sport news Bournemouth produce a gritty win over Stoke to climb up to third in the ...

Bournemouth prove they can do it on a cold, rainy night in Stoke as they push for promotion back to the big time Bournemouth beat Stoke City 1-0 to move up to third in the Championship  The side are six points off Championship leaders Norwich with a game in hand  The Cherries lost several key players, including Nathan Ake and Callum Wilson But the likes of Dominic Solanke and Junior Stanislas have stepped up  

By Richard Gibson for the Daily Mail

Published: 23:05 GMT, 3 January 2021 | Updated: 07:52 GMT, 4 January 2021

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It was not expected that Bournemouth’s bid for an immediate return to the Premier League would be founded on defensive resolve.

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After all, they shipped an average of two goals a game for the second half of their relegation season, lost £40million centre back Nathan Ake, and have retained their trademark attacking verve — only Blackburn have scored more goals in the Championship this season.

Yet here they were winning ugly on an inhospitable night in Stoke — still the yardstick of a team’s character — to move within two points of second place with a game in hand.

Junior Stanislas scored the winner, but was the subject of racial abuse after the match

Junior Stanislas scored the winner, but was the subject of racial abuse after

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