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Posted Tue 19 Aug 14 at 21:35 PM

AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Nottingham Forest

AFC Bournemouth’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end as they were beaten 2-1 by Nottingham Forest.

Callum Wilson’s first goal at the Goldsands Stadium wasn’t enough as Forest came from behind to take all three points.

Wilson had given the Cherries a deserved lead, but Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt scored twice in quick succession to turn the game in the visitors’ favour.

The home side dominated the match and defeat was certainly harsh on the team that created a number of clear cut chances throughout.

Eddie Howe made two changes to his starting line-up, with Adam Smith replacing Simon Francis and Saturday’s match winner Junior Stanislas selected ahead of Marc Pugh.

It was Smith who had had the Cherries’ first chance, playing a one-two with Wilson and shooting at goalkeeper Karl Darlow from a narrow angle.

But Darlow was helpless as Matt Ritchie’s cross cleared his outstretched fingertips and hit the post before Harry Arter saw his follow up blocked.

It was one way traffic in the first 25 minutes and Ritchie went close once again having sprinted in behind the defence and aimed his effort too close to the stopper.

Forest’s only meaningful first half opportunity fell to record signing Assombalonga, who couldn’t trouble Lee Camp with his close range header.

The breakthrough the Cherries deserved finally came just before the hour mark as Wilson made the most of a defensive mix up to score his first home goal.

Wilson and Yann Kermorgant had battled for possession from a miscued clearance and the ball landed at the feet of the summer signing, who showed great composure in the six yard box.

It could have been two moments later as Ritchie flashed a corner across the face of goal, which just evaded the on rushing Steve Cook.

However, Forest were back on level terms as Assombalonga’s weak header deceived Camp and creeped into the far corner with a little over 20 minutes to play.

Completely against the run of play, Forest took the lead in the 72nd minute as Fryatt was on hand to head in substitute Jack Hunt’s cross at the backpost.

Howe’s side poured forward late on with substitutes Tokelo Rantie, Ryan Fraser and Pugh on the field, but couldn’t find a warranted equaliser.

Cherries: Camp, Smith, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie (Fraser 76), Arter (Rantie 80), O'Kane, Stanislas (Pugh 76), Kermorgant, Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Flahavan, Cargill, Harte, Gosling.

Booked: Ritchie

Goal: Wilson (58)

Nottingham Forest: Darlow, Lichaj, Hobbs, Mancienne, Fox (Hunt h-t), Burke, Cohen, Reid (McLaughlin 90), Antonio (Osborn h-t), Fryatt, Assombalonga.

Unused substitutes: De Vries, Harding, Paterson, Veldwijk.

Booked: Hunt, Fox, Assombalonga

Goals: Assombalonga (66), Fryatt (72)

Attendance: 10,768 (including 1,340 Forest supporters)

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