Boro boss fumes at pens – and laughing linesman
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