Dominic Solanke was in fine form on Monday evening as his double propelled Bournemouth to a 3-0 away victory over Coventry City in an EFL Championship encounter.
Despite failing in his last three league outings, he was named in Cherries’ starting XI against the Sky Blues. And he repaid manager Scott Parker’s faith in him with a goal in each half.
Lifted by their bright start, the visitors took a 12th-minute lead courtesy of Jamaica international Jamal Lowe who was set up by Adam Smith.
That goal was a reality check for the home team, but their efforts yielded no result as they failed to restore parity at the Coventry Building Society Arena.
On the stroke of half-time, Solanke doubled his side’s lead thanks to good work from Jefferson Lerma. The Colombia international set up the Nigeria prospect who had the simple task of putting the ball past goalkeeper Simon Moore.
He found the net for the second time in the 55th minute after he was teed up by Ryan Christie.
Thanks to this result, Bournemouth are inching nearer to promotion as they occupy the second position with 77 points from 41 matches played.
Elsewhere, former France youth international of Senegalese origin Naby Sarr scored his third goal of the season as Huddersfield picked up an away win at Middlesbrough.
Four minutes before the end of the first 45 minutes, the 28-year-old put the Terriers ahead to the anguish of the hosts’ supporters.
Sorba Thomas whipped in a dangerous freekick to the far stick, where Jordan Rhodes rose excellently back across the goal while Sarr headed the ball past the goalkeeper.
Rhodes sealed the win on the hour mark thanks to an assist from Lewis O'Brien.
The centre-back played all 90 minutes as Huddersfield remain third on the log - a position that would see them participate in the promotion play-off.
Middlesbrough 0-2 Huddersfield Town
Barnsley 0-2 Peterborough United
Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Stoke City
Black Pool 6-1 Birmingham City
Cardiff City 0-1 Luton Town
Coventry City 0-3 Bournemouth
Millwall 2-1 Hull City
Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Derby County
Reading 4-4 Swansea City
Bristol City 1-1 Sheffield United
Nottingham Forest 4-0 West Bromwich Albion