Tag: Callum Wilson

Championship: Reading 0-1 Bournemouth

Callum Wilson’s 22nd goal of the season edged Bournemouth closer to the Premier League after a tense win at Reading.

Wilson tapped home from close range after Andrew Surman’s initial shot had bounced back off the post.

Bournemouth needed a stunning one-handed save by Artur Boruc from Jamie Mackie’s volley to help seal a vital three points.

The Cherries have a one-point lead and superior goal difference at the top of the Championship with three games left.

Norwich stay second, although Watford can join them on 82 points if they beat Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

Middlesbrough also have not given up the chase for automatic promotion, with their victory over Wolves moving them to 81 points.

The race for the top flight remains extraordinarily tight and although victory confirmed a place in the play-offs at the very least for Bournemouth, manager Eddie Howe’s side have their sights set on the league title.

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Championship: Brighton 0-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth edged closer to promotion to the Premier League after second-half goals from Yann Kermorgant and Callum Wilson sealed victory over Brighton.

The Cherries moved four points clear with four games left, but Norwich and Watford can close the gap on Saturday.

In a match of few chances Leon Best had Brighton’s best effort with his tame effort straight at Artur Boruc.

However, Kermorgant’s stunning 25-yard free-kick and Wilson’s cool finish from close range secured the points.

With five points covering the top four, the promotion race threatens to go to the last game of the season but Bournemouth will reach the top flight if they win their remaining fixtures.

Brighton remain 19th and are still nine points above the relegation zone, although Millwall in 23rd place have two games in hand.

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Championship: Bournemouth 2-2 Derby

Darren Bent’s fourth goal in five games earned a point for Derby and knocked promotion rivals Bournemouth off the top of the Championship.

Matt Ritchie swept in a stylish opener for Bournemouth after Yann Kermorgant played the ball into his path.

But Bent set up forward Tom Ince to equalise on the half-hour mark.

Callum Wilson fired in to give Bournemouth a half-time lead, before Bent – on loan from Aston Villa – scored from a Simon Dawkins cut-back.

Bournemouth showed why they are the country’s top scorers by taking the lead with their first meaningful chance.

Wilson went bursting down the right and his cross was chested down by Kermorgant for Ritchie to send a cushioned volley beyond Lee Grant and into the bottom right corner.

It was a blow for Derby, who then lost top scorer Chris Martin to an injury, and could have gone further behind as Wilson seized on a poor header from Richard Keogh and steered his shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Home goalkeeper Artur Boruc made a terrific save to stop a near-post volley from Bent – on for the injured Martin.

But Derby hit back as Ince finished emphatically from 12 yards after the busy Bent had robbed Bournemouth defender Steve Cook by the corner flag and pulled back a cross.

Wilson restored Bournemouth’s advantage in the final minute of the half, ripping a right-foot shot across Grant into the top corner after Kermorgant had worked tirelessly to chase a long punt up field and keep the ball in play.

The second half was not as frenetic as the first but it required an excellent block by Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick to deny Ince a second after the winger wriggled past two defenders.

Bent silenced the home fans in the 67th minute to earn a point – again showing Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert what he is missing by sending him on loan.

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Championship: Wigan 1-3 Bournemouth

Bournemouth maintained their spot at the top of the Championship with a routine win at struggling Wigan.

James McClean hit the crossbar for the hosts early on but Callum Wilson burst clear of the Latics defence to slot the Cherries ahead.

Yann Kermorgant doubled the advantage four minutes later with a powerful strike from the edge of the area.

Wilson added a third with a smart finish after the break, before Leon Clarke headed a consolation for Wigan.

The Latics, who have now won only once in 15 league matches, remain second from bottom in the table, seven points adrift of Brighton.

With Derby romping to victory against Bolton at the iPro Stadium, Eddie Howe’s side needed to win to stay top – and once Wilson had fired them ahead in the first half that always looked the most likely outcome.

It was the home side that had the better of the opening 15 minutes, with McClean’s free-kick from a tight angle clipping the bar and new signing Kim Bo-kyung sending an overhead-kick off target.

But Wilson’s confident finish when one-on-one with Al Habsi set Bournemouth on their way to a 17th win in 29 Championship matches, and Kermorgant’s powerful strike after dispossessing Chris McCann made it 2-0 before half-time.

The Cherries continued to press after the interval and, having blazed a great chance wide moments before, Wilson showed great composure to score his second and put the visitors in complete control.

Leon Clarke, making his debut after signing on loan from Wolves on January transfer deadline day, then nodded McClean’s cross home from four yards out to give Wigan hope with 30 minutes remaining.

But, once Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc had turned Liam Ridgewell’s header over the bar, the visitors were able to see the game out.

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FA Cup: Aston Villa 2-1 Bournemouth

Villa see off Bournemouth challenge

Carles Gil helped fire Aston Villa into the FA Cup fifth round as they avoided an upset to beat Bournemouth 2-1.

The midfielder’s first goal for the club on his full debut put the hosts ahead against the battling Cherries, who troubled Villa in the first half.

Andi Weimann’s second-half strike – his first goal since November – then proved crucial as Villa extended their lead.

Callum Wilson replied deep into stoppage time but the visitors ran out of time to mount a comeback.

Eddie Howe’s Sky Bet Championship leaders did scare Villa, though, with Kieran Richardson clearing off the line from Shaun MacDonald and Eunan O’Kane twice going close.

The win was just the third time Villa had scored more than once this season and eased the pressure on boss Paul Lambert.

The Scot made six changes to his Villa side, Shay Given and Leandro Bacuna starting, while Bournemouth made eight changes, with just Steve Cook, Tommy Elphick and Harry Arter keeping their spots.

The hosts announced Fabian Delph’s new four-and-a-half year deal before kick-off but it did not serve to inspire his team-mates.

Bournemouth began brighter, even if Weimann headed Alan Hutton’s cross inches wide after eight minutes, and the Cherries blew their first big chance 11 minutes later.

Arter found MacDonald and he rounded Given, only for the covering Richardson to stop his weak goalbound effort.

Jores Okore mopped up and Villa immediately broke which ended with Weimann firing wide from 25 yards.

It was the hosts’ last chance of a subdued first half, with Christian Benteke isolated and forced to feed off scraps.

Bournemouth were brighter as Villa struggled to gain momentum against the vibrant Cherries.

O’Kane was denied by Given before he fired over from the edge of the box as Villa hung on and Okore made a fine tackle five minutes before the break as Yann Kermorgant threatened to break through.

Bournemouth were in control, although were unable to find a breakthrough before half-time, but Villa conjured a fine chance just two minutes after the re-start.

Benteke seized on a loose pass and evaded two challenges before Gil collected the ball and fired into the side netting.

However, the Spain Under-21 international did break the deadlock on 51 minutes with a beauty. He collected the ball before cutting inside, easily beating Cook on the right, and curling a wonderful strike into the top corner from 18 yards.

It was Villa’s first goal in 223 minutes in all competitions and knocked the stuffing out of Bournemouth.

Wilson and Simon Francis were thrown on but Villa doubled the lead on 71 minutes when Weimann converted Hutton’s low cross from 10 yards.

The Cherries did pull a goal back in injury time when Wilson tapped in from close range to end a neat move.

Ashley Westwood should have made it 3-1 a minute later but was denied by Lee Camp before Villa negotiated the last few seconds.

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Championship: Rotherham 0-2 Bournemouth

Bournemouth maintained their one-point lead at the top of the Championship with a clinical win at Rotherham.

The Cherries had the better of the first half with Marc Pugh heading a chance wide and Callum Wilson having an effort ruled out for a foul.

But they had to wait until injury time to go ahead when Tommy Elphick headed home a Charlie Daniels cross.

Wilson wrapped up an eighth win in nine away matches after the break, shooting home from close range after a scramble.

The victory, which kept Bournemouth ahead of Ipswich Town and extended the lead over third-placed Derby County to three points, rarely looked in doubt despite a spirited home response to Wilson’s goal.

The margin never looked like being a repeat of the 5-1 thumping handed out to the Millers in the FA Cup earlier this month, but the manner of the win was equally impressive.

The Cherries defended resolutely throughout and created the better opportunities in a tight game.

Wilson had an effort disallowed for a foul on Kari Arnason just after the half-hour and the visitors then started to get on top as Pugh headed an effort just wide and Matt Ritchie and Wilson also went close.

Rotherham’s best opportunity saw Jack Barmby, recently signed on loan from Leicester, shoot narrowly wide in the 44th minute after a fine move.

But two goals either side of the interval settled the contest and ended any hope of a first Rotherham win in 15 games.

Elphick met a deep Daniels cross to open the scoring and Wilson’s simple finish doubled the advantage.

Brett Pitman almost added a third with free-kick that flew just wide, before the hosts got on top in the latter stages.

Simon Francis made a crucial clearance and only a brave block by Cherries defender Steve Cook denied Paul Green a late consolation.

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Championship: Bournemouth 5-3 Cardiff

High-flying Bournemouth beat Cardiff in an eight-goal thriller to become the Championship’s new leaders.

Matt Ritchie put the hosts ahead after just 39 seconds as he side-footed home.

Harry Arter’s cool finish and Marc Pugh’s curling shot either side of a Kenwyne Jones goal for Cardiff all came in the final few minutes of the half.

Yann Kermorgant scored a superb free-kick for the hosts in between two Sean Morrison headers, before Callum Wilson rounded David Marshall to seal the win.

The victory for Eddie Howe’s men stretched their unbeaten run to 12 games and moved them ahead of Middlesbrough, who beat Derby in the day’s early kick-off, at the summit because of their superior scoring record.

Bournemouth, who had opened the scoring in every one of their home games this season, did so again as Ritchie fired in his fourth goal of the season from the first attack.

The game eventually settled down after the frantic start but burst back into life again with three goals in as many minutes just before the break.

Arter doubled the Cherries advantage as he slotted the ball into the corner from the edge of the box, but the visitors soon reduced the deficit as Adam Le Fondre robbed Steve Cook after he slipped in possession and squared for Jones to fire home.

However, Bournemouth restored their two-goal lead within a minute as Pugh curled a sublime shot into the top corner to make it 3-1.

Russell Slade’s visitors made the perfect start to the second half as centre-back Morrison rose above a static defence to nod Peter Whittingham’s cross past Artur Boruc, before referee James Adcock was involved in a moment of controversy when he failed to punish Cardiff goalkeeper Marshall, who looked to have handled the ball outside the box.

A moment of brilliance from substitute Kermorgant stretched Bournemouth’s lead, the Frenchman placing a precise free-kick into the top corner after Pugh had been fouled.

Whittingham and Morrison combined again for Cardiff to make it 4-3, but after Bournemouth had let a two-goal lead slip in their last home game against Millwall, Wilson made sure there was to be no repeat as he raced onto Ritchie’s through ball and calmly slotted home.

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League Cup: Bournemouth 2-1 West Brom

Bournemouth reached the last eight of the League Cup for the first time as Callum Wilson’s late strike knocked out West Bromwich Albion.

The home side, who merited victory, led when Junior Stanislas fed Eunan O’Kane to drill his first of the season.

Wilson ran clear to finish right footed immediately after West Brom levelled through a Tommy Elphick own goal.

Chris Baird and Youssouf Mulumbu headed over late on but the Championship club are now two rounds from Wembley.

It is a sign of a remarkable transformation for a side who, six years ago, started the League Two season with a 17-point deduction for exiting administration in an incorrect manner, but now sit fourth in the second tier and are enjoying their best League Cup run.

Their meeting with West Brom was their first appearance in the last 16 for 51 years, but manager Eddie Howe said cup matches were “free games” ahead of kick-off, with his focus on their league campaign.

His relaxed nature was visible in his players, who though sometimes lacking cutting edge, attacked with the freedom of a side who have scored 12 goals without reply in their last three league outings.

Despite an 8-0 win at Birmingham on Saturday, Howe made 10 changes – as did Albion boss Alan Irvine.

The result was a game full of intent, which was also littered with penalty appeals. Craig Dawson – the only West Brom player to retain his starting place after Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

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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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Championship: Bournemouth 1-0 Charlton

Charlton lost their unbeaten league record as Bournemouth picked up a fourth win in their last five games.

The Cherries were ahead within three minutes as a corner was not cleared and Callum Wilson met Marc Pugh’s left-wing cross with a close-range finish.

Charlton went close when Johann Berg Gudmundsson curled in a free-kick but Artur Boruc tipped it round the post.

Keeper Stephen Henderson kept Charlton in the game after the break with a fine low save from Andrew Surman.

The Addicks were still finding their feet when a stray pass fell to Matt Ritchie, whose left-foot piledriver was parried by Henderson for a corner, from which Pugh’s trickery deceived Chris Solly, and Wilson found room in a crowded box to slot home his eighth of the season.

That was only the third time all season that Bob Peeters’s side had gone behind and Wilson nearly doubled the lead when he deflected Ritchie’s low free-kick goalwards but the ball was blocked.

While striker Karlan Ahearne-Grant, 17, posed the hosts some problems, Charlton’s best chance came when Gudmundsson’s free-kick was heading towards the top corner until Boruc somehow kept it out.

Peeters made a double substitution and a formation change at the break, but it did little to change the game as Bournemouth piled on the pressure, winning 16 corners.

Winger Pugh continued to torment full-back Solly, and while Ritchie was happy to shoot on sight, his delivery from corners remained a threat as Steve Cook twice headed wide.

The visitors lacked invention and while Addicks substitute Lawrie Wilson headed straight at Boruc when well placed in stoppage time, it was too little, too late.

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