Cher­ries un­beaten in 11 as nine-man Wolves go down

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for­mance and we are desperately dis­ap­pointed that we haven’t got any points.”

Dutch­man van La Parra had been a class act, hav­ing been switched from the wing to a cen­tral strik­ing role, and Bournemouth were dom­i­nant after his de­par­ture.

Their pres­sure even­tu­ally told with an equaliser as Arter’s 20yarder de­flected off Richard Stearman to beat the un­for­tu­nate Carl Ikeme.

And Ikeme’s luck was out again five min­utes from time as he made a stun­ning dou­ble save to foil Ritchie’s shot and a Callum Wilson header but Ritchie fired home the Cher­ries’ third bite at it.

It was harsh on Wolves who had dom­i­nated the first half with Cher­ries keeper Ar­tur Boruc mak­ing fine stops from James Henry’s 25yard rocket and a Gra­ham header he su­perbly tipped over.

Boruc was pow­er­less to stop Gra­ham nod­ding home Henry’s cross just be­fore the break but the sec­ond-half turn­around moved Bournemouth up to third and left boss Ed­die Howe a happy man.

Howe said: “I thought the per­for­mance was one of two halves for us. We were dis­ap­point­ing in the first half, slow to get go­ing and not as com­pet­i­tive as we usu­ally are.

“We came out a lot stronger sec­ond half and even be­fore the send­ing-off I thought we were the bet­ter team as we came out with re­newed vigour.

“The send­ing-off is ob­vi­ously a key mo­ment in the game and Cooky has got a nasty bump on his head, he’s con­cussed and feel­ing a lit­tle bit dizzy and un­well.

“He was def­i­nitely caught, there’s no doubt about that, he’s not play­act­ing – whether the lad meant to make con­tact is the key thing and it’s a dif­fi­cult one for the ref­eree.”

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E Bourne


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