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Goldsands Stadium (ATT 11,021) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

B'mouth Bournemouth vs Nottingham Forest N Forest

B'mouth 4

Y Kermorgant (43, 90+1)
L Grabban (47, pen 70)

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N Forest 1

G Halford (56)

Sky Bet Championship: Bournemouth see off Nottingham Forest with 4-1 win

Last Updated: 26/04/14 6:02pm

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Lewis Grabban: Scored a brace for the Cherries

Lewis Grabban: Scored a brace for the Cherries

Bournemouth ended Nottingham Forest's Sky Bet Championship play-offs hopes with a 4-1 victory at Dean Court on Saturday.

Lewis Grabban scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season as fellow forward Yann Kermorgant also bagged a brace for the Cherries.

Halford grabbed a consolation for Forest midway through the second half, as Bournemouth's play-off dreams were also ended by other results.

Matt Ritchie had the first chance of the game in the second minute as he drilled an effort from just outside the box narrowly after being laid off by Kermorgant.

The Frenchman turned provider again eight minutes later when he lobbed a ball over the Forest defence, but Grabban failed to send his volley home.

While the hosts dominated the early possession, Forest provided a chance of their own when Stephen McLaughlin fashioned a shot on the edge of the box, but did not test Lee Camp.

In the 39th minute the visitors had their best chance of the half but Matt Derbyshire's shot was hit straight at former Forest 'keeper Camp, after being played through one-on-one by Greg Halford.

Bournemouth finally made all their possession count two minutes before half-time when Kermorgant bundled his header in.

It was the striker's eighth goal - since joining the Cherries from Charlton in January - after a fantastic cross from the by-line from Simon Francis.

Grabban added a second two minutes into the second half when he swept in from inside the six-yard box.

The former Rotherham man was set up after Eunan O'Kane failed to get a shot away when twisting in the box.

Dorus De Vries was nearly caught out in the 49th minute by an audacious chipped effort from Kermorgant, who struck from 35 yards after seeing the keeper off his line.

Halford got the visitors back into the game with a powerful header, after connecting with Ben Osborn's pin-point free-kick from the left.

In the 61st minute Ritchie fired wide from inside the penalty box after Grabban threaded him a shooting opportunity as the home side tried to regain their advantage.

The visitors should have drawn level in the 68th minute when Halford somehow cleared the crossbar from close range after a corner from Osborn.

Bournemouth scored their third with 20 minutes to go when referee Simon Hooper awarded a penalty when substitute Gonzalo Jara stuck a leg out to bring down Marc Pugh.

Grabban stepped up to take the spot-kick, and sent De Vries the wrong way to notch his 22nd goal of the campaign.

Kermorgant made the scoreline more emphatic in the last minute when blasted in after good work from Tokelo Rantie and Ryan Fraser.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13