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Posted Tue 01 Oct 13 at 21:35 PM

Cherries suffer harsh defeat

The Cherries were denied a deserved point after substitute Dominic Poleon scored with a late volley to give Leeds United a 2-1 win.

Ross McCormack had seen his first half penalty saved by goalkeeper Darryl Flahavan, but struck just after the restart to give the Whites the lead at Elland Road.

However, Eddie Howe’s team showed plenty of character and resolve to pull one back through Lewis Grabban 18 minutes from time.

Flahavan then made a great reflex save late on to keep the scores level, but he couldn’t stop Poleon powering home from close range.

The visitors also finished the game with ten men for the second fixture in succession after Ryan Allsop was shown a red card for bringing down Noel Hunt as he conceded a penalty.

The notable inclusions on the Cherries’ team-sheet were former Leeds full-back Ian Harte and Jack Collison, who joined on an emergency loan deal just hours before kick-off.

While there was little in the way of early clear cut chances, Ryan Fraser’s pace and willingness to run at defenders gave the travelling supporters plenty of optimism.

But it was Grabban who went closest for the Cherries in the opening 30 minutes as he sent a shot from distance just over the bar.

However, Flahavan was to be the hero for Howe’s team when he came off the bench and saved McCormack’s penalty, guessing the right way and diving to his left.

Referee David Coote had pointed to the spot having felt that Allsop had denied Hunt a goal scoring opportunity as he tried to round the Cherries number one.

With a man advantage, Leeds piled on the pressure towards the end of the first half and it took a brave block from Simon Francis to deny skipper Rodolph Austin.

The Cherries stood firm and emerged from the changing rooms unchanged for the second half, with Tokelo Rantie playing as a lone striker, but their resistance was broken in the 52nd minute.

Stephen Warnock brought the ball forward and put in a low cross, which was converted by McCormack from six yards out.

Once Leeds took the lead it was always going to be difficult for the Cherries to find a way back into the game, although Collison did force Paddy Kenny into an acrobatic save after the hour mark.

But Grabban smashed home Eunan O’Kane’s knock down to put them back on level terms and on their way to a well-earned draw.

In the end, the one man and home advantage told as the unmarked Poleon kept a cool head and guided a decisive finish past Flahavan and Francis on the line.

Leeds United: Kenny, Peltier, Pearce, Lees, Warnock, Green, Austin, Mowatt, Tonge, McCormack, Hunt (Poleon 72).

Unused substitutes: Cairns, Murphy, Varney, Smith, Diouf, Byram.

Yellow card: Austin

Goals: McCormack (52), Poleon (80)

Cherries: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Ward, Harte, Fraser (Flahavan 32), O'Kane, Collison, Pugh (Surman 61), Grabban, Rantie (Pitman 78).

Unused substitutes: Addison, Elphick, Cornick, McDermott.

Yellow card: Francis, Pugh

Red card: Allsop

Goal: Grabban (72)

Attendance: 21, 749

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