Sheffield United hit the goal trail with Ryan Flynn leading the goal charge and John Cofie weighing in with a wonder strike.
A new game and a brand new era.
With new striker Dave Kitson watching from the stands Bournemouth took the lead. Barnard saw a shot blocked and when O’Kane was not closed down, he created the opportunity for ELPHICK to head home.
Bournemouth’s goal roused United into life and within four minutes they were level.
McDonald had already seen a rasping effort strike a post when Hill’s cross was nodded down by McAllister and FLYNN stole in front of his marker to touch home.
FLYNN’S next, in the 32nd minute, was a joy to behold.
McMahon’s centre was headed out by Addison and, from an acute angle, the former Falkirk winger threaded a curling shot beyond Jalal’s outstretched palm and inside the far post.
Then at the interval approach, COFIE dispatched a looping 20 yard shot into the back of the Bournemouth net.
Half-time: Blades 3 Bournemouth 1
Cofie had brought the crowd to its feet with another fine attempt - which this time hit the bar before BARNARD picked Bournemouth back up off the canvas by powering home O’Kane’s corner. Again, Wilson will have been disappointed with United’s defending.
CRESSWELL and McQuoid came on for Cofie and Partington respectively as the hour mark beckoned and the United striker celebrated his return by heading home Flynn’s centre in the 61st minute
With three minutes remaining, PUGH reduced the arrears with a low shot which appeared to deceive Howard.
But BLACKMAN made the game safe from the spot in added time after winning a penalty from Daniels.