Matt Ritchie’s late header earned Bournemouth a point from a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Bournemouth 1-1 West Brom
- Rondon heads Baggies in the lead
- Elphick concedes penalty before the break
- Boruc makes double save after Gardners penalty
- Matt Ritchie heads equaliser 10 minutes from time
Matt Ritchie struck late to earn Bournemouth a draw after West Brom took an early lead at the Vitality Stadium.
Salomon Rondon headed in a Jonny Evans cross early in the first-half to give the Baggies an unlikely lead.
Artur Boruc then made a brilliant penalty save before the break, before Ritchie drew the hosts level with a close-range header eight minutes from time.
The home side started brightly with winger Max Gradel looking lively in attack but it was the visitors who took the lead.
Bournemouth goalkeeper Boruc made a poor clearance which found West Brom’s Jonathan Leko. The youngster passed to Jonny Evans and the central defender sent in a superb cross for Salomon Rondon to head in.
West Brom had a great chance to go 2-0 up in the 41st minute when the Baggies were awarded a penalty after Bournemouth skipper Tommy Elphick fouled Craig Dawson in the box.
Gardner stepped up but his fierce shot was tipped onto the bar by Boruc, before the goalkeeper got up and clawed away the rebound.
Bournemouth looked to get back into the game in the early stages of the second half and Gradel’s cross just evaded Cherries striker Lewis Grabban.
Junior Stanislas then fired on goal just before the hour mark but West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster saved comfortably.
The Cherries made a double change in the 61st minute as they looked for an equaliser, with Gradel and Benik Afobe making way for Josh King and Callum Wilson.
Former Coventry striker Wilson looked hungry for goals and offered the home side more pace up front, but fired wide in the 67th minute as Bournemouth looked to level matters.
Midfielder Arter was lucky to stay on the field following his lunge at Darren Fletcher in the 71st minute but he escaped with just a yellow card.
Bournemouth’s Ritchie came on for Stanislas in the 73rd minute, while Saido Berahino replaced Gardner for the Baggies. Berahino then had a great chance to score West Brom’s second goal but his low shot was well blocked.
And that missed opportunity proved costly five minutes later when Steve Cook launched a long throw into the box which West Brom failed to clear, leaving Ritchie to head in from close range.
Bournemouth’s Wilson then had a goal-bound effort blocked, while at the other end Dawson’s long-range strike hit the post as the game ended all square.
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