B’mouth 3 – 0 Cardiff

Ryan Christie’s first Bournemouth goal helped the league leaders to a comfortable 3-0 win over Cardiff in 10 men.

Top scorer Dominic Solanke was also on the scoresheet before Cardiff goalkeeper Alex Smithies’ own goal sealed a great night for Scott Parker’s men.

Cardiff had midfielder Leandro Bacuna sent off during halftime recovery, while the two were in danger of relegation.

Bournemouth were looking for streak wins to bring a four-point lead to the top after defeating QPR on Monday.

Jefferson Lerma scored his first shot on goal just three minutes from time when he fired from long range.

Cardiff could have scored three minutes later when top scorer Kieffer Moore headed goalkeeper Mark Travers.

On 13 minutes, Bournemouth striker Solanke sent Lewis Cook on goal, but the midfielder messed up his first touch, allowing Curtis Nelson to slip in and release the danger.

Moments later, Solanke matched perfectly with Christie before punching a shot on the surface of the goal, which was well rejected by Bacuna.

Cardiff looked dangerous on the counterattack and after 17 minutes Ryan Giles picked the unmarked Mark Harris six yards away but failed to pack the ball past Travers.

Another good breakaway move by the Bluebirds in the 24th minute saw Will Vaulks fire through Travers’ gloves with a cross shot.

Bournemouth took the lead in the 25th minute thanks to Christie’s first goal in 20 games for the club.

Solanke did well on the right before spotting Christie just inside the area.

His shot appeared to have gone wide before deflecting Mark McGuinness, leaving the Smithies stranded with no power to come to his team’s rescue.

Moore had a good chance to equalize when his attempt to lead Harris’ tantalizing cross over Travers was rejected by the Irishman.

Cardiff finished the lightweight half man after Bacuna was shown a red card for a reckless scissor tackle from behind on Philip Billing in the center circle.

The challenge sparked a nasty scrum.

Lerma had a good chance to score 2-0 in the 64th minute when the Colombian hit his head from a corner.

Solanke found the net four minutes later with a cold finish.

The former Liverpool striker played brace with Billing before sliding his shot past Smithies and into the lower left corner.

Immediately afterwards Solanke fired from close range as Bournemouth continued to terrorize a weary Cardiff defense.

It was 3-0 with seven minutes left when Lerma’s fiercely hit shot from a corner crashed into the bottom of the crossbar before hitting Smithies and flying into the net.

Covid-stricken Cardiff also saw top scorer Moore limp with an ankle injury as he endured a miserable return to action after a three-week break.

What the managers said …

of Bournemouth Scott Parker: “I’m satisfied. It was a good all-round performance. The first goal settled the players and the crowd. Once the boy was sent off it was a matter of being professionals.

“The second goal was crucial. It was a good play, a good assist from Phil and a good shot from Dom. He has a laser vision in those situations.”

of Cardiff Steve Morison did not attend the post-match press conference, citing “Welsh law”.

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