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📝 Report: AFC Bournemouth 3-2 Bristol City

The Robins came away empty-handed from the Vitality Stadium despite taking the lead and a valiant late fightback.

Rob Atkinson gave City the lead early on with his first goal from the club but strikes from Dominic Solanke, Lewis Cook and Sirinki Dembele gave the Robins a difficult task of getting anything out of the game.

Andreas Weimann slotted in his 19th goal of the season in added time but it wasn't enough for City to take anything from the game.

🧐 BACKGROUND

Manager Nigel Pearson made two changes from the side that started against West Bromwich Albion before the international break with Nahki Wells - making his first start since November - and Alex Scott replacing Antoine Semenyo and Han-Noah Massengo. 

✍️ WHAT HAPPENED?

The hosts had a chance from a corner in the opening minute but Jefferson Lerma headed wide from the edge of the box. 

Just minutes later the Robins took the lead when Atkinson was there to power in a header from a Matty James corner on the left.

The Cherries had a spell of position after the visitors opened the scoring with former City defender Lloyd Kelly heading towards goal from a corner but he saw his attempt go wide.

Bournemouth's top scorer Solanke had a chance to put his side level 15 minutes into the game but his effort was deflected out for a corner which came to nothing for the hosts.

Just before the half hour mark Philip Billing fired the ball across goal from the left but despite sliding full stretch Ryan Christie couldn't get on the end of it.

The hosts looked to have found themselves through on goal but Robbie Cundy was there to make a sliding tackle and clear the danger for the Robins.

The Cherries were level when Jordan Zemura played the ball across the box towards Solanke who made no mistake in slotting the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Bournemouth's No.9 was there again minutes later when he was played through on goal by Billing but his attempted chip over Dan Bentley was cleared by Atkinson.

HALF-TIME

Just minutes into the second half the hosts were inches away from taking the lead but Atkinson was there again to block Solanke's effort on the line.

Bentley pulled off a great save to keep Lerma's volley out when the Cherries No.8 got on the end of a looping ball from the left.

Moments later the hosts took the lead when Cook's strike found the back of the net from the outside of the box from a corner.

Billing almost got on the scoresheet minutes later but was denied when Timm Klose got across to block his shot on goal while Jaidon Anthony was played through on goal by Solanke forcing Bentley out quick to make the save.

The ball fell to Jay Dasilva in the box but his strike was blocked and clear while, minutes later, the Robins' No.3 was there agin to play a delightful cross towards Chris Martin but his sliding effort was well saved by Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers.

Cherries substitute Dembele put the hosts 3-1 up when he drove into the box from the left and fired the ball into the back of the net from close range in the 81st minute.

Christie had a chance to get on the scoresheet when he was played through on goal with five minutes to go but Bentley was there again to make himself big and stop the hosts from increasing their advantage.

Weimann netted his 19th goal of the season in stoppage time when he got on the end of Tommy Conway's cross from the right but it was too late for the Robins to secure anything from the game. 


🏃‍♂️TEAM

Bentley (C), Cundy (Conway 80) , Klose, Atkinson, Dasilva, Weimann, James, Scott, Pring (Massengo 58), Wells, Martin.
Subs (not used): O’Leary, Vyner, Bell, Benarous, Owers.


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