Brett Pitman fires AFC Bournemouth back into playoff mix with win over Oldham Athletic
AFC Bournemouth moved back into the League One playoff spots as Brett Pitman's strike secured three points against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.
Pitman scored the only goal of the game on 22 minutes, after striking from close range following Lewis Grabban's cross.
The home side wasted a glorious chance to equalise mid-way through the second period, when Jose Baxter's attempted chip from the penalty spot was easily stopped by Cherries goalkeeper Ryan Allsop.
A stern defensive display from the Cherries ensured an important three points, which lifts Bournemouth back into playoff contention.
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Cherries boss Eddie Howe was quick to praise Charlie Daniels, who returned to the line-up after being injured since January.
"I was desperate to get him back because he's a very good player" explained Howe.
"I knew I was taking a bit of a punt because he hadn't had a training session, he had done a little bit of work with the fitness coach, but he felt good and was brave enough to put his hand up and say, 'I will play'.
"For all our defensive problems a couple of weeks ago, we've had two clean sheets and excellent displays from the back four and goalkeeper.
"I have to give the players credit for taking things on board, becoming more resolute and harder to beat."
The win takes the Cherries out to fourth place in the League One table, five points behind league leaders Doncaster Rovers and a single point ahead of Swindon Town, Yeovil Town and Tranmere Rovers.
"It was scrappy and I'm not going to deny that the performance wasn't the best we've given this season, but at this time of the season it's about the results" added Howe.
"With eight games to go, we needed to win and we've done that with a dogged and disciplined performance."