Bournemouth 2-1 QPR: Jaidon Anthony curls home opener before teeing up Dominic Solanke for the second as Cherries maintain unbeaten start in the Championship
A dazzling display from Jaidon Anthony helped Bournemouth beat QPR to maintain their unbeaten start and climb up to second the Championship table.
The 21-year-old winger scored before teeing up Dominic Solanke in the first half to seal the Cherrries’ fourth win of the campaign, despite Sam McCallum’s goal offering the visitors hope.
Mark Warburton’s side had three wins from their past five games, but could not maintain their momentum and now sit fifth after seeing their own undefeated run end.
A dazzling display from Jaidon Anthony helped Bournemouth beat QPR on Tuesday night
Bournemouth: Mark Travers 8, Adam Smith 7, Gary Cahill 8, Lloyd Kelly 7, Jordan Zemura 7, Jefferson Lerma 7, Philip Billing 7, Ryan Christie 7, Jaidon Anthony 8 (Morgan Rogers 76), David Brooks 6 (Ben Pearson 60), Dominic Solanke 8.
Goals: Anthony 12, Solanke 35
Yellow cards: Zemura, Brooks, Kelly, Billing, Smith
Subs not used: Orjan Nyland, Chris Mepham, Jack Stacey, Emiliano Marcondes, Morgan Rogers, Jamal Lowe
QPR: Seny Dieng 6, Osman Kaky 5 (Albert Admoah 55, 6), Rob Dickie 5, Jordy de Wijs 6, Yoann Barbet 6, Sam McCallum 7, Stefan Johansen 6, Chris Willock 6, Ilias Chair 6 (George Thomas 80), Dominic Ball 5, Lyndon Dykes 5 (Andre Gray 55, 5).
Goals: McCallum 57
Yellow cards: Johansen, Willock
Subs not used: Jordan Archer, Jimmy Dunne, Luke Amos, Andre Dozzell, George Thomas
Scott Parker followed up Saturday’s dominant victory over Barnsley by handing deadline day signing Ryan Christie a full debut in midfield, but his side struggled to rediscover their rhythm in the early stages.
This allowed the visitors to make early forays forward, with on-loan defender Sam McCallum drawing a foul outside the box before Ilias Chair curled the resulting free-kick just wide while Chris Willock made several threatening runs down the left.
However, the hosts would seize the lead against the run of play when Anthony stole the ball from Rob Dickie and raced clear to curl beyond Seny Dieng.
The young winger has surged to prominence since Parker took charge in the summer, and has rewarded the boss for his faith with a string of fine displays.
The Cherries should have doubled their lead after David Brooks and Solanke sliced through the defence, but on his full debut Ryan Christie could only side-foot wide from the edge of the box.
The goal sparked Bournemouth into life and they strung together a series of sharp passing moves around the Hoops box but could not find the killer pass, with Jaidon Anthony and David Brooks spurning good opportunities when well placed.
Bournemouth’s Jaidon Anthony raced clear to curl beyond QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng
Chair conjured a shot from outside the box that whistled wide, but the visitors struggled for the fluency that had defined their impressive opening to the season.
The Cherries asserted control and a patient passing move was executed superbly by Solanke on his 24th birthday, turning home Anthony’s pinpoint low cross inside the box.
The former Liverpool striker has now scored or assisted 15 goals in his past 18 games for the Cherries, and looks set to be a vital part of their fledgling promotion charge.
QPR finally registered their first effort on target early in the second half, with Osman Kaky swinging in a cross from the right and Lyndon Dykes rising highest in the box, but Mark Travers was able to gather comfortably.
The hosts responded immediately with Jordan Zemura winning a corner, though no one was on hand to convert after a smart routine.
More incisive attacking play saw Anthony and Solanke tee up Billing who thought he had added a third, but somehow his effort smashed the inside of the post and bounced clear.
QPR finally found some forward momentum down the left with Sam McCallum, who forced the ball home to keep the game alive with 30 minutes left.
However, with Charlie Austin absent through injury and Lyndon Dykes replaced before the hour by Andre Gray, the Hoops lacked a genuine attacking threat.
As the match wore on, the Cherries sat deeper but QPR struggled to truly threaten Travers in the latter stages – especially with the usually lively Chair enduring a rare off night in attacking midfield.
When 21-year-old Anthony was withdrawn 15 minutes from the end he received a standing ovation for an impressive display in attack and defence, happy driving at opponents with the ball at his feet but also relentlessly leading the press and harrying QPR into numerous mistakes.
In contrast, Bournemouth youngster Jaidon Anthony received a standing ovation when he was withdrawn with 15 minutes left after contributing a goal and an assist in a remarkable display.
Gradually the visitors cranked up the pressure but the Cherries defence held firm against waves of attacks.
When they were breached, Travers was alert to push away Jordy de Wijs’ goal-bound header and somehow denied Gray in the final seconds to ensure Parker’s promising start continued.