Brett Pitman's penalty hands AFC Bournemouth 'massive' win over Stevenage
Brett Pitman's penalty ended AFC Bournemouth's five-game losing streak as the Cherries keep their League One playoff hopes alive with a narrow win over Stevenage.
Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O'Kane was hauled down by Stevenage goalkeeper Steve Arnold, allowing Pitman to strike from the spot after 38 minutes.
The home side rarely threatened Cherries goalkeeper Ryan Allsop, and ended all hope of grabbing an equaliser when Darius Charles was sent off in injury time for his second yellow card.
Speaking after the final whistle, AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said: "The win was massive tonight and we knew it.
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"I thought in the first half we were excellent and played some of the best football we've played in a few weeks.
"I'm really pleased because it was a tough place to go and it's a huge three points for us. But there are a lot of games to go, we just want to be in the mix to achieve something really special for this club."
The Cherries remain in seventh place, but are only two points behind Swindon Town, Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town.