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Posted Wed 17 Jul 13 at 06:03 AM

Cherries secure victory on the road

The Cherries returned to winning ways and secured their first three points on the road this season with a 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

An own goal from James Husband paired with some stout Cherries defending ensured that for the fifth consecutive meeting between the two sides the spoils went home with the visiting team.

Eddie Howe made three changes to the side that lost heavily at Huddersfield seven days previously. Elliott Ward, Marc Pugh and Charlie Daniels slotted into the 4-4-1-1 with Tommy Elphick, Ian Harte and Andrew Surman dropping to the bench.

Played at a frantic pace from the whistle, Ward snatched at a a loose ball inside the Rovers' box and won the Cherries an early corner. Daniels played the set piece along the floor and Harry Arter managed to control, swivel and shoot, but his effort was hacked away by the Rovers' defence.

On eight minutes it was Arter again who found some space 30 yards out. The midfielder, reinstated to the starting line up after missing the midweek defeat to Watford through injury, teed himself up on his left, but his shot sailed wide of the upright.

A terrific block from Brett Pitman in his own area began a rapid Cherries counter attack a quarter of an hour in. Steve Cook found Ryan Fraser who drove towards the Rovers box, but his shot from 18 yards was held smartly by ex-Chelsea stopper Ross Turnbull.

20 minutes in and Pitman rattled the woodwork with a well placed long-range header. The ball ricocheted off the bar and was adjudged to have struck a Rovers arm just outside the penalty area, but Pitman's free kick was deflected over.  

Ryan Allsop was forced into a stop on 28 minutes when David Cotterill did well to keep a first time volley down, but it was the first real effort on target from the home side who were struggling with the Cherries' dominance.

Finally the pressure told and Bournemouth took the lead with half an hour on the clock. James Husband became the first player to enter the ref's book after a challenge on Fraser midway inside the Doncaster half. Daniels curled the set piece into the box ferociously and Pitman got what looked like the decisive touch, but subsequent replays showed Rovers defender Husband grazing the ball with his foot and wrong footing Turnbull. 

The game flared up ten minutes before the break when Cotterill flew in late on Arter. The Doncaster bench was incensed by the midfielder's reaction but referee Simon Hooper saw reason to book the Rovers winger.

The furore seemed to galvanise the home side who began to peg the Cherries back and Cotterill forced Allsop into a fine fingertip save. With the heat failing to drain from the game, Allsop and Pitman both saw yellow, with the stopper taking too much time with a free kick and the Jerseyman flying in late on Husband.

Rovers emerged from the break fired up and desperate to level the scores, but the Cherries limited them to a host of long range efforts. Cotterill, Richie Wellens and Theo Robinson all saw strikes sail into the stands.

In the 63rd minute Turnbull pulled off a wonderful save to deny the Cherries a second. Pitman's corner was deflected back out to him, and the striker's second cross found the head of Lewis Grabban six yards out but the giant stopper somehow palmed it away.

Grabban had another opportunity on 82 minutes to seal the game, but the in form frontman couldn't direct Mohamed Coulibaly's cross goalwards.

With the Cherries defence organised and impenetrable, the visitors managed to see out the rest of the game and claim their third maximum points of the Sky Bet Championship season. 

Doncaster Rovers: Turnbull, Husband, Jones, Brown, Cotterill (Paynter 63'), Khumalo, Keegan, Wellens, Robinson (Duffy 68'), Coppinger, Wabara (Forester 78'). 

Substitutes: Maxted, Quinn, Furman, Duffy, Paynter, McCullough, Forrester.

Booked: Husband, Cotterill, Robinson.

Cherries: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Ward, Daniels, Fraser (Coulibaly 71'), Arter, MacDonald, Pugh (Elphick 90'), Pitman, Grabban (Thomas 89').

Substitues: Flahavan, Elphick, Harte, Surman, Coulibaly, McDermott, Thomas.

Booked: Allsop, Pitman.

Goals: Husband (og) 31'.

Attendance: 6769 (290 away)

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