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Posted Tue 03 Mar 15 at 21:35 PM

AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Wolves

AFC Bournemouth returned to winning ways with a 2-1 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Three points moves the Cherries up to fourth in the Sky Bet Championship, climbing above Norwich City.

Eddie Howe’s team claimed the win thanks to goals in both halves, and either side of Benik Afobe’s leveller, from Yann Kermorgant.

Kermorgant hit double figures in the league as he converted from Callum Wilson’s cross, but Wolves’ January signing Afobe clinically completed a counter attack late on in the opening period.

The Frenchman was back on the scoresheet three minutes after the restart though, putting away the penalty earned by Wilson, who was brought down by Richard Steadman.

Having lost their record of scoring first in every home league game in the 0-0 draw with Blackburn Rovers, the Cherries returned to form with a tenth minute opener from Kermorgant.

The hard work was done down the right hand side by Kermorgant’s strike partner Wilson, who picked him out with a low cross which was met by a thumping finish.

It proved to be the only clear cut chance of the half until Harry Arter went close on the 30 minute mark with a strike from distance which swerved wickedly in the air before going behind for a corner via a deflection.

With plenty of pace up front, Wolves always posed a threat and Afobe darted between the two centre backs to reach a through ball and sidefoot past Artur Boruc just before half-time.

The Cherries responded well though and Wilson turned his marker to create an opening, although he aimed his left footed drive too close to Tomasz Kuszczak.

The equaliser sparked the game into life and Boruc made a save from Afobe and then saw Dave Edwards guide a curling shot just off target ahead of the interval.

The second half picked up where the first left off and the home side were awarded a penalty inside the first two minutes.

Kermorgant played in Wilson and he touched it on, only to be brought down by Stearman a yard inside the area.

It was Kermorgant who took responsibility and although Kuszczak guessed correctly, going down low to his left, the ball went under his body.

Stearman atoned for conceding the penalty with a little over 20 minutes to play as he blocked Marc Pugh’s goalbound effort on the line following some selfless closing down by Wilson.

With the hosts looking comfortable after re-taking the lead, Wilson almost got the goal he deserved, flashing effort back across the box and narrowly wide of the target.

Wolves left it late for a rally and Howe responded by giving substitute Elliott Ward his first league appearance in almost a year to sure up the defence.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie (Smith 84), Arter, Surman, Pugh (Ward 90), Kermorgant (Pitman 90), Wilson.

Unused substitutes: Camp, MacDonald, Fraser, Rantie.

Booked: Cook, Francis, Pugh

Goals: Kermorgant (10, 49)

Wolves: Kuszczak, Doherty, Batth, Stearman, Hause, van La Parra, McDonald, Edwards, Sako, Afobe, Dicko (Doyle 75).

Unused substitutes: McCarey, Golbourne, Henry, Price, Ebanks-Landell, Iorfa.

Booked: Stearman, Doherty

Goal: Afobe (39)

Attendance: 9,851 (including 1,335 Wolves supporters)

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