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Apr 22, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Dean Court
Attendance: 10,890
Bournemouth
4-0
Middlesbrough
King (2'), Afobe (16'), Pugh (65'), Daniels (70')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Ramirez (20')

Result: Four-goal Bournemouth send Middlesbrough closer to relegation

Bournemouth beat 10-man Middlesbrough 4-0 at the Vitality Stadium to climb into 12th place in the Premier League and send their opponents closer to a Championship return.

Bournemouth put another nail in Middlesbrough's relegation coffin by running out 4-0 winners at the Vitality Stadium in Saturday afternoon's Premier League clash.

First-half goals from Joshua King and Benik Afobe were added to in the second by Marc Pugh and Charlie Daniels, as the hosts claimed a comfortable win to climb into 12th place.

Victories for fellow strugglers Swansea City and Hull City elsewhere on Saturday afternoon means that Steve Agnew's men are now nine points adrift of safety, with just one game in hand to play on the two sides directly above them.

Joshua King celebrates scoring during the Premier League game between Bournemouth and Middlesbrough on April 22, 2017© SilverHub

A disastrous day for Boro, which surely all but ends their one-year stay in the top flight, began with an in-form King tapping in from Pugh's cross less than two minutes into the match.

Gaston Ramirez was then cautioned for a dive inside the box and, just moments later, Harry Arter stole the ball from Adam Clayton and Afobe was there to sweep home the loose ball.

Chances went begging at either end for King and Alvaro Negredo, but any outside hope the Smoggies - the only team in European football's top five leagues without a win in 2017 - had of finding a route back into the match were soon over.

A second yellow card for Ramirez, this time for bringing down Pugh, brought an early end to his afternoon and gave the 10 men of Boro an almighty mountain to climb.

Artur Boruc still had to be alert to deny Marten de Roon on the volley, and Arter's well-struck attempt was right at Brad Guzan, as the teams went into the break with just the two goals in it.

Afobe and substitute Lewis Cook both tested Guzan in quick succession soon after the restart, while Ryan Fraser was also kept out by the American in spectacular style, but Boro could not hold on for much longer as Pugh curled one into the far corner on his 250th league outing for the Cherries.

The fourth was added by Daniels, who skipped past a couple of players and rifled home from 20 yards as Bournemouth maintained their unbeaten home league record against their opponents in some style.

There was a late chance for Lys Mousset to put the icing on the cake after being brought off the bench, only to blaze over the bar from six yards out with the final opening of the one-sided affair.

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Steve Agnew on the touchline during the Premier League game between Middlesbrough and Manchester United on March 19, 2017
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