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Posted Sat 25 Oct 14 at 16:49 PM

Birmingham City 0-8 AFC Bournemouth

The Cherries recorded their highest ever league victory with a remarkable 8-0 win over 10 man Birmingham City.

Eddie Howe’s men had already comfortably seen off Charlton and Reading at the Goldsands Stadium in the past seven days and they extended their winning streak to five with a rampant victory at St Andrew’s.

An early goal from Brett Pitman started the Cherries’ demolition of the managerless Blues, who had David Edgar sent off inside the opening 10 minutes.

Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie were also on target in the first half before Artur Boruc continued his impressive start to his loan spell by saving Paul Caddis’ second half penalty.

Substitute Tokelo Rantie also scored from the spot, whilst Marc Pugh chipped in with a second half hat-trick, leaving the Cherries fourth in the Championship table as they turn their attentions to Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup tie against Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

Eddie Howe named an unchanged side for the third consecutive game, with the bench also unchanged as Yann Kermorgant served the final game of his three match suspension.

And his faith was repaid in the third minute as Pitman capitalised on hesitation in the Blues defence to surge through and clinically slotted the ball beyond Darren Randolph.

And things went from bad to worse for the Blues, as they had their third man sent off in as many matches as Edgar was shown a straight red card by referee Keith Hill for bringing down Wilson on the edge of the area shortly after.

The resultant free-kick was taken by the confident Pitman, but it eluded everyone, narrowly flashing past the far post.

And the confident striker had another effort just two minutes later, picking up a weak clearance on the edge of the box, but he couldn’t keep his shot down.

After a frantic opening period, the game quietened down with the Blues looking to settle and find a way back in.

A succession of corners saw Grant Hall have their best effort, with his powerful header going narrowly over Boruc’s goal.

Unfazed by the Blues’ efforts to find a way back in, the Cherries continued to look dangerous going forward, and Pitman had another effort shortly after, picking up the ball after Randolph had parried Wilson’s shot, but his strike from the edge of the area went wide.

Blues were clearly rattled by the Cherries’ confidence in front of goal and on the 35th minute they got the second their dominance deserved.

A poor Randolph clearance fell to Wilson, who advanced and despite being forced out wide by the scrambling Blues defence, he slotted home to double the visitors’ lead.

And it wasn’t long before it was three, with another clearance rebounding off a defender into Ritchie’s path and he completed the move with a sublime lob over the ‘keeper. 

The Cherries were rampant, and could have been even further out of sight at half time with Wilson again using his pace to outrace Blues captain Robinson, but he was denied by the post.

The second half started in much the same fashion, with Pugh’s header from the near post finding Harry Arter but his effort from close range was pushed around the post by Randolph.

It wasn’t all plain sailing for the Cherries though as Tommy Elphick brought down Clayton Donaldson in the 57th minute.

Referee Hill pointed straight to the spot, but Boruc got down well to his left to save.

The spot kick did little to turn the game back in the Blues favour though and on the 63rd minute Pugh got in on the act, with a fine header from inside the area making it four.

Just six minutes later and once again Pugh met another perfectly paced Simon Francis cross, to put another pinpoint header beyond Randolph.

Pugh would later complete a hat-trick but first there was time for second half substitute Rantie to get in on the act, as he tucked it away from the spot after Francis was fouled by David Cotterill.

Winger Pugh then did finally get his third with a tap-in from close range.

Ryan Fraser, who had also come on in the second half and was playing up-front, looked to have made it eight after he was through one on one, but his effort came off the post.

Rantie was however on hand to ensure the Cherries once again wrote their names in the history books, as he scored the eighth with a clinical finish from inside the area.

Birmingham City: Randolph, Hall, Edgar, Robinson, Grounds, Cotterill, Gleeson, Caddis, Novak (Arthur 66), Donaldson, Thomas (Davis 10).

Substitutes: Shea, Packwood, Reilly, Doyle, Shinnie, Davis.

Sent off: Edgar (6)

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter (Gosling 55), Pugh, Pitman (Rantie), Wilson (Fraser).

Substitutes: Camp, Smith, Harte, Stanislas.

Goals: Pitman (3), Wilson (35), Ritchie (40), Rantie (82,86) ,Pugh (63, 69, 83)

Booked: Cook (29), Surman, Elphick (52), Arter (54)

Attendance: 13,847 (1094)

Referee: Keith Hill

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