Bournemouth 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

  • April 27, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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Bournemouth's promotion to the Premier League will be confirmed on Saturday, after they demolished Bolton by a 3-0 scoreline at the Goldsands Stadium.

The Cherries went into the game knowing victory would move them three points clear of Middlesbrough in the race for the final automatic promotion spot, with a far superior goal difference almost certainly ensuring top-flight football next season.

They started slowly, but took control of the game inside the opening 45 minutes and led 2-0 at the break courtesy of goals from Marc Pugh and Matt Ritchie. Yann Kermorgant fired over from the penalty spot with 20 minutes to go, after Dorian Dervite was sent off for a professional foul, before Callum Wilson completed the scoring 12 minutes from time to secure a routine win for Eddie Howe's side.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon made three changes to the team that started against Brentford last time out, with Mark Davies, Neil Danns and Barry Bannan coming in at the expense of Oscar Threlkeld, Paddy McCarthy and Giles Coke.

Both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock inside the opening five minutes on the south coast, with Adam Bogdan doing well to deny Wilson from close range, while Dervite's header across the face of the Bournemouth goal was almost turned home by Adam Le Fondre, who had been flagged for offside in any case.

The flag was raised again moments later, this time to deny Emile Heskey a clear run on goal, before the assistant denied Wanderers for a third time when Dervite's header at the far post sailed inches wide of the target.

Ritchie was denied by Bogdan on 12 minutes, before Bolton spurned a glorious chance to take the lead when Le Fondre headed straight at Artur Boruc from close range after Heskey had flicked the ball into the danger area.

Kermorgant headed over as the game approached the midway stage of the first half, before a fantastic double stop from Bogdan kept the game goalless as he denied Wilson and then Ritchie.

Harry Arter was next to try his luck for the hosts, only to find Bogdan in the way once more, but the Hungary international was beaten six minutes before the break as Pugh sold a dummy to Liam Feeney before firing home via the inside of the post to spark wild celebrations amongst the home support.

Their lead was doubled just five minutes later as Ritchie's placed volley nestled in the bottom corner of Bogdan's net, giving Cherries supporters the half-time interval to begin dreaming of promotion to the Premier League.

There were no changes to either side at the start of the second period, which began with Bannan seeing a deflected shot flash just wide of Boruc's left-hand post.

An unmarked Feeney wasted a great chance to reduce the deficit on his 50th appearance for Bolton, only to head wide on the hour, moments before a counter attack from the hosts ended with a shot from Wilson rolling agonisingly wide of the target.

Lennon made a double substitution following that incident, as Feeney and Mark Davies were replaced by Threlkeld and Eidur Gudjohnsen, who was brought on for his 100th outing in Wanderers colours.

Things only got worse for the visitors, however, as they were reduced to ten men when Dervite, who had already been booked in the first half, was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Wilson.

Referee Simon Hooper pointed to the penalty spot following that challenge, but Kermorgant fired the resulting spot-kick over the crossbar to prompt the biggest cheer of the night from the travelling fans.

Bournemouth didn't have to wait too much longer for a third goal though, as Wilson turned well inside the Bolton box before rolling a shot beyond a helpless Bogdan who could only watch on in disbelief at what was happening in front of him.

Kaiyne Woolery was handed a senior Bolton debut 11 minutes from time, replacing Le Fondre for the closing stages, but he nor the rest of the Wanderers players on the pitch were able to have any positive impact on the game, as Bournemouth completed a routine victory that sparked a pitch invasion at the full-time whistle.

92 years after entering the Football League as Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic, and six since being moments away from being relegated into the Conference, Howe will take the Cherries into the top-flight for the first time in their history, barring an almost impossible 19-goal swing in goal difference between themselves and Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Bolton, meanwhile, may have secured Championship football next season, but Lennon faces a difficult job of turning over the playing squad ahead of a fresh start in August, with a push for the top-six the ultimate target for the man at the helm.

Wanderers return to action on Saturday, when they play host to Birmingham City in a 12:15 kick-off at Macron Stadium.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Smith, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie (Fraser 83), Arter, Surman, Pugh (Gosling 89), Kermorgant (Pitman 80), Wilson
Subs Not Used: Camp, Harte, Ward, Jones
Booked: Arter
Goals: Pugh 39, Ritchie 44, Wilson 78

Bolton Wanderers: Bogdan, Ream, Dervite, Moxey, Feeney (Threlkeld 63), M Davies (Gudjohnsen 63), Danns, Bannan, Walker, Heskey, Le Fondre (Woolery 79)
Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Twardzik, Taylor, Coke
Booked: Dervite, Ream
Sent Off: Dervite

Referee: Simon Hooper
Attendance: 10,070

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9 Bolton Wanderers 46 73
10 Portsmouth 46 73
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