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Posted Tue 14 Dec 10 at 22:58 PM

NOTTS COUNTY 3 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 1

Report by Tom Crocker:-

Tom Crocker

The Cherries were dumped out of the FA Cup sponsored by E.ON by Notts County for the second successive season, after a disappointing defeat at Meadow Lane.

Eddie Howe made five changes to the side which fell to defeat against Hartlepool on Saturday with Lyle Taylor handed a first start since moving to Bournemouth in the summer. Stephen Purches and Warren Cummings came into the defence whilst Liam Feeney and Marvin Bartley were also promoted from the bench to start. Steve Fletcher and Adam Smith were named among the six substitutes, which also included youngsters Stockley and Stephenson as well as assistant manager Jason Tindall due to the spate of injuries.

Notts County's headline team news saw Lee Hughes brought into the starting line-up against the club he has a habit of scoring against in recent years, notably two in the league fixture at Meadow Lane last season.

The game took a while to settle into a rhythm as there was a lengthy stoppage almost immediately when two Notts County players collided with one another. Ricky Ravenhill came off worse and had to be substituted with just three minutes on the clock.

The hosts didn't let this faze them however as they piled on the pressure in the early stages. Krystian Pearce came close to opening the scoring after just nine minutes when he headed a Ben Davies free kick wide of the post under close attention from Jon Stewart. Just minutes later the home crowd were left in disbelief when Davies missed the ball from six yards out meaning it ran all the way through to Westcarr to tap home the opener only to see Stewart save smartly with his legs.

Nevertheless the home crowd weren't left to rue that chance for long, as on 18 minutes Krystian Pearce did manage to find the net with his next header from close range after a cross from Neal Bishop. It was probably deserved and the Cherries knew they had a fight on their hands if they wanted to earn a trip to Premier League Sunderland in Round 3.

The best Bournemouth could muster in the first forty five minutes were half chances. Rhoys Wiggins and Liam Feeney both tried their luck but in truth Rob Burch was never likely to be beaten in the County goal by either man's attempt.

With half time approaching the hosts doubled their lead through Lee Hughes who netted his fourth goal in as many games against the south coast club. After holding off Jason Pearce, the striker turned and slotted the ball past Stewart from deep inside the penalty area.

Just as it looked like the first half couldn't get any worse for the visitors, Notts County added to their tally in stoppage time. Impressive work from Thomas Ince caused Purches to lose his footing allowing the young winger to fire the ball across the penalty area. The unfortunate man to get in the way of the cross was Warren Cummings who turned the ball into his own net giving the Cherries a mountain to climb.

Many would've expected changes at half time from the Bournemouth boss, but perhaps not the two that came. Defenders Adam Smith and Lee Bradbury were brought on in place of Purches and Cummings, with Marc Pugh pushing forward to join lone striker Lyle Taylor up front.

The second half was a lot more positive from the Cherries as they probed for a way through to try and spark an unlikely revival. Liam Feeney came close to his second FA Cup goal of the season only to see his shot curl narrowly wide of the post with Burch stranded. Marc Pugh did put the ball in the back of the net shortly before the hour mark but was denied by the linesman's flag leaving the Cherries goalless.

Despite all their possession, Bournemouth were struggling to find a way through and let frustrations get the better of them with both Bradbury and Bartley entering referee Swarbrick's notebook.

They finally turned the possession into a goal six minutes from time. Following the late arrival of Steve Fletcher in place of Marc Pugh, the veteran, who had only been on the field for three minutes, powerfully nodded home his second goal of the season from a Rhoys Wiggins cross.

The Cherries also missed two great chances in stoppage time. Firstly Lee Bradbury fired a volley off of the post with three minutes of the four added on remaining. It could've been a very nervy time for the hosts had that gone the right side of the woodwork! Then in the dying seconds the hardworking Taylor latched onto a Fletcher knockdown but couldn't keep his shot on target.

This defeat signals a fifth successive second round failure as the wait for a Premier League FA Cup tie goes on for another year. Next up is a very important League One clash away to Rochdale on Saturday, with Bournemouth looking for just a second away win all season.

Notts County: Burch; Darby, Edwards, K. Pearce, Harley; Davies, Bishop, Ravenhill (Woods 3), Ince (Hunt 85); Hughes (Miller 69), Westcarr

Subs not used: Nelson, Thompson, Spicer, Burgess

Goals: K. Pearce (18), Hughes (35), Cummings (45+3)

AFC Bournemouth: Stewart; Purches (Smith 45), Cummings (Bradbury 45), J. Pearce (c), Wiggins; Pugh (Fletcher 81), Robinson, Bartley, Hollands, Feeney; Taylor

Subs not used: Stephenson, Stockley, Tindall

Goal: Fletcher (84)

Attendance: 2,881

As it happened:

90+4 - Full time: Notts County 3-1 AFC Bournemouth - Despite a late rally, Bournemouth are out of the FA Cup and won't be making that trip to Sunderland in round 3. A poor first half was enough to make the task too hard for the visitors. Match report to follow...

90+4 - That really should've been a goal for the Cherries. Steve Fletcher headed the ball down for Lyle Taylor who hits the ball into the ground and it bounces over the crossbar.

90+1 - That was a chance to make a nervy final few minutes for the hosts as Lee Bradbury fires a volley off of the post via the fingertips of Burch.

90 - 4 minutes of added time will be played.

89 - Jon Harley is booked for handball.

85 - GOAL!! NOTTS COUNTY 3-1 AFC BOURNEMOUTH - Shortly after coming on Steve Fletcher heads in a Rhoys Wiggins cross.

Fletcher

83 - Corner from Wiggins is headed over by Hollands.

82 - Steve Fletcher is given a run out, replacing Marc Pugh.

79 - A long range volley from Hollands doesn't trouble the keeper and the time ticks away on Bournemouth's cup campaign.

70 - Marvin Bartley allows frustration to get the better of him and is booked by referee Swarbrick.

69 - Lee Hughes flashes a header wide of the post and is swiftly substituted for Lee Miller.

67 - Lee Bradbury is booked.

65 - The Cherries are having a lot of possession but cannot create any goalscoring opportunity at the moment.

58 - Marc Pugh slots the ball past Rob Burch only to see the linesman's flag raised for offside.

52 - A bright start to the second half from Bournemouth with Liam Feeney curling a shot just wide of the post.

45 - A double half time change for the Cherries with Adam Smith and Lee Bradbury coming on for Purches and Cummings.

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45+5 - Half Time: Notts County 3-0 AFC Bournemouth - A disappointing half of football from Bournemouth who now face a massive test if they are to stay in this tournament. There are a couple of attacking options from the bench if Eddie Howe wishes to try and go more attacking. An early goal is vital if there is any life to this game.

45+2 - GOAL!! NOTTS COUNTY 3-0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH - Could that be game over? Stephen Purches loses his footing allowing Thomas Ince to drill a ball across the face of goal and Warren Cummings can't help but divert it into his own net. A Notts County style comeback at Dean Court back in August is required now if Bournemouth are to stay in the FA Cup.

45 - There will be five minutes of added time to this first half after that clash of heads early on.

40 - Jon Stewart parries away a shot from Lee Hughes.

34 - GOAL!! NOTTS COUNTY 2-0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH - A real uphill struggle now for the Cherries as Lee Hughes gets the better of Jason Pearce and tucks the ball into the net to double County's lead.

30 - Good build up from the Cherries culminates in a drive from Liam Feeney which is caught by Burch.

20 - Two efforts from Wiggins fail to trouble Burch in the County goal.

18 - GOAL!! NOTTS COUNTY 1-0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH - Krystian Pearce powers a header from Neal Bishop's cross past Jon Stewart to give the hosts a lead.

17 - Danny Hollands is booked for a foul on Bishop

15 - Jon Stewart makes a crucial save from Westcarr from close range after the midfielder followed up a mis-kick from Davies. A real let off for the Cherries there.

9 - Free kick from Ben Davies is headed goalwards by Krystian Pearce but puts it wide under pressure from Stewart.

3 - Notts County are forced into an early substitution with Michael Woods coming on for Ricky Ravenhill after a clash of heads between two of the County players.

The Cherries make five changes as they aim to bounce back from the disappointing defeat against Hartlepool at the weekend. Adam Smith is replaced by Stephen Purches whilst Lyle Taylor, Warren Cummings, Marvin Bartley and Liam Feeney all come into the starting eleven. Danny Ings was unavailable for selection after featuring for Dorchester in the earlier rounds of this competition making him cup-tied. Equally Reading decided to not let loan striker Nicholas Bignall play in the FA Cup to allow him the option to feature for his parent club in the later rounds. This all means that only six substitutes are named, including youngsters Tim Stephenson and Jayden Stockley as well as assistant manager Jason Tindall.

Notts County are without Liam Chilvers who picked up an at the weekend, whilst Lee Hughes comes into the starting line-up. The striker will be looking to continue his impressive scoring record against the Cherries after netting twice at Meadow Lane in the League Two encounter last season.

The winners will travel to Sunderland in Round 3 but if the scores are level then there will be a replay at Dean Court sponsored by Classic Eyes.

Here are the two line-ups:

Notts County: Burch; Darby, Edwards, K. Pearce, Harley; Davies, Bishop, Ravenhill, Ince; Hughes, Westcarr

Subs: Nelson, Thompson, Hunt, Woods, Burgess, Miller, Spicer

Manager: Paul Ince

AFC Bournemouth: Stewart; Purches, J. Pearce, Cummings, Wiggins; Feeney, Robinson, Bartley, Hollands, Pugh; Taylor

Subs: Smith, Tindall, Bradbury, Stephenson, Stockley, Fletcher

Manager: Eddie Howe

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