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Posted Sat 09 Nov 13 at 16:50 PM

Ings' late leveller denies Cherries

Cherries defied the bookmakers and came away from Burnley with a valuable point after an enthralling 1-1 draw.

Top of the league Clarets were nearly stopped in their tracks by Eddie Howe's men after Tokelo Rantie netted a stunning strike just after half time. 

But it wash't to be, as ex-Cherries striker Danny Ings popped up with an 84th minute leveller to spoil the travelling fans party and force Howe to settle for a point on his long awaited return to Turf Moor.

The Cherries manager made three changes to the side that fell at home to Bolton Wanderers seven days before. Elliott Ward was reinstated at the back after his one game suspension, and Eunan O'Kane replaced Shaun MacDonald in the centre of the park. 

Brett Pitman was also handed his first start since the defeat to Blackburn Rovers in September, replacing the injured Fraser in a move that saw Lewis Grabban drop to the right of midfield.

After an impeccably observed minutes silence, the game kicked off with the rain lashing down on Turf Moor. Rantie saw an effort go over the bar early on and a Pitman strike, wickedly defected, forced Tom Heaton to tip over his bar.

As both sides began to settle, it was Burnley who started to display why they currently sit atop the SkyBet Championship. A deep cross from David Jones was headed over by Sam Vokes, before Michael Kightly lashed a fierce shot straight at Lee Camp.

Three excellent pieces of individual defending kept the scores level during the half. First, and the pick of the bunch, was Pitman's overhead kick off his own line in the 23rd minute. The ball had betean Camp, but the forward was on hand to hook clear acrobatically.

Steve Cook provided the heroics five minutes later when his last ditch block foiled a Sam Vokes effort and Simon Francis did the same to Danny Ings soon after.

As the half drew to a close Cherries were very much weathering the Burnley storm and with few clear cut chances at the other end, Howe would have been pleased to deliver his half-time talk to a team on level terms.

But those choice words certainly had the desired effect and it was Tokelo Rantie who popped up five minutes into the second period to provide the magic and break the deadlock. The South African picked up Brett Pitman's headed pass 25 yards out, lost his man with a deft turn and drilled a stunning half-volley in off the bar. It was Rantie's first goal for the Cherries since his September move to England and the satisfaction was evident as he celebrated with the 711 travelling fans.

Burnley went looking for a leveller immediately, but free kicks from Ings and Jones went high and wide respectively in a frantic ten minutes following the goal. 

Lee Camp was called into action twice at his right hand post and, both times, had all the answers. The on-loan West Brom man held Keith Treacy's header across goal, before denying Vokes with a strong palm onto the post. The Cherries academy product made the time to pick his spot, but Camp got down well and made sure he collected the rebound as it lingered painfully close to the goal line.

In the final 20 minutes the Clarets began to pile on the pressure, lumping deep crosses into the box in the hope their big-man-little-man combo could force an opening as they have done all season; and, in the 84th minute, they did exactly that. Two familiar face combined and Vokes rose highest to head a Kieran Trippier cross into the path of the on-rushing Ings, who nodded past Camp to send the Cherries back to Dorset with just a point to show for their endeavour.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Mee, Shackell, Duff, Arfield (Stanislas 76), Marney, Jones, Kightly (Treacy 60), Vokes, Ings.

Subs: Cisak, Lafferty, Stanislas, Stock, Long, Edgar, Treacy.

Goals: Ings 84.

AFC Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Ward, Cook, Daniels, Grabban, Arter, O'Kane (MacDonald 86), Pugh (Hughes 88), Pitman, Rantie (Thomas 84). 

Subs: Jalal, Elphick, Surman, MacDonald, Hughes, Thomas, Harte.

Booked: Arter, O'Kane, Daniels, Hughes.

Goals: Rantie 50.

Attendance: 12,221 (711 Cherries fans)

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