Tag: Harry Arter

Championship: Cardiff 1-1 Bournemouth

Bruno Ecuele Manga’s second-half header secured a point for Cardiff as Bournemouth were knocked off the Championship summit.

Harry Arter’s stunning long-range strike gave the pre-match league leaders a half-time advantage.

Cardiff deservedly levelled when Ecuele Manga headed home his third goal of the season from Peter Whittingham’s corner.

Bournemouth slip down to third after promotion rivals Watford and Middlesbrough won on the road.

The draw sees Cardiff move up one place to 13th as they secured a second notable result in four days against promotion hopefuls.

Cardiff, chasing their first home win in two months, made two changes to the side which had won 2-1 at Brentford on Saturday.

Striker Kenwyne Jones replaced the suspended Federico Macheda while Matthew Connolly was added to the defence in place of Lee Peltier.

Bournemouth’s only change to the side which started in the 4-0 win over Blackpool saw Arter return from suspension to replace Shaun MacDonald.

Marc Pugh gave the home side an early warning of Bournemouth’s intent when the winger struck the crossbar after a fine run.

Craig Noone and then Alex Revell tested Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc in what was a lively opening.

The visitors took the lead in stunning fashion with the returning Arter’s powerful 35-yard shot giving Simon Moore no chance.

Brett Pitman fired wide with a volley as Bournemouth went after a second, although Revell fired over the crossbar as Cardiff responded.

Fabio’s timely interception stopped Matt Ritchie doubling Bournemouth’s lead early in the second half while at the other end Jones’s header was saved by Boruc.

But Boruc was beaten by Ecuele Manga’s powerful header from six yards, the Bournemouth defence having failed to deal with Whittingham’s corner.

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Championship: Millwall 0-2 Bournemouth

Harry Arter scored for the fifth successive league game as Bournemouth beat Millwall to move four points clear at the top of the Championship.

The Cherries took the lead when Yann Kermorgant scored from the penalty spot after Charlie Daniels was brought down by Lee Martin.

On his 25th birthday, midfielder Arter then fired into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 before the break.

Shaun Williams’ red card with 10 minutes to go added to Millwall’s woes.

Ian Holloway’s side were looking to recover from their 6-1 thrashing at Norwich on Boxing Day, which left them three points away from the relegation zone.

And, although the Lions looked composed in the opening stages of Sunday’s contest, they could not match the Cherries, who are unbeaten in the league since September.

Defender Sid Nelson, on his professional debut for Millwall, headed inches wide before Martin’s effort was gathered by keeper Artur Boruc.

The Londoners were punished in the 32nd minute when Martin tripped Daniels in the box and, although the hosts were convinced it was outside the area, their appeals were waved away and Kermorgant slotted home.

The goal settled the Cherries and they were soon two up when Callum Wilson beat the offside trap and pulled back for Arter to drill into the bottom corner.

After the restart, Millwall pushed to make the breakthrough but Lee Gregory shot over the bar and Jimmy Abdou’s ball in evaded everyone in the box.

Arter’s strike was then blocked by Nelson before Dan Gosling fizzed his shot just wide for the visitors, and their victory looked inevitable when Williams received a straight red for kicking out at Wilson.

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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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Championship: Wolves 1-2 Bournemouth

Wolves slipped to a fifth straight defeat as Bournemouth took advantage of Rajiv van La Parra’s second-half red card to come from behind at Molineux.

Loan striker Danny Graham’s deft header gave Wolves a half-time lead.

But Van La Parra’s 59th-minute dismissal following a 50-50 challenge with Steve Cook transformed the game.

Harry Arter levelled, then Matt Ritchie blasted home from 15 yards before Wolves ended with nine men when Matt Doherty was sent off too.

Referee Mike Jones’ performance had angry Wolves owner Steve Morgan remonstrating with him on the pitch at the end.

Bournemouth, now unbeaten in 11 games, had 11-goal top scorer Callum Wilson fit to return, while Wolves made four changes to the teamhammered 4-0 at Brentford last weekend.

Dominic Iorfa came in for his Wolves debut at right-back to replace the injured Scott Golbourne, while club captain Sam Ricketts and midfielders Lee Evans and George Saville were left out, instigating recalls for Richard Stearman, James Henry and Kevin McDonald.

Wolves dominated the first half and took a deserved lead on 41 minutes.

James Henry curled in a near-post left-wing cross and Graham’s delicate header drifted in just inside the beaten Boruc’s left upright.

Bournemouth started the second half more brightly, Pitman testing Carl Ikeme with a fierce low free-kick which the Wolves goalkeeper did well to hold onto.

But then came the game’s main talking point when Cherries defender Cook went down heavily after an apparently harmless, fully committed collision with Van La Parra – and referee Jones quickly brandished a red card.

Within 14 minutes, Arter had levelled, then Ritchie fired home through a crowded box after Pitman and Wilson had both been denied by tremendous saves from Ikeme.

Doherty was then shown the red card for a late challenge on Brett Pitman, sparking an incident which had players from both sides squaring up to each other.

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