February 12, 2013
Pitman brace fires Cherries back to summit
Brett Pitman's double saw Bournemouth return to the top of League One as the Cherries extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-1 win at Crewe.
The Alex had their first sight of goal after just 20 seconds when Mathias Pogba crossed and Luke Murphy tested Shwan Jalal, who tipped the ball to safety.
Chuks Aneke headed wide from the resultant corner and the forward saw another effort saved by Jalal soon after.
Pitman was providing some quality deliveries for the visitors but both Josh McQuoid and Lewis Grabban were guilty of heading good openings wide.
Mark Ellis went close with an effort from the edge of the box for Crewe before the home side survived a goalmouth scramble with some brave blocks.
After the break Jalal produced a superb stop to deny Ajay Leitch-Smith from eight yards and Murphy rattled the crossbar with a free-kick.
But the Cherries took the lead on the hour when Pogba was harshly penalised for a foul on Matt Ritchie and Pitman stroked home the penalty.
Pogba almost made instant amends but dragged wide inside the box before Bradden Inman was denied again by Jalal.
Pogba did level in the 79th minute, crashing home Kelvin Mellor's cross with a powerful header.
But Crewe were on terms for just five minutes as Pitman drilled home Steve Cook's cross for his second of the game six minutes from time.
|Crewe Alexandra||AFC Bournemouth|
|1 Steve Phillips||1 Shwan Jalal|
|15 Gregor Robertson||3 Steve Cook|
|6 Adam Dugdale||2 Simon Francis|
|5 Mark Ellis||5 Daniel Seaborne|
|19 Abdul Osman||26 Richard Hughes|
|8 Luke Murphy||17 Josh McQuoid|
|31 Bradden Inman||8 Harry Arter|
|14 Kelvin Mellor||30 Matt Ritchie|
|26 Chuks Aneke||32 Eunan O'Kane|
|10 Ajay Leitch-Smith||40 Brett Pitman|
|9 Mathias Pogba||22 Lewis Grabban|
|13 Alan Martin||Ryan Allsopp 21|
|3 Harry Davis||Shaun MacDonald 16|
|12 Oliver Turton||Wes Fogden 12|
|16 Jon Guthrie||Joe Partington 6|
|11 Byron Moore||Ryan Fraser 20|
|7 Max Clayton||Steve Fletcher 33|
|27 Ryan Colclough||Matthew Tubbs 18|
|Ryan Colclough for Chuks Aneke (74)||Wes Fogden for Josh McQuoid (46)|
|Byron Moore for Ajay Leitch-Smith (74)||Shaun MacDonald for Eunan O'Kane (84)|
|Max Clayton for Bradden Inman (89)||Matthew Tubbs for Brett Pitman (87)|
|Bradden Inman (25)||Matt Ritchie (32)|
|· Squads: Crewe Alexandra | AFC Bournemouth|