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AFCB v Cardiff – Highlights & Reaction

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AFC Bournemouth returned to Dean Court on Thursday night on the back of an important away victory over Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

AFC Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker made two changes from that game, bringing Jaidon Anthony back in for Junior Stanislas who was struggling with a shoulder problem and Lloyd Kelly returned to the starting XI to replace Chris Mepham.

It was a professional performance from the home side, taking the lead through Ryan Christie’s deflected effort.

Cardiff City were forced to play the entire second half with ten men after an injury-time sending off for Leandro Bacuna. Bacuna crudely two-footed challenge on Philip Billing, one of the worst tackles seen at Dean Court for many a year.

The Cherries cruised through the second half with goals for Dominic Solanke and Jefferson Lerma (although his effort was eventually ruled as an own goal).

Parker told Sky Sports after the game…

“I am satisfied. It was a good performance all-round. The first goal settled the players and the crowd. Once the boy got sent-off it was about being professional.

“The second goal was key. It was lovely play, a lovely assist from Phil and a nice finish from Dom. He has laser-vision in those situations.”

Man of the match against Cardiff

Christie

Christie

Billing

Billing

Solanke

Solanke

Travers

Travers

Cahill

Cahill

Lerma

Lerma

Someone else

Someone else

Written by billythekid

Two wins on the trot is a good way to end the old year going into the new.

I see Ryan Christie has been awarded the goal on the BBC website even though there was a deflection, good to see him awarded at last for his hard work.

At times in the first half we were sloppy around our goal area but luckily didn’t get punished for it.

Then right on the half-time whistle came a very bad challenge from Leandro Bacuna and rightly he was shown a red card before tempers flared out of control.

Good move ended with our second goal calmly stroked into the net by Dominic Solanke for his 18th league goal of the season.

Then with a powerful shot by Jefferson Lerma hit the bar and went into the net off the Cardiff City goalkeeper for an own goal.

Unusual to see two substitutes, substituted themselves, one for each side.

The Cherries are now 4 points in front of Fulham who have two games in hand, but we have the points in the bag.

Your say…

MB1980 said…

The key thing is we delivered a 3 nil win and we’re clear at the top of the league. No one sweeps every team a side for 90 mins every game.

We’ve just managed to turn around a god awful run. Doesn’t matter how we did it. We looked good v QPR too. I like to see this result and 2nd half as a springboard, confidence will be high now. Bring on Peterborough. – Join the conversation, click here.

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