Colchester United striker Steven Gillespie fired a late brace to hand his side a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth.

The Cherries had looked to be going home with all three points after Steve Fletcher's 54th-minute header.

It would have been the perfect present for departing boss Eddie Howe, who confirmed after the game that he is set to take over at Burnley.

But Gillespie ruined his night with a double strike in the last 14 minutes.

First, he steered the ball home after a low cross-shot from debutant Ben Coker.

Then, seven minutes from time, he showed composure to send a close-range lob over Cherries goalkeeper Shwan Jalal.

It was no more than the hosts deserved because they did superbly to fight back after going behind.

David Mooney squandered two chances, first after miscuing a header and then being denied one-on-one by Jalal.

Anthony Wordsworth curled a free-kick onto the post and the same player felt he should have had a penalty after a tussle with Marvin Bartley.

Bournemouth thought they had scored a winner after Fletcher rose to header home Liam Feeney's cross.

But it was not to be and Howe's reign ended in defeat.

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