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Fletcher makes the difference

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe lauded veteran striker Steve Fletcher again after his side's hard-fought 3-2 win over MK Dons.

Goals by Danny Hollands, Anton Robinson and Marc Pugh turned the match around after Sean O'Hanlon had headed MK Dons in front just before half-time. Peter Leven cut the deficit from the penalty spot 10 minutes from the end, while Angelo Balanta was sent off in the closing stages for violent conduct.

Howe said: ``Steve Fletcher was magnificent and within five minutes of coming on had completely changed the face of the game."

He added: ``He lifted not only his team-mates, but also the crowd. He earns great respect from his team-mates and his opponents and clearly his presence unsettled MK Dons.

``He's difficult to mark as he's so physically strong and hopefully he'll retain his fitness and play on a lot longer yet.''

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Milton Keynes Dons
Football
Bournemouth
Anton Robinson
League One
Angelo Balanta
Marc Pugh
Danny Hollands
Steve Fletcher
Peter Leven
Eddie Howe
Sean O'Hanlon
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