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FT

FULL TIME

The Cherries are held to a draw by Peterborough United.

90'+2'

CLOSE!

A good break from the Cherries but as Solanke turned to fire home Cantwell's cross, Lowe was unfortunately placed to block the effort.

90'+1'

Christie shot blocked

The Scottish winger takes a shot from distance but it's blocked and Cornell collects.

90'

Four minutes added on

Can we find a winner?

86'

Double change

Scott Parker is going for the win here. 

86'

Kelly makes a good block

Ward goes on a lung busting run down the right flank and drills a shot at goal, Kelly comes flying across to deflect it behind. 

84'

Christie shot saved

The Scottish winger picks up the ball on the right, shifts onto his left foot and whips an effort at goal. Cornell catches.

82'

Yellow card for Burrows

The Peterborough left-back is booked for pulling down Christie after a good piece of skill.

81'

Change for the Cherries

Jaidon Anthony replaces Jack Stacey for the final ten minutes.

He'll operate as a right wing-back.

77'

SO CLOSE!

There's no words to describe that run from Solanke other than brilliant.

The forward picks up the ball on the left touchline, weaves through a series of players and drills a shot at goal, but it's well blocked. It's a superb effort.

Moments later, Zemura lets fly on his weaker right foot but it flies just over the bar.

71'

Peterborough keep up the pressure

The visiting side win a very soft free-kick at the edge of the box as Kent goes down under pressure from Cantwell.

The free-kick by Ward is good and Billing does well to glance behind.

The Cherries eventually get the follow-up corner cleared, Cantwell winning a foul to relieve the pressure.

69'

Good defending by Phillips

Peterborough are opening up a bit now and threatening.

Ward sends in a lovely low cross into the middle, it's just beyond Jones but Phillips does well to get across and touch it behind

From the resulting corner, Ward's delivery isn't so good and it lofts over the box. Peterborough keep it alive and the follow-up delivery by Burrows is deflected onto the roof of the net.

68'

Second change for Peterborough

Jack Marriott is replaced by Ricky-Jade Jones. The young attacker is very quick and it's not a defensive minded change from the visitors.

65'

CLOSE!

Almost the second!

Billing picks the ball up at the edge of the area and drills one to the far corner.

He hits it really sweetly but it arrows past the wrong side of the post.

64'

Cantwell's driving run

The Cherries are pushing for the second goal and Cantwell goes on a fantastic, driving run, beating several players before being hauled to the ground, although the referee doesn't give anything.

Philip Billing picks up a yellow card for a cheap foul in the middle of the pitch.

Meanwhile, Peterborough make their first change as Sammie Szmodics replaces Jack Taylor.

61'

Great block by Phillips

Peterborough win a corner on the left and it is half cleared by the Cherries.

It falls to Norburn who strikes from the edge of the box but Phillips does well to throw his head at it and block the shot. 

58'

Better!

Christie finds Billing in the middle with a brilliantly weighted ball and the Dane nods it down towards Solanke.

The forward has made a good run but good defensive work allows Peterborough to get it behind for a corner.

The Cherries are completely dominating possession at the moment and will be looking to make it count with a second goal.

55'

That's lifted the mood!

That equalising goal from Christie has lifted Vitality Stadium!

It's all the Cherries now as they look for the goal to put them in the lead.

Dembele could be key to that and he's causing Ward nightmares on the right flank.

He glides past the defender and cuts it back to Solanke in the middle, the forward's first time shot is blocked at close range.

48'

GOAL - CHRISTIE

And the spark comes from Ryan Christie!

The Cherries win the ball in the middle of the park, Solanke finding Christie with a pass.

The Scotland international drives forward and pokes the ball at goal from the edge of the box.

It's not a powerful effort but it's fooled the goalkeeper and finds the back of the net.

Get in!

50'

The start to the second half

There's not really a lot to note so far in the second period.

Billing tried to release Solanke with a quick throw but it's been sloppy on the whole.

The Cherries need a spark from somewhere.

46'

A big second half

The Cherries get this second period underway.

A massive half needed!

HT

A response needed

It's been a frustrating first half but there are definitely positive signs to take.

Scott Parker's side were playing with a greater tempo and intensity in the opening 25 minutes and went close on a number of occasions.

Billing perhaps had the best chance of the half as he blazed a decent effort just over the bar.

However, once Peterborough took the lead through Jack Marriott, they've set about making it a move difficult game for the Cherries.

With near enough the full side back sat behind the ball, the Cherries are having to pick their moments more.

It's a frustrating experience but Scott Parker will want his side to stay positive, stay patient and then take the chances when they come in the second half. 

HT

HALF TIME

The Cherries are trailing at the break.

45'+2'

Kelly heads over

The Cherries win a corner on the left and Christie's cross finds Kelly, but he can't keep his header down.

Was Phillips pulled down in the process?

45'

Two minutes added on

The fourth official signals for two additional minutes. 

43'

Keep pushing lads!

39'

Billing forces a save

The Cherries work the ball down the right nicely, Billing receiving the pass from Solanke and cutting inside to fire at goal.

His effort is low and hard but Cornell makes the stop. 

35'

Bodies everywhere

It's a familiar story for the Cherries as Peterborough have dropped into a very compact defensive line - every player is back behind the ball.

The Cherries work a yard as Billing cleverly flicks the ball onto Stacey, who had darted into the box, but his left-footed effort was blocked.

It rebounded to Cantwell who tries to touch it into the path of Solanke, but a deflection takes it just beyond him.

31'

Yellow card for Zemura

The Cherries look like they might be hit on the counter attack after Lewis Cook was sent flying in the middle of the park, and Zemura brings it to a halt with a cynical foul.

The Cherries man receives a yellow card as a result.

29'

GOAL - Peterborough

The visitors have the lead.

There's a touch of fortune as Ward's ball forward takes a big deflection and falls perfectly into the path of Jack Marriott.

The experienced striker takes it nicely and slots it into the bottom corner.

25'

That should be the opener!

Lovely, lovely football but that definitely should be 1-0 to the Cherries!

Christie clips a lovely ball into the middle of the area, Solanke bringing it under control while under pressure.

The forward then finds Billing with a beautiful touch, the Dane making a good run into the area.

He takes it first time and tries to guide the effort into the far corner, but it's hit with a tad too much power and flies just over the bar.

23'

No breakthrough yet

The Cherries are looking really threatening on the attack but have seen most of their effort go just wide of the post.

We're moving the ball quicker than we have in recent weeks, Lewis Cook and Philip Billing driving that in the middle.

20'

More positivity from the Cherries

There definitely appears to be more impetus from the Cherries to have more strikes on goal and Billing allows himself to take range from the edge of the box.

It's not the sweetest connection he'll ever have and it bounces wide of the near post.

18'

Just over!

The Cherries are getting closer and closer!

We win a corner on the left and Christie trots across to take it.

He picks out Phillips in the middle, who has held his run to open up some space.

The Liverpool loanee volleys first-time at goal, connecting really well but seeing his effort blocked.

His follow-up effort is also decently struck but flies over the bar.

17'

Lengthy stoppage here

Peterborough's Jeandro Fuchs has gone down in his own half and requires treatment. Not sure what caused it but he's taken physio attention for a couple of minutes.

He looks fine to continue though, getting up to his feet and walking over to the side of the pitch.

16'

#FootballStandsTogether

13'

Side-netting for Peterborough

The Cherries don't deal with a hopeful ball into the middle and Clarke-Harris nods it on to Fuchs.

The January signing for Peterborough lashes an effort at goal but it hits the side-netting. 

11'

Billing goes close!

Lewis Cook does really well to ride a couple of challenges at the edge of the box and sends a good ball into the box.

Billing is in a good area and meets the ball, directing his header to the far post.

Yet again, it falls inches wide.

9'

ALMOST 1-0!

This is brilliant interplay by Cantwell and Solanke.

The duo combine really well outside of the box, Cantwell eventually finding Solanke in the middle with a clever reverse pass.

The forward has to hit it on the swivel and drags it just wide of the post.

Scott Parker's side are looking more dangerous on the attack here.

7'

CLOSE!

That's better!

Dembele wins the ball in the middle of the park and sparks a counter attack.

The ball is worked out to Stacey in a good crossing position on the right.

His ball into the middle is deflected just behind Solanke and he attempts to readjust by using the back of his foot to flick it at goal.

He gets a slight connection and deflects the ball just wide of the back post. 

4'

Early pressure from Peterborough

The visitors have caused a few problems in the early stages as a good cross from the right looks to find Clarke-Harris in the middle. Stacey does well to get across and the forward drops to the ground, but the referee waves play on.

Harrison Burrows has picked up a decent area at the back post but his shot goes across goal and no-one is there to touch home. 

2'

Just wide!

A really good start from the Cherries!

The question before the game was about how the Cherries would look to respond to the weekend's disappointment.

The signs in the early stages have been really good - Lewis Cook going on an impressive, driven run before being tackled.

The first chance comes as Dembele brings down a lovely cross-field ball and works inside, finding Christie at the edge of the box.

He tries to guide an effort into the far corner but it rolls just wide of the post. 

1'

Peterborough get us underway

The visitors get this Championship fixture started.

Let's go, you Cherries!

19:41

HERE THEY COME!

The lads make the way to the pitch here at Vitality Stadium!

A light show and Kanye West's 'Power' greet as they head out. The atmosphere is bouncing!

19:28

A nice touch!

We're loving this gesture from the first team to recognise the brilliant work being done with AFC Bournemouth Women. 

19:23

What should we expect from Peterborough?

It's been a tough season for Peterborough United. With just 21 points from 34 games, they're currently sat at the bottom of the table with eight points separating them and safety.

But the 0-0 draw with the Cherries at Weston Homes Stadium highlights how they can find a good performance and will no doubt be another tough game.

We caught up with Peterborough Telegraph journalist Alan Swann on what to expect from tonight's opponents.

Give us your assessment of the season so far for Posh?

AS: It’s been a bit of a mess. They will never have a better chance of staying up at this level with two lots of points deductions knocking about, but they have been regressing rather than improving all season.

They were competitive at home until Christmas, but that has not been the case in recent games. One win in the last 20 Championship matches and none in the last 12 is a fair reflection of form and ability. 

Can you put your finger on why their away form has been so indifferent?

AS:  They have tried many formations and have switched the team around, as you would expect but nothing seems to work. They have had an awful habit of conceding a second goal straight after they have conceded a first.

They don’t seem to have any confidence. Saying that, some of the performances before Christmas were okay. They lost 2-0 at Stoke and Forest and didn’t deserve either defeat. But those scorelines tell you a story.

Who is Posh’s one to watch?

AS: Now Siriki Dembele has departed, keep an eye on 18-year-old central defender Ronnie Edwards who is attracting plenty of attention from bigger and better clubs. He's remarkably cool on the ball for a teenager.

19:16

Warm up shirts tonight

We're wearing special warm-up tops to recognise International Women's Day this evening.

The players are wearing tops with the name and number of each of our women's team on the back.

Parker mentioned it in his programme notes, saying: "It's a small gesture but hopefully one that recognises how proud we are of them and how much we're behind them in their promotion battle this season.'

The women's team are unbeaten in the league this season, their first ever campaign in the Women's National League. 

19:10

Christie delighted with return to fitness

AFC Bournemouth midfielder Ryan Christie revealed he feared his recent injury was more significant than its turned out.

He said: "First of all, I thought it could be up to two months but I managed to turn it round in three weeks so, when I look at that, I take it as a massive positive that I’m fit again and part of the team so soon.

“Hopefully, I can start where I left off as I felt like I was coming into a nice run of form. It would be nice to get a couple more goals in the big games we’ve got coming up.

“Injuries are a setback of football and you’re desperate to see the team do well when you’re not playing.

“Siriki (Dembele) has been incredible and has made a real impact and so have the rest of the boys who have come in.

“Competition in the squad is good – it raises everybody’s level, especially from now until the end of the season."

18:56

Familiar faces

Siriki Dembele says hello to some of his former teammates ahead of this evening's game.

The winger has been excellent since his transfer deadline day move from Peterborough United.

Dembele bagged 31 goals in 148 games in all competitions for Peterborough, his exploits helping them win promotion to the Championship last season.

He told afcb.co.uk before kick-off: “I’m really enjoying it here.

“It’s a different environment. It’s more intense and the demands are greater but really enjoyable.

“I really like the football we play and I feel we’ve got a good chance of getting promoted.

"I really enjoyed my time there [at Peterborough]. When I came here, it was a fixture I was looking forward to and it will be good to see everyone again."

18:45

TEAM NEWS

Here's how Scott Parker's side line-up this evening.

Siriki Dembele returns against his former team, Jack Stacey comes in for the suspended Adam Smith and Ryan Christie receives a recall.

18:40

Will Parker be on the bench?

One of the questions ahead of the game was whether head coach Scott Parker would be in the technical area for this evening's game, having been sent off at the weekend.

According to BBC Radio Solent journalist Kris Temple, there has been no news on charges from the FA and therefore Parker is fine to be in the dugout this evening.

He'll be confirming his team news in just five minutes time!

18:33

The Cherries' latest star

It's been an impressive start to life at the club for Todd Cantwell and the midfielder was the focus of tonight's programme.

Here's the key points from his feature interview:

On Scott Parker...
He's been brilliant. He's exactly what I expected him to be, a player can never fault a manager who is always up front and honest and he's been like that as soon as I walked through the door. We're still getting to know each other in that sense but I think the way the team play and the way I play works well.

On playing in a central role...
I'm really enjoying it. It's taken a bit of adapting; I've obviously played on the left wing for the first few years of my career. I've always favoured being inside and getting on the ball more so to be in the middle of the pitch and causing damage on either side. I think that's a really good thing for me.

On the toughest player he's come up against...

It has to be Kevin De Bruyne, there were a couple of games where I've played against him where it felt like he was playing FIFA and he just did what he wanted. There are other fantastic players I've played against - Paul Pogba for example.

18:21

WELCOME TO OUR LIVE COVERAGE

Good evening!

Welcome to our coverage of tonight's Sky Bet Championship fixture with Peterborough United.

The Cherries had a disappointing trip to Preston North End at the weekend but Scott Parker will be hoping for a response this evening.

We'll have live text coverage from the action.

Other games that day

  • Swansea City1
    Fulham5
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  • Blackburn Rovers0
    Millwall0
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  • Coventry City0
    Luton Town1
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  • Barnsley1
    Stoke City1
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  • Sheffield United4
    Middlesbrough1
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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 35 +59 76
3 Huddersfield Town 36 +13 62
4 Blackburn Rovers 36 +10 58
5 Sheffield United 35 +13 57
6 Luton Town 35 +9 57
7 Queens Park Rangers 35 +9 56
8 Middlesbrough 35 +6 55
9 Millwall 35 +3 53
10 Nottingham Forest 34 +12 52
11 Coventry City 35 +2 51
12 Preston North End 36 0 50
13 West Bromwich Albion 35 +5 49
14 Blackpool 35 0 48
15 Stoke City 35 +3 45
16 Swansea City 34 -11 44
17 Cardiff City 36 -12 42
18 Birmingham City 36 -14 40
19 Bristol City 36 -19 40
20 Hull City 36 -11 37
21 Reading 35 -26 29
22 Derby County 36 -3 24
23 Barnsley 35 -26 24
24 Peterborough United 35 -45 22

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