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Posted Tue 10 Feb 15 at 21:35 PM

AFC Bournemouth 2-2 Derby County

AFC Bournemouth moved to second in the Sky Bet Championship following a 2-2 draw with Derby County.

Matt Ritchie ensured the Cherries kept up their habit of scoring first in every home game, smashing in from close range in the 12th minute.

On loan Hull City midfielder Thomas Ince equalised for Derby, but Callum Wilson then netted his 15th league goal of the campaign just before half-time.

The Rams produced a spirited second half showing though and substitute Darren Bent found a leveller 23 minutes from time.

The draw means the two sides, both on 58 points, no longer occupy the automatic promotion places together after Middlesbrough beat Blackpool to take top spot.

The game promised to be a thrilling encounter and that proved to be the case, with drama right from the off.

Less than ten minutes had been played when referee Mark Clattenburg pulled back goalkeeper Lee Grant for handling outside of the area.

The Rams number one attempted to throw off Wilson who stood nearby, only to inadvertently carry the ball out of the box.

Yann Kermorgant stepped up to take the free-kick and missed the target, but played a pivotal part in Ritchie’s opening goal in the 12th minute.

The striker chested a cross from the right perfectly into Ritchie’s path and he forced the ball into the back of the net. 

The Cherries kept up the pressure and with skipper Richard Keogh mistiming his headed backpass, Wilson couldn’t quite lift his lob over the advancing Grant.

Derby were far from deflated and Artur Boruc was tested by Bent, who replaced Chris Martin early on and squeezed in a volley from a narrow angle in his first meaningful involvement.

Bent was beginning to show some of the class that earned him numerous England caps and got in behind Steve Cook before setting up Ince to equalise with a cool finish from the edge of the area.

The away side look set to finish the half the stronger of the two teams, with Boruc making saves from Jake Buxton and Jamie Ward.

However, Wilson put the Cherries ahead once again with a thumping finish, having gathered a loose clearance and created some space at the near post.

The second half was a tense affair and there was little to report in terms of clear cut chances apart from Ince’s close range shot, which was blocked by captain Tommy Elphick.

The fourth goal of the evening came from Derby eventually as the impressive Bent found a way past Boruc at the near post, setting up a fascinating final 20 minutes.

Eddie Howe sent on Adam Smith and Shaun MacDonald in place of Marc Pugh and Kermorgant, forming a five man midfield to see out the match.

A point represented a fair and positive result for both teams, who head into the final 16 games as part of the second tier’s promotion race.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie (Pitman 90), Arter, Surman, Pugh (Smith 77), Kermorgant (MacDonald 77), Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Camp, Ward, Stanislas, Fraser.

Goals: Ritchie (12), Wilson (44)

Derby County: Grant, Christie, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth, Mascarell, Hughes, Hendrick, Ince, Ward (Dawkins 65), Martin (Bent 15).

Unused substitutes: Roos, Shotton, Warnock, Bryson, Lingard.

Goals: Ince (30), Bent (67)

Attendance: 11,031 (including 1,356 Derby supporters)

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