Marc Pugh secures win for AFC Bournemouth over Barnsley
MARC Pugh scored a late winner to hand AFC Bournemouth three points against Barnsley - and dedicated the goal to his new daughter.
Pugh struck 13 minutes from time at The Goldsands Stadium as the hosts secured their fourth win of their SkyBet Championship campaign.
Speaking after the game, Pugh dedicated his second strike of the season to his newborn baby Grace. "It was a special goal and I want to dedicate it to her" explained Pugh. "I wanted to do the baby celebration, but I just went into a different frame of mind when it went it and forgot to do it.
"It's been a busy few days, but it's a magical moment when you become a dad and you just want to go out on the pitch and do it for your family.
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"I love football and I want to be successful for them to give them a good life."
The visitors made a brights start, hitting the post twice before the interval. The Cherries improved after half time and should have taken the lead when Lewis Grabban fluffed his lines when sent through on goal.
Pugh fired a low shot past Luke Steele to secure another home win for the Cherries.
Tokelo Rantie made his AFC Bournemouth debut, replacing Ryan Fraser on 55 minutes. Pugh was quick to praise the Cherries record signing after the final whistle.
"He's lightning fast and could have scored a couple of goals on a different night" added Pugh.
"He breezes past defenders and he will be a great addition to the football club. I'm really chuffed for him because he came on and made a big impact.
"I'm not sure how much he was playing before he came here, but he will improve as he plays more games and I believe he will get goals for us."