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Posted Sat 09 Aug 14 at 16:50 PM

Huddersfield Town 0-4 AFC Bournemouth

A goal from Marc Pugh after 24 seconds and a Callum Wilson debut double helped AFC Bournemouth start the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship season with a 4-0 win at Huddersfield Town.

Pugh put the Cherries in front inside the first minute with a cool finish before Wilson added a second just after the half hour mark.

Although Oliver Norwood struck the woodwork, Eddie Howe’s side were rarely troubled as they dominated the first half at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The game was over as a contest as early as the 50th minute after Yann Kermorgant tapped home the rebound from Pugh’s saved header.

There was one more goal for the 550 Cherries fans to cheer, with Wilson volleying home from Matt Ritchie’s cross.

But the former Coventry striker missed out on a hat-trick after seeing his penalty saved 15 minutes from time.

The comprehensive win meant the club celebrated the opening day of the new campaign sat at the top of the second tier.

Having missed most of pre-season with a thigh injury, goalkeeper Lee Camp was recalled to the starting line-up.

Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas were named on the bench in the first competitive fixture since they joined the club, while Elliott Ward unexpectedly returned to the squad after recovering from a knee problem.

The Cherries made the perfect start, with Pugh scoring after just 24 seconds. The winger was picked out by Ritchie’s inswinging cross and kept his cool to slot past Smithies.

The early goal certainly gave the visitors plenty of confidence and Ritchie went in search of a second moments later, seeing a shot saved and another effort from distance bounce just wide.

However, they did double the lead in the 32nd minute as Wilson marked his debut with a well-taken goal.

The summer signing sprinted in behind the defence and confidently sidefooted the ball into the net to the spark celebration among the ecstatic travelling supporters.

The fans in red and black did have to endure a nervous moment before the break as Norwood rattled the crossbar with a powerful drive.

Terriers boss Mark Robins made one change at the break, but his side couldn’t stop Kermorgant making it three, converting from close range after Smithies pushed away Pugh’s header.

Camp was only truly tested in the 62nd minute as he tipped over Matt Crooks’ header with a good reflex save.

It was turning out to be a dream afternoon for Howe’s side and his new striker Wilson as he rounded off a well worked team move to add a fourth in front of the away end.

Wilson didn’t have it all his own way though as he had a penalty saved and missed the chance to claim the match ball having been brought down by Smithies.

But there could no complaints from Howe, who saw his team start the new season by erasing the memories of last year’s heavy defeat in Yorkshire.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Lynch, Peltier, Crooks, Dixon, Hogg (Coady69), Norwood, Majewski (Lolley 57), Hammill (Scannell h-t), Ward, Wells

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Wallace, Smith, Stead.

Booked: Smithies, Norwood

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, O'Kane, Pugh (Stanislas 90), Kermorgant (Rantie 81), Wilson (Gosling 81).

Unused substitutes: Buchel, Ward, Harte, Pitman.

Booked: Cook

Goals: Pugh (1), Wilson (32 & 64), Kermorgant (50)

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