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A huge three points on the road as we go SIX clear at the top of the Championship. 

There was plenty of late pressure from Stoke but we rode the storm and are heading home happy! 

Thank you for following us this evening. Make sure you keep an eye on afcb.co.uk for post-match reaction throughout the night. 


A final substitution...

Ryan Christie goes off, as Jamal Lowe comes on. 


A second change...

Chris Mepham is coming on for Philip Billing as we enter the final few minutes... 


Five added on...

Come on, lads! 


Lerma heads behind...

A long free-kick goes into the box after Lerma's initial foul, but it's that man who clears it and sends the ball for a corner. 

It goes in and bobbles in the box. There are shouts that it hits Billing's arm, but the referee waves claims away. Replays show there wasn't anything in that! 


Campbell fires wide

Sam Surridge plays a lovely pass into the path of Campbell, but under pressure from Travers, the striker pokes it well wide.


Change for Bournemouth

Ben Pearson comes on and replaces Gavin Kilkenny, who has put in another excellent shift.


Save by Travers!

A cross into the box bounces out to Campbell, his low effort is well held by Travers!


Travers receives treatment

The goalkeeper has gone down off the ball, which allows the Cherries to regroup with Scott Parker for some instructions.

Travers is thankfully good to continue and after a few minutes stoppage, play resumes.



What an effort by Solanke!

Zemura drives into the box and fires it into his feet. It sticks to him like clue before he takes a clever touch inside and opens up a shooting chance.

He hits it well but it bounces off the bar and eventually the goalkeeper collects.

So close!


Thompson fires over

A good cross in the box is aimed towards Surridge, but Cahill gets so high to head away.

It lands to Thompson who fires well over the bar.

Meanwhile, Stoke make their third change as Tyrese Campbell replaces Jacob Brown. It's the striker's first game in a year and he gets a rapturous ovation. 



Jaidon Anthony sends in a decent corner from the left, which is headed out straight to Jack Stacey.

The full-back meets it on the volley and his effort takes a wicked deflection which wrong-foots the goalkeeper, but bounces just wide.



Jordan Zemura drives into the box and is brought down by Danny Batth's dangling leg, but the referee says no.

Replays suggest Zemura might have had a claim!


Sam Surridge comes on

Jordan Zemura receives a yellow card for a late challenge and Sam Clucas requires treatment.

Stoke take the opportunity to bring on Sam Surridge to replace him, the former Cherries academy man receiving a warm reception from the away end.


No mistake by Solanke!



Stoke should be level.

Two deliveries go across the box, unattacked by the home side, before a third delivery lands at Jordan Thompson.

It's a great chance as he's unmarked but his effort slams against the post and can't be turned in by the rebound.

We're weathering a bit of a storm here!



It's that man again!

The Cherries have the breakthrough finally.

Anthony wins the ball in the middle of the park and spreads it to Christie, who cuts inside and fires at goal.

It bounces just in-front of Davies, who spills it, and Solanke is there to tuck home. 


What an attendance

There are 18,427 fans in attendance at the bet365 Stadium, including a fantastic 549 Cherries fans.

That's a remarkable effort on a Tuesday night!


Back underway!

Stoke kick-off this second half...

Come on you Cherries!



The Cherries have had the better of the opening exchanges but yet to make the breakthrough.

Our high press has caused Stoke problems but our interchanges around the box have lacked a bit of quality.

The team are working so hard, which is a great feature to have, and on the occasion where Stoke have broken forward, Lerma has been in position to make a block or a clearance.

The cross-field passes to the likes of Christie and Anthony look like they could cause problems and Billing's late runs into the box could be important in the second half.

We'll see what happens in this next 45 minutes.


Goalless at the break


Three minutes added on

Can either side claim the opener before the break?


Lerma has been excellent

For what feels like the fifth time he's done it tonight, Lerma is back to get a vital block in the Cherries penalty box.

He's been so important at racing back to stop a crossing opportunity today.

Meanwhile, the Cherries have got into some good areas going forward but are just lacking that little bit of quality to make it count.

Kilkenny tries his luck from distance but it's an easy catch for Davies.


A tight first half so far


Harsh call!

Ryan Christie appears to make a brilliant sliding tackle to win the ball in an attacking area, allowing Kilkenny to drive into space.

However, the referee blows for the foul much to the winger's fury.


Nick Powell replaced

Powell returns to the pitch for a matter of seconds before returning to the ground and eventually play comes to a halt to allow the substitution to be made. Vrancic is the man to replace him.

We hope it's nothing serious!


Nick Powell receives treatment

Jefferson Lerma received the ball in midfield and looked to send a long ball forward into the path of Christie.

However, Nick Powell nips in and wins the ball back, receiving a heavy kick to his ankle as a result.

After a couple of minutes of treatment, he tenderly limps off.

Stoke don't have anyone ready and Mario Vrancic slowly starts to get ready, presumably to allow Powell the chance to see if he can run it off, which he doesn't look like he will do.


Battling away!


Should be the opener

That's a great chance for Billing!

Stacey finds himself in a crossing position on the right flank and he sends a low ball into the middle.

It's just behind Solanke but falls kindly to Billing, who is racing towards the penalty spot.

He gets to the ball, opens his body and tries to guide it into the near corner but under pressure, puts it wide.

Good opportunity!


Settling down now

There was an early scare for the Cherries within the opening minute as Stoke went close but they've soon calmed themselves down and started to dominate the game.

Stoke are allowing us time on the ball and are looking to hit us on the counter attack but in the last five minutes, we've done well at winning the ball back in advanced areas.

Meanwhile, there was a lovely round of applause for David Brooks by the Cherries fans before Stacey forced a save from Davies with an effort at the edge of the box, albeit a comfortable one.


Much better!

This is much better from the Cherries!

Anthony sprays a lovely pass into Christie within the box, he controls it and tries to flick it over the defender but despite his best attempts, it doesn't settle enough to get a shot off. 


Good counter attack

The Cherries concede a corner at one end but respond brilliantly, winning the ball and counter-attacking quickly.

Anthony's cross-field pass is wayward but Solanke keeps it in, backheels it into the path of Stacey who wins a corner.

Christie's corner swerves inwards and momentarily panics Davies, who is forced to tip it over the bar for another corner. 


Yellow card for Kilkenny

It's not been the greatest opening for the Cherries as we give the ball away cheaply again.

Stoke attack with numbers and look like they're getting into a good position, before Kilkenny clips a heel.

Any hopes that the referee may let him off with a warning given its the first few minutes are short-lived and the Irishman is booked. 



Dominic Solanke gets this game underway but it's Stoke who create the early chance.

They intercept a loose pass and counter attack quickly, Jacob Brown finding himself running on goal but he drags his effort wide of Mark Travers' left post.

Hopefully we can settle a bit now!



The two teams take to the field at the bet365 Stadium, the Cherries in their green third kit!

Let's go, lads!


Parker overseeing the warm-ups!


Kick-off not far away now!

Both sets of players have returned to the dressing room ahead of kick-off.

We're only 10 minutes away from kick-off!



The Cherries have kept a joint club-record five clean sheets in a row away from home, accounting for eight hours and 12 minutes. The last goal we conceded on the road was by Scott McKenna at Nottingham Forest.

We chatted to Mark Travers ahead of kick-off and he said:

I think defensively we've looked really, really good. We work on defence and attack in training so I think as a unit we've been really solid. Hopefully we can keep that form going on the road.

We expect a real tough challenge against a Stoke side in a great position. We have to be at our best today to get a result.



Gavin Kilkenny keeps his place in the starting line-up, having impressed against Bristol City at the weekend.

The diminutive midfielder will make his eighth appearance of the season, alongside the returning Jefferson Lerma and Philip Billing. 


Our team this evening...

Jefferson Lerma is back in the starting line up for this evening's game against Stoke City in the only change to Scott Parker's side. 

Lerma comes in for Jamal Lowe, having been on the bench for Colombia's goalless draw with Ecuador less than 48 hours before the SkyBet Championship fixture with Cardiff. 

Elsewhere, Ben Pearson returns to the bench having served his one-game suspension on the weekend, having picked up five yellow cards in the opening 11 fixtures. 

Gavin Kilkenny keeps his place after impressing against Cardiff, while the back four are unchanged and looking for a sixth straight clean sheet on the road. 


Cactus green...

For the second time in four days, we're sporting our third shirt. 

The 'cactus green' colour is very popular with supporters and we still have plenty left in the Superstore. 

Make sure you head on down to Vitality Stadium in the week and shop the look. Alternatively, you can buy online! 


Stoke's recent form...

It's certainly going to be a tough test at the bet365 Stadium, with Stoke unbeaten on home territory this season. 

Five of their six wins have come in Staffordshire, beating Reading (3-2), Nottingham Forest (1-0), Huddersfield (2-1), Hull (2-0) and West Brom (1-0), a 1-1 draw with Barnsley being the additional result. 

The most impressive of those wins came against the Baggies, Nick Powell’s sixth goal of the season seeing Michael O’Neill’s team end West Brom’s unbeaten start earlier this month. 


Pre-match thoughts from Jack Stacey...

Ahead of tonight's game with Stoke, Jack Stacey has been speaking with afcb.co.uk about his role in Saturday's win over Bristol City. 

Having had a spell out of the team, he was thrilled to be back involved and more than played his part in bringing the three points home, providing the assist for Jamal Lowe's opener. 

"I was trying to come back into a team that's winning so I couldn't really have any complaints. We were playing so well as a team that the opportunity wasn't there at that moment.

"For me, the confidence comes from knowing you've done everything to be fully prepared for that moment.

"If I hadn't been keeping the standards up in training, then I might get into the team and feel not quite ready, but if you do everything then you're at 100 per cent going into the game because you've done those things.

"Every player in the squad wants to be on the pitch, that's not a negative thing, it's a positive because that spurs the standards in the training and spurs the players on the pitch to push on and keep their places.

"That sort of competition in the squad is healthy and I've been trying to provide that."


A familiar face...

Someone who we'll cross paths with this evening is academy graduate, Sam Surridge. 

The striker joined the Potters in the summer and has four goals in 15 appearances for the side this season. 

Surridge initially joined the Cherries as a nine-year old and progressed through the academy, making his debut against Arsenal in the Premier League in 2019. 

In total, the 23-year-old made 42 appearances for the Cherries, scoring seven times. 


Last time out...

On our last visit to the bet365 Stadium, we came away with all three points! After a close first-half, Junior Stanislas broke the deadlock with 11 minutes to go after a delightful ball over the top from Lewis Cook. 

It was a cold and snowy evening and we weren't back by any away following due to the game being played behind closed doors. 

We're looking forward to having our supporters in the stand this evening and hopefully we can do the job once again. 


Hello and welcome...

Good evening and welcome to this evening's game against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium. We've just arrived and are looking forward to a mouth-watering game. 

Sadly, tonight's match isn't available on afcbTV Live BUT you can watch it on Sky Sports, with coverage beginning from 7.30pm. 

However, if you don't have access to the channel, stay with us and we'll talk you through the next few hours, with pre-game build up and match action. 

Other games that day

  • Queens Park Rangers1
    Blackburn Rovers0
  • Sheffield United1
  • Bristol City1
    Nottingham Forest2
  • Derby County2
    Luton Town2

As it stood

2 West Bromwich Albion 12 +12 25
3 Fulham 12 +13 23
4 Coventry City 12 +4 23
5 Queens Park Rangers 13 +4 21
6 Stoke City 13 +2 21
7 Huddersfield Town 12 +4 20
8 Reading 12 -1 19
9 Luton Town 13 +4 18
10 Millwall 13 -1 18
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 +4 17
12 Nottingham Forest 13 +2 17
13 Bristol City 13 -2 16
14 Middlesbrough 12 0 15
15 Sheffield United 13 -2 15
16 Blackpool 12 -4 15
17 Swansea City 12 -2 14
18 Preston North End 12 -3 12
19 Birmingham City 12 -6 12
20 Cardiff City 12 -10 11
21 Hull City 12 -9 9
22 Barnsley 12 -8 8
23 Peterborough United 12 -13 8
24 Derby County 13 -1 4

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