AFC Bournemouth 2-0 Derby County: Cherries see off Rams to go second
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Dominic Solanke and Jamal Lowe scored as Bournemouth beat Derby County 2-0 at the Vitality Stadium to go second in the Sky Bet Championship.

Cherries top scorer Solanke gave his side the lead just before half-time with his 21st league goal of the season, and substitute Lowe secured the win in the 90th minute.

Scott Parker's men move into the automatic promotion places above Huddersfield Town, while the Rams stay 23rd following Barnsley's 1-1 draw with Fulham in the early kick-off.

  • Story of the match

First Half

Derby youngster Malcolm Ebiowei had the first chance of the afternoon. The 18-year-old skilfully beat two Bournemouth players but saw his effort comfortably saved by Mark Travers.

Ex-Bournemouth goalkeeper Ryan Allsop made a smart save in the 24th minute to deny Cherries winger Jaidon Anthony from opening the scoring.

Soon after, the Rams had a penalty appeal turned down by Andy Madley when Ravel Morrison appeared to have been fouled by Leif Davis.

Ebiowei's cross in the same attack found Luke Plange, who failed to hit the target.

Bournemouth were forced into a change just before the half-hour mark, with Jordan Zemura replacing the injured Davis.

Allsop was called into action again in the 36th minute. Anthony's cross was headed back across goal by Ryan Christie, and the Rams keeper made a crucial punch to beat Jefferson Lerma to the ball.

Derby had been defending well but had to defend a throw-in with ten men after Lee Buchanan received treatment for the second time in the game.

Wayne Rooney's side were helpless on this occasion.

Anthony broke into the box, beating Krystian Bielik and Curtis Davies. Morrison's challenge fell to Solanke, who found the net from close range.

Half-time: Bournemouth 1-0 Derby

Second Half

Solanke almost doubled his side's advantage soon after half-time, but his header from Christie's corner was expertly saved by Allsop.

Buchanan then forced a save from Travers at the other end after being found by Rams skipper Tom Lawrence.

The ball dropped to Davies from the resulting corner, but Zemura made a superb block to deny him.

Morrison was denied by Travers in the 62nd minute, with Lawrence again the architect.

Christie should have made it 2-0 to the hosts 15 minutes later, but his strike from inside the box was straight at Allsop.

But the Cherries did get a second late on. 

Solanke's shot was saved by Allsop, who was unable to stop Lowe from scoring the rebound.

  • Teams

AFC Bournemouth: Travers; Stacey, Phillips, Kelly, Davis (Zemura 29); Cantwell (Lowe 66), Cook, Lerma; Christie (Pearson 90+3), Solanke, Anthony

Derby County: Allsop; Byrne, Davies, Cashin, Buchanan; Bielik (Ebosele 67), Bird; Ebiowei (Knight 76), Morrison, Lawrence; Plange (Kazim-Richards 66)