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Posted Tue 21 Oct 14 at 21:35 PM

AFC Bournemouth 3-0 Reading

Three goals in 13 second half minutes helped AFC Bournemouth to a 3-0 win against Reading and move up to eighth in the Sky Bet Championship.

Callum Wilson scored his fourth goal in three games before a Brett Pitman double made sure of a third consecutive victory for Eddie Howe’s team.

The Cherries and Royals had played out a finely balanced first half, in which both sides hit the woodwork in the space of ten minutes, before the home side took control.

The hosts came out of the blocks quickest after the interval, with Wilson heading home in the 50th minute.

Wilson then turned provider, playing in Pitman who made no mistake with a ruthless finish and then a volley from Matt Ritchie’s corner.

With a place in the top six insight, Howe named an unchanged starting line-up and squad following the 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic at the weekend.

A tense opening half an hour gave way to a frantic 15 minutes as the first half drew to a close.

Reading had had seven shots in the first 30 minutes, but failed to truly test on loan goalkeeper Artur Bourc.

However, they struck the crossbar through Hal Robson-Kanu who met Chris Gunter’s low centre near the penalty spot, with Jamie Mackie turning the follow up over.

Down the other end, Pitman almost capitalised on Alex Pearce’s miscued header and some hesitation from Adam Federici, only to see the ball land in the arms of the Royals number one.

The striker then saw Oliver Norwood block his shot from a well worked corner as the Cherries piled on the pressure.

The home side were once again denied in injury time as Ritchie curled the ball beyond Federici but on to the woodwork.

It seemed the Cherries supporters wouldn’t have to wait long for the opening goal and they got it five minutes after the restart.

Just as he did in Saturday’s win against Charlton Athletic, Marc Pugh got to the byline and found Wilson to leave the in-form striker with a simple header inside the six yard box.

It was 2-0 five minutes later as Pitman was played in by his strike partner and he sidefooted clinically past the keeper for his second league goal of the season.

Pitman’s second of the evening came just moments later as he emphatically volleyed home from Ritchie’s drilled corner. It was clear to see what the goal meant to him as he celebrated in front of the Steve Fletcher Stand.

Only some great goalkeeping from Federici stopped Pugh and Pitman adding to the advantage as he pulled off two fine saves at full stretch.

The Australian international was then called upon as the Cherries threatened to score once again, this time through substitute Tokelo Rantie’s powerful strike from a narrow angle.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Ritchie (Fraser 78), Surman, Arter, Pugh (Gosling 89), Pitman, Wilson (Rantie 85).

Substitutes: Camp, Smith, Harte, Stanislas.

Goal: Wilson (50), Pitman (55 & 64)

Reading: Federici, Gunter, Obita, Hector, Pearce, Norwood, Akpan, Robson-Kanu (Pogrebnyak 84), Cox (Taylor 71), Mackie, Blackman.

Substitutes: Andersen, S Kelly, Cooper, Kuhl, Stacey.

Attendance: 8,899 (1,073 Reading supporters)

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