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Dominic Solanke grabbed a double as unbeaten Bournemouth cruised to a 3-0 victory over Huddersfield to equal the club’s best start to a league season.

His first-half goals took his tally to 11 for the season, before defender Lloyd Kelly added a third in the second half to keep the Cherries in control at the top of the Championship.

Bournemouth are now unbeaten in their first 14 matches this season, a statistic only matched by the 1961-62 side in the Old Third Division  with Liverpool the only other side in the top four English tiers yet to lose.

Both teams warmed up with messages printed on their T-shirts in support of Cherries winger David Brooks, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma last week.

The crowd then erupted in a minute’s chanting for the Wales international which ended seconds before Ollie Turton clumsily tripped Solanke to gift the hosts a penalty.

Solanke picked himself up, and after a slow run-up, sent Lee Nicholls the wrong way in the ninth minute.

It was Solanke’s ninth Championship strike of the season and ended Nicholls’ three-match clean sheet run.

Former Huddersfield midfielder Phillip Billing was booed by the away fans before lofting a cross into the box for Solanke to skid a header wide.

The pair then combined again in the 21st minute to double Bournemouth’s advantage.

Ryan Christie bent in a delicious cross from the right, which Billing cushioned to Solanke, who chested down before rifling home.

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Gary Cahill tried his luck from 30 yards and Jaidon Anthony curled over for the Cherries, while Fraizer Campbell ended the half by shooting into the stands – the visitors only having one first-half touch in the Bournemouth box.

Nicholls was forced into a smart stop to deny Christie after the restart, before Campbell saw a shot blocked on the edge of the area after a strong press at the other end.

Solanke almost grabbed his treble after a blistering counter-attack between Anthony and Billing saw the slide strike deflect out the ground.

 

 


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