Dominic Solanke’s fifth goal of the season has helped Bornemouth to finish QPR‘s unbeaten after a 2-1 win in the Championship. The Cherries’ win put them at the top of the table and extend their own unbeaten start after West Brom could only draw 0-0 at home against Derby.
Bournemouth and QPR were two of three teams in the division to lose ahead of the game at Vitality Stadium, but the visitors got off to a bad start on the south coast. Center-back Rob Dickie was easily dispossessed by Jaidon Anthony and the youngster de Cherries shot at home after 12 minutes.
It was 2-0 before the break when Anthony picked Solanke inside the box and the forward found the net. Sam McCallum pulled one out after the break for QPR but they couldn’t find an equalizer with Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers making a number of saves. .
“We were far from at our best,” admitted Bournemouth manager Scott Parker. “In the first half we were clinical, but they put tremendous pressure on us in the second half and we had to show ourselves another side. We have seen tonight that every game in this league is different and that sometimes it has to be worked out. “
West Brom remain undefeated and on top, but with an identical record at Bournemouth after being held in check by Wayne Rooney’s Derby. The Baggies had plenty of chances but failed to get past Kelle Roos and could lose first place if Fulham wins in Birmingham on Wednesday.
Huddersfield edged out QPR to take fourth place in the standings after an excellent 3-0 victory at Blackpool. Josh Koroma got the ball rolling for the Terriers with a stunner early in the second half and Matty Pearson and Jonathan Hogg joined him on the scoresheet to make it four wins this quarter already.
“I was so happy for Jonathan when he scored his goal,” said Huddersfield manager Carlos Corberan. “He’s so important to the team and around the club. He helps others around him and when he plays well it usually ensures that the whole team is performing very positively.
Blackpool fell in the last three after Reading was right about Peterborough by a score of 3-1 to get out of the relegation zone. John Swift and Tom Dele-Bashiru struck within three minutes in the second half and while Nathan Thompson pulled one off for Posh they couldn’t find a leveler and were then hit by a late third . Dele-Bashiru added a breathtaking second with a powerful effort from outside the zone to leave Peterborough at the top of the table.
Ben Brereton Diaz struck for the fourth time this season to inspire Blackburn to a 2-0 victory over shell at Ewood Park. Daniel Ayala made the breakthrough with 61 minutes of play before Chilean international Brereton Diaz pounded the corner to send Rovers to seventh place.
Sheffield united were denied a second consecutive victory after Emil Riis Jakobsen scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to win Preston a 2-2 draw on the road. Sander Berge appeared to have given Slavisa Jokanovic’s side all three points with six minutes remaining after a Morgan Gibbs-White Blades opener was called off by Daniel Johnson. But Jakobsen redeemed an earlier mistake by coming home in front of away fans to score a point at Bramall Lane.