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Posted Tue 28 Oct 14 at 21:35 PM

AFC Bournemouth 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

AFC Bournemouth are through to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals following a 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion.

Goals from Eunan O’Kane and Callum Wilson helped the Cherries make history as they progressed to the last eight for the first time in the competition.

O’Kane was on hand to finish off Junior Stanislas’ surging run in the 49th minute to give the home side the lead before substitute Georgios Samaras levelled with just five minutes remaining.

But just 145 second later Wilson raced up the other the end of the pitch and scored what proved to be the decisive goal.

It was an end-to-end encounter played out in front of more than 11,500 supporters at the Goldsands Stadium but Eddie Howe’s men deserved their place in the next stage.

Howe made ten changes to the starting line-up and stayed loyal to the players that had helped the Cherries progress to the fourth round for the first time in more than 50 years.

Captain Tommy Elphick was the only player to keep his place from the historic win at Birmingham City, with Harry Arter and Steve Cook suspended and Andrew Surman cup tied.

Adam Smith and Yann Kermorgant were among the recalled players and they combined early on to test Baggies goalkeeper Boaz Myhwill.

With a place in the last eight at stake, neither side was prepared to sit back and both Tokelo Rantie and Youssof Mulumbu had efforts saved at either end of the pitch.

Dan Gosling had been in fine goal scoring form in the competition, netting in each of the three previous rounds, and almost found the back of the net once again but aimed his header just wide of the target
midway through the first half.

However, it was a man opening his account for the season who got the first goal. O’Kane raced through midfield alongside Stanislas, who played in the midfielder to drill the ball into the sidenetting.

Baggies manager Alan Irvine responded by sending on Stephane Sessegnon, but the change had little effect as Lee Camp continued to wait for his first significant save.

Irvine then called upon England under-21 striker Saido Berahino after Howe had replaced Ryan Fraser and Rantie with Wilson and Simon Francis.

But it appeared there would be late heartbreak for the Cherries after Samaras’ finish deflected off Elphick and past Camp to end the team’s run of not conceding in the competition.

There was one last twist though with Wilson finding a late winner to spark wild celebrations in the Steve Fletcher Stand.

Cherries: Camp, Smith, Elphick, Cargill, Harte, Fraser (Francis 75), O'Kane, Gosling, Stanislas, Kermorgant (MacDonald 88), Rantie (Wilson 69).

Unused substitutes: Flahavan, Daniels, Ritchie, Pitman.

Booked: O’Kane, Harte

Goals: O’Kane (49), Wilson (86)

West Brom: Myhill, Gamboa, Dawson, McAuley, Davidson, Baird, O’Neil (Sessegnon 63), Mulumbu, Blanco (Berahino 73), Anichebe, Ideye (Samaras 55).

Unused substitutes: Foster, Wisdom, Gardner, Roofe.

Booked: Dawson, Mulumbu

Goal: Samaras (85)

Attendance: 11,296 (including 2,716 West Brom supporters)

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