Tag: Tommy Elphick

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.

Read more at BBC Sport

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.

Read more on BBC Sport