on: May 03, 2022In: Blog, feature
BOURNEMOUTH BEAT NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1-0 on Tuesday to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League after two seasons in the Championship.
Moore settled a tense game with a neat finish from a superbly worked free kick to secure second place.
It was only the third goal of the Wales international’s injury-plagued Bournemouth career since joining from Cardiff in January.
“I’m speechless,” Moore said. “When I first arrived here, I had one goal and then had a setback right away, but I had a dream, and thankfully it came true.”
Forest, who needed a win to leapfrog the Cherries in the table, will now have to rely on the play-offs to end their 23-year Premier League exile.
With one match remaining in the regular season, third-placed Forest and Huddersfield are guaranteed places in the playoffs, with a slew of clubs vying for the final two spots.
Bournemouth made a good start to the game, with Philip Billing forcing a good save from Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba in the fourth minute.
Shortly before halftime, goalkeeper Mark Travers brought down Sam Surridge inside the penalty box, giving the home team a huge let-off.
Travers was saved from a penalty by the assistant referee’s offside flag, but TV replays revealed Surridge had perfectly timed his run.
The Cherries became more dominant as the second half progressed, and their efforts were rewarded seven minutes from time.
Jordan Zemura’s daring run drew a foul on the penalty spot, and Billing cleverly rolled a free-kick into the path of Moore, who coolly fired the ball into the far corner.
After their team survived eight minutes of injury time to seal their top-flight comeback, the home fans spilt onto the pitch at full-time.
Scenes of jubilation as Bournemouth secures promotion to the Premier League
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