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MATCH REPORT

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17:11 8th February 2012

AFC Bournemouth 2 Exeter City 0

Bournemouth substitute Scott Malone inspired Bournemouth to a 2-0 victory over the Grecians at the Seward Stadium this evening. City held their own throughout the first half and could have taken a shock lead just before the hour mark when Richard Logan's header was flicked onto the crossbar by the fingertips of Cherries' keeper Daryl Flahavan. Malone was introduced ten minutes later and on 72 minutes he shrugged off Steve Tully and teed up £800,000 man Matt Tubbs inside the box for the game's opening goal. The club's record signing then repaid the favour as Bournemouth hit the Grecians on the counter attack, Tubbs sweeping the ball to Malone at the back post six minutes later to make it four games without a goal or a win for City. Bournemouth substitute Scott Malone inspired Bournemouth to a 2-0 victory over the Grecians at the Seward Stadium this evening. City held their own throughout the first half and could have taken a shock lead just before the hour mark when Richard Logan's header was flicked onto the crossbar by the fingertips of Cherries' keeper Daryl Flahavan. Malone was introduced ten minutes later and on 72 minutes he shrugged off Steve Tully and teed up £800,000 man Matt Tubbs inside the box for the game's opening goal. The club's record signing then repaid the favour as Bournemouth hit the Grecians on the counter attack, Tubbs sweeping the ball Malone at the back post six minutes later to make it four games without a goal or a win for City. Paul Tisdale made three changes from the side narrowly beaten by Charlton at The Park. Scott Golbourne's departure to Yorkshire meant a return to the side for Billy Jones. Upfront O'Flynn and Taylor dropped to the bench and were replaced by Logan and Dan Nardiello. And the latter had the first genuine opportunity of a forgettable first half and it was all his own work. Collecting Troy's pass just inside the Bournemouth half, Nardiello moved up through the gears as he weaved and dribbled his way in typical Nardiello fashion through the heart f the Cherries' defence. But when it came to pull the trigger he just couldn't get enough power behind his effort and it was a comfortable save for the Bournemouth shotstopper. Bournemouth carried more attacking impetus in the spell that followed but their moves seemed to break down at the final ball meaning on a number of occasions Artur Krysiak had the simple task of running out to the edge of his box to collect loose balls. As the half went on both sides began to carve out more openings. Just after the half hour mark Tubbs had a header well saved by Artur before a fine ball put Donal McDermott clear in the left-back area but he cut inside and lashed a shot high over the bar. Bournemouth defender Steve Cook then denied Nardiello on the byline with a sensational tackle after City's number 10 had played a smart one-two with Logan. At the other end the 299 travelling fans had a great view of their players denying the lively home attack by literally putting their bodies on the line. Bournemouth had four shots in a matter of seconds that were blocked or deflected away by the wall of white shirts. Nardiello was always looking to get behind the Bournemouth defence and he managed to do exactly that on 37 minutes when he span in down the left-hand side but his low left-foot shot from the angle was comfortable for Flahavan. The final chance of the first half saw David Noble take aim from distance with a shot that was deflected behind for a corner. Once the players had thawed out in the changing rooms during the interval the second half started at a real pace with plenty of chances at both ends. Wesley Thomas earned the home side an early corner after beating Krysiak to a high ball and Thomas met the resulting corner with a thumping header which smashed off Krysiak's crossbar and out to safety. And three minutes later a clever free-kick routine teed Tubbs up but his low effort was wide of Krysiak's post. It was then City's turn to threaten. First Jones swung in a perfect cross that Cook put out for a corner with Logan lurking and when the set-piece came into the box Troy put the ball in the back of the net. However referee Oliver Langford saw a push on goalkeeper Flahavan and was quick to signal for a foul by City's centre back. On 55 minutes the Grecians carved out their best chance of the night. After good work down the right hand side Dunne sent a lovely cross into the box which was met by the head of Logan but he could only watch as his flicked header, destined for the top corner, was kept out by the reflexes of Flahavan. Ten minutes later the dangerous Thomas broke the City offside trap and galloped through on goal but Krysiak flew off his line and did fantastically well to get to the ball before Bournemouth's number nine. Tisdale then freshened up his strikeforce as his side looked for that elusive goal, Guillem Bauza entering the fray for Logan but it was the Bournemouth attack that looked the most dangerous. On 68 minutes Tubbs and Thomas exchanged passes and as the latter was about to pull the trigger the diving frame of Troy chucked his body infront of the number nine and did enough to force the ball away from danger. But that would only be a temporary relief as Tubbs made it a debut to remember from close range with the opening goal from Malone's low cross on 72 minutes. And he would put the game to bed six minutes later with a move that he started and finished. When Danny Coles could only flick Jones' corner towards the packed goalmouth Bournemouth flew forward through Malone who sent Tubbs scampering down the right before continuing his run. The former Crawley men then slid a perfect ball which found Malone at the back post. He finished emphatically and finished the game as a contest.
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