Reds Full Time: Bournemouth 1 Barnsley 0

Bournemouth v Barnsley
Bournemouth v Barnsley
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A 78th minute goal by Bournemouth’s Marc Pugh was enough to beat Barnsley on the south coast at Goldsands.

After Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at Nottingham Forest the Reds were hoping to pick up their first away with of the season.

But it was a quiet start as the first quarter of an hour played out without any clear cut chances.

The Reds should have taken the lead but both Chris O’Grady and Kevin Dawson hit the post within 30 seconds of each other in the 23rd minute.

Tomasz Cywka tested Cherries keeper Ryan Allsop with a long range effort later in the half however neither team were able to go ahead before the break.

The hosts had the first chance of the second as Brett Pitman set up former Rotherham United striker Lewis Grabban but the frontman couldn’t hit the target.

Barnsley boss David Flitcroft made his first change after 64 minutes bringing Dale Jennings on for Cywka. And then Jason Scotland replaced Chris Dagnall on 72 minutes.

Eddie Howe’s team deservedly took the lead on 78 minutes when good work by Simon Francis on the right wing led to Pugh firing home.

Flitcroft introduced Reuban Noble-Lazarus into the action for Tom Kennedy with ten minutes to play but the Reds couldn’t find an equaliser.

Bournemouth (4-4-2): Allsop; Francis, Cook, Ward, Daniels; Fraser, O’Kane, MacDonald, Pugh; Pitman, Grabban. Subs: Flahavan, Elphick, Hughes, McQuoid, Thomas, Harte, Rantie.

Barnsley (4-4-2): Steele; Wiseman, Ramage, Cranie, Kennedy; Cywka, Dawson, Perkins, Etuhu; Dagnall, O’Grady. Subs: Dibble, Scotland, Jennings, Mellis, M’Voto, Noble-Lazarus, Rose.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire)