CHERRIES ARE RED-HOT FOR PROMOTION
BOURNEMOUTH took a big step towards promotion to the Premier League although, given the unpredictable nature of the division, Eddie Howe will stay grounded.
Aitor Karanka’s Boro struggled to find a way into the game and were always on the back foot with Cherries’ wide-men Marc Pugh and Matt Ritchie surging forward and Callum Wilson making a nuisance of himself up front.
Giving away a penalty so early in the game did Boro no favours, but they may have the right to feel aggrieved about the second spot-kick.
Boro face three of the current top six between now and the end of the season and will need to be more consistent after the international break to make it into the top two.
They will need to defend better than they did yesterday and hope their front-men are firing.
Bournemouth will feel promotion is now squarely in their hands with a favourable end of season run-in after their trip to fellow promotion-chasers Ipswich on Good Friday.
STAR MAN YANN KERMO