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Monday 21 August 2017

New Ireland star Harry Arter on target as Cherries let it slip

Bournemouth's Harry Arter celebrates scoring their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Bournemouth's Harry Arter celebrates scoring their first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff

Bournemouth let their promotion rivals steal a march at the top of the Championship after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Cardiff last night.

Harry Arter, called into Martin O'Neill's Ireland squad last week, fired in from range to give Eddie Howe's men an early lead, before Bruno Ecuele-Manga made the wasteful Cherries pay.

Middlesborough's triumph at Derby and Watford's win against Wigan means Bournemouth slip two points behind the automatic places into third.

The visitors made a fast start in their bid to keep the pace in the Championship promotion race.

Arter was the man given freedom in Cardiff's final third this time, and he used it to deadly effect.

The 25-year-old found a pocket of space and sent a rocket past Moore and into the top corner.

The South coast club started the second-half much like the first, but could not find the all important second goal.

And their lack of cutting edge was punished when Ecuele-Manga netted the equaliser when he latched on to a trademark Peter Whittingham corner to level.

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