Bournemouth crush 10-man Boro

Bournemouth pushed 10-man Middlesbrough one step further to the Championship with a 4-0 victory in their Premier League encounter at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday.

  • Bournemouth 4 Middlesbrough 0
  • King scores after 90 seconds
  • Afobe doubles Cherries' lead 
  • Ramirez red-carded for Boro
  • Pugh and Daniels wrap up win

Match Summary

Josh King opened the scoring in the first minute, before strike partner Benik Afobe added a second shortly after.

Gaston Ramirez received a red card before the halfway mark of the first half which left Boro in disarray. 

Marc Pugh and Charlie Daniels added to the hosts' lead in the second half, leaving the managerless Teessiders seven points from safety.

Full Report

It took Eddie Howe's team just ninety seconds to open the scoring, with in-form King scoring his 14th goal of the season.

The early goal was just a start of a calamitous display from the visitors, while the Cherries were clearly on the hunt to secure their top-flight status with a commanding performance.

A poor defensive showing from Boro led to the opening goal, with Pugh and Daniels ghosting past a static defence to set up King to prod to ball beyond Brad Guzan.

And in the 17th minute, Harry Arter won the ball right in front of the box to set Afobe through for another simple finish.

Things got worse for Boro caretaker boss Steve Agnew when Ramirez was sent off for two bookable offences in quick succession – the first for simulation and the next from a cynical lunge.

However, the Teessiders battled on after their self-inflicted misery and lasted until the 65th minute.

Pugh, who was making his 250th appearance for the south coast club, cut inside his marker and smashed home a delightful effort to put the result beyond doubt.

And five minutes later Daniels was rewarded was his industrious display with another sweet finish from a cleverly worked set-piece move.