Coventry 0 – 3 B’mouth

Dominic Solanke took his season tally to 27 goals after his brace saw Bournemouth come close in a Premier League comeback following a 3-0 win at Coventry.

The former Liverpool striker put the result beyond doubt after Jamal Lowe opened the scoring in a clinical display from Scott Parker’s men that restored their four-point advantage over the play-off chasing pack.

That cushion had been reduced to one after Huddersfield won at Middlesbrough in the lunchtime kick-off, but the Cherries ended a three-game mini blip without a win to put their quest for the top two back on track. the right path.

With the hosts still in contention for the play-offs, the Coventry players previously matched the exuberance of a noisy Coventry Building Society Arena in the opening rallies with 16-goal top scorer Viktor Gyokeres firing in the face of goal after sprinting on Todd Kane’s ball through the right channel.

Chelsea midfielder on loan Ian Maatsen also cleared the crossbar from 20 yards after another positive Sky Blues raid.

But, after weathering the early storm, it was the Cherries who took the lead with their first shot of the game in the 12th minute.

Adam Smith made a great straddle run down the left and perfectly lifted a cross over the head of Lowe who headed under the bar from inside the six-yard box.

The goal failed to turn the tide, however, with Coventry still the more energetic and enterprising side.

Good work down the left from Gyokeres soon after pushed Kane for a volley which he trailed off in disappointing fashion and Callum O’Hare fired weakly at Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers after being sent through on goal by Gustavo Hamer .

The latter then approached a deflected drive from 25 yards, while the head of Gyokeres on the center of Jake Bidwell was well held by Travers.

But, to the disbelief of the home fans, Parker’s side then doubled their lead at half-time after only their second attack of the match.

Jefferson Lerma played Solanke through the right channel and his shot from 12 yards deflected Michael Rose past a helpless Simon Moore in the Coventry goal.

After the break, Gyokeres’ effort early in the second half was deflected away from the Cherries goal by skipper Lloyd Kelly before the visitors added a third goal in the 55th minute when Solanke moved behind the home defense to s hang on to Ryan Christie’s precise pass. and fired confidently into the face of goal to find the bottom corner 10 yards out.

The now deflated hosts were unable to react with O’Hare clearing the crossbar after an unconvincing long-range attempt, although Travers had to tip a hard-hitting 81st-minute strike from substitute Martyn Waghorn.

Solanke then seized a golden opportunity for his hat-trick but, at the other end, a clean sheet marked Bournemouth’s first against the Sky Blues in 13 encounters – a streak dating back to 1962.

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