Philip Billing scored against his former club as Bournemouth tighten their grip on a play-off place with victory at Huddersfield Town.

The in-form Cherries picked up a fifth straight league win with Dominic Solanke also on target in the 2-1 win at John Smith’s Stadium.

Jonathan Woodgate’s side moved up to fifth in the Championship table with the win, five points ahead of seventh-placed Reading with five games to go.

Huddersfield, however, have now won just one of their last ten matches and still have work to do to secure their second-tier status.

The Cherries almost broke the deadlock just 45 seconds in when Lloyd Kelly found space but his shot was turned away by Ryan Schofield at his near post.

The away side were applying the pressure but were almost caught on the break as the Terriers worked the ball forwards, but Aaron Rowe saw his drive pushed wide by the diving Asmir Begovic.

But Bournemouth soon had the lead and it was former Huddersfield man Billing who came back to haunt his old side.

The Dane started the move, playing the ball out to Arnaut Danjuma who drove forwards before seeing his shot saved by the legs of Schofield. However, the ball looped up for Billing who planted a header home from ten yards.

Begovic did well to keep out Rowe again before Jonathan Hogg saw an effort blocked as the Terriers searched for a response, but Bournemouth went on to double their advantage before half-time.

Ben Pearson did well to find the feet of Solanke, who turned well before producing a fine strike to pick out the top corner from outside the penalty area.

Huddersfield, to their credit, looked for a fast start after the break. Lewis O’Brien saw a fierce strike bounce clear off the underside of Begovic’s crossbar before Bournemouth nearly added a third but Jefferson Lerma headed Danjuma’s free kick wide.

And against the run of play, the hosts halved the deficit with 15 minutes to go. Duane Holmes whipped in a corner and Hogg attacked the delivery and his glancing header went inside the far post.

That gave the match an unexpected edge of anxiety about it as the hosts looked to fight back for a point, but the Cherries held out to secure a five-point cushion inside the top six.

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