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FULL-TIME

The Cherries are held to a draw by Middlesbrough. 

90'+3'

Boro make a sub

Marcus Tavernier needs treatment and is replaced by Josh Coburn.

90+2'

Save

Lloyd Kelly flings a long throw into the area and a defender wins the header. Daniels still has to make the save but collects it and Boro waste some precious seconds.

90'

Dembele shows a few tricks

He's definitely added something as the substitute combines with Lowe to drive into the area. Smith's cross was ultimately cleared. 

90'

Yellow for Jones

The Middlesbrough man fouls Kelly and picks up a yellow.

Three minutes added on.

88'

Final change

Dembele replaces Ryan Christie. Can he be the spark?

87'

Into the final stages

The Cherries are still pushing but have yet to fashion an opportunity.

Matt Crooks is booked for a foul on Christie.

The Cherries are readying Siriki Dembele. 

82'

CLOSE!

Nice from the Cherries.

Laird receives the ball from Cook and finds Lerma at the edge of the box.

He could maybe shoot but finds Solanke in the area. He doesn't have many options so decides to try and lift the ball into the far corner.

He places it well but Daniels makes the save.

80'

Into the final ten minutes

We're still goalless at Vitality Stadium.

It's getting a bit nervy as both teams push for the key goal.

Middlesbrough win a corner on the right and Tavernier's is headed back into the box by Bamba, but over the bar by Crooks.

Aaron Connolly is replaced by Folarin Balogun for the visitors.

77'

Heading into the final stages

Can either team grab the winner?

75'

Lowe heads over

The Cherries have the chance on the counter attack as Kelly prods the ball forward to Cook.

Cook plays a clever reverse pass into Solanke who touches it on to Anthony.

With his left foot, he whips a decent delivery into the middle and Lowe meets it, heading over.

It was a tough header and he couldn't get over the ball. 

74'

Lowe heads on

The substitute's first action is to flick on Christie's cross.

It was a tough cross for Lowe to do anything so he glances it on and hopes it reaches Anthony at the back post.

However, Daniels is there to collect.

72'

Change for Bournemouth

Jamal Lowe is the man to come on.

There was a brief confusion as the fourth official's board didn't reveal who was coming off but Parker confirms it's Billing. 

69'

Change for Middlesbrough

Duncan Watmore is replaced by Andraz Sporar.

The Cherries are also preparing Jamal Lowe but not ready just yet.

68'

Cleared away

The low delivery is met by a Cherries man and it bounces to Anthony, who heads away. Well defended.

66'

Still pushing

Middlesbrough have regained a little bit more control following the substitution but it's still the Cherries on the front foot.

Has to be said that Bamba has been excellent up against Solanke, it's been a brilliant physical battle.

Middlesbrough do look threatening on the counter attack and win a free-kick as Kelly commits a foul just outside the box on the left side. 

61'

First change for the Cherries

Jaidon Anthony replaces Todd Cantwell in the first substitution of the afternoon.

60'

Yellow for Billing

A cynical foul from Billing as Middlesbrough counter attack and the Dane picks up a yellow card.

58'

Sparked into life here!

The crowd have really got this game going!

Christie does well under pressure to emerge with the ball on the right and he slides in Solanke.

The forward steps over it and allows Smith to drive forward with it.

The full-back goes down under a challenge in the box but the referee isn't interested. In fairness, looked like a decent challenge on first viewing.

57'

CLOSE!

We couldn't be any closer!

The corner from Christie is perfect and Lerma meets it, powering a header against the bottom of the bar.

The ball rebounds to Billing who cuts an effort at goal, but it floats just over. 

56'

Crowd playing their part

The Cherries faithful are doing their best to spark something here.

Led by the Steve Fletcher stand, they've sung the name of Dominic Solanke for a good two minutes here.

They're appreciating his work ethic and it's spurred on the team as Billing chases down a seemingly lost cause and wins a corner. 

51'

Both teams battling

No chances to note but both teams are battling away here.

A combination of Cantwell and Billing win the ball and spark a counter attack.

Solanke drives forward and attempts to beat Jones, who has shown impressive speed to get back.

The Cherries man bounces the ball off the wing-back to win a corner, although the referee decides it's a goal kick. 

47'

Just wide!

Middlesbrough have come out brightly for this second half and have the first chance through Marcus Tavernier.

A corner isn't cleared and the follow-up cross from the left is met by the wide-man, but his header bounces wide of Travers's left post.

A good opportunity.

46'

Back underway

Middlesbrough get this second period going.

HT

Moments away from the second half

The Cherries are the first to emerge from the tunnel, doing a quick-feet drill to just get the heart-rate back up a bit.

Middlesbrough aren't far behind them and we're not far away from the second half kicking off. 

HT

That first half

It's been an even encounter so far, highlighted by the stats.

The Cherries are edging the possession count by 51% to 49%, and both teams are level with two shots each.

Boro are the only team to have a shot on target, Watmore's effort which forced a save from Travers.

Both teams have had a single corner and even the foul count is pretty level, Cherries conceding two and Middlesbrough three.

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HALF-TIME

Not a lot to write about from that first half.

45'

Good keeping by Travers

Two big moments from Travers!

Not for the first time this season, Travers is alert to the danger in the area and touches away a drilled cross in the middle, taking it away from the Boro man at the back post.

The Cherries struggle to clear their lines and the visiting team come straight back at them, Watmore firing from the edge of the box. Travers does well to dive to his left and use two hands to push it away. 

39'

Not much to report

It's been a quiet five minutes or so as both teams continue to probe each other. 

35'

Just over!

Cantwell wins a free-kick at the edge of the box as he turns the Middlesbrough defender brilliantly.

The set piece is around 25 yards from goal and is on the right side of the area.

Daniels is showing his left-hand side and Billing steps up to take an effort, aiming for that top corner.

He hits it really nicely and it flies just over the bar! Good effort.

31'

Battling for the opener

There's not been an array of chances in this game so far, Phillips just missing Cantwell's cross and Solanke's blocked effort probably the only moments of note for the Cherries.

It's proving to be a patient battle, Middlesbrough dropping into a very flat back-five when defending.

They have a few threats when attacking - Connolly and Watmore are occupying Kelly and Phillips and Crooks is sitting just behind, hoping to pick up loose balls.

Again, they've not really created anything just yet either but a fairly even game. 

27'

Boro claim for a penalty

A looping cross from the left is met by Jones at the back post and he attempts to send it back in the middle but Smith blocks it.

Jones is adamant the visitors should have a penalty and replays do suggest it has hit Smith's arm.

However, the ball has been smashed into him from around two yards away and he has no opportunity to avoid it.

The referee agrees and waves play on. 

23'

Chance for Solanke!

The Cherries have had to be patient on the ball as they attempt to break down Middlesbrough's back-five and Solanke is almost rewarded.

After a period of possession, Laird makes a good overlapping run and drills a low ball into the area.

Billing steps over it and it runs through to Solanke, although it's slightly behind him which prevents the first time shot.

Nonetheless, he has a shot at goal but it's well blocked.

Smith picks up the loose ball and attempts to get another cross in but Daniels collects. 

16'

Half-chance for Phillips!

Cantwell steps up to take the free-kick and quickly clips a dangerous ball beyond the Middlesbrough line.

Phillips reacts quickly and throws himself at the ball but it's dipped a little too much and misses the Liverpool loanee.

A positive sign though!

15'

Laird in action!

It's been an uneventful first 15 minutes here.

Laird hasn't been super involved but has shown a couple of nice moments.

He defended well to cut out a long ball towards Connolly and showed his first sign of threat in an attacking area.

He played in a simple pass to Christie and continued his run on the overlap, finding himself in plenty of space.

His control allowed defenders to get back but he was clever and wins a free-kick. 

12'

Good covering by Laird

It's been a slow start by both sides as the ball is getting turned over fairly frequently.

After Cantwell's pass was intercepted, Middlesbrough try to hit the Cherries on the break and aim a long ball over the top of Phillips into the path of Connolly.

Laird is alert though and tucks inside to win the header. 

7'

'David Brooks' rings around the stadium

I've mentioned it already but the atmosphere here today is very bright in the early stages.

As has become custom this season as we reach the seventh minute, the name of Cherries winger David Brooks rings around the stadium.

Great to see as always!

5'

Good play from the Cherries

For the first time this afternoon, the Cherries get the ball across the Middlesbrough goal.

We won a corner as Solanke burst down the left wing, his knock-on deflected behind.

The corner was played short and Christie clipped a dangerous looking ball towards Phillips at the back post, but it was slightly too high for the defender to get his head onto. 

3'

How the Cherries line-up

Scott Parker has made a couple of changes this afternoon, the most notable of which being the inclusion of Ethan Laird.

He starts at right-back and Adam Smith is in left-back.

Todd Cantwell is also in the line-up and is a straight replacement for Siriki Dembele, playing on the left. He's played as a central midfielder during his time at the Cherries but largely played as a left winger at Norwich. 

2'

Early knock for Watmore

Duncan Watmore takes a knock as he tries to win an aerial battle with Lewis Cook and needs a couple moments of treatment.

He's good to continue and the Cherries retain possession. 

1'

Underway!

The Cherries kick us off at Vitality Stadium.

Let's go!!

14:57

Here they come!

Vitality Stadium is bouncing as the two teams make their way to the pitch.

The Cherries are in our home red and black strip with Middlesbrough in all green.

We're moments away from kick-off...

14:48

Warm ups come to an end

The atmosphere is electric at Vitality Stadium as the Cherries players go through their final runs in front of the Steve Fletcher Stand.

They get a massive ovation as they clap the fans and head back to the changing rooms.

Scott Parker will get a final chance to deliver a message to the team ahead of kick-off. I wonder what his message will be?

14:39

The players also show their support

Neill Blake and his family aren't the only ones in the Hate Hurts Everyone shirts as the first-team warm up in the shirts.

Staff throughout the stadium are also in the tops to highlight how it is a whole club campaign.

Supporters looking to get behind the campaign can purchase the club’s Hate Hurts Everyone t-shirts which will be available in the Superstore and online here.

All proceeds will go to the Cherries Community Fund, the club’s fund that makes donations to superb causes in the local area.

14:37

Blake family showing their support

AFC Bournemouth CEO Neill Blake and his family show their support for the Hate Hurts Everyone campaign.

The campaign launched today and is going to feature heavily across the matchday as the club join together to make a stand against abuse, discrimination and hate in our stadium, online and in our community. 

14:34

The programme cover star!

Cherries full-back Adam Smith is the cover star for MATCHDAY this afternoon and has been talking about his season so far.

How has the season been on a personal note?
A bit up and down to be honest with you. I’ve struggled a bit with injury so have missed a few games, which isn’t ideal. It’s probably my worst season in terms of injury. But we’re obviously sitting second so can’t say it’s been a bad season! That’s football, I suppose.

How have you found playing under Scott Parker?
I’ve loved it. As soon as he came in during pre-season, all the lads have bought into it. The way he plays is the way I was brought up at Spurs: high press, passing from the back and high energy. I’ve definitely benefitted from it, and I know others have too.

You played with both Parker and assistant coach Matt Wells at Spurs. How have they changed as people?
They’ve got the same personalities! I played with Wellsy when I was very young in the youth team and reserves and when I was in the first-team, gaffer was there. They were both nice guys then and I got along with them so it helped knowing them when they came in.

 

14:23

Parker ahead of kick-off

Cherries head coach Scott Parker caught up with Sky Sports ahead of kick-off.

He knows that Middlesbrough will be a tough task today, acknowledging the visitors are hunting for a play-off spot. 

14:18

Four changes for Boro

Chris Wilder has made four changes with his Middlesbrough side...

Goalkeeper Luke Daniels has come in to replace Joe Lumley, his usual side, while Duncan Watmore, Sol Bamba and Isaiah Jones are also in the starting line-up.

Dael Fry comes out of the team while Folarin Balogun and Riley McGree are on the bench. 

14:11

All smiles!

It's been a slow start to life at Vitality Stadium since his arrival on loan from Manchester United in January.

He's been rewarded with a big chance this afternoon as he makes his first start for the Cherries.

The 20-year-old has been working hard in training and is now deemed ready for action by Scott Parker.

He impressed in the first half of the season, playing 21 times for Swansea City.

He'd previously played under Swans manager Russell Martin at MK Dons last season. 

14:00

TEAM NEWS

Scott Parker has named two changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's game.

Ethan Laird makes his first Cherries start and comes in for Jordan Zemura while Todd Cantwell has replaced Siriki Dembele.

13:29

Check out the Hate Hurts Everyone launch video!

13:27

Hate Hurts Everyone

This afternoon's game marks the launch of the club's Hate Hurts Everyone campaign.

Members of staff at the club are eager to make a stand against abuse, discrimination and hate in our stadium, online and in our community. 

The campaign will continue the excellent work instigated by the club’s award-winning Everyone Together project, focused on tackling prejudice and promoting understanding. 

Hate Hurts Everyone will tell powerful stories about the effects that abuse, discrimination and hate have on people in our community to help us highlight the change needed in our society.

The power of football, sport and community is so strong, and AFC Bournemouth want to give anyone who wants to share our club, sport and community the opportunity to do so with no barriers. 

Together, we can eliminate all forms of discrimination at Vitality Stadium, online and in our community.

Abuse, discrimination and hate hurt, and they hurt everyone.

13:15

WELCOME TO OUR LIVE COVERAGE

Good afternoon,

Welcome to our live coverage for another big Sky Bet Championship fixture.

Middlesbrough are the visitors to Vitality Stadium this afternoon as the promotion race hots up.

No surprise it's one of the warmest days of the year so far then! 

Other games that day

  • Huddersfield Town2
    Queens Park Rangers2
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  • Derby County2
    Fulham1
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  • Hull City2
    Cardiff City1
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  • Stoke City0
    Bristol City1
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  • Sheffield United1
    Reading2
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  • Preston North End1
    Millwall1
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  • Swansea City1
    Barnsley1
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  • Birmingham City2
    Coventry City4
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  • West Bromwich Albion2
    Blackpool1
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  • Peterborough United2
    Blackburn Rovers1
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  • Luton Town1
    Nottingham Forest0
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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 41 +58 83
3 Huddersfield Town 42 +11 70
4 Luton Town 42 +13 68
5 Nottingham Forest 40 +24 67
6 Sheffield United 42 +11 65
7 Middlesbrough 41 +10 63
8 Blackburn Rovers 42 +9 63
9 Coventry City 42 +5 62
10 Millwall 42 +5 62
11 West Bromwich Albion 42 +6 60
12 Queens Park Rangers 42 +2 60
13 Preston North End 42 -3 58
14 Swansea City 41 -5 58
15 Stoke City 42 +5 55
16 Blackpool 41 -4 53
17 Cardiff City 41 -15 49
18 Bristol City 42 -20 48
19 Hull City 42 -10 47
20 Birmingham City 42 -19 45
21 Reading 42 -28 40
22 Derby County 42 -6 31
23 Peterborough United 42 -47 31
24 Barnsley 41 -29 30

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