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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 2-1 Wolves

Bournemouth secured their first Championship win in six games to reignite their automatic promotion hopes against Wolves.

French forward Yann Kermorgant put Eddie Howe’s side ahead when he hooked home Callum Wilson’s cross.

Benik Afobe equalised after slotting past Artur Boruc following Kevin McDonald’s superb through ball.

But Kermorgant won the game for the hosts from the penalty spot after Richard Stearman’s foul on Wilson.

The penalty was strongly disputed by Wolves but referee James Linnington dismissed their protests and Kermorgant beat Tomas Kuszckak for his 13th goal of the season.

It was Bournemouth’s first victory in the league since 7 February and lifted them to fourth in the table.

They are two points behind second-placed Derby with 11 matches remaining.

The defeat damaged Wolves’s hopes of reaching the play-offs after a solid recent run.

Kenny Jackett’s men are four points off the play-offs after their three-match winning streak came to an end.

The visitors were second best for long periods as Howe’s men looked in a real hurry to end a poor run that had seen them fail to win in five previous games.

Bournemouth will look to build on the momentum when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Friday.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “It gives everyone a boost. All the question marks, doubt and negativity, from our perspective, were never there.

“It doesn’t mean it goes away because you have to prove yourselves every week, but it proves there’s nothing wrong with this team.

“Outside influences can affect the team and it’s my job and my staff’s job to keep their focus clear.

“But you can’t help them reading newspapers and all the rest. As much as you want to keep them away from it, I think they’re going to find it.

“That inner self belief is so important. We have to know how good we are.”

Wolves manager Kenny Jackett: “I was disappointed with the two goals we conceded.

“The first one looked soft, and then with the second one, the first contact from Richard Stearman was outside the box.

“The referee and the linesman have to be really sure that it is inside the box and I thought that was a fortunate decision for Bournemouth.

“I haven’t seen the referee yet and whether I see him or not, it won’t change the decision or the result.”

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Championship: Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield

Bournemouth returned to the top of the Championship on goal difference, despite being held by Huddersfield.

The Cherries are level on points with Middlesbrough and a point clear of third-placed Derby, both of whom are in FA Cup fifth-round action this weekend.

An excellent set-piece routine was finished off by Yann Kermorgant to put the hosts in front before half-time.

But Huddersfield striker James Vaughan turned in Jack Robinson’s shot midway through the second period to level.

The visitors responded well to their 4-1 home defeat by Wolves in midweek, producing a superb battling display against a Bournemouth team that have now drawn consecutive home games.

Huddersfield made a bright start but it was the hosts who created the majority of the game’s early chances.

Defender Steve Cook and striker Kermorgant sent headers off target for Bournemouth, who won 4-0 at Huddersfield on the opening day of the season, while Terriers goalkeeper Alex Smithies made saves from two Matt Ritchie attempts either side of Kermorgant’s opener.

That goal came when Matt Ritchie’s corner was played in low and Harry Arter allowed the ball to run through to Kermorgant, who drilled low into the net.

At the other end, Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc kept out Tommy Smith’s curling shot, but Huddersfield chances were rare despite their continuous endeavour.

And Vaughan’s equaliser, his third in as many games, came against the run of play after Bournemouth had dominated possession for large spells in the opening stages of the second period.

The impressive Smithies made further saves from Kermorgant, Ritchie and Arter, while Callum Wilson had an effort cleared off the line in the closing minutes as Bournemouth searched in vain for a winning goal.

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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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Championship: Bournemouth 2-0 Watford

Bournemouth moved clear at the top of the Championship with victory over a Watford side that played all but the first 28 seconds with 10 men.

Watford had defender Gabriele Angella sent off for a lunge on Callum Wilson, even though he was not the last man.

Bournemouth were awarded a penalty when Wilson was brought down by Craig Cathcart and Yann Kermorgant converted.

The Hornets responded positively but Matt Ritchie added a second after the break with an angled finish.

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FA Cup: Rotherham 1-5 Bournemouth

Championship leaders Bournemouth came from a goal down to thrash Rotherham and move into the FA Cup fourth round.

Richard Brindley’s deflected effort put the hosts ahead but Shaun MacDonald pulled the Cherries level with a calm finish just before the interval.

Dan Gosling then fed Junior Stanislas who rounded the keeper and tapped in.

Ryan Fraser made it 3-1 after good work from Yann Kermorgant who then hit two in four minutes, meeting Stanislas’s centre and then slotting in a fifth.

Bournemouth had made eight changes for the game, but it did not matter as Eddie Howe’s side recorded their fourth successive win since losing 3-1 to Liverpool in their Capital One Cup quarter-final.

Rotherham, 19th in the Championship, were aiming to reach the fourth round for only the second time in 22 years and those hopes were raised after Brindley’s 10th-minute shot put them ahead, a minute after veteran Cherries full-back Ian Harte had hit the woodwork with a free-kick.

However, they conceded just before half-time as MacDonald slid in an equaliser past goalkeeper Adam Collin, after being played in by Kermorgant following a long spell of possession.

Bournemouth, top scorers in English football’s top four tiers, dominated after the break and took the lead when Stanislas, who had shot wide when well placed in the first half, went round Collin and helped the ball into an empty net.

The impressive Kermorgant was again involved as he flicked the ball to Fraser and he shot low into the bottom corner for the visitors’ third.

The French striker then made the game safe with a rapid brace, latching on to Stanislas’s cross before tapping in a fifth from close range after Collin had saved Steve Cook’s powerful header.

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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: Bournemouth 2-2 Ipswich

Daryl Murphy’s header rescued a point for Ipswich as Bournemouth lost ground on Championship leaders Derby.

Yann Kermorgant’s scissors kick gave Bournemouth the lead but Ipswich pulled level through Teddy Bishop’s side-foot.

Ritchie’s close-range shot at the back post put Bournemouth back in front, but Murphy equalised with a header from Paul Anderson’s free-kick.

The result put Bournemouth three points behind Derby, with Ipswich a point further behind in fourth.

The Cherries began at a blistering pace with Ritchie thumping the bar from 18 yards before Kermorgant found the net with a superb strike for his fourth of the season.

Bournemouth continued to press and Ipswich had goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski to thank after he denied Marc Pugh, Callum Wilson and Ritchie in quick succession.

Ipswich grew into the game as the half wore on and a header by Murphy glanced the crossbar.

Cherries keeper Artur Boruc was also called into action before the break, first saving David McGoldrick’s strike with his legs, before tipping Christophe Berra’s header over the bar.

However, Ipswich equalised five minutes after half-time as Bishop converted Tyrone Mings’ cross from 12 yards.

That scoreline lasted just four minutes as Bournemouth went back in front, Wilson finding Ritchie, who converted at the back post.

Bournemouth were denied a penalty after substitute Tokelo Rantie was sandwiched by two Ipswich defenders, an incident that resulted in the South Africa striker being stretchered off and forced 12 minutes of stoppage time.

Pugh’s shot was then well saved by Bialkowski, but it was Ipswich who scored next with Murphy’s header from Anderson’s swung free-kick to make it 2-2.

Bournemouth pushed for a winner, with Pugh curling a shot just wide and seeing another effort saved, while Harry Arter blazed over the bar and Brett Pitman wasted another chance in added time.

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Championship: Huddersfield 0-4 Bournemouth

Callum Wilson scored twice on his full Bournemouth debut as the Cherries began their Championship season with a fine away victory at Huddersfield Town.

The visitors went ahead after only 26 seconds when an unmarked Marc Pugh converted from Matt Ritchie’s cross.

Striker Wilson, 22, who moved from Coventry in the summer, made it 2-0 after Joel Lynch’s error, before Yann Kermorgant scored from close range.

Wilson scrambled in a fourth, but then had a penalty saved by Alex Smithies.

It was a perfect start to the campaign for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth side as they look to improve on their highest league finish after coming 10th in 2013-14.

His side dominated at the John Smith’s Stadium with the home supporters booing their team off at half-time and again at the final whistle.

They also look set to lose last season’s player of the year Adam Clayton as the midfielder, who has been linked with a move to either Middlesbrough or Brighton, was left out of the Terriers’ squad.

Huddersfield only won two of their last 13 Championship matches at the end of last season and it was a disappointing start to 2014-15 for Mark Robins’s team.

Poor defending from the hosts inside the opening minute proved costly as Ritchie’s low cross was finished off by Pugh.

Wilson netted 22 times for Coventry last season before joining Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee during the summer and he scored his first Cherries goal after only 32 minutes.

Lynch could not deal with Tommy Elphick’s cross and Wilson fired past Alex Smithies into the bottom corner.

This match had ended 5-1 to Huddersfield in the corresponding fixture last season, but this time Bournemouth were the ones celebrating.

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