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Posted Sat 10 Jan 15 at 16:50 PM

Rotherham United 0-2 AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory at Rotherham United in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Cherries claimed three points at the New York Stadium thanks to goals in either half from Tommy Elphick and Callum Wilson.

Elphick scored his first of the season as he headed home from Charlie Daniels’ free-kick in injury time at the end of the first half.

Top scorer Wilson then made sure of the win with a poacher’s finish in the six yard box following a scramble in the six yard box.

Eddie Howe’s team travelled north without on loan goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who had a neck injury, which handed Lee Camp his first league start since September.

In a repeat of the FA Cup tie between the two teams a fortnight ago, chances were few and far between in the early exchanges.

Wilson’s disallowed goal was the only opportunity of note in the opening 30 minutes as the referee pulled play back for a foul on Millers defender Kari Arnason.

But as the half hour mark passed, the Cherries turned up the heat as the snow began to fall in Yorkshire.

A clever turn created space for Matt Ritchie, who shot wide, while Marc Pugh headed just off target and Wilson had a close range effort pushed behind for a corner.

The visitors finally took the lead though as Elphick met Daniels’ deep cross and guided a header in off the woodwork.

Wilson held bad memories of the ground having dislocated his shoulder playing for Coventry City last season, but the injury seemed a distant memory as he poked in from close range.

Pitman had looked for a second as he twisted on the byline, although his strike partner ended up finishing the move.

Rotherham United: Collin, Arnason, Green, Richardson, Morgan, Ward (Bowery 75), Sammon, Hammill, Barmby (Newton 56), Fryers (Milson 57), Smallwood.

Unused substitutes: Thompson, Broadfoot, Pringle, Derbyshire.

Booked: Arnason, Milsom, Hammill

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie (Kermorgant 90), Arter, Surman, Pugh (Smith 90), Pitman, Wilson (Gosling 79).

Unused substitutes: Flahavan, O’Kane, Fraser, Stanislas.

Booked: Surman

Goals: Elphick (45), Wilson (62)

Attendance: 9,157 (including 624 Cherries supporters)

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