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Posted Sat 18 Oct 14 at 16:50 PM

AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Charlton Athletic

Callum Wilson’s early goal was enough for AFC Bournemouth as they ended Charlton Athletic’s unbeaten start to the Sky Bet Championship season with a 1-0 win.

Wilson converted Marc Pugh’s low cross in the third minute to set the Cherries on their way to all three points at the Goldsands Stadium.

Boosted by the news captain Tommy Elphick had signed a new contract, the home side created chances throughout.

Steve Cook went close with a first half header, while Andrew Surman and Harry Arter would have been disappointed not to add to the total following the break.

But Wilson’s eighth goal of the campaign proved to be the difference between the two teams, although the scoreline was an unfair reflection on the game.

The victory means the Cherries recorded back-to-back leagues victories for the second time this season following on from the opening week wins against Huddersfield Town and Brentford.

The hosts’ intentions were clear from as early as the second minute, with Matt Ritchie driving at the defence and forcing goalkeeper Stephen Henderson into a full stretch save.

In the end, it took just less than 150 seconds for them to take the lead through Wilson. Pugh went past full-back Chris Solly and found the in-form striker, who was left with a tap in.

However, Artur Boruc, who spent the international break with Poland for their Euro 2016 qualifiers, had to be alert to turn over Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s free-kick soon after.

The home side went in search of a second and almost found it when Cook went up for a corner and guided a header just wide of the post.

Addicks boss Bob Peeters made the bold decision to take off top scorer Igor Vetokele at half-time, but it did little to stop the Cherries’ dominance.

Surman and Arter made runs into the opponents’ box and both went close in the space of a few seconds early on in the second half.

Ritchie had been lively throughout and appeared to be the man to extend the advantage, but was once again denied by former loanee Henderson.

There was no real late rally from the visitors, who had been outplayed for 90 minutes by the Cherries who marked the return to action with three points and a clean sheet.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Pitman, Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Camp, Smith, Harte, Gosling, Stanislas, Fraser, Rantie.

Booked: Daniels

Goal: Wilson (3)

Charlton Athletic: Henderson, Solly, Wiggins, Ben Haim, Bikey; Gudmundsson (Wilson 68), Buyens, Jackson, Cousins; Ahearne-Grant, Vetokele (Harriott h-t).

Unused substitutes: Pope, Morrison, Moussa, Fox, Tucudean.

Booked: Jackson, Solly, Henderson

Attendance: 10,360 (including 1,388 Charlton supporters)

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