Bournemouth 3-0 Middlesbrough: Cherries storm past promotion rivals to sit top of the table

first_img1 Bournemouth have moved back to the top of the Championship after a comfortable 3-0 home win against promotion rivals Middlesbrough.Goals from Yann Kermorgant, Harry Arter and Brett Pitman secured the victory for Eddie Howe’s men as they sit top of the table before the three o’clock kick offs.Kermorgant opened the scoring in the 12th minute for the Cherries from the penalty spot. Callum Wilson was pulled back by Boro defender Tomas Kalas, leaving referee Anthony Taylor no choice but to point to the spot.Three minutes into the second half and it was two. Arter unleashed a left footed rocket from 25-yards out, scoring his seventh of the season.Middlesbrough finally found their feet in the second half but had a goal disallowed as Kike was offside.Seven minutes later and another penalty given. A controversial decision from Taylor who took his time in deciding that ‘Boro winger Albert Adomah had tripped Arter, Aitor Karanka’s men were left livid claiming the Bournemouth star had dived.However, the penalty was given and substitute Brett Pitman scored his 14th of the season and his sixth goal in just four games.Patrick Bamford went close for the away side in the closing stages, sending a free-kick just over the bar but the Cherries never looked like losing the game.Their fourth win in five games sends them to the top of the Championship before the three o’clock kick offs where a Watford win against Ipswich Town means the Hornets will leapfrog the south-coast side. Yann Kermorgant scores from the spot last_img read more