Stunning display earns 9-0 win
AFC Bournemouth were in rampant form as they recorded a stunning 9-0 win over Queens Park Rangers.
The Cherries' ruthless attacking play saw Keelan O'Connell score a hat-trick, Alex Dobre smashed in a stunning volley as part of his own treble and Marc Pugh bag two strikes and complete 90 minutes.
It was ruthless straight from the get-go, as Dobre opened the scoring after three minutes.
He picked the ball up on the edge of the box, swivelled to face goal and slammed a lovely finish into the bottom right-hand corner.
The second goal came after just eight minutes, when Charlie Seaman attempted a Ronaldo-esque knuckleball free-kick from 30-yards out, it swerved and bounced right in front of the 'keeper, forcing the parry. O'Connell was sharp to react and get his first of the afternoon.
The searing heat at Canford Park Arena didn't halt Carl Fletcher's side's attacking impetus, and a deserved third goal came from the experienced Pugh.
He got free in the area after another sweeping move, kept his cool and slammed a left-footer across goal into the bottom corner.
The Cherries attacking swagger was complimented with an intense press that the visiting QPR backline couldn't handle, and the fourth came when Pugh slipped Dobre in behind the defence, with the Romanian showing great speed to drive past the defence and then round the goalkeeper to tap in.
O'Connell had his second just after the half hour mark, with another predatory finish following Pugh's effort which the 'keeper had parried.
Right on the stroke of half time though, Dobre completed his hat-trick with a goal that every youngster dreams of.
A high ball across from Pugh was perfectly put into Dobre's path, and he slammed an inch-perfect left-footed volley beyond the 'keeper. It prompted players on the pitch to put their hands to their heads in disbelief as to what they'd seen - a truly magical goal.
Seven minutes into the second half and it was 7-0, when Seaman produced a magnificent run down the right-hand side, showing his athletic prowess and he cut the ball back to O'Connell, with the striker rounding off his own hat-trick with a central finish.
Pugh had his second shortly after the hour mark, when he picked the ball up, turned excellent and prodded a left-footer into the corner.
That was set to be the winger's last action as manager Fletcher asked if he was OK to continue, with Pugh replying that he needed the minutes and wanted to stay on, further showing his exemplary attitude.
The final goal was another superb strike, after a free-kick was awarded 25-yards out.
Captain Nnamdi Ofoborh stepped up calmly, and he side footed a fierce strike right into the corner - another brilliant strike which rounded off a relentless display at Canford.
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