AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Nottingham Forest: Cherries show class as Forest falter again 
Junior Stanislas of Bournemouth scores to make it 1-0 vs Nottingham Forest /  Credit: Robin Jones (AFC Bournemouth / Contributor (Getty Images))

AFC Bournemouth made it five wins from seven at home, as they extended their unbeaten record for the season at the Vitality Stadium with a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

Forest have struggled on their travels this season and this latest defeat leaves the Championship strugglers with just one win away from home. 

A poor showing last time out in a 2-0 loss to Barnsley seems to have damaged The Reds' confidence, which is quite the opposite for Bournemouth, having overturned a 2-0 half time deficit to beat fellow high flyers Reading 4-2.

Story of the match

Bournemouth made a flying start to the game as David Brooks superb chipped through ball played in Junior Stanislas who controlled the ball well and slipped it past Brice Samba when one-on-one with a deft finish.

At the other end, Cyrus Christie delivered a superb cross for Lyle Taylor but he couldn't divert his header goalward as the ball skidded up off the wet surface.

Forest struggled to keep possession in the first half and Bournemouth were making them work hard all over the pitch with slick passes, controlling the game and trying to carve the visitors open to increase their advantage. 

The Cherries almost doubled their lead as Brooks stabbed the ball inches wide of Samba's left hand post.

On the stroke of half time, a fantastic goal line clearance from Scott McKenna kept the score at 1-0, as Stanislas' shot had Samba well beaten. 

The second half started as the first half ended, with the home side being much more dominant and creating chances. A poor clearance from McKenna fell to Brooks, who played in Stanislas on the edge of the box, but his effort was wide of the target.

Less than five minutes after the interval, Bournemouth were awarded a penalty in controversial circumstances. Jack Colback battled with Dominic Solanke for the ball and as the striker ran across the corner of the box, he went down under the pressure from the former Newcastle United midfielder. The referee did not hesitate when pointing to the spot, but Forest will feel the decision was a harsh one.

It was Stanislas who stepped forward to take the penalty in the absence of the usual spot kick taker, Joshua King, and he made no mistake, smashing the ball to his left sending Samba the wrong way in the process.

It wasn't until the 70th minute that Forest called Asmir Begovic into making his first real save, as Sammi Ameobi's stinging drive was pushed over the bar by the Bosnian goalkeeper.

Ameobi then almost pulled one back for the away side, but his side foot volley with the goal at his mercy fired high and wide following a deep free kick into the box.

In the dying minutes, Colback again was at the centre of controversy but this time the referee decided against awarding a penalty, with the midfielder's trip on Arnaut Danjuma looking more of a foul than the one previously given.

Takeaways

It's always harsh to point the finger at a manager, especially one as likeable as Chris Hughton, but Nottingham Forest's performance looked zapped of confidence and no real direction or style with their play. Usually a key player, Joe Lolley looked like a new signing, not knowing the players around him and short of ideas when in previous seasons he has been a talisman for the club.

Hughton must take a look at himself and try to inject some positivity into his players before flirting with the lower reaches of the table becomes a real battle against relegation. On paper, this shouldn't be the case as Forest possess some quality players capable of playing higher up the pyramid of English football, but in reality, they have 11 strangers playing football together and hoping for the best.

Without focusing too much on the negativity of the away side, Bournemouth's performance was not to be ignored and Jason Tindall's side look destined for a return to the Premier League after another comprehensive victory keeps them hot on the heels of league leaders Norwich City.

David Brooks looks a class apart for The Cherries and he was central to all good things that came from the victory. Junior Stanislas took both goals well and looked sharp, keeping defenders busy with off the ball runs throughout the game.

Forest may feel aggrieved with the referee's decision to award a penalty early in the second half, but Bournemouth were the superior side and thoroughly deserved their win. 

Line ups

AFC Bournemouth: Begovic, Smith, Mepham, S. Cook, Kelly, Lerma, L. Cook, Stanislas, Brooks, Solanke, Danjuma

Subs: Gosling, Surridge, Riquelme, Rico, Travers, Ofoborh, Simpson, Billing, Anthony

Nottingham Forest: Samba, Christie, Figueiredo, McKenna, Ribeiro, Ameobi, Yates, Colback, Lolley, Taylor, Arter

Subs: Mbe Soh, Smith, Bong, Jenkinson, Cafu, Guerrero, Knockaert, Ioannou, Swan

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