AFC Bournemouth opened up a four point gap at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with a 2-0 win at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Playing ahead of their rivals in a televised fixture at the Amex Stadium, the Cherries recorded an important three points thanks to Kermorgant’s free-kick and a calm finish from Callum Wilson.
With Eddie Howe’s team slightly below their best in the final third, Kermorgant produced a spectacular set piece 20 minutes from time to put his side ahead.
Wilson then made sure of the victory with the second to set a new club record for league goals scored in one season, passing the 88 netted by the class of 1957.
With both teams looking for crucial points for differing reasons, there was a sense of tension on the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Both goalkeepers watched on as dangerous crosses were sent in to their boxes, but neither was forced into a save in the first half.
The Cherries’ most promising attack came six minutes from the break as Wilson held off his marker to set up Matt Ritchie, who fired over from the edge of the area.
It was the home side’s turn to go close after the break as some tidy footwork from on loan Liverpool youngster Joao Teixeira created an opening for Dale Stephens to clear the woodwork from a similar position.
It proved to be the spark the game needed and although Marc Pugh began to enjoy some success down the left, Artur Boruc was tested moments later by Leon Best.
The Cherries responded well to the Seagulls’ improved showing though and Kermorgant met Ritchie’s inswinging centre and aimed a header narrowly off target.
Howe decided to use his bench to swing the game back into his side’s favour and it soon paid dividends.
Substitute Adam Smith was hacked down by Lewis Dunk and Kermorgant smashed the free-kick into the top corner as the away end erupted.
They were back on their feet again 11 minutes later as Wilson latched on to his strike partner's through ball, twisted his way through the defence and found the back of the net.
Brighton & Hove Albion: Stockdale, Bruno, Halford, Dunk, Bennett, Stephens, Kayal (Ince 67), Calderon, Teixeira (Mackail-Smith 74), Carayol (Lua Lua 74), Best.
Unused substitutes: Walton, Hughes, Forster-Caskey, O’Grady.
Cherries: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Pugh (Smith 63), Kermorgant (Gosling 84), Wilson (Jones 88).
Unused substitutes: Camp, Ward, Stanislas, Pitman.
Goals: Kermorgant (70), Wilson (81)