Philip Billing scored a brace to help Bournemouth produce one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Dominic Solanke scored his 30th goal of the season to give the visitors the lead in the 21st minute before Billing doubled their advantage in the 70th minute. He then sealed the win with his second in the 79th minute. The result helped Bournemouth maintain their second place before their all-important clash with Nottingham Forest in the penultimate game of the season. Blackburn remains in ninth place and has no chance of reaching the playoffs.
Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “We played against a high-quality team. For long spells, we were in the game and we needed to take a chance. Ben Brereton Diaz was through one on one first half and hit the side of the post. Second half he was through one-on-one and the keeper saved it with his legs. We needed to take a chance really. I think you could feel their quality on the pitch, their danger. The more attacking players we put on trying to score a goal, the more vulnerable you become at the other end. That’s what football is.”
Bournemouth’s Scott Parker: “It was definitely a high-pressure game. That’s where you get to at this point at the season when you’re competing for what we’re competing for. I think first and foremost, the result was key. Performance really is secondary at this point of the season. We got a result and also a performance really. I thought the team executed everything we asked of them, were very solid, clean sheet, stood up to their challenges, what they possess. They are the good side. Then we were dead in our moments, clinical in our moments, so it was pleasing.”
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