Unbeaten, Bournemouth missed the opportunity to return to the top of the Sky Bet Championship standings after a 0-0 draw at Peterborough.
A few-chances game saw neither of the goalkeepers seriously strained as the visitors missed the opportunity to climb over West Brom, who had won 4-0 against Cardiff the day before.
The result also maintained Peterborough’s impressive home form, with their eight points this season at Weston Homes Stadium, although they failed to break out of relegation spots after failing to score.
In the end, they were relieved to see Dominic Solanke miss two late chances as the Cherries forward failed to add to his seven goals this season.
The visitors were on a four-game winning streak, but created little in a competitive first half. Their best chance went to loaned Manchester City player Morgan Rogers, who burst into the box but his shot at the near post was saved by Dai Cornell in the Peterborough goal.
At the other end, Jorge Grant almost gave Posh the advantage, but failed to convert Harrison Burrows’ right-wing cross to the slide under pressure from former England defender Gary Cahill .
His teammate Jack Taylor also moved closer to the home team, but his 35-yard piledriver came narrowly wide.
It was a different story in the second half as the Cherries began to assert their dominance. David Brooks soared from inside the box after a short turn routine, before Solanke cut inside on his right foot but shot straight at Cornell.
Both managers made three substitutions in hopes of injecting a bigger attacking threat to their side, but a winning goal at either end rarely seemed likely.
Jonson Clarke-Harris, who plays as he appeals an FA ban for historic tweets, saw a long-range free kick easily saved by Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers, which was as good as for Posh in the second half.
The home side were however indebted to substitute Conor Coventry who blocked a shot from Jaidon Anthony after he was coached by Solanke.
The former Liverpool and Chelsea striker then had a chance to win with 10 minutes remaining as the visitors kept the pressure on Peterborough’s goal but after jumping on a loose ball he shot from inside the surface.
Solanke then headed for a corner in the 90th minute as Bournemouth’s winning run came to an end, leaving them second in the league behind West Brom on goal difference.
What the managers said …
from Peterborough Darren ferguson: “I spoke to the players about the quality of our form at home. The players fully understood a man’s game plan. We played as a team against a team that is ahead of most others in the league. We played as a team. didn’t have a lot of chances in the game. The fans are used to us bombing forward and attacking, but you can’t do that against Bournemouth because they would have cut us to shreds. The atmosphere. was missing because of that, but we were very solid and we did it – what we worked on.
“We had eight years in League One and they had five in the Premier League, so I’m really delighted. Some of the football was great in the first half, and the substitutes did well when they came on. . I have two weeks to adjust our form away from home because we are a completely different team at home. “
Bournemouth Scott Parker: âIt was a bit passive. We lacked intention and we played the game in front of them. To their credit, Peterborough is an organized team and has limited space. There was a reaction in the second half and we had an offensive threat. We didn’t manage to put our chances to one side, we gave ourselves 45 minutes to win a football game and it wasn’t us.
âWe were very clinical and very fluid (before) but we didn’t put the ball away. We had some good chances but we looked a bit far. It’s football. They are human and sometimes have these The second half is where we need to stay. Dom has been fantastic since I came here and missed a few chances but he places himself in good areas for the team. just not his night. “