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FULL-TIME

What an afternoon!

Goals by Jaidon Anthony, Jefferson Lerma and Dominic Solanke earn three points at The John Smith's Stadium!

90'

Two minutes added on

Not long to go in this game. 

87'

Final change

Siriki Dembele replaces Dominic Solanke in the final minutes.

Outstanding performance, Dom!

86'

Smith has been excellent

Josh Koroma has tried to race at Adam Smith twice in the last few minutes but both times, a strong challenge has stopped him from getting anywhere.

He's been superb!

82'

Bournemouth substitution

A second change for the Cherries as Jamal Lowe replaces Jefferson Lerma. 

81'

CLOSE!

Almost a second for Anthony!

The winger receives the ball in acres of space on the left, cutting inside and trying to curl his effort into the far top corner.

He's not far away!

78'

Change for the Cherries

The first substitution of the game for the Cherries is Todd Cantwell replacing Philip Billing.

Billing receives a great ovation from the travelling fans as he comes off. Not so warm from the Huddersfield fans but chairman Dean Hoyle claps loudly.

75'

Almost an exceptional goal

The Cherries have just strung together what felt like a 200 pass move.

The build-up play is patient until Cook picks out Anthony with a lovely cross-field pass.

He finds Zemura on the overlap and his low ball into the middle has to be cleared. The offside flag was up anyway. 

72'

O'Neil delivers some energy

The tempo of the game has slowed down considerably in the last few moments.

Gary O'Neil races around the outside of the pitch to deliver what looks like an energy boost to Jordan Zemura on the far side.

The Cherries are managing the game well at the moment but still plenty of time to go.

68'

Final change for Huddersfield

Duane Holmes is replaced by Tino Anjorin for the final 20 minutes. 

65'

Dominating possession now

The Cherries are trying to control the game and keep hold of possession, preventing Huddersfield from getting any rhythm to mount a comeback.

We are sensing a few opportunities to strike as Anthony drives into the area, but good defending stops him from getting a shot off.

Moments later, Cook takes aim from distance but it flies over.

There are more goals in this game but we've also got to be sensible to ensure we don't give Huddersfield hope for a comeback. 

59'

Yellow for Lerma

The midfielder picks up a yellow card for kicking the ball away. 

56'

Chance for Billing

The Denmark international finds himself through on goal here!

Cook sends a brilliant ball over the top of the defence and Billing has made a great run, although he can't bring it down cleanly and a Huddersfield defender gets back.

At the other end, substitute Josh Koroma finds space on the left. He finds Ward at the edge of the box but his tame effort is stopped by Travers.

53'

This found the bottom corner...

The angles literally couldn't have been tighter!

52'

Change for Huddersfield

Josh Koroma replaces Danel Sinani as Huddersfield search for a way back into the game.

49'

Lerma and Phillips vital for the third

Solanke and Billing will earn the plaudits from that third goal but Phillips and Lerma deserve great praise.

The move stemmed from a good forward-thinking pass from Phillips into Lerma, the Colombian receiving the ball on his back foot to take out the Huddersfield player who wanted to nick the ball from him. 

47'

GOAL - SOLANKE

We couldn't have started that half any better!

The Cherries have a third goal and that's a moment of real quality from Dominic Solanke.

We break down the left and Billing cuts the ball into the middle and Solanke flicks the ball, through his legs, into the bottom corner.

Outstanding finish!

46'

Back underway!

The home side kick-off the second half.

Same again, lads! 

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The teams return to the pitch

The Cherries head back out for this second half.

Scott Parker will be keen for his side to continue the work they've done in the first half and add a third goal.

Huddersfield make a half-time change - Levi Colwill replaces Tom Lees.

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HALF-TIME

What an outstanding first half for the Cherries!

Goals by Jaidon Anthony and Jefferson Lerma have us in the lead at the break but some of the play has been really impressive. 

45'

Two minutes added on

44'

CLOSE!

The Cherries look really threatening going forward.

Anthony cuts in from the left and tries to pick out the far bottom corner.

The ball deflects off a Huddersfield defender but falls just inches away from Christie and Solanke at the back stick.

42'

Another great move

Christie controls a flick-on well and sparks a good attacking move for the Cherries.

Anthony receives the ball and finds Zemura on the overlap, his low ball across goal has to be turned behind well by a Huddersfield defender. 

38'

Christie booked

The Cherries man appears to make a good tackle on Toffolo, winning the ball as the Huddersfield left-back attempted to cut inside.

Nonetheless, the referee has deemed that to be a foul and he receives a yellow card. 

36'

Handball shout?

The Cherries have a big claim for a penalty here!

Solanke key to it again as he touches the ball to Lerma, who sprays it to Christie in space on the right.

His low ball into the middle is met by Solanke who cleverly flicks the ball at goal, his effort only stopped by a Huddersfield arm.

We're definitely unlucky not to have a spot kick there.

Moments later Billing shoots at goal but his low effort is saved by Nicholls. 

35'

Kelly receives a yellow

The Cherries skipper is the first player in the book after being deemed to be wasting time.

33'

The second goal!

31'

GOAL - LERMA

That's the second goal for the Cherries!

A mix of brilliant forward play and poor defending, the Cherries double their lead through Lerma.

The link-up play between him and Solanke is electric, the Colombian finding the forward through on goal with a lovely pass.

He attempts to chip Nicholls but the goalkeeper does enough to make the stop.

However, Lees misses his clearance and falls to Lerma, who swipes at goal with his left foot and Nicholls can't scramble back to stop it finding the net. 

29'

Travers with the save

That's a sharp break from Huddersfield as they attack quickly down the left.

Holmes breaks away and clips a good ball into the middle, Ward meeting it with a firm header.

Travers gets across and makes the save, a comfortable one in the end!

26'

Another goal for Jaidon!

The opening goal is Jaidon's eighth goal of the season, an impressive tally in his first season of regular senior football.

He's been very sharp in recent weeks and his link-up play with Zemura continues to excel.

24'

Solanke has been superb

It's still early stages in this game but Dom has been excellent in the opening 25 minutes.

The forward is proving very difficult to defend with his intelligent running, good touches and ability to line up play.

He was key for that goal.

19'

GOAL - ANTHONY

There's the opening goal and it's Jaidon Anthony with it!

That's a superb move from the Cherries. Christie receives it on the half-way line, playing a one-two with Lerma.

The Scotland international feeds in Solanke, who has made a great run down the channels.

Suddenly, the Cherries have a spare man in the middle and Solanke finds Anthony with a good low pass and the youngster slides home. 

16'

Where can we benefit on the attacking front?

Huddersfield are lining up with a back four today and pressing aggressively.

That means if the Cherries can beat the press, they're attacking with a front five as Billing and Lerma join the attack.

Hopefully that means we'll have a player over when heading into forward areas.

There's not been any chances to note in the last five minutes or so, both teams are sounding each other out at this stage. 

13'

Heavily involved so far!

11'

OFF THE BAR!

The Cherries almost take the lead!

As mentioned in the previous update, Billing wins a free-kick in a decent area on the left flank.

Christie takes it and sends in a fantastic delivery, Solanke making a clever run to shrug off his defenders.

He powers a header at goal but it bounces off the crossbar! 

10'

The high press is important

As you'd expect from a team who have only lost one of their last 18 matches, Huddersfield are playing with lots of confidence.

They're trying to play out from the back, which has opened up the opportunity to press high.

The Cherries have regained the ball a couple of times thanks to good pressing, most recently as Billing wins a free-kick in a good area.

5'

Good save Travers!

A couple of moments for Huddersfield here and Travers has to be alert!

Ward found himself in space driving into the area, albeit he appeared to control the ball with his arm.

Nonetheless, his chipped ball into the middle requires Kelly to head behind.

From the resulting corner, Russell rises highest and while his header lacked power, it bounced through a sea of players and Travers has to react quickly to make a one-handed stop. 

3'

CLOSE!

The first chance of the game falls to Dom!

A Huddersfield clearance is chased down by Anthony and deflects kindly into the path of the forward.

His right footed effort is struck well but is well saved by Nicholls, 

1'

Underway!

The Cherries get this Championship fixture started.

Let's go you Cherries!

14:57

Here they come!

The John Smith's Stadium is absolutely packed out here, with both sets of fans, and they provide a huge ovation as the teams make their way to the pitch.

The Cherries are in our usual red and black home shirt, black shorts and in white socks, a change from our normal attire. 

14:52

Not long to go...

There's less than ten minutes to go here at The John Smith's Stadium.

The teams have been enjoying their warm-up in the sun but have head inside for the final words from the management team. 

14:48

What to expect from Huddersfield?

We caught up with Matt Glennon, the former Huddersfield goalkeeper who summarises on their games for BBC West Yorkshire Sport, ahead of the game.

He provided some insight on what to expect from this afternoon's opponents...

What has been behind the remarkable turnaround from last season?

MG: Recruitment and the willingness for the coach and his staff to adopt new kinds of work on the training ground and on the pitch.

They have been fortunate with injuries and have a fully-fit squad. The squad is packed with honest and hard-working players.

Give us your thoughts on Carlos Corberan’s management style?

MG: I think he has been excellent this season and he’s learning as a young coach. Going into his second season, he’s getting the best out of his players.

He’s still a little frantic on the sidelines as you’ll see with his chinos but he’s doing a really good job.

Which player has surprised you most this season?

MG: Matty Pearson. I played with him at Halifax many years ago as a young lad and the way he has stepped in to a top Championship team has been exceptional.

14:36

Billing continuing to develop

Philip Billing spoke to BBC Radio Solent ahead of the game and he revealed the attribute he's developed the most this season.

“Running!

“They put the stats up after every game and every single game this season, Dom [Solanke] and I have been running 12 kilometres a game.

“I knew I always had that but the way we play here, the high pressing, it suits me and I like it.

“I knew I was always naturally fit but I’ve always been more of a ball player, I enjoy having the ball so working hard without the ball, I knew I could do it but I used to go forward and wait for the ball.

“But this season, like I said, me and Dom are up there. Jaidon [Anthony], [Ryan] Christie, everybody – the way we’ve pressed has been enjoyable. Jaidon is the same, unbelievably high!"

The Copenhagen-born midfielder moved to today's opponents Huddersfield on a youth contract in 2013, eventually breaking through to the first team and making 91 appearances before joining the Cherries.

A three-time winner of the Terrier’s Young Player of the Year award, Billing netted on his return to his former home last season, scoring the first goal in a 2-1 victory.

14:30

Our previous meeting

Dominic Solanke was the star of the show the last time we faced Huddersfield.

The striker, who leads the club's scoring charts with 23 goals in all competitions, netted twice in the first half to put the Cherries ahead.

Lloyd Kelly grabbed his only goal of the season so far to confirm the three points. 

14:10

Back in the squad!

It's great to see Adam Smith back in the starting line-up this afternoon!

The 30-year-old has had a bit of a stop-start campaign so far, having missed a large portion with a knee injury before serving a three game suspension, having been sent off against Preston North End.

Scott Parker clearly values the full-back though and he's straight back into the team for this huge game.

14:00

TEAM NEWS

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

The Cherries make two changes to the starting line-up as Philip Billing and Adam Smith come in for Todd Cantwell and Jack Stacey. 

13:55

Welcome to our live coverage!

Good afternoon!

Thanks for joining us for a huge Sky Bet Championship fixture at the John Smith's Stadium.

The Cherries are facing off with third placed Huddersfield Town as the automatic promotion race hots up.

We'll be bringing you full updates throughout the afternoon - starting with the teams in just five minutes.

Other games that day

  • Hull City1
    Luton Town3
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  • Swansea City0
    Birmingham City0
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  • Reading1
    Blackburn Rovers0
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  • Stoke City2
    Millwall0
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  • Bristol City2
    West Bromwich Albion2
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  • Sheffield United2
    Barnsley0
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  • Derby County1
    Coventry City1
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As it stood

PL GD Pts
1 Fulham 37 +58 77
3 Luton Town 38 +14 63
4 Huddersfield Town 39 +8 63
5 Sheffield United 38 +12 61
6 Blackburn Rovers 39 +10 61
7 Queens Park Rangers 37 +8 59
8 Middlesbrough 37 +8 59
9 Nottingham Forest 36 +18 58
10 Millwall 38 +3 57
11 Coventry City 38 +3 55
12 West Bromwich Albion 38 +6 54
13 Blackpool 37 +1 52
14 Preston North End 38 -4 51
15 Stoke City 38 +4 49
16 Swansea City 37 -11 48
17 Cardiff City 38 -11 46
18 Bristol City 39 -20 44
19 Birmingham City 39 -16 42
20 Hull City 39 -11 41
21 Reading 38 -29 33
22 Barnsley 38 -26 28
23 Derby County 39 -7 25
24 Peterborough United 37 -46 23

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