Bournemouth boosted their Championship play-off bid with victory at struggling Huddersfield Town.
Former Terriers midfielder Philip Billing headed the visitors into the lead after home goalkeeper Ryan Schofield had saved Arnaut Danjuma’s initial effort.
Dominic Solanke punished Town for giving the ball away cheaply with a fine finish for his 14th of the season as the Cherries took total control before the break.
Lewis O’Brien hit the post for the hosts after the interval before Jonathan Hogg’s glancing header got them back in it, but Bournemouth held on for their fifth successive league win.
Jonathan Woodgate’s men are now up to fifth in the table and five points clear of seventh-placed Reading, with five games left to play.
Billing, who joined the Cherries for £15m from Town in July 2019, scored for the fourth time in his past five league appearances either side of Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic making decent saves to deny Aaron Rowe efforts.
The home side, who have now won just one of their previous 10 games, fell further behind just before half-time when Rarmani Edmonds-Green gave the ball away and Ben Pearson played in Solanke.
Carlos Corberan’s men improved after the break and gave themselves the chance of an unlikely point when Hogg scored his first goal since August 2016 from Duane Holmes’ corner.
Centre-half Naby Sarr had a chance to level but fired over when another corner fell to him in the box and Huddersfield remain in 19th place.
They travel to improving Nottingham Forest on Saturday, while Bournemouth visit Premier League-bound Norwich.
- 35Edmonds-GreenSubstituted forThomasat 54′minutes
- 18MbenzaSubstituted forAaronsat 45′minutes
- 7BacunaSubstituted forHighat 71′minutes
- 22CampbellSubstituted forWardat 54′minutes
- 9HolmesSubstituted forBrownat 85′minutes
- 44Castro Pereira
- 15A Smith
- 3S Cook
- 22PearsonBooked at 12mins
- 7BrooksSubstituted forStaceyat 64′minutes
- 10Danjuma GroeneveldSubstituted forStanislasat 72′minutes
- 9SolankeSubstituted forSurridgeat 88′minutesBooked at 90mins
Match ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Bournemouth 2.
Second Half ends, Huddersfield Town 1, Bournemouth 2.
Naby Sarr (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sam Surridge (Bournemouth).
Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Jaden Brown (Huddersfield Town).
Ben Pearson (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Rolando Aarons (Huddersfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Scott High.
Scott High (Huddersfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jefferson Lerma (Bournemouth).
Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Ryan Schofield.
Attempt saved. Sam Surridge (Bournemouth) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Philip Billing with a cross.
Substitution, Bournemouth. Sam Surridge replaces Dominic Solanke.
Attempt missed. Naby Sarr (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sorba Thomas with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Lloyd Kelly.
Attempt blocked. Scott High (Huddersfield Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rolando Aarons.
Substitution, Huddersfield Town. Jaden Brown replaces Duane Holmes.
Attempt blocked. Junior Stanislas (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.
Goal! Huddersfield Town 1, Bournemouth 2. Jonathan Hogg (Huddersfield Town) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Duane Holmes with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Huddersfield Town. Conceded by Steve Cook.