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Posted Sat 21 Dec 13 at 16:50 PM

Cherries record consecutive away wins

The Cherries recorded back-to-back away wins for the first time this season with a comfortable 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Matt Ritchie and Lewis Grabban got the goals as Eddie Howe’s team secured all three points with two strikes inside the opening 30 minutes at Hillsborough.

It was the in-form pair of Ritchie and Grabban who also were on the scoresheet when the Cherries won their previous away game at Reading two weeks ago.

Sheffield Wednesday did rally midway through the second half and pulled a goal back in the final ten minutes through Jacques Maghoma.

But the visitors stood firm in the closing stages and saw out the game in front of 300 travelling supporters.

The win moves the Cherries up to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table ahead of home games against Yeovil Town and Ispwich Town over the festive period.

With Steve Cook suffering a hamstring injury, Elliott Ward was recalled to starting line-up following an absence of six weeks.

Ryan Fraser also returned to the team in a 4-3-3 formation as part of two changes from the side that ended Reading’s unbeaten home record a fortnight earlier.

After comfortably withstanding some early pressure from the hosts, the Cherries took a tenth minute lead through Ritchie.

Andrew Surman burst forward from midfield and played in the in-form winger, who powered in an effort from 20 yards for his third goal in five games.

Surman then had a shot of his own well saved before Ward guided an inswinging corner wide.

Grabban then extended the lead in the 27th minute, collecting Harry Arter’s through ball and smashing his finish past Damian Martinez at the near post.

The Owls enjoyed their best spell before half-time and Lee Camp made a good save to push away Atdhe Nuhiu’s header.

Arter had the last word in the first half, dragging a shot wide of the target, as well as seeing a free-kick held by Martinez early on in the second period.

Camp was never truly tested in the opening hour, but did see Miguel Llera send a free-kick narrowly over the crossbar with 25 minutes to go.

However, the on loan goalkeeper’s wait for a first clean sheet for the club continued when Maghoma forced the ball home from close range.

Grabban had a late chance but the one goal lead was enough for the Cherries in their final game before Christmas.

Sheffield Wednesday: Martinez, Palmer, Reda Johnson, Semedo (Savic 65), Roger Johnson, Llera, Lee, Coke, Nuhiu (Helan 65), Jermaine Johnson (Mattock 82), Maghoma.

Unused substitutes: Kirkland, McCabe, Corry, McPhail.

Booked: Reda Johnson

Goals: Maghoma (82)

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Ward, Daniels, Arter, O'Kane, Surman (MacDonald 85), Ritchie, Grabban (Pitman 90), Fraser (Pugh 71).

Unused substitutes: Allsop, Harte, Addison, Rantie.

Booked: Elphick

Goals: Ritchie (10), Grabban (27)

Attendance: 21, 057 (including 300 Cherries supporters)

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