March 12, 2013
Cherries end five-match losing run
Brett Pitman struck the winner from the penalty spot as Bournemouth won a tense match 1-0 at Stevenage to give their promotion hopes a timely boost.
The result brings to an end a run of five consecutive defeats for the Cherries, who remain outside the play-offs but are just four points behind second-placed Sheffield United.
Lewis Grabban came close in the 17th minute when he controlled Pitman's long ball before his stabbed effort was kept out by Stevenage goalkeeper Steve Arnold.
The Cherries broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when Arnold took out Eunan O'Kane after the midfielder's shot and up stepped Pitman to calmly roll in the resulting penalty.
Boro began the second half brightly and Steve Cook had to be in the right place at the right time to clear away Lucas Akins' flicked header from Luke Freeman's free-kick.
Things went from bad to worse for the hosts in the 90th minute when they had Darius Charles sent off for a dangerous tackle on Harry Arter, who was stretchered off as a result.
|Brett Pitman (pen 38')|
|1 Steven Arnold||21 Ryan Allsopp|
|22 Miguel Comminges||3 Steve Cook|
|14 Mark Roberts||2 Simon Francis|
|4 Darius Charles||5 Daniel Seaborne|
|3 Lee Hills||7 Marc Pugh|
|7 Anthony Grant||12 Wes Fogden|
|6 Greg Tansey||8 Harry Arter|
|11 Lucas Akins||30 Matt Ritchie|
|9 Marcus Haber||32 Eunan O'Kane|
|15 Luke Freeman||40 Brett Pitman|
|30 Sam Hoskins||22 Lewis Grabban|
|16 Chris Day||Shwan Jalal 1|
|21 Andy Iro||Richard Hughes 26|
|25 George Allen||Shaun MacDonald 16|
|32 Robin Shroot||Josh McQuoid 17|
|26 Harold Joseph Urquijo||Ryan Fraser 20|
|20 Anthony Jeffrey||Steve Fletcher 33|
|28 Steve Leo Beleck||Matthew Tubbs 18|
|Robin Shroot for Sam Hoskins (66)||Ryan Fraser for Matt Ritchie (33)|
|Anthony Jeffrey for Lucas Akins (81)||Richard Hughes for Ryan Fraser (65)|
|Shaun MacDonald for Harry Arter (90)|
|Darius Charles (79)||Brett Pitman (90)|
|Darius Charles (90)|
|· Squads: Stevenage | AFC Bournemouth|