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Preview: AFC Bournemouth v Rovers

We look ahead to the long trip down south on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup third round

25 September 2018

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Rovers will look to continue what has been a solid start to the 2018-19 campaign when we take on AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium this evening.

Here's our guide to the game...


Last time out, Rovers produced an excellent team display to earn the three points against Stoke City to continue our fine start to the season. Rovers have defeated League Two sides Carlisle United and Lincoln City in rounds one and two already, whilst Bournemouth won against MK Dons in the last round. As always, we'll be in attendance, bringing you team news and live updates via social media. Fans can follow the action via our official Twitter account, with kick-off scheduled for 7.45pm on Tuesday. 

We last met in February 2015, with a 0-0 result in the Championship encounter. The game against the Cherries this time around will have to be decided on the night, with the clash going straight to penalties should the score remain even after 90 minutes.

All Carabao Cup games to be played this week can be seen below:

West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Arsenal v Brentford
Burton Albion v Burnley
Wycombe Wanderers v Norwich City
Oxford United v Manchester City 
West Ham United v
Macclesfield Town
Millwall v Fulham
Liverpool v Chelsea
AFC Bournemouth v Blackburn Rovers
Preston v Middlesbrough
Wolves v Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford
Blackpool v QPR 
Everton v Southampton 
Manchester United v Derby County 
Nottingham Forest v Stoke City


Tony has confirmed there will be changes to the side and it's expected that the likes of Jack Rodwell and Joe Rothwell could be involved. Dominic Samuel is definitely out, as is Ben Gladwin. Jacob Davenport is still a week or two away from returning after picking up a recent setback in training. The game is also expected to come too soon for skipper Charlie Mulgrew, who steps up his comeback from a calf injury. Tony has said that some senior players may be left at home, and that may mean the likes of Elliott Bennett, Bradley Dack and Danny Graham are given the night off.


Our last meeting was in February 2015 when both sides played out a 0-0 draw in the Championship encounter. The last time we met in this competition wasn't short of entertainment through back in September 2004. Brett Emerton gave Rovers an early lead at Ewood Park before Bournemouth responded through Garreth O'Connor and Karl Broadhurst. Morten Gamst Pederson equalised in the final minute to take the tie to extra time. Paul Gallagher gave Rovers the advantage before John Spicer took the game to penalties. Bournemouth progressed after winning 7-6 on spot kicks, and incidentally, current Cherries boss Eddie Howe played the full game at the back for the Dorset side.


If you're heading to Dorest on Tuesday, be sure to tag your matchday pictures with #Rovers; we'll share the best posts on our official Twitter and Instagram pages. You can also use our special matchday camera filters in the official Rovers fan app.

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Report: AFC Bournemouth 3 Rovers 2

Rovers battle back but crash out of the Carabao Cup after last gasp Callum Wilson head

25 September 2018

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A late Callum Wilson goal a moment before full time put AFC Bournemouth into the fourth round of the Carabao Cup and sent Rovers out in an enthralling five-goal thriller.

Rovers showed terrific spirit to recover from going two goals down, with Craig Conway scoring on his 500th club career appearance before Adam Armstrong converted a penalty.

But in the dying embers of the game Rovers had a minute of madness as Derrick Williams was shown a straight red card prior to Wilson's winner in the final minute.

Conway captained the side throughout his milestone match, with the Scot joined in midfield by Joe Rothwell.

Jack Rodwell made his first team debut for Rovers and was at the heart of a three-man defence against the Cherries. 

Kasey Palmer also made a return to the starting XI, whilst Ben Brereton, like Rodwell, started in Rovers colours for the first time.

Rovers raced out of the traps and Brereton had the ball in the net after only 25 seconds, but he was adjudged offside after Armstrong picked him out with a cross from the left.

At the other end, Simon Francis' cross was headed over the bar by Lys Mousset before Jordon Ibe's strike from the dge of the box flew past David Raya's left-hand post.

Brereton was involved again a moment later, but after Artur Boruc could only palm Armstrong's cross into his path, the striker skewed wide from close range.

It was an energetic start to the game from both sides and Raya had to be alert to tip over when Francis' cross deflected up off Amari'i Bell before saving Tyrone Mings' header from the resulting corner kick.

But 14 minutes into the clash it was the hosts that took the lead as another Francis cross was crashed home on the half-volley by Junior Stanislas.

Just after the half hour mark and Raya produced another excellent save when he scooped away a Jermain Defoe header after another good run and cross from Francis.

The battle between Defoe and Raya continued and once again it was the Rovers man who came out on top as he managed to get a big paw on ex-England man Defoe's strike from inside the box.

The Cherries had the better of the chances, but the teams went in at half time with the hosts holding the slender advantage.

The second half began almost as frantic as the first, with Armstrong dragging a shot just wide of Boruc's left-hand post from an acute angle.

But just as Rovers were getting a foothold in the game the hosts were awarded a penalty as Darragh Lenihan was adjudged to have taken down Jordon Ibe in the box.

The former Liverpool man dusted himself down and sent Raya the wrong way as he stroked the ball into the bottom corner to add to the Cherries' tally.

But Rovers responded well and five minutes later they pulled a goal back as Conway lashed home from range after robbing Jefferson Lerma to score on his milestone match.

Rovers were growing into the game and with just under 20 minutes to go it was the visitors who were awarded a controversial penalty.

Brereton went down under a strong challenge from Tyrone Mings and Simon Hooper pointed to the spot, with Armstrong stepping up and finding the net via the post to level things up.

The game was open and flowing, and Ibe tested Raya with a low strike from the edge of the box which the Spaniard held onto to keep things equal.

With just two minutes of added time remaining, the excellent Derrick Williams was shown a straight red card for a deliberate handball after slipping before Bournemouth nicked the win at the death.

After hitting the bar, Raya denied substitute Wilson by flicking the ball over the bar before the resulting corner was glanced home by that same man to send Rovers out of the Carabao Cup in heartbreaking circumstances.

AFC Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis (c), Lerma, Mousset (King, 69), Ibe, Smith, L. Cook, Defoe (Wilson, 74), Stanislas (Pugh, 69), Simpson, Mings.

Unused substitutes: Travers, Ake, King, Dobre, Ofoborh.

Goal: Stanislas, 14, Ibe pen, 58, Wilson, 90+3

Rovers: Raya, Nyambe, Rodwell (Reed, 59), Lenihan, Williams, Bell, Rothwell, Conway (c), Palmer (Butterworth, 64), Armstrong, Brereton (Travis, 82).

Unused substitutes: Leutwiler, Nuttall, Downing, Tomlinson.

Goal: Conway, 63, Armstrong pen, 71

Booked: Lenihan, 77

Sent off: Williams, 90

Referee: Simon Hooper.

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