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Monday, September 21, 2009

Big Match Review- Darlington 0 Bournemouth 2

League Two
Darlington 0-2 Bournemouth
Saturday September 19, Northern Echo Arena (Att: 1,999)

Bournemouth made it four wins on the bounce as two goals from Brett Pitman saw off Darlington and kept the Cherries riding high at the top of League Two.

The away side started brightly, with veteran striker Steve Fletcher scuffing a shot at Darlo keeper Russell Hoult when well placed. It was little surprise then when Pittman did put them ahead just a quarter of an hour in.

A long throw into the box was flicked onto the Cherries forward, whose acrobatic overhead kick beat Hoult and found the bottom corner of the Quakers net.

Darlo hit back, former Carlisle striker Kevin Gall
shooting over after a strong run, and then a fizzing long-range effort from Jamie Devitt forced visiting keeper Shwan Jalal to parry and collect at the second attempt.

Darlington manager Colin Todd brought on his assistant Dean Windass in the second period, and it was the former Premier League man who wasted the home side's best effort to equalise. A cross from the right from pulled back for Windass, who failed to connect from just a few yards out.

Then Devitt was foiled from close range by Jalal again, and Darlo were made to pay for their profligacy. Anton Robinson's charge forward was halted illegally by defender Tony Kane, and the referee awarded a penalty.

Pittman stepped up to send Hoult the wrong way and collect his and Bournemouth's second of the match to keep Eddie Howe's team on top of the table, and Darlington rooted to the bottom.

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