YANN’S THE MAN IN TI­TLE TUS­SLE

Ker­mor­gant helps put Bournemouth back on top

The Football League Paper - - FRONT PAGE - By Dave Body­more

MID­DLES­BROUGH manager Ai­tor Karanka tore into the of­fi­cials af­ter his side’s Pre­mier League dream was blown apart by pro­mo­tion ri­vals Bournemouth.

Boro paid the penalty for con­ced­ing two spot-kicks and hav­ing a goal chalked off for off­side as the ram­pant Cher­ries leapfrogged Karanka’s side in the ta­ble.

Yann Ker­mor­gant and sub­sti­tuted Brett Pit­man both con­verted from 12 yards, while Repub­lic of Ire­land new-boy Harry Arter bagged a 20yard screamer.

Spa­niard Karanka said: “We had all the things against us. The penal­ties for me are un­be­liev­able.

“I can un­der­stand mis­takes be­cause ev­ery­one makes mis­takes, but I can’t un­der­stand be­hav­iours. For ex­am­ple, when we had a dis­al­lowed goal the lines­man was laugh­ing.

“I knew it was go­ing to be a very dif­fi­cult game, be­cause we played against one of the best teams in the league.

“It was go­ing to be dif­fi­cult and then I started to see the mis­takes we made, es­pe­cially in the first half. Then I started to feel the ref­eree’s de­ci­sions. It was a bad day.”

Cal­lum Wil­son was a con­stant men­ace to the Boro de­fence and the Cher­ries’ top-scorer was bun­dled over by To­mas Kalas in the 12th minute.

Ker­mor­gant, who fa­mously missed a penalty for Le­ices­ter in a play-off semi-fi­nal, stepped up and coolly drove his kick past Boro goal­keeper Dimi Kon­stan­topou­los.

The first half was played at a fre­netic pace and Bournemouth could have been out of sight be­fore the in­ter­val.

Ker­mor­gant had a vol­ley saved by Kon­stan­topou­los, be­fore Matt Ritchie’s 31st-minute vol­ley was kept out by the busy Boro num­ber one.

Mid­dles­brough were un­able to truly test Ar­tur Boruc in the first 45 min­utes.Their best chance came on the half-hour mark when Adam Reach flicked Pa­trick Bamford’s cross into the hands of the Poland in­ter­na­tional.

Arter dou­bled the Cher­ries’ lead only two min­utes into the sec­ond half with his curl­ing left-foot ef­fort can­non­ing in off the in­side of the left post.

Boro thought they were back in the game in the 68th minute but

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

ALL CHANGE: Yann Ker­mor­gant opens the scor­ing from the spot for Bournemouth in the 3-0 de­feat of Mid­dles­brough

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

MR COOL: Yann Ker­mor­gant scores from the spot to put the Cher­ries ahead

OH NO! To­mas Kalas fouls Bournemouth’s Cal­lum Wil­son to give away the first penalty

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