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Posted Tue 20 Jan 15 at 21:35 PM

Leeds United 1-0 AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth’s second trip to Yorkshire in four days ended in defeat as they lost out 1-0 to Leeds United.

Luke Murphy’s impressive first half goal was enough to secure all three points for Neal Redfearn’s men at a Baltic Elland Road.

The Cherries had an abundance of chances to draw level, but couldn’t find a way past Marco Silvestri, who also watched Yann Kermorgant’s late penalty cannon off his bar.

Eddie Howe was forced to make one change to his starting XI with goalkeeper Artur Boruc returning after missing out on the win at Rotherham due to a neck injury.

It was an unfortunate turn of events for stand-in stopper Lee Camp, who had stood in for Boruc on Saturday only to suffer a calf tear during the game, meaning that Ryan Allsop was named in the squad for the first time since returning from his loan spell at Coventry City.

The Cherries started the game brightly, with Callum Wilson looking lively up front.

And it was the Cherries’ number 13 that carved out the first real attempt of the game on the fourth minute, as he picked up a clearance inside his own half and ran 60 yards before dragging his shot wide.

Strike partner Brett Pitman was next to come close for the visitors, as a neat passing move around the area eventually unleashed Marc Pugh, who crossed from the byline for the Jersey born man to hit his first time shot inches wide.

The game’s lively tone was set early on, and Artur Boruc called into action just moments later as he was forced to tip over Rodolph Austin’s header.

The hosts grew into the game as the half went on and Austin continued to look the more likely to open the scoring.

On the 13th minute, his dangerous cross into the area only needed someone at the far post to tap it in, but despite initially bouncing off the Cherries stopper, it somehow eventually landed in the safety of his hands.

The real warning sign for Howe’s side came on the 28th minute though, when after a number of further chances for Austin, Murphy’s shot from 30 yards out was tipped over by Boruc.

However he made no mistake six minute later as he finished sublimely, taking a touch on the edge of the area before sweetly striking the ball into the top corner of the net.

The goal appeared to spark the Cherries into life, and they did in fact have the ball in the back of the net two minutes later as Pitman converted from close range, but the flag was soon up for offside.

And as the half drew to a close, Silvestri was also on hand to preserve his side’s lead as he somehow prevented Wilson’s tap in on the line after Pitman had flicked on Pugh’s header from the byline.

Howe’s men continued their marked improvement from the opening exchanges into the second period as they began to control the ball.

And despite a quiet opening 10 minutes, with Arter’s well overhit shot from Ritchie’s initially cleared free kick their only real sight of goal, they continued to press.

Dan Gosling and Yann Kermorgant were introduced on the hour mark, with Arter and Pitman making way, and the pair almost had an immediate impact.

Wilson broke free on the right, and pulled the ball back to the edge of the area only for Gosling to leave the ball for Kermorgant, who had already moved on in anticipation of a potential rebound.

And Wilson continued to run the Leeds defence ragged, as just minutes later he burst forward on the right, holding off pressure to get to the byline and drag the ball back across goal, only for it to trickle wide.

But his best chance of the game fell on the 64th minute, as he was put through one on one, only to shoot wide.
The visitors, who were on the back foot throughout the second half, continued to defend in numbers but there was a brief scare for the Cherries minutes later as Boruc saved Austin’s shot before Elphick cleared the follow-up off the line.

 The chance didn't put the Cherries off though as Pugh was then agonisingly denied by the woodwork nine minutes from time, after he had created space for himself inside the area.

And the Cherries’ woes were added to late on as Wilson was brought down inside the area, with Giuseppe Bellusci sent off for the offence, only for Kermorgant’s spot kick to come off the bar.

Leeds United: Silvestri, Wootton, Bellusci, Cooper, C Taylor, Byram, Cook, Murphy, Austin, Mowatt, Morison (Sharp 67).

Unused substitutes: S Taylor, Berardi, Pearce, Bianchi, Doukara, Antenucci.

Booked: Cook (13)

Sent off: Bellusci

Goals: Murphy (36)

Cherries: Boruc, Daniels, Cook, Elphick, Francis, Pugh, Arter (Gosling 60), Surman, Ritchie (Stanislas 72), Wilson, Pitman (Kermorgant 60).

Unused substitutes: Allsop, Smith, O’Kane, Stanislas, Fraser.

Booked: Francis (46)

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