AI­TOR CRANKY

Boro boss fumes at pens – and laugh­ing lines­man

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Bamford’s header was dis­al­lowed as he came from an off­side po­si­tion.

Ref­eree An­thony Tay­lor took cen­tre stage in the 74th minute, point­ing to the spot af­ter Arter surged for­ward into the Boro box and went to ground un­der pres­sure from Al­bert Adomah.

In-form Pit­man stepped up and ham­mered home his sixth goal in four matches to make it 3-0 and wrap up the win, which keeps Bournemouth on course for a place in the top flight for the first time in their his­tory.

Bamford had the chance to get a con­so­la­tion goal for Boro with four min­utes to go, but his free-kick went just over the bar.

Cher­ries boss Ed­die Howe ad­mit­ted Karanka may have a right to feel ag­grieved with the sec­ond penalty, but praised his side’s sen­sa­tional per­for­mance.

Howe said:“I’ve seen the sec­ond penalty and I prob­a­bly agree with Karanka on it. The first one was a clear penalty.

“In tight ar­eas we were ex­cel­lent and clin­i­cal.

“It’s been a good all-round day for us with a clean sheet and three goals against the meanest de­fence in this league.

“I’ve got so much re­spect for Mid­dles­brough, their manager and how they play, so to beat them so con­vinc­ingly will be a big boost for ev­ery­one con­nected with Bournemouth.”

Arter’s re­cent im­pres­sive form earned him a first call-up to Martin O’Neill’s Repub­lic of Ire­land squad last week, and Howe was full of praise for his cen­tral mid­fielder.

Howe added:“Harry was ter­rific. I know he’s very proud to be called up by Ire­land and rightly so.

“He’s de­served it be­cause he’s been con­sis­tent for a long time. He’s ready.”

ART WORK: Harry Arter gets away from Boro’s Lee Tom­lin

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