Bournemouth 3-0 Huddersfield – Scott Parker’s team ended Huddersfield’s clean sheet record with a goal from Dominic Solanke and Lloyd Kelly … while Danny Ward’s latest effort is disallowed
- Championship leader Bournemouth beat Huddersfield 3-0 on Saturday
- Bournemouth’s goals came from both Dominic Solanke and Lloyd Kelly
- Danny Ward scored in the last minutes of the game but was disallowed
- The forward’s effort was crossed out on the grounds that he was offside.
It takes a group of confident fans to sing “we’re on our way to the Premier League” before the end of October.
But in the case of Bournemouth, such overflowing confidence is not at all out of place.
As they advanced six points ahead of the championship with an emphatic victory over a Huddersfield team that started the afternoon in sixth place, it was easy to see the optimism.
Scott Parker led Fulham into the Premier League playing a brand of soccer that saw opponents overwhelmed by flying ends, expressive soccer, and greed when it comes to possession.
Championship-leading Bournemouth overtook Huddersfield on Saturday afternoon.
Now that roster is being replicated on the South Coast and the Cherries already appear to be the team to catch, as they were a 14th game unbeaten, equaling a club record since the start of a season.
Fulham had Aleksandar Mitrovic thriving to this level, Bournemouth has Dominic Solanke and he moved into double digits for the campaign with two goals in the first half before captain Lloyd Kelly closed things out.
Not that it’s just the attackers, this was also an eighth clean sheet in the league for Bournemouth, combining style with strength.
Bournemouth’s three goals came from both Dominic Solanke and Lloyd Kelly (above)
Bournemouth have scored at least two goals in every home game this season
Huddersfield has clearly improved this season and entered this after a four-game unbeaten streak as he looks to build a promotional challenge few saw coming. But they were simply outmatched.
Bournemouth (4-3-3): Travers; Stacey, Cahill, Kelly (c), Zemura; Lerma (Stanislas 70), Kilkenny, billing; Christie (Lowe 70), Solanke (Rogers 79), Anthony
Unused substitutes: Nyland (GK); Mepham, Marcondes and Pearson
Manager: Scott Parker
Scorers: Solanke pen 9, 20; Kelly 65
Reserved: Anthony, Kilkenny
Huddersfield Town (3-4-3): Nicholls; Lees, Pearson, Sarr (Sinani 54); Turton, Hogg, O’Brien, Toffolo; Thomas (District 71), Campbell (Holmes 63), Koroma
Unused substitutes: Bilokapic (GK); Aarons, Ruffels, Alto
Manager: Carlos Corberan
Referee: John Brooks
Bournemouth started with great purpose, setting a high pace and not giving Huddersfield time on the ball. However, the hosts could easily have been left behind from the start.
Gary Cahill slipped while the ball was about 40 yards from his own goal, Fraizer Campbell stole it and it was cleared. But the 34-year-old just didn’t have the rhythm and a Cahill combination, he quickly got to his feet, and Kelly defused the danger.
It was a moving afternoon after Cherries midfielder David Brooks was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s lymphoma last week.
Video messages supporting the Welshman in his cancer treatment were played on the giant screens before the start of the game and in the seventh minute, that’s his squad number, the whole field rose to sing his name.
It was an emotional moment and, as if by magic during all of this, Solanke was lunged by Ollie Turton in the penalty area. Solanke rarely drops Bournemouth and his penalty was serene and accurate, sending Lee Nicholls down the wrong path.
Bournemouth was driven and swarmed by all opponents pinned further and further behind. Philip Billing led the midfield against his former club, while his two men, Ryan Christie and Jaidon Anthony, were a constant threat.
Of a Billing cross, Solanke came within inches of a second with a header, but his second of the afternoon came three minutes after that.
Christie crossed from the right side, Billing had slipped behind the defenders and nodded smartly in Solanke’s path. Right to the side, he checked on the chest and finished close.
It was a sign of Bournemouth’s total control that even Cahill felt confident to launch a bounce from 35 yards.
Huddersfield’s Danny Ward’s last goal (above) is disallowed after he was called offside
He scored a header after Travers initially touched Koroma’s effort on the bar.
Huddersfield has started the season well, but was struggling to step up in the quality of his opponent here. Sorba Thomas huddled on a free kick from a decent position, but that was as good as it was before the break.
Within seconds of the restart, Christie curled on a shot that Nicholls nearly pushed straight into Solanke’s path.
The third became an inevitability and came at 65 minutes. Bournemouth found more joy down the left, with Christie positioned in space near the baseline to deliver a sunken cross to Kelly at the back post. His volley found the net through Thomas parked on the line.
Nothing at all was getting in the way of Huddersfield. When Josh Koroma hovered down the middle and took aim from a distance, his shot broke the bottom of the bar and bounced off the line and out. Newcomer Danny Ward nodded but from an offside position.
But Bournemouth should have scored a quarter when Junior Stanislas swerved when it seemed easier to score from 10 yards.