Championship: Bournemouth 2-1 Wolves

Bournemouth secured their first Championship win in six games to reignite their automatic promotion hopes against Wolves.

French forward Yann Kermorgant put Eddie Howe’s side ahead when he hooked home Callum Wilson’s cross.

Benik Afobe equalised after slotting past Artur Boruc following Kevin McDonald’s superb through ball.

But Kermorgant won the game for the hosts from the penalty spot after Richard Stearman’s foul on Wilson.

The penalty was strongly disputed by Wolves but referee James Linnington dismissed their protests and Kermorgant beat Tomas Kuszckak for his 13th goal of the season.

It was Bournemouth’s first victory in the league since 7 February and lifted them to fourth in the table.

They are two points behind second-placed Derby with 11 matches remaining.

The defeat damaged Wolves’s hopes of reaching the play-offs after a solid recent run.

Kenny Jackett’s men are four points off the play-offs after their three-match winning streak came to an end.

The visitors were second best for long periods as Howe’s men looked in a real hurry to end a poor run that had seen them fail to win in five previous games.

Bournemouth will look to build on the momentum when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “It gives everyone a boost. All the question marks, doubt and negativity, from our perspective, were never there.

“It doesn’t mean it goes away because you have to prove yourselves every week, but it proves there’s nothing wrong with this team.

“Outside influences can affect the team and it’s my job and my staff’s job to keep their focus clear.

“But you can’t help them reading newspapers and all the rest. As much as you want to keep them away from it, I think they’re going to find it.

“That inner self belief is so important. We have to know how good we are.”

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: “I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded.

“The first one looked soft, and then with the second one, the first contact from Richard Stearman was outside the box.

“The referee and the linesman have to be really sure that it is inside the box and I thought that was a fortunate decision for Bournemouth.

“I haven’t seen the referee yet and whether I see him or not, it won’t change the decision or the result.”

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