one as there was very little in it. You can see why they're top of the league. They have good players but we gave as good as we got.

"Nick Powell took a kick on the inside of his fibula and it's very sore, but we'll have to wait and see if there's any damage.

"I'm delighted for Tyrese Campbell to be back and pleased to have him back. And you could see the reaction inside the stadium. He had chances too, but then again he always will. That's what he does."

Bournemouth boss Scott Parker told BBC Radio Solent:

"Dominic Solanke does what he does best and poached a goal. Like any number nine he wants to score goals. He's special and we're lucky to have him.

"But it's all built on a foundation of hard graft - and six clean sheets away from home in this league is quite something.

"I've been here now 17 weeks. You want to take it to the next level and it's nice to see all the work we've put in come to fruition - and hopefully we can keep on winning like we're doing."

Line-ups

Stoke

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Davies
  • 16Wilmot
  • 36Souttar
  • 5Chester
  • 2Smith
  • 7ClucasSubstituted forSurridgeat 60'minutes
  • 4Allen
  • 15Thompson
  • 14Tymon
  • 25PowellSubstituted forVrancicat 28'minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forCampbellat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Batth
  • 8Vrancic
  • 9Fletcher
  • 10Campbell
  • 12Bursik
  • 22Surridge
  • 28Sawyers

Bournemouth

Formation 4-3-3

  • 42Travers
  • 17Stacey
  • 24Cahill
  • 5Kelly
  • 33ZemuraBooked at 59mins
  • 8Lerma
  • 26KilkennyBooked at 3minsSubstituted forPearsonat 83'minutes
  • 29BillingSubstituted forMephamat 90+2'minutes
  • 10ChristieSubstituted forLoweat 90+5'minutes
  • 9Solanke
  • 32Anthony

Substitutes

  • 1Nyland
  • 6Mepham
  • 11Marcondes
  • 18Lowe
  • 19Stanislas
  • 22Pearson
  • 27Rogers
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
18,427

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home3
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stoke City 0, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. James Chester (Stoke City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Wilmot (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mario Vrancic with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Chris Mepham.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jaidon Anthony (Bournemouth).

  7. Post update

    Ben Wilmot (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Jamal Lowe replaces Ryan Christie.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mario Vrancic (Stoke City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ben Pearson (Bournemouth).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Chris Mepham replaces Philip Billing.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ben Pearson.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Stoke City. Ben Wilmot tries a through ball, but Sam Surridge is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tommy Smith with a cross following a corner.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jefferson Lerma.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyrese Campbell (Stoke City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sam Surridge with a through ball.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Ben Pearson replaces Gavin Kilkenny.

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