Friday 26 December 2014, 3:00pm at Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth
A.F.C. Bournemouth
2
Pitman 9'; Arter 90'+1
Fulham FC
Fulham
0

9' Goal

Brett Pitman
Assist by Matt Ritchie

90'+1 Goal

Harry Arter

82' Yellow Card

Brett Pitman Card was given for a foul

89' Yellow Card

Dan Gosling

50' Missed Penalty

Brett Pitman

86' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Dan Gosling
Off:Brett Pitman

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Adam Smith
Off:Matt Ritchie

90'+3 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Yann Kermorgant
Off:Callum Wilson

88' Yellow Card

George Williams Card was given for diving

66' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Williams
Off:Lasse Vigen Christensen

80' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Patrick Roberts
Off:Bryan Ruiz

87' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Cauley Woodrow
Off:Hugo Rodallega

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Fulham fell to a Boxing Day defeat as AFC Bournemouth scored one early and one late to wrap up the result.

Fulham fell to a Boxing Day defeat as AFC Bournemouth scored one early and one late to secure victory at the Goldsands Stadium.

Brett Pitman added the finishing touch to Matt Ritchie’s ninth-minute corner and the Cherries controlled to go into half-time with a deserved one-goal lead.

Having struggled to get into their rhythm, the Whites raised their game after the interval and Marcus Bettinelli’s save from Pitman’s penalty provided a further boost.

With the clock ticking down, Fulham pushed forward in search of a leveller but Harry Arter scored on the counter as the Cherries retained their place at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.

Both teams came into the fixture with unchanged starting-line ups following convincing victories the previous Saturday, the Cherries having won 6-1 at Blackpool and the Whites disposing of Sheffield Wednesday by four goals to nil.

The Whites kicked off on a cold and wet afternoon on the South coast wearing an unfamiliar combo of white shirts and infa-red shorts, and the hosts were keen to stamp their initiative on the game quickly.

There was an early scare for Fulham when Callum Wilson broke into space on the right. His cross deflected off Kostas Stafylidis and fortunately straight into goalkeeper Bettinelli’s hands. Niko Bodurov was then called into action to make a vital interception.

With the Whites under serious pressure, Shaun Hutchinson half-cleared Marc Pugh’s cross, Pitman collected, and fired a good chance over Bettinelli’s goal from 15 yards.

Wilson found more space in the box moments later and his six-yard strike was deflected wide, but Pitman made the break-through from the resulting corner in the ninth minute.

Reacting quickest at the near post, the 26-year-old striker powered a header across goal into the far corner to give the Cherries a lead they had been threatening.

The Whites responded well to the early set-back and began to settle into possession. Scott Parker’s lung-bursting run pegged back the defence and Lasse Vigen Christensen almost slid Bryan Ruiz through on goal.

Jack Grimmer’s overlap earned the Whites an 18th minute corner, and Ross McCormack’s delivery caused chaos in the penalty box before keeper Arthur Boruc fell onto the ball as it pinballed around the area.

With Bournemouth reasserting themselves, Bettinelli came to the fore for the Whites, clutching Wilson’s optimistic shot then making a double save to first deny Ritchie’s free-kick then block Wilson’s attempt at the rebound.

A good piece of anticipation from Stafylidis saw him intercept a cross-field pass on half-way, but his speculative effort from 30 yards failed to test Boruc on 30 minutes.

More good football from Bournemouth allowed Marc Pugh to tip-toe into the area and his pull-back was sliced over by Arter, the brother-in-law of Whites Captain Parker.

Fulham put together their most promising move of the first half on 40 minutes, with Grimmer, Ruiz and Christensen combining but the latter could not toe the ball past Boruc.

After finishing the half strongly, the Whites started the second period at a good tempo with McCormack breaking free on the left and fizzing a strike across goal, an effort which eluded both Rodallega and Ruiz by a fraction.

But a promising opening five minutes was instantly turned on its head when Wilson was tripped just inside the area by Grimmer. Pitman stepped up and his spot-kick was pushed away by Bettinelli, diving to his right, before the Whites scrambled the ball away.

The save seemed to provide Fulham with even more imputes, and Seko Fofana earned a corner with a deflected strike before side-footing wide from the resulting delivery.

As the clock passed the hour mark, Grimmer found McCormack and, following some silky footwork, he set up Parker to shoot. The shot skidded narrowly wide with a deflection.

George Williams was introduced for Christensen on 66 minutes but Bournemouth were still searching for a second, Pitman heading a good chance wide from Simon Francis’ 70th-minute cross.

With time running out, the Whites began to throw caution to the wind. McCormack found Rodallega with a 75th-minute cross but Ruiz could not quite connect with the knock-down.

Symons brought on Patrick Roberts for Ruiz on 79 minutes, and a good passing move almost fell to Rodallega, but the compact Cherries defence crowded out the Colombian.

The Whites threatened through Williams' dangerous late run but Bournemouth sealed the points when Arter slotted in from the edge of the area in stoppage time.

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Friday 26 December 2014
Kick-off: 3:00pm

Venue: Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth
Attendance: 10,926

Referee: Keith Stroud

A.F.C. Bournemouth

Line-up: Boruc; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Ritchie (Smith 90'), Arter, Surman, Pugh; Pitman (Gosling 86'), Wilson (Kermorgant 90')

Unused substitutes: Camp, Cargill, Fraser, O'Kane

Manager: Eddie Howe

Fulham

Line-up: Bettinelli; Grimmer, Hutchinson, Bodurov, Stafylidis; Parker; Christensen (George Williams 66'), Fofana; Ruiz (Roberts 80'); Rodallega (Woodrow 87'), McCormack

Unused substitutes: Kiraly, Zverotic, Burn, Hyndman

Manager: Kit Symons

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 A.F.C. Bournemouth 23 45
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Derby County 23 42
4 Middlesbrough 23 42
5 Brentford 23 40
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 23 37
8 Blackburn Rovers 23 34
9 Nottingham Forest 23 31
10 Cardiff City 23 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
14 Bolton Wanderers 23 29
15 Fulham 23 28
16 Birmingham City 23 28
17 Reading 23 26
18 Rotherham United 23 25
19 Huddersfield Town 23 25
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 23 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 23 13
Goals
2
0
Total Shots
17
6
Shots On Target
7
0
Passing Accuracy
77%
78%
Fouls
9
14
Corners
6
5
Offsides
2
1
Bookings
2
1
Sending Offs
0
0
A.F.C. Bournemouth (4-4-2)
  • 31Artur Boruc
  • 2Simon Francis
  • 5Tommy Elphick
  • 3Steve Cook
  • 11Charlie Daniels
  • 30Matt Ritchie
  • 8Harry Arter
  • 6Andrew Surman
  • 7Marc Pugh
  • 10Brett Pitman
  • 13Callum Wilson
Substitutes
  • 1Lee Camp
  • 15Adam Smith
  • 38Baily Cargill
  • 4Dan Gosling
  • 20Ryan Fraser
  • 32Eunan O'Kane
  • 18Yann Kermorgant
Manager
  • Eddie Howe
Fulham (4-4-2 (Diamond))
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • 37Jack Grimmer
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 3Konstantinos Stafylidis
  • 8Scott Parker
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 12Seko Fofana
  • 10Bryan Ruiz
  • 20Hugo Rodallega
  • 44Ross McCormack
Substitutes
  • 1Gabor Kiraly
  • 13Elsad Zverotic
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 14Patrick Roberts
  • 27George Williams
  • 28Emerson Hyndman
  • 16Cauley Woodrow
Manager
  • Kit Symons
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+6' Second Half ends, Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0.
  • 90'+5' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adam Smith.
  • 90'+3' Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Matt Ritchie.
  • 90'+3' Substitution, Bournemouth. Yann Kermorgant replaces Callum Wilson.
  • 90'+1' Goal! Bournemouth 2, Fulham 0. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
  • 90' Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).
  • 90' Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 89' Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.
  • 88' George Williams (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.
  • 88' George Williams (Fulham) has gone down, but that's a dive.
  • 87' Substitution, Fulham. Cauley Woodrow replaces Hugo Rodallega.
  • 86' Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross.
  • 86' Substitution, Bournemouth. Dan Gosling replaces Brett Pitman.
  • 85' Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Brett Pitman following a corner.
  • 84' Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 82' Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).
  • 82' Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 82' Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).
  • 82' Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 82' Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
  • 82' Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marc Pugh.
  • 80' Substitution, Fulham. Patrick Roberts replaces Bryan Ruiz.
  • 79' Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 79' Foul by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 77' Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 77' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 75' Offside, Bournemouth. Brett Pitman tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.
  • 72' Foul by Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth).
  • 72' Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 71' Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).
  • 71' Jack Grimmer (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 70' Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 70' Foul by Nikolay Bodurov (Fulham).
  • 70' Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Simon Francis with a cross.
  • 69' Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by George Williams.
  • 66' Substitution, Fulham. George Williams replaces Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 66' Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 66' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 64' Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Konstantinos Stafylidis.
  • 64' Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
  • 63' Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 62' Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.
  • 60' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Andrew Surman.
  • 60' Attempt blocked. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ross McCormack.
  • 57' Attempt missed. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen following a corner.
  • 57' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steve Cook.
  • 57' Attempt blocked. Seko Fofana (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lasse Vigen Christensen.
  • 56' Attempt blocked. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 50' Penalty saved! Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.
  • 49' Penalty Bournemouth. Callum Wilson draws a foul in the penalty area.
  • 49' Penalty conceded by Jack Grimmer (Fulham) after a foul in the penalty area.
  • 48' Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Scott Parker.
  • 47' Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 47' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • Second Half begins Bournemouth 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+2' First Half ends, Bournemouth 1, Fulham 0.
  • 43' Foul by Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth).
  • 43' Ross McCormack (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steve Cook.
  • 38' Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 38' Foul by Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham).
  • 37' Attempt missed. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Marc Pugh.
  • 35' Hand ball by Hugo Rodallega (Fulham).
  • 34' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Steve Cook.
  • 34' Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz with a headed pass.
  • 33' Attempt missed. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.
  • 32' Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 32' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 31' Attempt missed. Konstantinos Stafylidis (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.
  • 27' Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 27' Foul by Bryan Ruiz (Fulham).
  • 26' Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrew Surman.
  • 25' Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 25' Foul by Seko Fofana (Fulham).
  • 21' Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Brett Pitman.
  • 19' Shaun Hutchinson (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 19' Foul by Callum Wilson (Bournemouth).
  • 17' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Charlie Daniels.
  • 14' Offside, Bournemouth. Andrew Surman tries a through ball, but Marc Pugh is caught offside.
  • 10' Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).
  • 10' Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 10' Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 10' Foul by Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham).
  • 9' Goal! Bournemouth 1, Fulham 0. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a cross following a corner.
  • 8' Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Nikolay Bodurov.
  • 8' Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Simon Francis.
  • 7' Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.
  • 5' Hand ball by Scott Parker (Fulham).
  • 4' Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).
  • 4' Seko Fofana (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 2' Offside, Fulham. Ross McCormack tries a through ball, but Bryan Ruiz is caught offside.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.