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FT

FULL-TIME

A brilliant performance and a crucial three points.

90'+1'

Into additional time

The Cherries fans behind the goal are in fine voice. This has been a magnificent performance.

Scott Parker has got nearly, if not all, of his decisions right today and it's been a very complete display.

89'

Christie fires over

Excellent from Solanke in the build-up!

He is thrown to the floor but keeps the ball, getting back to his feet and driving down the right side of the box.

He unselfishly cuts it back to Christie but his first-time effort is well over the bar.

The fourth official signals three additional minutes.

85'

Big chance for Dom

That was the hat-trick chance for Solanke!

He races onto a loose ball and is clear through on goal.

He tries to open up his foot and guide it into the far corner but gets it wrong and skewers it wide.

Solanke is yet to score a hat-trick for the club so hopefully he gets another chance!

84'

Final change for Bournemouth

Ben Pearson replaces Lewis Cook as the Cherries make their third substitution.

After a brief stoppage to allow him to remove a necklace that the official didn't like, play resumes.

80'

What a save Travers!

Coventry City are trying to spark a bit of life into the remainder of the game and create the chance to get back into it.

They go close through Waghorn.

The experienced forward picks up a cleared corner at the edge of the box and fires a superb effort towards the top corner but Travers makes an outstanding one-handed save.

The Cherries are in a good position but will want to see out the remaining minutes with as little fuss as possible. 

78'

Attendance is big

Full credit to Coventry, they've announced an impressive 24,492 fans in attendance today.

The Cherries have 2,327 in attendance.

75'

Coventry change

Liam Kelly replaces Gustavo Hamer for the home side.

74'

Clever corner routine

The Cherries leave four defenders back from a corner as Coventry leave three attackers.

The area is pretty sparse so Anthony plays it short to Billing, who cleverly turns and drives into the area.

He tries to drill it across the box but Coventry just about bundle it behind before Solanke can benefit. 

72'

The Cherries taking the sting out

Defensively, the Cherries have dropped into a 5-4-1 formation, with Billing the closest to Solanke but otherwise a very compact set-up.

The Cherries will be aware of Coventry's recent success in comebacks and have done well in the last few moments to take the sting out of the game .

We're keeping the ball well and staying very compact when defending. Just under 20 minutes to go.

67'

O'Hare effort flies over

The Coventry forward receives the ball around 20 yards from goal after a good piece of play by the home side to beat the Cherries press.

He decides to take a shot but it flies harmlessly over the bar. 

64'

Cherries substitution

Chris Mepham comes on for Ethan Laird, who has had another excellent game.

Mepham will play as the right sided centre-back in the three and Smith will move to his natural right-back spot.

59'

Two changes for Coventry

Martyn Waghorn and Kyle McFadzean come on for the home side, replacing Jamie Allen and Jake Bidwell. 

57'

Change for the Cherries

Scott Parker makes his first change of the game and Philip Billing replaces Jamal Lowe.

We're still set-up in our back-five and Billing joins Christie in playing just behind Solanke.

54'

GOAL: Coventry City 0-3 AFC Bournemouth

Dominic Solanke gets the third!

That's a massive, massive goal. The Cherries were under pressure again but break forward.

Christie threads a lovely ball into Solanke's path and the forward nets his 27th goal in all competitions, driving the ball under Moore and into the bottom corner.

51'

Free-kick cleared

Smith wins a free-kick in a good crossing position on the right. Anthony whips it in but it's cleared at the near post.

Coventry threaten on the counter attack as the ball is hooked forward for O'Hare to run onto.

Smith does brilliantly though to race across the pitch and make the tackle. Superb defending.

48'

Chance for Coventry

The first attack of the half comes from the home side as Maatsen races onto Laird's under-hit pass.

He dodges Smith's challenge and drives into the box but loses his footing before he can pick out a shot or a pass.

Kelly does well to intercept.

47'

Another change of shape

Looks like the Cherries have adjusted the shape once again at the break.

Adam Smith looks like he's moved into a back three, playing alongside Phillips as the right-sided centre-back.

Anthony is definitely deeper and playing as a left wing-back.

Very interesting!

46'

Underway!

The Cherries kick us off for the second half. 

HT

Back out for the second half

Doesn't appear to be any changes for either team as they head back out to the pitch. 

HT

That first half

It's been a real battle out there!

Coventry City are a very good team and have showed as much this afternoon, but Scott Parker will be pleased with how his side have defended.

The home side have had eight shots on goal, three of which were on target, and have just edged the possession count with 53%.

However, the Cherries have had two shots on goal and have scored with both of them!

Completely clinical.

HT

HALF-TIME

The Cherries have the lead at the break.

45'+1'

Two minutes added on

We're into two minutes of additional time, which was signalled just after Solanke's goal. 

45'

GOAL: Coventry City 0-2 AFC Bournemouth

DOMINIC SOLANKE!

The change of shape has worked and the Cherries double their advantage.

Lerma threads through a good pass to Solanke, who shifts onto his right foot and fires at goal.

It takes a massive deflection on the way in but Solanke doesn't care!

39'

Travers saves

The Cherries 'keeper is called into action again!

A good cross from the left is met by Gyokeres but his header isn't strong and Travers makes the catch.

Moments later another cross from the left flies across the box without a touch.

Living on thin ice at the moment!

37'

Change of shape

The Cherries have responded to the Coventry chances by changing shape.

We've moved back to our usual 4-3-3 with Solanke as the front man. Lowe is on the right and Anthony on the left.

That means Christie is in a central role with Lerma and Cook.

No doubt Parker is looking to gain a bit of control on the ball, as Coventry definitely have the upper hand at the moment. 

36'

Coventry almost level!

Mark Travers makes a big save before Hamer curls just wide.

Hamer picks up the ball in midfield and threads the ball into the path of O'Hare, who has picked up the space between Kelly and Smith.

It's a golden opportunity but his effort is weak and Travers gets down to make the stop.

From the resulting corner, the ball comes out to Hamer at the edge of the box. He tries to pick out to far bottom corner but puts it just inches wide.

Lewis Cook needs treatment which allows the Cherries the chance to speak to the head coach, and he's fine to continue. 

30'

Good defending Phillips!

The Liverpool loanee has to be alert!

The running of Kane on the right is causing some issues as Rose clips a good ball forward.

Kane beats Smith to it and tries to feed O'Hare in the box, but Phillips does well to make the interception and poke the ball clear.

27'

A battling start!

The Cherries have the advantage at The Coventry Building Society Arena but it's been an even game so far.

Two wholehearted teams who are giving it their all - there's been some excellent football but also some big challenges. 

25'

Good defending by Lerma

Coventry are set up in a way designed to win the second ball. They win one as a lofted ball forward is headed by Kelly and O'Hare darts forward with it.

He tries to thread a pass into Gyokeres, but Kelly does enough to stop him from having a shooting chance. The follow-up provides a chance for O'Hare but Lerma throws himself in-front of the ball and makes the block.

Coventry causing a few problems though!

22'

Nice build-up play

The Cherries are looking really comfortable on the ball and are showing patience on it.

The new system has a lot of rotation - Smith and Laird are very wide and are hugging the touchline.

Christie and Anthony have a bit more freedom, either joining their full-back on the touchline or hovering in a more narrow position.

We fashion a chance as Christie touches on to Laird, who has made a good run down the right. His cross is deep and Solanke can't quite meet it.

Nonetheless, the Cherries win a corner. A lofted delivery is won by Lerma at the back post but after momentary pinball, Coventry get it clear.

17'

Coventry still look a threat

The Sky Blues are hunting for a play-off place so it's no surprise they've had a few moments themselves in the opening period.

Todd Kane has the chance to volley at goal from the edge of the box but skewers his effort well wide, while a long ball towards Gyokeres only just misses the Coventry man.

15'

A great start!

It's been a really impressive opening 15 minutes for the Cherries.

Jamal Lowe took that header really well, it was a difficult opportunity as he had to crane his neck backwards and keep it down.

No wonder he's smiling! The Cherries fans sing his name.

11'

GOAL: Coventry City 0-1 AFC Bournemouth

We have the opening goal!

That's the start we wanted and it's Jamal Lowe who scores it.

The build-up play is excellent down the left as Anthony back-heels it into the path of Smith.

He takes an excellent touch to drive inside before clipping a good cross into the middle.

Lowe does superbly to meet the ball, which is a little bit behind him, and power a header in off the crossbar. 

9'

Laird makes a good run

The benefit of Solanke's deeper role is he can look to link play up and he almost allows Laird to get in, clipping a nice ball over the top of the defence for the wing-back to run onto.

He can't beat the Coventry defender to it and the chance fizzles out, but it's a nice outlet to have as the Manchester United loanee shows his pace.

6'

Gyokeres forces a save

It's been a fairly even opening five minutes as both sides have early spells of possession.

Coventry are another team that like to have the ball and fashion the first chance as Gyokeres makes a good run down the right side of the area.

He lashes an effort towards goal and Travers makes a good one handed save to tip wide.

The Cherries clear the corner.

3'

First impressions

The first thing to note is that the Cherries have changed shape a bit.

As we theorised, Jamal Lowe is starting as a traditional striker with Dominic Solanke playing just off him. I'm sure in some instances, Solanke will be a second striker, rather than just a number ten.

Lowe has been fairly involved in the first few minutes, receiving the ball a couple of times and playing it to other Cherries players. 

1'

Underway!

The Cherries elect to switch ends so they're shooting towards the travelling fans in the second half.

Coventry kick us off. Come on you Cherries!

14:57

Here they come!

After a rendition of Hey Jude, Lloyd Kelly leads the Cherries out to the pitch here!

The atmosphere is really good from both sets of fans and we're set for a really exciting game of football. 

14:55

An eclectic pre-match playlist

The pre-match music can only be described as eclectic as Coventry race through the tracks.

We've had Sweet Caroline, Take Me Home, Country Roads and now Freed From Desire. Who knows what's coming up next?

Spoiler alert, it's Twist and Shout!

We're only a few minutes from kick-off now and are waiting for the teams to make their way out!

14:50

Kelly does a few final bits

One thing I've noticed as the players head back to the changing room - Lloyd Kelly hangs back for a few moments.

He joins Gary O'Neill at the edge of the penalty area to do a quick heading drill, O'Neill throwing up the ball for Kelly to head back to him.

Internally, the skipper has a big reputation for the extra work he does with the coaches and that's no different today as he prepares for kick-off.

He then jogs back to the tunnel to join the rest of his teammates, 

14:45

Checking out the warm-ups

Scott Parker is out and checking out the warm-ups here.

As he does before every game, he takes a wander around the pitch, taking it all in and having a word with a couple of players.

The players do their final drill by the touchline, a short running drill, and Parker gives them a few shouts of encouragement as they come together.

In a few moments, he'll welcome the players back to the changing room to give them some final instructions. 

14:40

A second start for Laird

It's a second start for Ethan Laird this afternoon.

It's been a slow start for the defender who had to wait until Friday for his first start in a Cherries shirt.

The wing-back impressed against Middlesbrough and keeps his place for this afternoon's game.

Let's hope for another good game from the youngster today!

14:30

Warm-ups underway

The Coventry Building Society Arena atmosphere is building!

The home side are expecting around 25,000 fans to be in attendance this afternoon, the queues outside were fairly large!

We're expecting around 2,500 travelling fans and the red and black corner of the stadium is looking good already.

The two teams head out to the pitch to begin their warm-ups as the home side receive a good ovation from the supporters already in the ground.

Parker's side are warming up on the opposite side of the pitch to the travelling faithful but they still get a cheer as they head out!

14:25

On the scoresheet today?

Dominic Solanke and Jamal Lowe have netted a combined 30 goals in the league this season.

Can they find the back of the net again today?

14:20

Anthony on a "special" season

We caught up with Jaidon Anthony in the build-up to today's game, who returns to the starting line-up.

The winger took a moment to reflect on his first full season in senior football and what a memorable one it's been.

“It’s been a special year for me,” he said.

“I’m happy I’ve got to do it when all the fans are back in, I’ve experienced the atmosphere first hand and it’s been unbelievable. It was no different on Good Friday against Middlesbrough.

“It’s been special for me, but we’d like to think we can make it a special season for the fans. They’ve been unbelievable travelling far and wide, especially for some of the early kick-offs.

“They come and follow us and give us all their support. They’re always right behind us and we’ve seen how much of a difference they makes.

“Hopefully they can help us again on Monday against Coventry.”

14:05

Jamal Lowe is in!

Jamal Lowe makes his first start for Scott Parker since the defeat to Preston North End in March.

The forward, who has largely played on the wing this season, will look to add to his six goals in the league.

Looking at the team, Parker has a couple options with how he plays today.

Ryan Christie could drop into midfield and Lowe could play on the right, in the usual formation that we've adopted this season.

Alternatively, Lowe could line-up up top with Dominic Solanke playing slightly deeper in a number ten role.

We've not started like that before this season but that's how we finished against Middlesbrough on Friday and Parker did express his satisfaction with the second half at that game. 

14:00

Here's how we line-up!

Scott Parker makes two changes this afternoon.

Jamal Lowe comes in for Philip Billing while Jaidon Anthony replaces Todd Cantwell.

Chris Mepham comes in on the bench for Gary Cahill.

13:45

15 minutes until team news

The players have started to arrive here and are checking out the pitch, which looks in great condition admittedly.

We're expecting team news to be confirmed in 15 minutes time. 

13:39

Seven years ago today!

We've been reminded that seven years ago today, Matt Ritchie scored THAT goal against Sheffield Wednesday.

A free-kick was touched into his path and from around 30 yards out, he struck a venomous shot into the top corner.

Yann Kermorgant had opened the scoring in that game but goals from Kieran Lee and Chris Maguire ensured the points were split.

Hopefully there's some more memorable efforts today!

13:06

Welcome to our live coverage

Good afternoon,

It's a bright and sunny day at the Coventry Building Society Arena as the Cherries make an Easter Monday trip.

We'll be bringing you full updates from this afternoon's game as the Cherries look to strengthen their promotion hopes.

Other games that day

  • Bristol City1
    Sheffield United1
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  • Nottingham Forest4
    West Bromwich Albion0
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  • Blackpool6
    Birmingham City1
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  • Cardiff City0
    Luton Town1
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  • Millwall2
    Hull City1
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  • Barnsley0
    Peterborough United2
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  • Reading4
    Swansea City4
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  • Queens Park Rangers1
    Derby County0
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  • Blackburn Rovers0
    Stoke City1
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  • Middlesbrough0
    Huddersfield Town2
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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 41 +58 83
3 Huddersfield Town 43 +13 73
4 Luton Town 43 +14 71
5 Nottingham Forest 41 +28 70
6 Sheffield United 43 +11 66
7 Millwall 43 +6 65
8 Blackburn Rovers 43 +8 63
9 Middlesbrough 42 +8 63
10 Queens Park Rangers 43 +3 63
11 Coventry City 43 +2 62
12 West Bromwich Albion 43 +2 60
13 Swansea City 42 -5 59
14 Stoke City 43 +6 58
15 Preston North End 42 -3 58
16 Blackpool 42 +1 56
17 Cardiff City 42 -16 49
18 Bristol City 43 -20 49
19 Hull City 43 -11 47
20 Birmingham City 43 -24 45
21 Reading 43 -28 41
22 Peterborough United 43 -45 34
23 Derby County 43 -7 31
24 Barnsley 42 -31 30

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