Bournemouth secured promotion once more to the Premier League after a tense 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on the Vitality Stadium.
The one goal of the game received right here after 83 minutes on the south coast, when substitute Kieffer Moore slotted earlier Brice Samba from shut range, ending a switch straight off the teaching ground, after he was picked out by Philip Billing.
The goal sparked wild celebrations from a functionality crowd and ensured Scott Parker’s Cherries will probably be a part of Fulham inside the prime flight subsequent season after a two-season absence and condemned Forest to the play-offs.
How Bournemouth secured a last-gasp Premier League return
A day of potential celebration obtained off the right start when Bournemouth’s David Brooks launched the data that he is free from most cancers, having completed treatment after being acknowledged with stage two Hodgkin Lymphoma in October.
When the match – which was postponed once more in February after harm was induced to the Vitality Stadium by Storm Eunice – obtained going, it immediately lived as a lot because the hype that had been promised inside the build-up; every take care of was jeered, every assault roared on as if it have been a play-off final.
As a light-weight drizzle fell upon the south coast, Bournemouth took the game to their company, nonetheless have been rapidly left with their hearts of their mouths when ex-Cherries frontman Surridge collected a surprising Djed Spence transfer and rifled a shot off the crossbar.
The hosts had their moments going forward, nonetheless, in actuality, they’ve been fleeting, with 30-goal striker Dominic Solanke saved quiet inside the final third.
With spherical half an hour gone, Forest received right here as soon as extra, when Philip Zinckernagel’s sq. ball evaded Surridge and fell for Brennan Johnson, whose sound connection was rebuffed by Jordan Zemura on the street.
And 5 minutes sooner than the break, they’ve been denied a penalty when Surridge was felled by Mark Travers inside the area, with a controversial offside flag sparing the hosts’ blushes.
Parker’s males stepped their recreation up after the break. An intuitive transfer through the strains from Ryan Christie set Solanke free, nonetheless he fired into the aspect netting, whereas Samba was referred to as into movement to punch away efforts from Lewis Put together dinner and Jaidon Anthony.
And easily as they appeared set to finish with out a goal, taking the drama to the final word day, Bournemouth consolidated their second half toils. Billing carried out a free-kick all through to Moore, who was prepared on the far publish to suit dwelling the priceless winner.
Man of the match – Kieffer Moore
Glenn Murray on Sky Sports activities actions Soccer:
“I believed Moore carried out very nicely tonight. He modified the game when he received right here on. When he obtained his different, he buried it.”
Bournemouth research from experience; Forest nonetheless exceeding expectations
Sky Sports activities actions’ Dan Prolonged on the Vitality Stadium:
“What would a Championship promotion race be with out just a little little little bit of drama? Solely a win would do for Bournemouth within the occasion that they wanted to protected computerized promotion with a recreation to spare and, though they left it late, they did merely that.
“Forest will certainly actually really feel aggrieved that they did not capitalise on a strong first-half displaying, considerably after the controversial penalty alternative that did not go their method. Nevertheless they’ve been second best after the break, it must be talked about.
“The place the Cherries’ depth grew on the sodden ground, theirs dipped. The eight minutes of added time on the end made points that little bit further tense, nonetheless they’ve been unable to stress the equaliser that may have taken the automated promotion race to the final word day.
“So the play-offs is what the Reds ought to settle for. In all honesty, with the membership bottom of the desk on September 18, many would not have envisaged even entering into the very best six. Now a minimal of three video video games further lie ahead.
“Nevertheless for Bournemouth, that’s the prize they’ve grafted laborious for for two seasons. They went 15 video video games unbeaten to start with, sooner than a dip identical to the one they suffered last time interval. This time, they’ve been prepared; this time they obtained over the street.”
Every teams are once more in movement at 12.30pm on the final word day of the season, Saturday May 7. Bournemouth host Millwall on the Vitality Stadium, whereas Nottingham Forest journey to the MKM Stadium to sort out Hull.