Sunday 17 December 2017

Bournemouth finish job with touch of class


Marc Pugh turns away to celebrate after putting Bournemouth ahead
Marc Pugh turns away to celebrate after putting Bournemouth ahead
Bournemouth's Adam Smith is tackled by Barry Bannan of Bolton Wanderers
Wanderers' Neil Danns appeals a red card to Dorian Dervite
Callum Wilson celebrates as he scores the third goal for Bournemouth

Nigel Whittaker

Bournemouth effectively sealed promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their 116-year history after victory over Bolton last night, sparking joyous scenes for a club who almost went out of existence in 2009.

The Cherries have a superior goal difference that makes it virtually impossible for the south-coast club to be overtaken by Middlesbrough for the second automatic promotion place, even if they lose their final match.

Promotion is expected to bring a potential cash boost of more than £120m to a club who six years ago were mired in financial turmoil and just avoided relegation from the Football League. At the age of 37 manager Eddie Howe secured the greatest win in the Cherries' history in style, and further enhanced his own reputation.

Two fine goals in the last five minutes of the first half, first from Marc Pugh and then Matt Ritchie, sparked the celebrations. The victory was sealed with 12 minutes left when the club's top scorer Callum Wilson got the third after Bolton had been reduced to ten men, Dorian Dervite seeing red.

Irish Independent

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