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Posted Sat 21 Mar 15 at 12:00 PM

Bournemouth 3 Boro 0

Bournemouth 3 Middlesbrough 0

BORO went in to this game joint top of the table, they left it having suffered their heaviest defeat of the season. Writes GORDON COX from Dean Court.

The Boro side showed two changes from the one that beat Derby. 

Jonathan Woodgate missed out with a broken toe - Emilio Nsue came in at right-back and Tomas Kalas shuffled into central defence – while Adam Reach started ahead of Jelle Vossen who dropped to the bench.

Eddie Howe made just one change from the side that drew at Cardiff on Tuesday with Yann Kermorgant replacing Brett Pitman who dropped to the bench.

Boro fans, many of whom were up well before dawn, were in great voice and contributed to a pre-match atmosphere that was, for the last five minutes, orchestrated by the fans.

Bournemouth won a free-kick in a central position 30 yards from goal with just over a minute played and Kermorgant forced Dimi Konstantopoulos into a full-length save away to his left with a low, curling shot.

That proved to be the only chance in the opening 10 minutes though Boro caused a scare for Bournemouth when Kalas launched a long ball down the line to Albert Adomah who was at full stretch when he crossed low into the area. Reach dummied and the ball ran through the six yard box untouched.

Bournemouth have won more penalties than any other team in this division and when Kalas brought down Callum Wilson after 12 minutes they had another. Konstantopoulos went the right way but Yann Kermorgant’s shot carried too much power.

The early goal played into Bournemouth’s hands. Their playing style is built around passing and moving, quickly. They did that to good effect and at times Boro were stretched.

Good covering work from Kalas brought the game’s first corner which proved easy enough to deal with. The Boro fans weren’t finding it easy to understand some of the decisions made by the referee and when he missed a handball that prevented an Adomah pass reaching the penalty area after a Boro break they were less than impressed.

Konstantopoulos was forced into saves from Kermorgant and Matt Ritchie as the Cherries looked for the cushion of a second.

There were flurries when Boro looked dangerous, but they were too infrequent and apart from a couple of corners they amounted to little.

Half-time Bournemouth 1 Middlesbrough 0

As they did the first, Bournemouth started the second half brightly and Konstantopoulos was called into action in the opening minute as he dealt with a difficult free-kick from Matt Ritchie and header from Tommy Elphick.

There was little Konstantopoulos could do as Bournemouth increased their lead on 48 minutes when Harry Arter from outside the box found the top corner with a left-footed shot.

Aitor Karanka made a double change with just nine minutes of the second half played when Nsue and Adam Clayton were replaced by Adam Forshaw and Kike.

Shortly after a fine cross from Adomah was turned behind for a corner, Bournemouth should have gone three up but Matt Ritchie cleared the bar by some distance with the goal at his mercy.

Boro had the ball in net when Kike headed in a deep cross from the right, but as soon as the ball was delivered the linesman’s flag was raised for offside.

Referee Anthony Taylor made a big call on 74 minutes and he called it incorrectly. Arter fell when challenged by Leadbitter with no contact.

Mr Taylor could have shown Arter his second yellow, instead he pointed to the penalty spot and Brett Pitman comprehensively beat Konstantopoulos.

Patrick Bamford went close with a free-kick in the closing stages when a 22-yard effort appeared to wrong foot Artur Boruc and skim off the top of the net.

Despite the fact team failed to muster a single shot on target and they conceded three for the first time away under Karanka, Boro’s fans were defiant at the end, loudly applauding the team who returned the applause in acknowledgement of the commitment.

Scorers Kermorgant 12 (pen), Arter 48, Pitman 74 (pen).

Bournemouth: Boruc; Francis, Cook, Elphick (Capt.), Daniels, Surman, Pugh (Off injured on 90+2), Arter, Ritchie (Smith, 65), Kermorgant (Pitman 60), Wilson (Rantie 90). Subs: Camp (gk); Ward, MacDonald, Fraser.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos; Nsue (Forshaw 54), Kalas, Gibson, Friend, Adomah, Leadbitter (Capt. to 78) (Whitehead 78 (Capt. from 78), Clayton (Kike 54), Tomlin, Reach, Bamford. Subs: Ripley (gk); Omeruo, Wildschut, Vossen. Order of subs on 54: 1) Forshaw 2) Kike.  

Referee Anthony Taylor

Bournemouth Arter 57, foul
Middlesbrough Clayton 36, foul; Nsue 43, foul.

Attendance 10,998 (1,300 Boro)

Conditions Cool, overcast and breezy

Possession Bournemouth 52% Middlesbrough 48% of the Match Dimi Konstantopoulos




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