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FULL TIME

Scott Parker is instantly on to grab Jamal Lowe, who is being mobbed by his teammates.

He also grabs Mark Travers, who made a sensational save in the final moments.

What an atmosphere here!

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A MASSIVE THREE POINTS!

90'+4'

Carnage here

How?!

Mark Travers makes a superb save to prevent Josh Maja from equalising.

The follow up header from Fletcher is also brilliantly saved but the offside flag was up anyway.

Travers, you hero!

90'+2'

CLOSE

Almost a third!

Cantwell makes a great turn and finds Dembele in space, he tries to guide his effort into the far corner but a deflection takes it just wide!

90'

Six minutes added time

The Cherries have six minutes to see out the game here.

Ben Pearson comes on for Siriki Dembele amidst the carnage.

88'

GOAL - LOWE!

SCENES AT VITALITY STADIUM!

Zemura's low cross couldn't be turned home by Solanke and it falls for Lowe to net!

The celebrations are wild here, the bench go crazy! SCENES!

88'

Marcondes shot saved!

The Dane receives the ball from a Laird throw and strikes at goal, forcing Bonham into a save. He just about keeps his hands on it.

86'

The moment of the equaliser!

85'

CLOSE!

Almost the lead!

Kelly makes a great run down the left and drills the ball into Lowe, he turns his marker and drives an effort towards the far corner.

It blazes just wide!

83'

GOAL - SOLANKE

There's the leveller!

Solanke does brilliantly to drive up the left side and win a free-kick.

Cantwell's cross is headed back across goal by Kelly and Solanke is there to nod home.

Game on!

80'

Kelly booked

Not sure why he's picked up a yellow card but Kelly is booked.

79'

Another stoppage

Tommy Smith picks up an injury trying to stop a Zemura cross and needs physio treatment.

Stoke have prepared a chance as Josh Maja replaces Jacob Brown.

Smith looks set to continue.

77'

Second change

Scott Parker makes an attacking midfield switch as Marcondes replaces Cook.

74'

Thanks for the support

Today's attendance is 9613 with 1081 visiting fans.

74'

Change for the Cherries

Ethan Laird comes on for his debut, replacing Adam Smith.

Stoke bring on Sam Clucas for Jordan Thompson.

15 minutes to go to get something from this game!

73'

Long stoppage here

A Stoke player needs treatment so there's a long stoppage as both teams head to the touchline for instructions.

Ethan Laird being prepared here...

70'

Cook booked

The midfielder is adjudged to have made a foul at the edge of the box. It doesn't look like a foul on the replay and Cook agrees, getting a yellow for his furious reaction.

67'

A frustrating few minutes

We're playing a bit too much into Stoke's game plan at the moment, the game is being disrupted too frequently and the Cherries haven't had a chance in near enough ten minutes.

Billing the latest to give away a foul on the left in a good crossing position, but he redeems himself with a good defensive header from the resulting set piece. 

64'

Keep pushing

59'

Cherries need to avoid cheap free-kicks

We've been much in the ascendancy for this second half but Stoke have won a couple of cheap free-kicks on the right wing, allowing them to slow down the tempo and create chances from set pieces.

The most recent one lands at Harwood-Bellis in the middle but he heads over. Good chance for him.

56'

Yellow for Thompson

The referee shows a yellow card to Jordan Thompson for time-wasting on a throw in.

54'

Cantwell fires wide

The pressure is all the Cherries here!

Dembele works it to Cantwell at the edge of the box, he turns and fires at goal. It's a fairly loose effort and flies well wide. 

53'

BAR!

How are we not level??

This time Cantwell sends in a brilliant cross to Billing, the Dane tries to guide his header into the far corner.

Bonham is rooted to the spot but watches the ball bounce off the bar. 

52'

Another chance!

This is much better from the Cherries!

Good build-up play as we work the ball to Dembele on the left.

He drives into the area and lays it off to Cantwell, but it's slightly behind the loanee and his effort is straight at the keeper.

50'

BIG CHANCE!

We should be level here!

A corner isn't cleared and the ball comes back into the middle. Kelly heads it on and it bounces through to Billing, but he can't get his feet sorted and tuck home.

Powell may have poked it over the bar from under Phil's feet.

47'

SOME SAVE!

SO CLOSE TO THE EQUALISER!

The Cherries push forward and Smith clips in a lovely cross into the middle.

Cantwell rises highest and directs a header towards the top left corner but somehow Bonham gets across to tip it wide. Superb save!

A good start from the Cherries who will see a lot of the ball in this second half.

46'

Back underway!

The Cherries get this second half started.

A big half needed!

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That first half

The Cherries have had better opening periods than that.

We've had moments of rustiness on the ball and haven't created as many clear cut chances as we'd have liked.

Admittedly Smith's goal was a great strike but there have been other chances for the visitors.

Nonetheless, the red card has opened the game right out and if the Cherries can keep the game flowing, they'll have chances in the second half.

It will be interesting if Parker makes any changes at the break - Marcondes is likely to get on if the score stays the same and we could maybe see Ethan Laird make his debut, perhaps in a more advanced position than his usual right-back role. 

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HALF TIME

The Cherries are trailing at the break. 

45'

Three minutes added on

44'

Chance for Billing

That's the first big chance for the Cherries!

Lewis Cook is picking out some great passes and finds Billing in acres of space at the edge of the box.

He turns as he receives it and attempts to drill the ball into the far corner but drags it wide. 

42'

Lowe booked now

Another yellow card here as Jamal Lowe is the latest man in the book for a pull. 

40'

Mepham booked

It's becoming a scrappy game here as Mepham picks up a yellow card for a mistimed challenge on Brown. 

37'

Yellow for Brown

The Stoke forward receives a yellow card for a late challenge from behind on Zemura. 

34'

GOAL DISALLOWED

Big call from the referee here!

The Cherries think they have an equaliser as Cook's low cross deflects off Solanke and finds the bottom corner.

However, the referee disallows it for a handball and to be fair, it does appear to have hit his hand. 

31'

RED CARD - Fox

Oh wow, Morgan Fox is off here.

The Stoke full-back goes into a heavy challenge on Philip Billing and receives a red card. 

30'

Brilliant by Mepham

It's all Stoke at the moment.

A good cross from the right gives the opportunity for Brown to win a header in the middle of the box but Mepham does well to get his body across and win the header, taking a clattering in the process. 

28'

Powell fires over

It's another misplaced pass in midfield that is jumped upon by Stoke, this time Nick Powell taking aim from distance.

Billing does well to dive across and deflect it behind for a corner. Kelly deals with the set piece. 

26'

WHAT A SAVE!

A rare mistake from Cantwell as his switch of play is intercepted by Brown.

The Stoke forward drives forward and looks to pick out the top corner, Travers doing well to get across and tip it over.

The Cherries being punished for rustiness so far. 

24'

Yellow card for Smith

The Stoke goalscorer receives a yellow card for a foul on Dembele. He's causing issues with his direct running and hopefully he'll be key in getting back into this fixture.

23'

Cherries looking for a response

I wouldn't quite call it our first chance but Solanke has a shot.

Dembele dances down the left touchline and crosses the ball into the middle, where Solanke has peeled off his marker.

The cross is a bit behind the Cherries forward and he can't wrap his foot around it and cause any problems.

20'

GOAL - STOKE

The opening goal falls to Stoke.

Kelly's clearing header is picked up by a Stoke man and they look to release Jacob Brown in the middle, the forward set to pull the trigger in a central area.

Mepham recovers to make a great challenge but the ball falls kindly for Tommy Smith and the right-back, who scored at this ground last season for Stoke, powers home a superb shot in off the post. 

18'

First effort at goal

The first real effort at goal and it was one that didn't threaten Travers at all.

Stoke win a free-kick on the left and Nick Powell wins the header, but skewers it well wide. 

16'

A battle so far!

11'

Free-kick headed away

The Cherries work an opening on the right, Cantwell winning the loose ball in the middle of the pitch and sparking an attack.


Lowe finds Solanke on the overlap, who touches it to Smith who is darting down the right side of the area.

He's pushed to the ground and the Cherries have the chance the clip the ball into the box.

Cantwell sends in the delivery but a glancing defensive header stops a Cherries player from getting to it.

Smith is later penalised for a foul in the middle of the pitch, despite replays suggesting he won the ball.

7'

Cantwell showing for the ball

Still no chances to either team so far but Cantwell has done well in the early stages.

The Norwich loanee has largely played as a winger in his career so far but is playing as a central midfielder under Parker and looks right at home.

He's worked really hard in the opening stages, whether that's tracking back to make a good interception or getting into areas where he can receive the ball from the defenders and bounce it to a teammate.

You can see him quickly becoming a fan favourite!

2'

A bright start

No chances to report in the game so far but the Cherries have started fairly brightly.

We're moving the ball nicely and two of the new boys - Todd Cantwell and Siriki Dembele - earn applause for clever bits of play.

Cantwell makes a clever turn under pressure to spray the ball to the right wing before Dembele keeps the ball despite being pushed to the floor, getting back to his feet to evade a number of challenges. 

1'

Underway!

Stoke City, lining up in green and black today, get the game started.

Come on you Cherries!

14:57

HERE THEY COME

The sun is shining and the crowd is making lots of noise as the two teams make their way out to the pitch.

The atmosphere is excellent, it's a big game for the Cherries - let's go!

A reminder of our line-up: Travers; Smith, Kelly (C), Mepham, Zemura; Cook, Billing Cantwell; Dembele, Lowe, Solanke. 

14:52

Less than 10 minutes away

We're getting closer and closer to kick-off here at Vitality Stadium.

The players were wearing shirts dedicated to Level Playing Field, a charity campaigning for an inclusive matchday experience and equal access for all disabled sports fans in England and Wales.

14:37

First look at Ethan Laird

The Cherries defender is named on the bench for the first time since his arrival on loan from Manchester United in January.

A hamstring injury has been the hindrance so far but he'll be hoping to get to make his debut today and kick-start his Cherries career.

14:30

What to expect from Stoke City?

We spoke to BBC Radio Stoke journalist Nigel Johnson to find out a little latest on this afternoon's opponents, Stoke.

How have Stoke fared since the teams met in October?

NJ: They did fairly well up to Christmas and did quite well after the January transfer window. But in recent times, they have slipped.

Against Luton Town on Wednesday, it was probably the worst performance that Stoke have put on for a long time. They have problems.

Who is Stoke’s rising star?

NJ: Perhaps Jacob Brown up front. He's a young player who is developing nicely. He’s quick, he’s quite skilful and he’s the leading scorer.

He’s a hard-working lad who always gives 100 per cent every time he goes on the pitch.

I’m quite sure that he will develop well and will be quite an asset to the Potters in the future.

14:22

A big week for Jamal Lowe!

A start for Jamal Lowe caps off an unforgettable week.

The Cherries forward's partner Holly gave birth to their third child this week, Ziggy.

Everyone at the club is delighted for Jamal and the family received lots of well-wishes from his teammates and from across the football community.

He mentioned ahead of the game that he has a good scoring record in the games following the birth of his children so hopefully that can continue today! 

14:12

Welcome back, Adam!

It's great to see defender Adam Smith return to the line-up today!

He made a brilliant start to the season under former teammate Scott Parker but picked up an injury after the win over Sheffield United in October.

He returned for the draw with Fulham in December but has been missing ever since with a knee injury.

However, it's clear that Parker loves the full-back and hopefully will make a big impact for the remainder of the season.

14:00

TEAM NEWS

Here's how we line-up for this afternoon's game.

Nat Phillips and Jaidon Anthony miss out from the squad, so Chris Mepham and Jamal Lowe come in.

Meanwhile, Adam Smith makes his return from injury as he comes in for Jack Stacey.

13:45

Nat the music man

The programme interview with Nat Phillips today has revealed some interesting facts about the on-loan defender.

Phillips is a bright guy, having earned 4 A* and 5 As in GCSE, including in maths and was set to go to University in North Carolina before Liverpool came in for him in the days before the flight.

He's also got a keen music side to him and starred at the subject at school, having grown up playing the drums, trombone and even did guitar lessons.

Well worth a read!

13:25

OUR LAST MEETING WITH STOKE

The visit to Stoke City earlier in the season proved to be a record-breaking encounter for the Cherries.

Dominic Solanke was alert to capitalise on Adam Davies's spill in the 51st minute to tuck home the only goal.

The clean sheet made it the sixth consecutive clean sheet for the Cherries away from home, a run that lasted seven matches before the defeat to Derby County. 

It was a club record, beating the run of five matches set by Ken Bird in 1947/48 and Ryan Allsop in 2012/13.

13:15

Last time out

It feels like a long time ago now, but we were last in action on February 12th.

And what a game it was - after trailing to Blackpool until the 86th minute, Jamal Lowe came on and netted a late equaliser.

Siriki Dembele made it one better when he scored with near enough the final kick of the game, slotting past Daniel Grimshaw to secure a memorable three points.

We'll be hoping that the momentum is still there to carry on our form in today's game.

13:00

WELCOME TO OUR LIVE COVERAGE

We're finally back!

It's a bright, sunny day at Vitality Stadium this afternoon - a long way from the conditions that forced the postponement of our games with Nottingham Forest and Swansea City.

Stoke City are the visitors today in a highly anticipated Championship fixture, Scott Parker's side looking to build on a run of three wins in a row and cement themselves in the promotion places. 

Other games that day

  • Blackburn Rovers1
    Queens Park Rangers0
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  • Peterborough United0
    Hull City3
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  • Blackpool4
    Reading1
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  • Luton Town1
    Derby County0
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  • Coventry City1
    Preston North End1
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  • Cardiff City0
    Fulham1
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  • Birmingham City0
    Huddersfield Town2
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  • Millwall1
    Sheffield United0
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  • Barnsley3
    Middlesbrough2
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  • Nottingham Forest2
    Bristol City0
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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 33 +53 70
3 Huddersfield Town 35 +10 59
4 Blackburn Rovers 34 +12 57
5 Queens Park Rangers 34 +10 56
6 Luton Town 33 +9 54
7 Sheffield United 33 +10 53
8 Middlesbrough 33 +8 52
9 Nottingham Forest 33 +12 51
10 Coventry City 33 +5 51
11 Millwall 33 +2 49
12 Preston North End 35 -1 47
13 West Bromwich Albion 33 +5 46
14 Blackpool 34 -1 45
15 Stoke City 33 +4 44
16 Bristol City 35 -18 40
17 Swansea City 31 -11 38
18 Hull City 35 -9 37
19 Birmingham City 35 -15 37
20 Cardiff City 34 -14 36
21 Reading 34 -25 29
22 Barnsley 33 -24 23
23 Derby County 34 -4 21
24 Peterborough United 33 -42 21

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