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Bournemouth 2 - 1 Charlton

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised two-goal hero Lewis Grabban after the opening day win over 10-man Charlton

Cherries challenge Charlton to take opening day win

AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Ryan Allsop manages to prevent Charlton Athletic's Callum Harriott from scoring from a header Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Grabban, 25, scored either side of a Yann Kermorgant acrobatic volley to fire the Cherries to their first win in the second tier of English football since Harry Redknapp's side of 1990.

With last season's star-striker Brett Pitman still nursing a knock, ex-Millwall forward Grabban partnered Wes Thomas in attack and opened the scoring with a header on 26 minutes before rifling in the winner from 25 yards on the 66th minute.

AFC Bournemouth's Elliott Ward (right) and Charlton Athletic's Yann Kermorgant battle for the ball Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS sport

Promotion winning boss Howe said: "I am really pleased for him. Every strikerneeds to score and he took his goals really well.

Charlton Athletic's Bradley Pritchard is showna straight red card by referee Andy D'Urso for a tackle Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPIC sport

Kermorgant's scissor-kicked equaliser straight after half-time got Chris Powell's side back in the game for the first time but any hope of picking up a point were dashed when Bradley Pritchard saw red for a two-footed lunge on Ryan Fraser after 84 minutes.

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