Danjuma delight sees off City
- Steve Martin
Arnaut Danjuma stepped off the bench to win the match as AFC Bournemouth kept up their Championship charge with a 1-0 win over high-flying Bristol City.
Goalless at the break, the Robins went closest with a Famara Diedhiou shot deflecting onto the post, the Cherries were much improved at the start of the second period.
Dominic Solanke hit the other post at the same end after some good Lloyd Kelly work, Danjuma stepping off the bench to open the scoring inside the last ten minutes with a expertly lofted finish.
The Cherries saw out their win with another clean sheet and leapfrogged City to take up second spot in the table upon the full-time whistle.
Adam Smith returned from injury to start, along with recalls for Solanke, Dan Gosling and Junior Stanislas in four Cherries changes, the Championship fixtures continuing to come thick and fast.
However, Jefferson Lerma missed out altogether due to the hamstring strain he picked up at Watford, thankfully the complaint not as bad as first feared.
Conditions were calm but chilly at kick-off, City getting the game under way in their striking purple, green and white away kit combination.
The away side making a bright start, forward Antoine Semenyo had the game's first big chance, shuffling into space despite a deluge of defenders near the byline, but when shooting finding only the side netting.
Gosling skipped past a man in his own half to set the hosts away on a counter, Solanke, Smith and Joshua King combining in the area before a misreading stopped the the forward foray in its tracks and no shot being taken.
After Solanke was felled on the very edge of the City area, Stanislas confidently stepped up to take the set piece but fired his effort a foot wide of Daniel Bentley's upright.
Asmir Begovic was at his best to deny Tyreeq Bakinson's strike, Famara Diedhiou wastefully heading over when well placed from the ensuing corner.
King was the saviour from another Bristol corner as he leaped to repel captain Tomas Kalas' looping header off the goal line, Solanke then sprinting towards the opposite goal, getting a shot away but seeing it deflect into the side netting.
In the middle of a brief but heavy shower, a silky touch in the box from Diedhiou opened the angles, the Senegalese striker seeing his effort take a touch off Kelly and divert wide off the outside of the post, the half just about staying and soon ending goalless.
The restart taking place without any changes in personnel, a bullish challenge from King allowed the Norwegian to regain possession and cross for Gosling, but the midfielder scuffed at his volley and it went well wide.
King had a further shot blocked on the edge of the box before Solanke led a charge, fed through for King and was within a desperate defensive intervention of receiving the ball back in what would have been the clearest Cherries opening yet.
The hosts were having their best spell of the match and were within the width of the woodwork from turning their pressure into a goal.
Worked well to the left flank, Smith played into a running Kelly, his low centre directed onto the top of the far post by Solanke.
Stanislas was the next to go close, turning smartly on Kelly's pass and directing in a low shot from 18 yards that beat Bentley but also the post by a narrow margin.
Lewis Cook took aim from range but saw his effort gathered by the 'keeper, Diedhiou soon glancing a header in the opposing box that led to an equally as routine a save for Begovic.
The home push still on going into the final 15 minutes, Solanke turned and arrowed in a shot that was just off target, substitute Danjuma doing likewise from a similar spot not long after his introduction.
Danjuma soon had his goal though, slipping onto Solanke's pass driving into the box and dinking and delightful finish over Bentley and into the net.
Having fallen behind, the Robins understandably looked to attack, Begovic taking a couple of aerial balls to relieve the pressure while Smith tested Bentley at the other end as the Cherries equally looked for the game's second goal.
Into four minutes of added time and the octane was still high, the home side seeing out a tight victory and remaining unbeaten in the Championship eight games into the campaign.