March 16, 2013
Pitman kickstarts Cherries challenge
Brett Pitman boosted Bournemouth's promotion hopes by firing them to a 1-0 win at struggling Oldham.
Pitman's 12th goal of the season settled a scrappy game which saw Oldham, who remain in the npower League One drop zone, squander a second-half penalty.
The crucial strike came after 22 minutes when a sharp move down the left ended with Lewis Grabban crossing to Pitman for a six-yard finish.
Pitman forced a smart save from Oldham goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis, while Grabban also went close to doubling the visitors' lead.
Oldham's first real effort came on the hour-mark as Jordan Obita's angled shot was tipped around the post by Bournemouth goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
But the Latics wasted a golden chance after 70 minutes when they won a penalty for Grabban's handball - Jose Baxter dinked his spot-kick down the middle and Allsop clawed it out despite diving to his right.
Baxter almost made amends, but Allsop beat away his 25-yard free-kick to earn Bournemouth back-to-back victories.
|Oldham Athletic||AFC Bournemouth|
|13 Dean Bouzanis||21 Ryan Allsopp|
|5 Jean Yves Mvoto Owono||3 Steve Cook|
|3 Jonathan Grounds||2 Simon Francis|
|2 Connor Brown||5 Daniel Seaborne|
|7 Lee Croft||7 Marc Pugh|
|4 James Wesolowski||12 Wes Fogden|
|15 Jordan Obita||11 Charlie Daniels|
|6 James Tarkowski||8 Harry Arter|
|9 Chris Iwelumo||32 Eunan O'Kane|
|18 Lee Barnard||40 Brett Pitman|
|20 Jose Baxter||22 Lewis Grabban|
|1 Alex Cisak||Shwan Jalal 1|
|26 Carl Winchester||Tommy Elphick 13|
|10 Robbie Simpson||Richard Hughes 26|
|14 Matt Smith||Shaun MacDonald 16|
|11 Cristian Montano||Josh McQuoid 17|
|21 Kirk Millar||Matt Ritchie 30|
|19 Daniel Taylor||Matthew Tubbs 18|
|Kirk Millar for Lee Croft (60)||Richard Hughes for Lewis Grabban (72)|
|Cristian Montano for Jordan Obita (66)||Matt Ritchie for Charlie Daniels (73)|
|Robbie Simpson for Chris Iwelumo (68)|
|James Tarkowski (43)||Harry Arter (63)|
|Brett Pitman (74)|
|Simon Francis (75)|
|Josh McQuoid (88)|
|· Squads: Oldham Athletic | AFC Bournemouth|