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Championship: Fulham 1-5 Bournemouth

Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship on goal difference thanks to a stunning victory at Fulham.

Brett Pitman and Matt Ritchie both scored twice as Fulham had Fernando Amorebieta sent off and conceded five goals for the fifth time this season.

Pitman opened the scoring, Ritchie drilled home the second and Pitman slotted in the third after an hour.

Matt Smith got one back before Amorebieta was dismissed and Ritchie and Steve Cook completed the rout.

Bournemouth’s promotion challenge had faltered in recent weeks but afterbeating Wolves 2-1 in mid-week they scored five – also for the fifth time this term – to overhaul Middlesbrough at the top.

Pitman scored his first goal in 12 games to put Bournemouth in front after 29 minutes with a left-footed shot and Ritchie then netted his 10th goal of the season with a shot from outside the box.

Pitman made it 3-0 with a superb solo effort after an hour before Smith’s explosive finish gave the home side brief hope.

But the Cottagers, with just one win in their previous 10 games, had Amorebieta sent off when the defender tripped Callum Wilson as he raced clear.

Two minutes later, Ritchie drove home a low free-kick to make it 4-1 and six minutes from time Cook lashed an angled shot into the top corner to complete a miserable Friday night for Fulham.

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Championship: Bournemouth 2-2 Millwall

Magaye Gueye’s late strike rescued a point for Millwall as Bournemouth missed the chance to go top.

The Cherries opened the scoring through Steve Cook, who found the net with a header from Andrew Surman’s cross.

Brett Pitman made it 2-0 after latching onto Matt Ritchie’s pass, before Ed Upson’s back-post header pulled one back for the Lions.

Alan Dunne’s header then hit the bar for Millwall, who equalised when Gueye lashed home from inside the box.

The result sees Bournemouth, who had been top at one stage in the afternoon, slip to fourth, two points off leaders Derby, while Millwall are 20th – two points off the bottom three.

Bournemouth dominated the first half at Dean Court with an early Cook header coming before Ritchie’s strike flew just wide of the target.

Yann Kermorgant’s header from Simon Francis’ cross cleared the bar for the Cherries while Pitman saw an effort tipped over by David Forde.

However, their breakthrough came after 22 minutes when Cook’s header back across goal beat Forde for 1-0.

Soon after, Pitman raced onto Ritchie’s throughball and slid under Forde as Bournemouth doubled their advantage.

Millwall came back into the game in the second period with Martyn Woolford nodding wide before Upson pulled one back, heading past Artur Boruc for 2-1.

The Cherries wasted a golden chance to seal the game when Pitman found himself in front of goal. But, rather than slot past Forde, he opted to tee up Junior Stanislas, who found the net but was in an offside position.

And they paid the priced when the visiting team levelled the score, with Gueye firing home in the 88th minute.

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Championship: Birmingham 0-8 Bournemouth

Managerless Birmingham City suffered a humiliating defeat as Bournemouth scored eight goals at St Andrew’s.

Brett Pitman put the visitors ahead inside three minutes and Blues defender David Edgar was sent off shortly afterwards for a foul on Callum Wilson.

Wilson and Matt Ritchie made it 3-0 by half-time before the Cherries ran riot in the second period.

Marc Pugh netted a hat-trick and two more from Tokelo Rantie, the first a penalty, completed Birmingham’s misery.

In addition, Paul Caddis had a spot-kick saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc with the score at 3-0.

A week after south coast neighbours Southampton put eight past Sunderland, Eddie Howe’s side repeated the feat to register a fourth straight Championship win, a result that lifted them up to fourth in the table.

Birmingham, meanwhile, remain second from bottom after a wretched afternoon, extending their poor run at St Andrew’s to just one win in 25 home matches.

And the nature of their second-half capitulation will be of huge concern to whoever Blues appoint to succeed the sacked Lee Clark as their new manager.

Pitman gave Bournemouth the perfect start, running through unchallenged before beating goalkeeper Darren Randolph, and things got worse for the hosts when Edgar pulled back Wilson and was deemed to be the last defender, resulting in a straight red card for the Canada international.

Pitman missed two further chances before the lead was eventually doubled, as Randolph’s attempted clearance fell nicely for Wilson to race clear and net his 10th goal of the season.

Ritchie scored a third to settle the contest before the break, firing in a loose ball after another defensive mix-up, but Bournemouth were hungry for more goals.

Caddis’s failure from the spot, following Tommy Elphick’s foul on Clayton Donaldson, summed up Birmingham’s day and it was to get much worse for the home side, who conceded five goals in the final 27 minutes.

Pugh turned in two crosses from Simon Francis to make it 5-0, before Rantie’s brace and Pugh’s third sealed a momentous win.

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