Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe warned his team not to take promotion for granted as they saw off Darlington to move a step closer to Coca-Cola League One.

The Cherries sit third - eight points clear of Rotherham following the comfortable victory at Dean Court - but Howe refused to rest on his laurels with three games remaining.

"We can't think yet about going up because there are still three matches to be played and nothing has been decided," he said.

Second-half goals from Anton Robinson and Brett Pitman handed Howe's side the points and the 32-year-old praised the way his team have performed this season despite difficult circumstances.

"Once we got the first goal I felt we would be all right and that proved to be the case," he added.

"The experiences of last season when we just avoided going out of the League and being under a transfer embargo this time have hardened us and worked for us.

"The same group of players knew what it was like to be fighting for their lives and never being sure they would get paid.

"They have been through some tough times and the experience has definitely helped us.

"I feel good for the fans who have had some terrible times in recent years. Now they have something to shout about because we have some real quality players here."

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