Bournemouth secured promotion back to the Premier League as they produced one of the narrow football scores of the midweek action in the Championship. Kieffer Moore scored the only goal of the game in the 83rd minute after he came off the bench with a move straight from the training ground. The goal sparked wild celebrations as they join Fulham in the Premier League.
Bournemouth’s Scott Parker: “First and foremost, I’m delighted for the fans and my group of players. They deserve this moment. They deserve to get into the position we’re in, in terms of getting promoted into the Premier League. I’m delighted for everyone associated with the football club. It means a lot. I was disappointed with the first half – for everything we spoke about in the week, we never wanted the game to turn into a basketball match. We were playing against a good side – a lot of their goals come from counter-attacks. Which suits Nottingham Forest and not us. [At half-time] we spoke about control, we spoke about being calm. I never wanted the emotion of this game to get the better of us. That was key. I spoke about our game plan. In the second half, we showed our dominance. Physically, we are the best team.”
Nottingham Forest’s Steve Cooper: “To get promoted in any league is hard to do, so we must show respect to that. In the first half, yeah, we were good. I thought we created the chances of the game; took the game to Bournemouth. The referee has just pulled me in and apologized for the decision. I’ve just watched it back as well, so that’s frustrating, to say the least. I think he’s trying to soften me up. It didn’t go our way. The set piece is the difference to the scoreline. We come away disappointed but we have to get over it.”
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