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Posted Sat 14 Feb 15 at 16:50 PM

AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Huddersfield Town

AFC Bournemouth returned to the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town.

The Cherries dominated in the first half and deservedly took the lead through Yann Kermorgant in the 16th minute.

There were further chances for the home side before the break, with Callum Wilson guiding a rebound just wide.

But the one goal difference meant the Terriers always had the chance to get back into the game, which they did just after the hour mark.

In a rare attack, Jack Robinson appeared to have dragged his shot wide until James Vaughan turned it beyond Artur Boruc to level the scores.

The visitors had goalkeeper Alex Smithies to thank for their point as he pulled off two great late saves at the Goldsands Stadium.

Harry Arter also picked up his tenth yellow card for a late challenge on Harry Bunn in the second half, meaning the influential midfielder will now be suspended and miss the visit to Brentford next weekend.

Adam Smith returned to the side for his first league start since late December after Simon Francis reported to the ground in the build-up to kick-off with illness.

The Cherries carried plenty of attacking threat down the right in his absence though, with Matt Ritchie causing the visitors all sorts of problems.

He saw Steve Cook head wide from an early cross before drifting out to the left to pick out Kermorgant, who also narrowly missed the target.

The winger then had his first attempt of the afternoon, a powerful drive which was pushed away by goalkeeper Smithies.

But he eventually added to his impressive assist total for the season in the 16th minute, finding Kermorgant with a low corner which was powered home from the edge of the area.

Although Boruc produced a full stretch save to deny full-back Tommy Smith, chances were proving hard to come by for the Terriers.

The Cherries soon took back control as Arter picked up the ball by the halfway line and carried it half the length of the pitch, only to find the sidenetting.

Howe’s team should have gone into the interval two goals in front, but Wilson couldn’t quite re-direct the rebound from Ritchie’s shot into the back of the net.

The home side maintained their firm hold on possession in the second half, but rarely truly troubled Smithies between the sticks.

They were made to pay for their wasted chances after the hour mark as Vaughan got the decisive touch on Robinson’s shot back across the face of goal.

The equaliser forced the Cherries to spark into life and only a brave block from Smithies could prevent Kermorgant restoring the lead, while Andrew Surman got forward to drag an effort wide moments later.

Ryan Fraser and Brett Pitman were sent on to add a new impetus for the search for another goal, but the Cherries couldn’t find a way past Smithies.

He made two fantastic saves to deny Arter and then Cook as the Cherries’ late rally began to gather momentum.

Cherries: Boruc, Smith, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Pugh (Fraser 74), Kermorgant (Pitman 75), Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Camp, Francis, Ward, MacDonald, Stanislas.

Booked: Arter

Goal: Kermorgant (16)

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Hudson, Wallace, Robinson, Edgar, Scannell, Butterfield (Hogg 88), Coady, Bunn, Vaughan (Miller 84).

Unused substitutes: Murphy, Lolley, Wells, Gobern, Wright.

Goal: Vaughan (65)

Attendance: 10,007 (including 391 Huddersfield Town supporters)

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