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Bournemouth fire EIGHT goals past Birmingham at St Andrews

Bournemouth humiliated Birmingham City at St Andrews 8-0 in the Championship yesterday.

A goal down in two minutes to Brett Pitman and reduced to 10 men three minutes later through David Edgar's red card, two further first-half goals - from Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie - made it 3-0 at half-time.

Marc Pugh added the fourth, fifth and seventh goals after the break, with substitute Tokelo Rantie converting an 80th-minute penalty and then completing Blues' humiliation with the eighth goal four minutes from time.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe - the second longest-serving manager in the Championship after only two years in the job - acknowledged the early red card for Edgar, for pulling back Wilson, had been crucial.

He said: "We got a great start and the sending-off was a key moment in the game.

"From that moment it was always going to be difficult for Birmingham and we really put them to the sword in the second half.

"From our perspective we always hoped it would happen as we have the players to expose the numerical advantage.

"The most pleasing aspect was that we didn't show-boat. We wanted more goals but we did it in the right way.

"At half-time I was slightly disappointed as we were not very good with the ball. We appeared to be happy with the score as it was to play keep ball.

"I wanted us to be more positive in the second half and the attacking play was a joy. We were clinical in front of goal and it has not done our goals for any harm.

"There were some good personal milestones with Marc Pugh getting a hat-trick and Matt Ritchie obtained his first goal of the season, as did Tokelo Rantie.

"We are delighted the way things are going at the moment. We want to keep going and see how far it takes us."

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