Bournemouth struck 4 second-half targets to finish a dramatic turnaround and leapfrog Reading on the prime of the Championship with a surprising 4-2 victory.
Lewis Cook’s 30-yard strike put them 3-2 forward with 13 minutes remaining after Dominic Solanke (56) and Arnaut Danjuma (59) had worn out Reading’s half-time lead.
A Lucas Joao penalty after simply 4 minutes and Sone Aluko’s first Reading purpose in two years shortly earlier than half-time had the leaders in cruise management.
But they struggled after the break and Solanke rounded off a formidable second-half show for the Cherries, profiting from a Rafael Cabral howler to make it 4-2 with somewhat over 60 seconds left.
The victory maintains Bournemouth’s unbeaten residence report and sees them go prime of the desk forward of the 3pm kick-offs, only one level forward of Reading.
How Bournemouth turned it round in type
It took simply three minutes for Reading to place their three successive defeats behind them as Alfa Semedo danced previous each Lewis and Steve Cook, earlier than being taken down by keeper Asmir Begovic.
Referee Darren Bond had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Joao confidently discovered the underside nook for his seventh Championship purpose of the season.
Bournemouth dominated possession however discovered it powerful to interrupt down a well-disciplined Royals aspect – and the guests all the time appeared harmful on the counterattack.
Their finest likelihood previous to the Royals’ second got here by way of the ever-impressive David Brooks – his low effort from contained in the field was comfy for Rafael, though the transfer that led to the prospect was a precursor for his or her second-half show.
Reading confirmed the ruthless edge that noticed them run away to a seven-point lead on the prime of the desk after simply eight video games on 43 minutes.
Back within the aspect following harm, Ovie Ejaria slipped a wonderfully weighted ball via to Aluko, who had nipped inside Diego Rico at left-back and completed well first-time.
Jason Tindall moved Lloyd Kelly to left-back on the break and that transfer paid dividends simply 11 minutes into the second interval. His depraved cross from the left was missed by Liam Moore and met by Solanke, who transformed from shut vary to get Bournemouth again into the sport.
Less than three minutes later, Tindall’s males had been degree. This time Brooks was the creator, sliding a ball inside Thomas Esteves and into the trail of Danjuma, who took one contact earlier than beating the onrushing Rafael.
Both groups pushed for the subsequent purpose in an entertaining sport that by no means let up for a minute. But the purpose that did give Bournemouth the lead for the primary time was particular. Lewis Cook has by no means scored for the Cherries, not that you’d have recognized it following his 30-yard wondergoal.
Cook picked the ball up in the course of the pitch, opened up his physique and fired in good, dipping effort that crashed into the underside of the bar and into the again of the online. While Solanke had his palms on his head in disbelief, Cook merely rotated and smiled.
Reading weren’t going to lie down and easily settle for that this wasn’t their day, although. Begovic gave away the penalty, however produced a match-winning save to disclaim Joao a second of the afternoon. The striker’s low header appeared destined for the nook, just for a mix of Begovic’s hand, head and the submit to maintain it out.
While his heroics saved Bournemouth forward, Rafael’s misstep ensured all three factors had been staying on the south coast with 89 minutes on the clock. He fluffed a clearance as Solanke chased down a protracted ball, permitting the striker to win the ball again and calmly raise it into the again of the online for his fourth of the season.
It means Reading’s beforehand watertight defence have now shipped 15 targets of their previous 5 video games after conceding simply as soon as of their first seven. For Bournemouth, their second successive win sends them prime and with the likes of Brooks, Danjuma and Solanke firing, promotion again to the Premier League on the first time of asking seems an actual chance.
Man of the match – David Brooks
Sky Sports’ Andy Hinchcliffe
David Brooks was very good for Bournemouth. He is getting fitter with each sport and he has high quality that we all know all about. I do not assume he’ll be within the Championship for for much longer, no matter how that’s.
But I used to be spoilt for alternative at present, so many attacking gamers had been very good for each groups
Bournemouth are at residence once more on Tuesday night time as Nottingham Forest make the journey to the south coast – that’s stay on Sky Sports Football and Main Event with an 8pm kick-off. Reading are in south London on Wednesday night as they tackle Millwall at The New Den.