November 20, 2012
Tubbs rescues Cherries
Matt Tubbs came off the substitutes' bench to salvage Bournemouth a 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage and extend manager Eddie Howe's unbeaten run since returning to Dean Court.
Tubbs' 76th-minute header cancelled out Greg Tansey's well-taken opener as the points were shared between two of the promotion contenders.
Bournemouth were looking for a sixth successive home win and announced the return of Bristol City striker Brett Pitman on loan before kick-off, but the Cherries never got going in the first half and were frustrated by some stubborn Stevenage defending.
Lewis Grabban's header from a Charlie Daniel cross, which almost caught visiting goalkeeper Steve Arnold by surprise, was the closest the hosts came to scoring before the break.
Stevenage took the lead in the 27th minute when Tansey beat David James with a powerful low shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Bournemouth improved in the second period, with Grabban passing up two good opportunities to equalise.
The leveller arrived with just 14 minutes remaining as Tubbs headed in Grabban's cross from close range.
|34 David James||1 Steven Arnold|
|2 Simon Francis||14 Mark Roberts|
|13 Tommy Elphick||4 Darius Charles|
|24 Miles Addison||2 David Gray|
|7 Marc Pugh||3 Lee Hills|
|16 Shaun MacDonald||29 Bondz Ngala|
|11 Charlie Daniels||7 Anthony Grant|
|17 Josh McQuoid||6 Greg Tansey|
|8 Harry Arter||8 James Dunne|
|28 Lee Barnard||11 Lucas Akins|
|22 Lewis Grabban||9 Marcus Haber|
|1 Shwan Jalal||Chris Day 16|
|3 Steve Cook||Miguel Comminges 22|
|12 Wes Fogden||Andy Iro 21|
|23 Donald McDermott||Oliver Risser 25|
|32 Eunan O'Kane||Robin Shroot 32|
|33 Steve Fletcher||Patrick Agyemang 24|
|18 Matthew Tubbs||Robbie Rogers 20|
|Matthew Tubbs for Lee Barnard (46)||Robbie Rogers for Lee Hills (67)|
|Steve Fletcher for Josh McQuoid (84)||Patrick Agyemang for Marcus Haber (71)|
|Robin Shroot for Greg Tansey (81)|
|Lucas Akins (76)|
|David Gray (79)|
|· Squads: AFC Bournemouth | Stevenage|