Cherries: Boxing Day triumph for Howe's men (with video)

CHERRIES extended their unbeaten run to 14 matches with a comfortable Boxing Day win.

Lewis Grabban’s first-half strike paved the way for another home triumph, before Harry Arter’s stunning effort 17 minutes from time calmed the nerves.

Brett Pitman then made it 3-0 from the penalty spot after 85 minutes as Eddie Howe’s men closed in on the League One play-off places.

Boss Howe made one enforced change from the side that beat Colchester 1-0 on December 15, with Arter stepping in for long-term injury victim Shaun MacDonald.

Glovers striker James Hayter, meanwhile, made his first appearance at Dean Court since leaving Dorset for Doncaster in 2007.

Some neat inter-play between Pitman and Grabban almost resulted in the opening goal after just four minutes but, despite Grabban’s dangerous ball across the six-yard box, Wes Fogden was unable to connect.

At the other end, Paddy Madden should have done better when bursting clear just inside the box, but skewed his drive well wide of the target.

Grabban was then unable to get on the end of two inviting crosses from Charlie Daniels down the left, before Eunan O’Kane’s rasping volley after a quarter-of-an-hour flew narrowly over.

Grabban teed up Pitman beautifully after 22 minutes when he cut inside from the left to find the Channel Islander in space, but Pitman scuffed his shot straight into the arms of Marek Stech.

Tommy Elphick did well to clear the danger four minutes later after Jamie McAllister’s skidding shot from distance was spilled by David James, before Grabban handed Cherries the lead just after the half-hour.

The former Rotherham man was on hand to slot home his 10th goal of the season from inside the box, finishing a move that he had started by playing in Marc Pugh down the left via O’Kane. Pugh’s cut-back was behind the on-rushing Pitman, but Grabban accelerated into the box to fire beyond Stech.

Grabban could have doubled his tally less than two minutes later, but his shot from the right channel trickled wide.

Dominic Blizzard managed to find room for a shot following a goalmouth melee early in the second half, with James rooted to the spot as the Glovers man’s effort grazed his left-hand post.

Defensive confusion between Stech and Richard Hinds after 56 minutes allowed Grabban to collect the loose ball, but he was unable to capitalise as the Czech goalkeeper saved the day on behalf of the red-faced Hinds.

Stech was again on hand to keep the score at 1-0 just before the hour when he dived full stretch to keep out Pitman’s fearsome strike from just inside the box, before the Cherries youth graduate was denied by a last-ditch block moments later following neat work between Harry Arter and Grabban.

Blizzard headed on to the roof of James’s net on 70 minutes following Hayter’s pinpoint cross from the left, while Stech was equal to Marc Pugh’s speculative effort from the edge of the box as Cherries searched for a goal that would make the final 20 minutes more comfortable.

And they didn’t have to wait too much longer as Arter fired a stunning left-foot drive into the top corner after 73 minutes.

Pitman failed to get on the end of substitute Josh McQuoid’s cross moments later, before Grabban’s touch deserted him in a one-on-one with Stech.

Stech beat away Pugh’s effort after the Lancastrian had weaved his way into the box from the left channel, while Arter failed to find the target with a fizzing half-volley as the Glovers slowly wilted.

But as Cherries entered cruise control mode, Pitman was on hand to lash home from the spot five minutes from time after Luke Ayling had handled under pressure from Grabban.

Cherries: (4-4-2) James; Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels; Fogden (McQuoid, 66), Arter, O’Kane, Pugh; Pitman (McDermott, 88), Grabban (Hughes, 88).

Unused subs: Tubbs, Fletcher, Partington, Jalal (g/k).

Booked: Arter, Elphick.

Glovers: (4-4-2) Stech; Ayling, Hinds (Marsh-Brown, 66), Webster (Ugwu, 86), Burn; Williams (Reid, 51), Blizzard, Upson, McAllister; Hayter, Madden.

Unused subs: Brundle, Stewart (g/k).

Booked: Burn, Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 8,016 (665 away fans).

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5:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

your having a laugh111 says...

Good crowd great win, we'll done cherries.
Good crowd great win, we'll done cherries. your having a laugh111
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5:37pm Wed 26 Dec 12

West moors 1 says...

Careless at times but the boys kept at it and their class came through. Grabbon ran and ran and ran. O'Kane cool under pressure. Pitman trying hard but would like to see Tubbs. Well earned 3poits in awful conditions. Up the cherries!!
Careless at times but the boys kept at it and their class came through. Grabbon ran and ran and ran. O'Kane cool under pressure. Pitman trying hard but would like to see Tubbs. Well earned 3poits in awful conditions. Up the cherries!! West moors 1
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5:38pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Square Old Codger says...

Thought that the gate might be higher, but limited bus services and poor weather, probably limited it. But an entertaining game against a good Yeovil side, who probably deserved a goal , will hopefully get some to come again, more often. Two difficult games coming up, both six pointers, the away game against an inform Brentford will be a real test and Crawley aren't a "pushover" either.. But good times for Cherries supporters and who will come in next week?
Thought that the gate might be higher, but limited bus services and poor weather, probably limited it. But an entertaining game against a good Yeovil side, who probably deserved a goal , will hopefully get some to come again, more often. Two difficult games coming up, both six pointers, the away game against an inform Brentford will be a real test and Crawley aren't a "pushover" either.. But good times for Cherries supporters and who will come in next week? Square Old Codger
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5:52pm Wed 26 Dec 12

AFCBade says...

Would hope we get another three points vs crawley to set up an exciting new year game at brentford. Think we will see just how good we really are up at griffin park
Would hope we get another three points vs crawley to set up an exciting new year game at brentford. Think we will see just how good we really are up at griffin park AFCBade
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5:54pm Wed 26 Dec 12

wookj1 says...

Another clean sheet. Cook and Elphick are proving an effective combination at the back.
Another clean sheet. Cook and Elphick are proving an effective combination at the back. wookj1
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5:59pm Wed 26 Dec 12

lionheart says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Thought that the gate might be higher, but limited bus services and poor weather, probably limited it. But an entertaining game against a good Yeovil side, who probably deserved a goal , will hopefully get some to come again, more often. Two difficult games coming up, both six pointers, the away game against an inform Brentford will be a real test and Crawley aren't a "pushover" either.. But good times for Cherries supporters and who will come in next week?
I understood all home seats had been sold so the difference to capacity was Yeovil end not being full and absent season ticket holders.

At times it was a bit of a struggle for our midfield to gain control but in the end we could have scored more.

Grabban should have had a penalty and also passed to Pitman who had an open goal.

All in all a good result to start the holiday. Well played lads. Sometimes you have to win ugly.
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Thought that the gate might be higher, but limited bus services and poor weather, probably limited it. But an entertaining game against a good Yeovil side, who probably deserved a goal , will hopefully get some to come again, more often. Two difficult games coming up, both six pointers, the away game against an inform Brentford will be a real test and Crawley aren't a "pushover" either.. But good times for Cherries supporters and who will come in next week?[/p][/quote]I understood all home seats had been sold so the difference to capacity was Yeovil end not being full and absent season ticket holders. At times it was a bit of a struggle for our midfield to gain control but in the end we could have scored more. Grabban should have had a penalty and also passed to Pitman who had an open goal. All in all a good result to start the holiday. Well played lads. Sometimes you have to win ugly. lionheart
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6:01pm Wed 26 Dec 12

nonnogeppetto says...

great game three more points and the turkey is all but gone what more do we need. utciad
great game three more points and the turkey is all but gone what more do we need. utciad nonnogeppetto
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6:54pm Wed 26 Dec 12

smhinto says...

Yes an excellent result. Well done.
Yes an excellent result. Well done. smhinto
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6:54pm Wed 26 Dec 12

pehf1rules says...

And Sean O'Driscoll has just been sacked by Nottingham Forest !!!! Well done Cherries today, but we did not look great for the first 20 minutes !!!
And Sean O'Driscoll has just been sacked by Nottingham Forest !!!! Well done Cherries today, but we did not look great for the first 20 minutes !!! pehf1rules
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8:07pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Ferndown Steve says...

Fantastic win today - Good second half performamnce again attacking the North Stand !
Looking forward to Sat against Crawley - Keep the run and momentum going lads - UTC !
Fantastic win today - Good second half performamnce again attacking the North Stand ! Looking forward to Sat against Crawley - Keep the run and momentum going lads - UTC ! Ferndown Steve
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8:08pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strawbs_78 says...

Considering it was meant to be a sell-out for home fans, there were a lot of empty seats. Three of the next four seats to my left were empty! Anyway, on the pitch a great performance, especially given the conditions. Arter MOM in my opinion but elphick, Francis, Pugh and james (apart from one near howler) all stood out!
Considering it was meant to be a sell-out for home fans, there were a lot of empty seats. Three of the next four seats to my left were empty! Anyway, on the pitch a great performance, especially given the conditions. Arter MOM in my opinion but elphick, Francis, Pugh and james (apart from one near howler) all stood out! Strawbs_78
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8:19pm Wed 26 Dec 12

abc100 says...

I am under the impression that although we have 9 thousand ish seats we are only allowed to sell about 8500 tickets, something to do with a safety certificate, or something like that anyway, we had the same thing a few years back, great win today, no dramas just a routine win. 3 more points Saturday please
I am under the impression that although we have 9 thousand ish seats we are only allowed to sell about 8500 tickets, something to do with a safety certificate, or something like that anyway, we had the same thing a few years back, great win today, no dramas just a routine win. 3 more points Saturday please abc100
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8:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

nonnogeppetto says...

It is possible that a fairly high % may have not been able to attend for some reason or other thus empty seats. Clearly not something to worry about because as long as we keep winning there will few and fewer empty seats. UTCIAD
It is possible that a fairly high % may have not been able to attend for some reason or other thus empty seats. Clearly not something to worry about because as long as we keep winning there will few and fewer empty seats. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
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8:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

nonnogeppetto says...

will be .......
will be ....... nonnogeppetto
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8:31pm Wed 26 Dec 12

RED LETTER DAY says...

. THE QUICKSANDS STADIUM sinks Yeovil Town . . . . Another good win today..... The next victim ???.... CRAWLEY on Saturday............
........ Be There.
. THE QUICKSANDS STADIUM sinks Yeovil Town . . . . Another good win today..... The next victim ???.... CRAWLEY on Saturday............ ........ Be There. RED LETTER DAY
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9:29pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Andover Cherry says...

Tried to get tickets late on but was told by the BIC that it was sold out. Were there any obvious gaps in the home stands? The Huddersfield play off match was "sold out" but there were gaps. Great result though, great run! Be there Sat!
Tried to get tickets late on but was told by the BIC that it was sold out. Were there any obvious gaps in the home stands? The Huddersfield play off match was "sold out" but there were gaps. Great result though, great run! Be there Sat! Andover Cherry
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9:53pm Wed 26 Dec 12

hedge end bob says...

Well done the Cherries. Fourteen games unbeaten is a very good performance. Wish my team could go on a run like that. Not looked at your table position but you must be very close to the top six ?. Eddie seem's to be a wizard with a magic wand and long may it continue.
UTCIAD.
Well done the Cherries. Fourteen games unbeaten is a very good performance. Wish my team could go on a run like that. Not looked at your table position but you must be very close to the top six ?. Eddie seem's to be a wizard with a magic wand and long may it continue. UTCIAD. hedge end bob
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10:37pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Strawbs_78 says...

It was mainly individual seats dotted around the ground, so if u were just looking for one ticket u were unlucky not to get one. The front row of the north stand at the sides was completely empty, guess that's for safety reasons though. Last 'genuine' sell out was grimsby to complete great escape 2.
It was mainly individual seats dotted around the ground, so if u were just looking for one ticket u were unlucky not to get one. The front row of the north stand at the sides was completely empty, guess that's for safety reasons though. Last 'genuine' sell out was grimsby to complete great escape 2. Strawbs_78
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11:08pm Wed 26 Dec 12

afcb-mark says...

Good game after the first 20 or so minutes. Looking forward to another 3 points on Saturday and no rain.
Good game after the first 20 or so minutes. Looking forward to another 3 points on Saturday and no rain. afcb-mark
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12:58am Thu 27 Dec 12

deanmatthews1966 says...

Just loving watching this from down under. UTCIAD.
Just loving watching this from down under. UTCIAD. deanmatthews1966
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10:38am Thu 27 Dec 12

The Renegade Master says...

Where's Barnard? Injured or out of favour and heading back to Scummers?

Another good win against a team who have picked up a few good results lately but the big test will be creepy Crawley on Saturday. Hopefully another three points and into the play off places.
UTCIAD!
Where's Barnard? Injured or out of favour and heading back to Scummers? Another good win against a team who have picked up a few good results lately but the big test will be creepy Crawley on Saturday. Hopefully another three points and into the play off places. UTCIAD! The Renegade Master
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