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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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Championship: Wolves 5-0 Rotherham

Striker Benik Afobe’s brace helped a rampant Wolves maintain their Championship play-off push as they thrashed Rotherham United at Molineux.

Wolves took the lead when Kevin McDonald crossed for Afobe to fire home before Nouha Dicko doubled their lead.

Rotherham’s best chance came before the break when Matt Derbyshire nodded Adam Hammill’s cross on to the post.

But Wolves capitalised with Afobe finding a second before Dave Edwards and Bakary Sako sealed three points.

It capped off a good afternoon for the hosts who kept alive their play-off hopes but Rotherham slipped to 21st place, having now conceded 10 goals in their last three matches.

A spell of early pressure told for Wanderers when McDonald managed to pick out former Arsenal trainee Afobe who kept his composure to beat Rotherham keeper Adam Collin.

Minutes later, Wolves doubled their advantage when scorer turned provider as Afobe played Dicko through to notch his 10th goal of the season.

But Rotherham fought back in a lively first half, with former Molineux man Hammill finding Derbyshire whose header hit the upright.

After the break, home keeper Tomasz Kuszczak kept Wolves in control when Zeki Fryers whipped in a cross to the head of Derbyshire, but the Pole made a wonderful one-handed save.

Wolves found a third on the counter from a Rotherham corner as James Henry set up the onrushing Afobe to calmly finish.

The hosts did not ease off, however, as Sako whipped the ball to the near post towards Edwards who headed home a fourth.

Six minutes later, Wolves were five up after Rajiv van La Parra passed straight through to Sako to beat Collin and put them out of sight.

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Championship: Huddersfield 1-4 Wolves

Striker Nouha Dicko scored twice to give Wolves’ promotion push a timely fillip with victory at Huddersfield.

Dicko fired under Alex Smithies after a through ball from Rajiv van La Parra and it was 2-0 when Conor Coady headed Bakary Sako’s corner into his own net after the break.

Benik Afobe’s strike made it 3-0 before James Vaughan got a goal back for the hosts from Sean Scannell’s cross.

Dicko made it 4-1 when he rounded Smithies to slot home in injury time.

It was a frustrating night for Chris Powell’s Huddersfield side after they created the better chances, with Coady’s own goal early in the second half proving a pivotal moment in the match.

The victory ended a run of three matches without a win for Kenny Jackett’s Wolves team and moved them to within four points of sixth-placed Brentford.

Huddersfield, 15th in the table, have won four and lost four of their last eight matches.

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