Bournemouth’s grip on a play-off place tightened after they came from behind to put a dampener on ten-man Norwich City’s promotion party at Carrow Road.
Norwich had sealed promotion back to the Premier League earlier in the day after neither Brentford nor Swansea could manage to win their respective games.
And Emi Buendia’s 13th goal of the campaign gave Daniel Farke’s team an early lead before Dimitris Giannoulis saw red for a poor challenge on Ben Pearson.
The Cherries went on to make their man-advantage count, with second half goals from Sam Surridge, Arnaut Danjuma and Lloyd Kelly giving them a 3-1 win to move seven points clear of seventh-place Reading with just four games to go.
Norwich started the game on the front foot, with Asmir Begovic off his line well to beat Teemu Pukki to a through ball before Kieran Dowell and Buendia both went close.
And the opening goal came just five minutes in when Pukki played a neat ball through to Buendia, who fired past Begovic from six yards.
But the Canaries were dealt a blow when they were reduced to ten men in the 17th minute. Left-back Giannoulis received a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Pearson and City could have little complaints.
Bournemouth looked to make their man advantage count, and were convinced they drew level just four minutes later. Danjuma was found by Jefferson Lerma, but after turning inside and getting his shot away, his goalbound shot was turned home by Dominic Solanke who had strayed offside.
Jonathan Woodgate’s side had plenty of possession after the hosts were reduced to ten men, but Norwich defended well to restrict them to few chances.
Surridge was brought on at half-time by the Cherries, and he made a big impact with his first touch. The striker arrived at the back post to sweep home Kelly’s deflected cross five minutes after the break to draw Bournemouth level.
Buendia almost restored Norwich’s lead when his left-footed strike flew just wide of the upright, but it was Bournemouth who would strike next just before the hour mark.
Having created space for himself on the left hand side, Danjuma darted inside and found the top corner of Tim Krul’s goal with a stunning strike from 25-yards.
And the Dutchman turned provider for Bournemouth’s third when he found Kelly 25-yards out and the defender’s low drive beat Krul to seal the points for the visitors.