Brett the hit­man de­lights Ed­die

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Fisher

BRETT Pit­man might have grabbed a hat­trick but Bournemouth boss Ed­die Howe was just as pleased with his striker’s self­less­ness as the Cher­ries coasted past base­ment-boys Black­pool.

Pit­man scored a first-half hat-trick in­side 40 min­utes as the Cher­ries con­demned the Tan­ger­ines to a fifth con­sec­u­tive de­feat.

Bournemouth dom­i­nated from start to fin­ish as they se­cured their third straight victory to re­gain top spot in the Cham­pi­onship.

Black­pool came in search of their first win in eight matches but any hopes were dashed af­ter just ten min­utes. Pit­man was af­forded time and space to run past a sea of Tan­ger­ine be­fore slot­ting past goal­keeper El­liot Parish.

Nathan Delfouneso then back­heeled for skip­per An­drea Or­landi, who scooped his way­ward ef­fort over af­ter 31 min­utes and a minute later Tom Al­dred cleared the ball af­ter Matt Ritchie teed up Pit­man in­side the box.

But Pit­man was not kept at bay long and scored two goals in two min­utes to com­plete his hat-trick. The Cher­ries striker first headed back across goal from a Ritchie cross be­fore drilling low past Parish from a free-kick rou­tine.

Bournemouth se­cured victory four min­utes into the sec­ond-half when Or­landi tripped winger Marc Pugh in­side the box and Bournemouth top-scorer Cal­lum Wil­son stepped up to score his 19th of the sea­son from the re­sult­ing spot-kick.

Howe said: “We were ev­ery­one’s banker of the day and that added pres­sure but the play­ers were pro­fes­sional.

“We were well aware that we were ex­pected to win and we scored some good goals.

“Brett has scored goals all through his ca­reer. He took his goals very well and it is no sur­prise to us.

“The un­selfish­ness he showed in let­ting Cal­lum take the penalty was great to see. The des­ig­nated penalty-taker was Brett but Cal­lum showed a real de­sire to take it.

“Brett more than played his part with the goals and was con­sid­er­ate enough to let him take it.

“I knew Brett in the youth team as a young lad and he has al­ways had a knack of scor­ing goals.

“He has never lost that abil­ity but he has added a lot to his game and he has more than just goals.”

Bournemouth were in cruise con­trol with manager Howe opt­ing to with­draw skip­per Tommy El­ph­ick af­ter just an hour.

Sub­sti­tutes Ju­nior Stanis­las and Adam Smith did com­bine with the lat­ter’s ef­fort forc­ing Parish into a smart save with 15 min­utes to go.

The Tan­ger­ines are the low­est scor­ers in the di­vi­sion and failed to reg­is­ter a sin­gle shot on tar­get.

Black­pool striker Delfouneso went clos­est when he headed wide on 78 min­utes af­ter Or­landi whipped in a free-kick.

Black­pool boss Lee Clark said: “I said ear­lier in the sea­son that I think they are the best team in the di­vi­sion. They pos­sess qual­ity all over the pitch.

“I hope Ed­die, his team and staff be­come suc­cess­ful be­cause they will be­come a real credit to the Pre­mier League next sea­son.

“We came here to try and be pos­i­tive which is why I set up with a 4-4-2. We did not show enough be­lief or the char­ac­ter­is­tics to win a foot­ball match.

“It is still math­e­mat­i­cally pos­si­ble but we are go­ing to have to oblit­er­ate the league if we are to stay up.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

HEAD­ING ON UP: Brett Pit­man nods in his and Bournemouth’s sec­ond goal

cel­e­brates SPOT ON: Cal­lum Wil­son

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