Match Reports

Bournemouth 3-0 Cardiff: Christie, Solanke and Lerma score

Bournemouth strengthened their grip on the Championship summit with a dominant victory at home to 10-man Cardiff. Ryan Christie, Dominic Solanke and Jefferson Lerma struck to secure a second-consecutive triumph - after a six-game winless run - and move the Cherries four points clear having played two matches more than second-placed Fulham. In contrast, Cardiff - playing their first game in 19 days following Covid-enforced postponements - are 20th and remain three points above the drop zone.

Mowbray wouldn't stop Diaz from moving to a Premier League side

Tony Mowbray admitted Blackburn may not be able to keep hold of star striker Ben Brereton Diaz if a Premier League suitor comes calling in January. The 22-year-old has hit 17 goals this season to help Rovers up to fourth in the Championship, and played a major part in an impressive 2-0 win at Bournemouth. The Chile international reacted fastest when Mark Travers saved Darragh Lenihan’s header, turning the ball on to the bar then in via Ben Pearson’s face.

Bournemouth 0-2 Blackburn: Scott Parker's promotion hopes suffer blow

Bournemouth’s promotion hopes suffered another blow as they slumped to defeat against Blackburn at the Vitality Stadium. A first-half own-goal from Ben Pearson, deflecting in Brereton Diaz’s shot, and Jan Paul van Hecke’s second-half header, were enough for Rovers to claim a fourth straight victory and move four points behind their opponents in the table. Indeed, the Lancashire club are now unbeaten in six and have not lost since their 7-0 hammering at the hands of Fulham on November 3.

Scott Parker praises Leif Davis for his role in Bournemouth's win

Scott Parker heaped praise on ‘animal’ Leif Davis after the youngster stepped in from the cold to help Bournemouth crush Swansea and maintain their two-point lead at the Championship summit. Left back Davis, 21, had endured a disrupted campaign with one start and three substitute appearances since joining on loan from Leeds United, but delivered an all-action display and assist as his side bounced back immediately from their first League defeat at home to Preston in midweek.

Bournemouth 4-0 Swansea: Solanke and Anthony score braces

Dominic Solanke and Jaidon Anthony grabbed a brace each to help Bournemouth seal a dominant victory over Swansea and get the Championship leaders’ promotion push back on track. One-time England striker Solanke grabbed a goal in either half while Anthony struck twice late on to ensure the table-topping Cherries bounced straight back from their first defeat of the season at home to Preston in mid-week. The victory delighted boss Scott Parker, who said: ‘I thought it was a big performance from us

Scott Parker wants to be a role model for rising star Philip Billing

Scott Parker knows one when he sees one and Philip Billing is ticking all the boxes as far as the Bournemouth boss is concerned. Parker, who carved his playing reputation as a classy midfielder, believes that he can be a role model to the Dane. ‘I had something as a player that Phil could do with and I want to try and give him that bit of me that could take him to the other level,’ Parker said. Billing scored his sixth goal of the season to ensure Bournemouth remained the EFL’s only undefeate

Milton Keynes Dons 2-2 Sunderland

Sunderland lost ground in the League One play-off race after being held to a 2-2 draw at MK Dons. Lee Johnson's side - who beat the Dons in the Papa John's Trophy in midweek - slip to seventh, two points outside the play-off places. After just five minutes Wyke raced onto Aiden McGeady's through-ball for the opener, but the lead was short-lived as Mason levelled after Black Cats' stopper Lee Burge initially kept out a flurry of shots.

Jack Wilshere sent off after scuffle in Bournemouth's win over Watford

Bournemouth revived their Championship play-off hopes with a battling win against promotion rivals Watford in a match overshadowed by an ugly clash between the teams at the death that led to two red cards - including one for Jack Wilshere. Arnaut Danjuma struck the match-winning goal in an action-packed second period, but with seconds left Hornets striker Joao Pedro was dismissed before a brawl broke out and Cherries substitute Wilshere also saw red in nasty scenes.

Bournemouth 2-0 Forest: Stanislas' keeps Cherries in promotion race

Junior Stanislas struck twice to keep Bournemouth in the Championship promotion hunt with victory over struggling Nottingham Forest. The opener came after just three minutes and a second-half penalty sealed the points but the hosts could have scored more having dominated possession for long stretches at the Vitality Stadium. The Cherries sit one point behind leaders Norwich, while Forest are two places and three points above the drop zone after a second consecutive defeat.

Wycombe 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday: David Wheeler earns Chairboys historic first Championship win

David Wheeler earned Wycombe their first Championship victory as they overcame the absence of manager Gareth Ainsworth to beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0. The midfielder headed home on the stroke of half-time to leave Garry Monk's Owls - who started the season with a 12-point deduction - without a win in four matches and stranded at the bottom of the table on -4 points after nine games.

Bournemouth 1-0 Bristol City: Danjuma's late strike secures win

Arnaut Danjuma climbed off the bench to maintain Bournemouth’s unbeaten league record with victory at home to promotion rivals Bristol City. The Cherries climb up to second in the Championship table while their opponents are now winless in four games and slip down to sixth place. Both sides struck the woodwork in difficult conditions on the south coast before Danjuma’s decisive intervention late in the game.

Watford 1-1 Bournemouth: Chris Mepham scores injury time equaliser

Stipe Perica’s first goal in English football looked set to earn the Hornets victory thanks to a resilient defensive display, but they still move up to second and two points from top after defender’s Mepham’s late intervention. Both teams have made an encouraging start to life back in the second tier and appear to have allayed fears of a relegation hangover, sitting in third and fourth respectively before this game.

Stevenage 3-0 Oldham Athletic

Stevenage earned their first win of the season with a dominant victory over Oldham at the Lamex Stadium. Oldham goalkeeper Ian Lawlor denied Danny Newton early on but the visitors grew into the game, Davis Keillor-Dunn bundling wide before Robert Grant fired off target. Arthur Read saw his long-range effort tipped over as Stevenage ended the half in charge. Prosser nodded Read's free-kick wide while Jack Smith almost caught the keeper out with a s

Saracens 40-17 Exeter: Sarries thrash youthful Chiefs side

Saracens warmed up for their Champions Cup quarter-final with Leinster by thrashing a youthful Exeter at Allianz Park. Manu Vunipola eased fears over the absence of the suspended Owen Farrell for that game, kicking 15 points and creating two tries from fly-half. Exeter, having already sealed a home Premiership semi-final, made 15 changes for this match with their own European tie against Northampton to come and saw their seven-game winning run end.
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