December 29, 2012
Howe maintains his winning run
Bournemouth eased to their 15th match without defeat since manager Eddie Howe returned to the south coast from Burnley with a comfortable 3-0 home win over promotion rivals Crawley.
Bournemouth were ahead in the 16th minute when Crawley striker Gary Alexander glanced home a centre from Steve Cook for a spectacular own goal.
Striker Brett Pitman fired Bournemouth's second in the 40th minute when a quickly-taken 25-yard free-kick caught Crawley by surprise.
Crawley substitute Billy Clarke was denied by the legs of Bournemouth goalkeeper David James before the home side made sure of the points with a third goal in the 84th minute.
Simon Francis spilt the Crawley defence with a deep cross from the right and Eunan O'Kane ran clear to beat goalkeeper Paul Jones.
Crawley goalkeeper Paul Jones prevented Bournemouth winning by a bigger margin with saves from leading goalscorer Lewis Grabban and from a Cook header in the second half.
|AFC Bournemouth||Crawley Town|
|34 David James||1 Paul Jones|
|3 Steve Cook||13 David Hunt|
|2 Simon Francis||3 Mathew Sadler|
|13 Tommy Elphick||28 Claude Davis|
|7 Marc Pugh||4 Mark Connolly|
|11 Charlie Daniels||15 Dannie Bulman|
|17 Josh McQuoid||18 Shaun Cooper|
|8 Harry Arter||16 Nicky Adams|
|32 Eunan O'Kane||21 Mike Jones|
|40 Brett Pitman||11 Josh Simpson|
|22 Lewis Grabban||9 Gary Alexander|
|1 Shwan Jalal||Michel Kuipers 25|
|26 Richard Hughes||Joe Walsh 12|
|12 Wes Fogden||Billy Clarke 7|
|6 Joe Partington||Sergio Torres 8|
|23 Donald McDermott||Conor Clifford 10|
|33 Steve Fletcher||John Akinde 17|
|18 Matthew Tubbs||Jonte Smith 23|
|Wes Fogden for Josh McQuoid (67)||Billy Clarke for Shaun Cooper (68)|
|Richard Hughes for Brett Pitman (79)||John Akinde for Mike Jones (79)|
|Matthew Tubbs for Harry Arter (83)||Jonte Smith for Nicky Adams (79)|
|Brett Pitman (19)||Claude Davis (15)|
|David Hunt (37)|
|· Squads: AFC Bournemouth | Crawley Town|