Bournemouth 4 - 1 Leeds United

Match info: Championship at Goldsands Stadium

Date: 25/03/2014 KO: 19:45 Ref: Att: 10,109

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Bournemth

Yann Kermorgant 2,51
Lewis Grabban 18,28

4
vs
1

Leeds

Ross McCormack 69

FT (ht: 3-0)

  • Last Updated: March 26 2014, 0:20 GMT

Post-match reaction to Bournemouth's 4-1 victory over Leeds.

Brian McDermott: Says the takeover saga has affected his players on the pitch
Brian McDermott: Says the takeover saga has affected his players on the pitch

Leeds manager Brian McDermott blamed the club's off-field problems for his side's 4-1 thrashing at Bournemouth.

Yann Kermorgant and top-scorer Lewis Grabban both scored twice as the Cherries continued their recent good form in the Sky Bet Championship with an empathic win.

Leeds' defeat came just 24 hours after the Football League blocked a takeover bid by Italian businessman Massimo Cellino, plunging the Yorkshire side's future into doubt.

And an unimpressed McDermott said: "We need the ownership of this club to be sorted in the right and proper way. It does affect what is going on, on the pitch - there is no doubt about that.

"I have not had this before, a team that concedes four or five goals and we need to sort it out very, very quickly.

"I do not think anybody has given up but it is bitterly disappointing for me to try and understand, or explain, that performance.

"We cannot make excuses, we have to get it right on the pitch.

"I do not think we have control but we are not out of control.

"We need to have the ownership absolutely clear and clarified.

"To have somebody come in and take this club to where it really belongs, with clout, would be fantastic."

Bournemouth outclassed the beleaguered visitors from the first whistle and took the lead inside two minutes when Kermorgant poked home from a Simon Francis volley.

In-form Grabban hit a brace before Kermorgant sealed the Cherries' fifth win in six minutes just three minutes after half-time.

Leeds captain Ross McCormack's 69th-minute strike proved no more than a consolation goal.

The victory crowned a perfect day for home manager Eddie Howe, who signed a new four-year contract on the morning of the match.

Howe's assistant Jason Tindall refused to rule out a late surge for the play-off places places, with his side now just seven points adrift of the top six.

Tindall said: "If we can keep working as hard as we are and performing how we are then hopefully we can close that gap to the play-offs and come the end of the season who knows what can happen.

"We are confident at the moment and are pleased with our performances but we will still take one game at a time.

"Our main aim from now until the end of the season is to win all the games we play in, and that has been our attitude for the last 10 or 11 games.

"Earlier in the season we didn't get what we deserved in a number of games but in the last 10 games or so our performances have been terrific."