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Posted Sat 01 Nov 14 at 18:55 PM

AFC Bournemouth 3-2 Brighton

AFC Bournemouth moved up to second in the Sky Bet Championship with a 3-2 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Yann Kermorgant’s 76th minute penalty ensured the Cherries made it six consecutive wins in all competitions with another three points at the Goldsands Stadium.

A Gordon Greer own goal gave the home side the lead, only for Adrian Colunga to equaliser three minutes later.

Marc Pugh put the Cherries in front once again with a well-taken half-volley just before half-time, but the Seagulls fought back with Sam Baldock making it 2-2.

Kermorgant then came off the bench to convert from 12 yards out to conclude an entertaining encounter in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The Cherries survived an early scare as Colunga’s free-kick on the edge of the area was almost re-directed in by Lewis Dunk, but they went on to control the opening stages.

Matt Ritchie and Simon Francis were causing the Seagulls plenty of problems down the right and it was a cross from the full-back which lead to the opener.

Brighton captain Greer stooped to head the delivery behind for a corner, only to see it land in the back of the net.

However, the visitors did get back on level terms just three minutes later as Colunga rounded Artur Boruc and tapped in the equaliser.

Pugh then capped off an eventful 13 minutes in the first half as he produced an acrobatic half-volley to put the Cherries back in front.

The ball eluded the crowd around the penalty spot and bounced in front of the in-form winger, who adjusted quickly to fire in his fourth goal in two games.

There had been plenty of drama in the first half and the early indications were that the second would be just the same.

Howe’s team were indebted to Boruc just after the interval as he pulled off a fine reflex save from Dunk’s close range header.

But the Seagulls were building some valuable momentum, which eventually helped force an equaliser on the hour mark as Baldock smashed the ball home.

There was to be another goal and one last twist as Callum Wilson was brought down in front of the Steve Fletcher Stand.

Referee Keith Stroud pointed to the spot and substitute Kermorgant sent goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi the wrong way.

Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Ritchie (Fraser 63), Surman, Arter, Pugh, Pitman (Kermorgant 63), Wilson.

Substitutes: Camp, Smith, Harte, Gosling, Rantie.

Booked: Cook

Goals: Greer OG (25), Pugh (38), Kermorgant (pen 76)

Brighton & Hove Albion: Al-Habsi, Hughes (Calderon 13), Dunk, Greer, Bennett; Holla, Forster-Caskey, Gardner, Teixeira, Colunga (Lua Lua 62), Baldock (Mackail-Smith 73).

Substitutes: Walton, Chicksen, Ince, McCourt.

Booked: Bennett, Forster-Caskey

Goals: Colunga (28), Baldock (60)

Attendance: 10,166 (including 1,235 Brighton supporters)

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