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Posted Thu 23 Sep 10 at 09:44 AM

OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1

The Cherries' unbeaten run in the league has come to an end after a 2-1 defeat to Oldham at Boundary Park. The visitors, who named an unchanged side, took the lead in first half stoppage time through a Rhoys Wiggins free kick. Marc Pugh hit the post early in the second half but it was the hosts who snatched two late goals to take the points.

First Kieran Lee and then Ournare Tounkare scored in the last fifteen minutes to turn the match on it's head. Steve Fletcher and Harry Arter were thrown on to try and turn the tide but neither could create a chance and the game ended in disappointment.

It was a game of few chances, but one that the Cherries controlled from the start. With the game heading level at half time, Marvin Bartley was crudely brought down and from wide right, Rhoys Wiggins spotted Dean Brill in the Oldham goal off his line, and expertly arrowed the ball in to the top corner.
The second half was a better spectacle with Bournemouth always looking likely to add a second. The best chance came when from a central position, Marc Pugh sent in a brilliant free kick that beat Brill, but came back off the post and was cleared.

On 78 minutes, completely out of the blue and against the run of play, the Cherries failed to clear the ball and Kieran Lee nipped in to put the ball past the despairing dive of Shwan Jalal. Worse was to follow as after a passing move, the ball came to Ournare Tounkare and the Sunderland loan man netted to give Oldham a surprise lead.

Despite late pressure, the home side held on and Bournemouth were left to ponder how they lost on the long journey home.

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