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A really disappointing defeat for the Cherries. 


96th minute

A shot from Tyler Smith squirms away from Travers but goes behind for a corner.

Hull taking their time with it, understandably.


93rd minutes

Not a lot to report so far. Hull have eaten up another minute or two with set pieces.

Stacey found himself in the area after Lerma's ball forward but his cross is cleared.


Nine minutes added on

There has been a lot of stoppages in this second half and the referee has added on NINE minutes here.

Williams can't continue and is replaced by Brandon Fleming.


Another stoppage

Randell Williams requires treatment for a foot injury.

We'll find out the length of added time shortly but it surely has to be a lengthy period of time!

This stoppage alone has eaten up several minutes. 


Substitution for Hull

Tyler Smith comes on for Hull, replacing goalscorer Ryan Longman. 


Final change

Morgan Rogers comes on for Leif Davis for the final stages of this game. 


Marcondes fires over

Marcondes wins a free-kick at the edge of the box and steps up to take it himself.

He's a good set-piece taker and attempts a dipping effort, but it flies just over.


GOAL - Hull City

Ryan Longman grabs the goal.

He receives the ball on the left of the box, cuts inside and fires it into the top corner. A good finish.

The Cherries need a response now.


Another lengthy stoppage

George Honeyman requires treatment this time for a shoulder issue.

After several minutes of treatment, he limps off, albeit with the intention of coming back on.

Tom Huddlestone is getting stripped so maybe he'll be replaced in a few minutes.

Should be some lengthy added time here. 


Chances for the Cherries

The addition of Jaidon Anthony has made a difference as the Cherries have a good couple of minutes in attacking areas.

Anthony finds Davis on the underlap who cuts the ball back into the box. Solanke darts across to meet it and looks like he's fouled by Smallwood, who has swiped at the ball.

Nothing from the referee though. Anthony wins the ball back and the Cherries send the ball into the middle from Marcondes on the right, his drilled delivery us acrobatically punched away by Baxter.


Second change for the Cherries

In the midst of another long treatment break, the Cherries make a second substitution.

Jaidon Anthony comes on for Jamal Lowe. 


Game has become very start-stop

The Cherries have started to get back into it in this second half but the game has become very stop-start.

It's through niggly fouls and treatment for players and it's affecting the flow of the Cherries, something that had been so impressive in the first half.

Solanke has a half chance as he glances on cross in the middle but Baxter collects. 


Lerma and Smallwood booked

Stacey goes on a marauding run on the right and wins a free-kick.

Smallwood chucks the ball away and receives a push from Lerma as a result, going down theatrically.

The referee books both. 


Cahill receives treatment

The defender goes down off the ball and there's a moment of worry around Vitality Stadium as it maybe is the end of a second central defender's afternoon.

Thankfully Cahill is continuing for the mean time but we'll keep an eye on him. 


Good save Travers!

Hull have come out for this second half brightly and the Cherries are under pressure.

Eaves turns on the ball around 25 yards from goal and smashes one at  goal.

It's swerving all over the place and Travers does well to get a strong palm to it and send it behind.


Chances for Hull

It's been a sloppy start to this second half as Lewis-Potter has two chances out of nowhere.

The first comes as a long ball is glanced on by Eaves and the young attacker can't provide the finish.

The second as Lerma miscontrols a pass and this time he does get a decent shot off, forcing Travers into a decent low save.



This second half is back underway.

Let's go Cherries!



The Cherries have done everything in that first half, except score.

Scott Parker's side have dominated with 70% possession and have had 15 of the 17 shots on goal so far. 


Davis requires treatment

Mark Travers is called into action for the first time as he palms away Longman's cross/shot at the far post.

However, the play has to be halted for a head injury to Davis in the area, something that has aggravated the Cherries players.

He receives a couple of minutes of treatment but is okay to continue.

Four minutes is added on.



How the Cherries aren't ahead is incredible!

Solanke flicks the ball over the top of a defender into the path of Marcondes in the middle.

He is seemingly tripped and can't bring the ball under his spell, but the ball ricochets to Solanke.

He fires at goal under pressure but sends it wide!


Christie header is saved

Cahill's first action on the pitch is to send a brilliant cross-field pass to Davis' feet.

The left-back whips a ball into the middle, Christie rising highest at the back post but his header is comfortable for Baxter.

The offside flag was ultimately up against the Scot too, but the referee plays on.


A first change for the Cherries

It's an unfortunate moment for Chris Mepham as he goes down off the ball. It's quickly apparent he won't be able to continue.

Gary Cahill is the man to replace him. 


More good work by Marcondes

Lerma clips the ball forward and Marcondes finds himself goal-side of his marker.

He tries to drive into the box but looks to have overrun it.

However, he doesn't give up and gets a toe to the ball, trying to find Solanke at the near post.

Baxter makes the block to send it behind and the resulting corner comes to little. 


More brilliant build-up play

Marcondes' movement off the ball is a joke and he's getting into good goalscoring positions.

Billing exchanges a one-two with Christie and finds his Danish counterpart with a good pass, Marcondes making a superb run between the centre-backs.

Bernard is covering well from the right so forces the midfielder to take a snapshot, something Baxter deals with comfortably. 


Solanke doing everything he can

The Cherries are proving a nightmare to defend against today and that's largely down to the work rate off the ball in attacking areas.

Marcondes and Billing are drifting across the pitch to find space, making it really hard for the defenders to mark.

Christie and Lowe are staying high and wide, ensuring there is an outlet to the sides of the pitch at all times.

Davis and Stacey are working breathlessly to always be available on the overlap.

Most of all, Solanke is causing real issues. He's holding a position on the shoulder of McLoughlin and Greaves, either darting beyond them or dropping in to link up play.

He works so hard and is so mobile that the defenders don't know what to do with him.


Inches wide!

Solanke is so heavily involved here and goes close again!

He meets a cross from the left, doing really well to get across his marker and get his head to it. He's basically dived onto it.

He directs the header towards Baxter's left corner but it bounces narrowly wide. There may have even been a touch by the goalkeeper, but a goal kick is given.

Just have to keep knocking at the door as we're creating good opportunities!


Yellow card for Stacey

The Cherries right back brings down Lewis-Potter near the half-way line and receives the first yellow card of the game.

It was a cynical tackle and he has few complaints. 



This is incredible!

The Cherries have two golden chances to finally get ahead.

Davis cuts it back to Billing at the edge of the box, who curls it into the centre of the box. Marcondes' movement is superb and he pokes it at goal but watches his effort bounce off the post!

Seconds later, Marcondes gets in a crossing position on the right and picks out Solanke in the middle.

He swivels onto his left foot, taking the defender out of the game, and tries to push it into the far corner but somehow Baxter gets across and makes a superb save!

It honestly could be four or five by now!


More chances!

This is brilliant play from the Cherries but we can't quite find the opener!

Solanke is causing havoc as he plays on the shoulders of the defenders and receives the ball from the right, touching it around his marker and driving into the area.

He cuts the ball back towards Billing but a Hull defender gets a touch to it.

That touch sets the ball up nicely for Marcondes who strikes with power is well saved!


Chances for Dom!

Two good opportunities for Dom in a matter of moments!

Davis wins the ball in the Cherries half and picks Dom out with a lovely ball forward, the forward having found himself in the middle of a gap between the two centre-backs.

He brings it down on his chest but his touch is a tad heavy and Baxter just beats him to the ball in the box.

A minute later, the Cherries create the chance on the overlap as Christie clips a cross towards the middle of the goal.

Solanke meets it and tries to find the far corner, swivelling his head powerfully but puts it the wrong side of the post. 


Marcondes looking to keep impressing

Emiliano Marcondes has made another bright start to this game.

He's impressed this month with four goals in his last two games and is picking up some good areas in between the lines, allowing for quick interchange with him and his midfield partners.

The tempo of our game so far has been good, we're being patient but we're moving the ball quickly and sharply and are dominating so far.


Another opportunity!

The build-up play is really sharp!

Marcondes receives the ball in the middle of the pitch and spreads it to Davis on the left.

He clips the ball towards the near post where Billing is completely unmarked and the Dane attempts to guide it across the box, but it's deflected behind. 



This is a menacing start by the Cherries!

They've suffocated Hull in the early stages as good build-up play on the right presents an opportunity for a corner.

Christie sends a low delivery towards the near post and Lerma tried to flick it on at the near post.

He misses it and it just evades Solanke but looks like it's landing kindly to Lowe at close range.

However, the forward appears to be dragged to the ground by a defender and the Cherries players demand a penalty, but to no avail.

A bright start though!



Solanke causes problems just seconds into the game!

The forward chases down a back-pass to Nathan Baxter and the Hull goalkeeper crashes his clearance against the forward, the ball looping over the bar and behind for a goal-kick.

A heart in mouth moment for the Hull shot-stopper.


We're underway!

Nonny carries us into the game with his famous 'Red Army' chant ober the big screen as Hull kick us off.

Let's go you Cherries!


Here they come!

The two teams head onto the field as Kanye West's 'Power' plays over the PA system.

Hull City are in their traditional all-orange kit with the Cherries in our usual red-and-black.

Our announcer Mike Botto announces the team to a huge cheer for every player!

The Cherries are also wearing black armbands in memory of former player Jamie Vincent, who passed away aged 46 this week. 


Kick-off is approaching

We're just 10 minutes from kick-off at Vitality Stadium and the warm-ups are wrapping up.

It's a crisp afternoon and the crowd is building up, so is the atmosphere ahead of a big Championship game.

Scott Parker will be delivering his final message ahead of the action now and he'll no doubt want his side to start quickly, move the ball well and use the home advantage to our benefit.

We'll see how it goes!


Kelly on this afternoon's game

The skipper joined afcbTV ahead of kick-off and emphasised the need for the Cherries to bounce back this afternoon.

He said: "It’s going to be a massive game. Obviously the past results haven't been where we want them to be, we’re going into this game, especially at home, knowing we need to put a performance on. That’s what we’ve been working on this week." 



Scott Parker has confirmed his starting line-up for this afternoon's game, making three changes.

Chris Mepham returns to the starting line-up three years to the day since he signed for the club, replacing Gary Cahill at the heart of the Cherries’ defence.

Philip Billing returns from injury and comes in for Lewis Cook.

The final change comes in the form of Jamal Lowe – Lowe made a positive impact after coming off the bench against Luton and replaces Jaidon Anthony in the starting 11.



Ethan Laird won't be involved today, something Scott Parker confirmed during the week, but we got to know him a bit more in today's match programme.

Here's a few notable answers...

What are your memories of playing for Swansea against the Cherries earlier this season?

I just remember them being very intense. Everything was quick, they didn’t stop running and they did everything to win back the ball as quickly as possible.

What have your first impressions of the club been?

I’m loving it. Everything about it is great – the staff, the players, the place. I’ve already struck up some friendships and everyone has made me feel very welcome. I just want to show people what I can do on the pitch now.  

You made your senior debut for United against Astana in Kazakhstan – what are your memories of that game?

Just the noise! We were a dome stadium and their supporters had drums. I literally couldn’t hear anything. I had Axel (Tuanzebe) next to me and I was shouting at him but he still couldn’t hear me and we were only five metres apart. The stadium was booming.

What advice would you give to a young player starting out?

Enjoy yourself. The most important thing is to enjoy your football because that’s what’s going to take you to the very end. Sometimes you can see people my age or a bit younger fall out of love with football because they are just not enjoying it. It’s really important that you enjoy it. 


Our last home game with Hull

Our last home meeting with today's opponents came in 2016/17 and was a special day for the Cherries:

Junior Stanislas scored twice and set up another for Steve Cook as AFC Bournemouth recorded their biggest Premier League victory.

The Cherries and the Tigers renewed a rivalry that had sat idle for more than 11 years in the first fixture between the clubs in English football’s top flight.

It came in a week when Mike Phelan had been appointed Hull manager on a full-time basis, the visitors bringing a five-match winless run to Vitality Stadium.

Future England captain Harry Maguire was drafted into the heart of the Hull defence to make his full Premier League debut and had an afternoon to forget.

Charlie Daniels opened the scoring in the fifth minute, the defender converting the loose ball after Stanislas’s sweetly-struck free-kick had come back off the post.

Although Wilson also hit the woodwork, the Tigers drew level against the run of play when Ryan Mason’s shot deflected off Steve Cook and gave Artur Boruc no chance.

However, the Cherries forged back ahead when Stanislas whipped in a wonderful free-kick which Cook powerfully headed home on his 200th appearance for the club.

And the contest continued to improve for home fans as Wilson was brought down by Robert Snodgrass in the box, allowing Stanislas to convert the spot-kick to make it 3-1 at the break.

The Cherries extended their lead when Stanislas finished effortlessly following good build-up play between substitute Joshua King and Smith midway through the second half.

Although Hull goalkeeper David Marshall made a string of fine saves to keep the Cherries at bay, Eddie Howe’s team continued to pepper his goal.

And they were further rewarded when a short corner was played back to King who whipped the ball into an unmarked Wilson, the striker heading home to make it 5-1 seven minutes from time.

As the Cherries fans chanted “we want six”, their pleas were answered with a minute left, Daniels slaloming through the Tigers back four before squaring to substitute Dan Gosling who curled his shot past Marshall to round off a sensational performance.



We're at home for the first time in 2022 this afternoon with Hull City are the visitors.

The Cherries are looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat to Luton Town last week.

Meanwhile, Hull City are on cloud nine after being taken over on Wednesday, the new ownership being announced 90 minutes before an impressive win over Blackburn Rovers.

We'll be with you throughout the afternoon with updates!

Other games that day

  • Swansea City1
    Preston North End0
  • Sheffield United2
    Luton Town0
  • Stoke City2
  • Birmingham City2
  • West Bromwich Albion3
    Peterborough United0
  • Coventry City1
    Queens Park Rangers2
  • Reading3
    Huddersfield Town4
  • Blackpool1
  • Bristol City3
    Cardiff City2
  • Nottingham Forest2
    Derby County1

As it stood

1 Fulham 27 +48 57
3 Blackburn Rovers 27 +14 49
4 Queens Park Rangers 26 +9 47
5 West Bromwich Albion 27 +14 45
6 Huddersfield Town 28 +4 44
7 Middlesbrough 26 +6 42
8 Nottingham Forest 27 +6 40
9 Stoke City 26 +4 38
10 Coventry City 25 +4 37
11 Sheffield United 25 +1 36
12 Blackpool 27 -4 36
13 Luton Town 25 +5 35
14 Millwall 26 -2 33
15 Preston North End 26 -4 33
16 Bristol City 27 -12 33
17 Swansea City 24 -4 31
18 Birmingham City 27 -12 31
19 Hull City 27 -8 29
20 Cardiff City 26 -19 23
21 Reading 27 -18 22
22 Peterborough United 25 -30 19
23 Derby County 27 0 14
24 Barnsley 25 -21 14

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