Tag: Matt Smith

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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FA Cup: Doncaster 1-1 Bristol City

Matt Smith’s second-half header earned Bristol City an FA Cup third-round replay against Doncaster Rovers.

The on-loan striker guided Luke Ayling’s cross past goalkeeper Sam Johnstone with 15 minutes remaining.

Luke McCullough had put Doncaster ahead before the break, hooking the ball in off the post after City failed to clear Harry Forrester’s corner.

Kyle Bennett came closest to winning the match for the hosts, forcing Frank Fielding into a smart save.

The Doncaster substitute had an even better chance to score from inside the penalty area in injury time but shot well wide of the goal, and the teams will now contest a replay at Ashton Gate.

Bristol City, who were knocked off the top of League One for the first time since September thanks to Swindon’s draw with Fleetwood on Saturday, were beaten by Watford in a replay at the same stage of the Cup last season.

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