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- AFC Bournemouth 3-1 Reading (full-time)
- CHERRIES: Camp; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte; Ritchie (MacDonald, 90), Surman, O'Kane, Pugh (Fraser, 73); Kermorgant, Grabban (Pitman, 85). Subs not used: Allsop (g/k), Smith, Ward, Rantie.
- ROYALS: McCarthy; Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Bridge (Kelly, 60); Drenthe (Blackman, 74), McAnuff, Obita, Robson-Kanu; Le Fondre (Leigertwood, 60), Pogrebnyak. Subs not used: Federici (g/k), McCleary, Morrison.
- Goals from Ritchie (2) and Grabban put Cherries 3-0 up at the break
- Robson-Kanu replies in the second half
- Reporting by Ned Payne
Join us again for another liveblog when Cherries visit Yeovil on Saturday.
Brighton and Ipswich also won tonight against Leicester and Huddersfield respectively. It's getting tight at the top.
Poole Town win the Dorset Senior Cup after beating Hamworthy United 2-0 at the Cuthbury.
Cherries go within two points of the play-offs with that result, also climbing a place to ninth.
That's it. Cherries win 3-1. Cracking result.
Shaun MacDonald is on as a late sub. Off comes Ritchie.
Pitman’s free kick is well over the top. It won’t matter a jot.
Four minutes of added time.
Brett Pitman on for Grabban.
Obita is late on O’Kane.
Ryan Fraser booked for a challenge on Chris Gunter.
Attendance tonight = 11,182.
Just a glimmer of hope for the Royals. Robson-Kanu finds a route low to Camp’s left and it’s 3-1. That was a terrific low hit.
Ryan Fraser on for Pugh. Reading have used all three of their subs.
Grabban goes close from the edge of the penalty area.
Pugh runs unchallenged from midfield and tries his luck from 20 yards, but the ball zips wide of the left upright.
Ritchie swings in a deep cross from the right but the unmarked Pugh can only head down and wide. Half-decent opportunity.
Poole still 1-0 up against Hamworthy.
Cherries understandably adopting a more pragmatic approach now. They are having less of the ball but Reading are struggling to stretch them.
A quiet start to the second period.
The home fans are cheering every pass.
The players are back out.
The good news for Cherries is that Wigan and Forest are losing. Bad news, Brighton and Ipswich are both 2-0 up.
This is going to have to be the mother of all half-time team talks from Nigel Adkins. Frome Eddie Howe's point of view - more of the same please.
Poole are 1-0 up against Hamworthy in the final of the Dorset Senior Cup.
Former Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge completely falls asleep with the ball heading towards the dead-ball line and Francis storms past him and clips a delicate cross into the near post, where Kermorgant dives to head in number three. What a night for Eddie Howe’s men.
Grabban streaks clean through on goal with three Reading players trailing in his wake. You’d put your house on him finding the net, but he pushes low past the far-right corner. That surely would have put the game to bed.
Another well-worked set piece from the hosts. Ian Harte’s deep corner is headed back across by Ritchie and skipper Tommy Elphick sends his overhead kick clear of the bar.
All the meaningful attacks are coming from Cherries. You can see belief is coarsing through their veins. Playing some great stuff.
Grabban beats Kaspars Gorkss with ease and sits up a cross for Yann Kermorgant, whose close-range header is clawed away brilliantly by McCarthy. That looked 3-0 all the way.
Ritchie leathers a free kick from miles out and it takes a deflection on its way past the right post. A hat-trick inside half an hour wouldn’t have been bad and that wasn’t far away.
Robson-Kanu centres but Adam Le Fondre’s shot is weak and straight at Camp.
Some wi-fi issues at Dean Court I'm afraid...
A neat team move ends with Grabban’s shot being blocked, but Cherries win it back and the ball falls to Ritchie on the edge of the area and he passes it beautifully into the bottom left corner. The home side are flying.
McCarthy blocks after Grabban shoots from a narrow angle. The Cherries striker would have been better off squaring to Marc Pugh. It would have been a tap-in.
Drenthe had a daisy-cutter saved by Camp, but that's about as much as the Royals have done so far.
Lewis Grabban is released in acres of space down the left and his ball across the face is left by Andrew Surman, allowing the unmarked Matt Ritchie to slam low past Alex McCarthy. That should settle any nerves.
Simon Francis tries to head clear and Jordan Obita's volley is superbly saved one-handed by Lee Camp. Explosive start.
We're hearing Hal Robson-Kanu is in for Danny Guthrie after the latter got injured in the warm-up.
Here come the teams.
It's a sell-out here. Can't beat a midweek game with a big atmosphere and we're going to get one tonight.
Remember that surreal moment when Cherries played Real Madrid in a pre-season friendly? Well, we've got a bit of that magic again tonight. The wonderfully-named Royston Drenthe, a Real Madrid old boy, will feature in the Reading midfield.
It's the Dorset Senior Cup final tonight with Hamworthy United taking on higher-division Poole Town at the Cuthbury. Updates to follow throughout the night.
Lovely spring evening, Clear and cold. All positive signs and don't forget, Cherries haven't lost a midweek home game since February 26 last year.
Eunan O'Kane is in for the suspended Harry Arter while Shaun MacDonald is restored to the bench.
Royals: McCarthy, Gunter, Pearce, Gorkss, Bridge; Drenthe, Guthrie, McAnuff, Obita; Le Fondre, Pogrebnyak. Subs: Federici (g/k), Kelly, Leigertwood, McCleary, Morrison, Robson-Kanu, Blackman.
Cherries: Camp; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Harte; Ritchie, Surman, O'Kane, Pugh; Kermorgant Grabban. Subs: Allsop (g/k), Smith, Ward, MacDonald, Pitman, Rantie, Fraser.
Good evening and welcome to Dean Court. It's a big night ahead as Cherries take on Championship play-off rivals Reading. Teams to follow...