Bournemouth head coach Jonathan Woodgate on the touchline at Ewood Park

Bournemouth have taken a huge stride towards a playoff spot after they comfortably overcame Blackburn Rovers with a 2-0 away victory. The result leaves the Cherries three points away from the final playoff space, they also have a game-in-hand over Reading who sit in 6th place. 

Philip Billing and Arnaut Danjuma scored the goals for Jonathan Woodgate’s side, who escaped a late scare when Adam Armstrong missed a 90th-minute penalty for Rovers. 

The Bournemouth manager discussed the improvement of his side’s away performances since he arrived at the club in February. 

“We need to work hard on the training pitch but coming away from home and winning 2-0 isn’t easy. Away from home this season we haven’t been great at times but since I’ve been here, we’ve lost one on the road, which is improvement, which is good.

“We’ve put a good run together, we know what these players are capable of. As long as we are pointing them in the right direction on the pitch and doing the right things on the training ground with high standards and consistency and don’t get complacent, we’ve got half a chance,” Woodgate said.

He was also particularly impressed with how his side took their chances against the Rovers. 

“We got our chances, and we took them, we were clinical in both boxes today. We’re getting those chances are we’re scoring more, that’s what you have to do at this level, you need to be clinical. It’s the business end of the season, sometimes you’ve got to grind games out and we did that.

“I’m never comfortable [at one-nil], not even at two-nil! You never know what can happen, you saw there at the end when Asmir [Begovic] made that save for the penalty. We deserved to win.” 

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