Bournemouth 2-1 QPR: Jaidon Anthony curls home opener before turning Dominic Solanke for second as Cherries maintains an unbeaten start in the championship
- Bournemouth gave QPR its first defeat of the season on Tuesday evening
- Jaidon Anthony drove clear and curled past QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng
- Dominic Solanke returned Anthony’s pointed low cross for the second goal
- QPR narrowed the deficit as Sam McCallum scored his first goal for the club
Bournemouth boss Scott Parker praised his young stars after beating QPR to keep the Cherries unbeaten start and climb to the joint top of the championship.
Young winger Jaidon Anthony put on a dazzling display by scoring and then beating Dominic Solanke in the first half to seal the hosts’ fourth win of the campaign, despite Sam McCallum’s goal giving the visitors hope.
Inexperienced keeper Mark Travers then made five crucial late saves and while defender Jordan Zemura also shone, Parker was delighted to see his youthful faith repaid.
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
He said: ‘Jaidon works tirelessly for this team, he also has great quality. I am very happy for Jaidon. He’s done so well in a short amount of time.
“It’s fair to say that Jordan Zemura and Jaidon are players that no one thought would be where they would be on our team and they are crucial to what we do.
On Travers, he added: “He stood up for us tonight. He has come a long way in a short time, he has worked relentlessly. He kept us in the game tonight and was great for us.”
The win, combined with West Brom’s draw at home to Derby, means that both teams share identical records at the top of the league table.
Parker Parker followed up Saturday’s dominant win over Barnsley by giving Ryan Christie a full midfield debut on deadline day, but his side struggled to rediscover their rhythm in the early stages.
This enabled the visitors to get to the front early, with loaned defender Sam McCallum making a foul outside the box before Ilias Chair curled the resulting free kick just wide, while Chris Willock made several menacing runs to the left.
However, with 12 minutes played Anthony stole the ball from Rob Dickie and clearly raced to curl past Seny Dieng and open the score against the course of play.
With that, the Cherries took control.
Their patience was rewarded when Solanke made a passing move that turned Anthony’s pointed low cross home to double the lead on his 24th birthday.
The former Liverpool striker has now scored or assisted 15 goals in his last 18 appearances for the Cherries, and with five goals already this season, he looks set to be a vital part of their fledgling promotion campaign.
Bournemouth’s Jaidon Anthony raced clear and curled past QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng
The goal brought Bournemouth to life and they made a series of sharp passing moves around the Hoops box but couldn’t find the killer pass, with Jaidon Anthony and David Brooks deflecting good chances if they were well placed.
The Cherries should have doubled their lead after David Brooks and Solanke cut through the defence, but on his full-length debut, Ryan Christie could only go sideways off the edge of the penalty area.
The match was marred by insulting chants from the QPR fans seemingly aimed at Solanke as referee Keith Stroud dealt a total of eight cards as tempers boiled over.
QPR finally found some offensive momentum and had a glimmer of hope as Sam McCallum forced the ball home with 30 minutes to go.
However, with Charlie Austin missing due to a domestic situation and Lyndon Dykes replaced for the hour by Andre Gray, Rangers lacked offensive threat.
Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke returned Anthony’s pointed low cross in the penalty area
In contrast, Anthony received a standing ovation when he was pulled out with 15 minutes to go after providing a goal and assist.
In his absence, it was Travers’ turn to take center stage as the visitors later turned up the pressure in a bid to repeat their dramatic comeback against Reading on Saturday.
The defense, impressively lined up by veteran Gary Cahill, withstood waves of attacks as Chris Mepham made a major late block.
When they were breached, Travers pushed away Jordy de Wijs’ high-scoring header and somehow denied Gray in the closing seconds to ensure Parker’s promising start went through.
QPR boss Mark Warburton saw his own side’s unbeaten start to the competition end as they fell to fifth, but remained optimistic in the defeat.
He said: ‘They will learn from this result. Bournemouth are a very good team, a very talented team. The fact that we are disappointed here shows that we are making progress.’