Bournemouth gave Tranmere the run round at Prenton Park as they made light of Brett Pitman's absence to leave with a 3-0 win.

Pitman was left out as he mulls over a move away from the club, but the Cherries ploughed on regardless as two first-half goals and a second just after the hour saw them home.

Josh McQuoid outpaced the home defence following a long clearance from Michael Symes to fire home pass advancing keeper Joe Collister after eight minutes to open the scoring.

The Cherries doubled their lead on 18 minutes - Symes netting easily from the penalty spot after he had been tripped by Ian Goodison.

Tranmere made heavy weather of things before Aaron Cresswell saw a 39th-minute free-kick from the edge of the box deflected wide. Then Enoch Showunmi headed off target and Joss Labadie had a shot saved by Shwan Jalal approaching the break.

The Merseysiders sent on Kayleden Brown for Paul McLaren on the resumption and continued to make changes. They did show a little more urgency but it was all over for them on 61 minutes when the Cherries added a third in a quick break from their own half.

Marc Pugh netted off the far post with an angled shot when set up by the impressive McQuoid.

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