Bournemouth came back from two goals down to defeat Birmingham City at the Goldsands Stadium.
The Championship’s surprise package has undoubtedly been Bournemouth, who have thrilled with their free-flowing, attacking style of football which has given them the basis to challenge for a place in the Premier League.
Not only are they top of an extremely tight Championship table but the Cherries have also scored the most goals in the division with 87.
However, it is one thing keeping up both form and momentum in the middle of the season but continuing a promotion push under severe pressure in the final few games is a completely different matter.
Having gone 2-0 down at home to mid-table Birmingham City, who had no pressure whatsoever on them, on Monday afternoon, many thought this was the moment that Bournemouth’s season would capitulate.
With just four points separating the top four teams, even a draw was not enough as it would have seen both Norwich City and Watford overtake them in the table.
Eddie Howe’s men did not just score twice to level the scores but they stuck to their attacking philosophy and stormed to three points, scoring four more goals in the process.
Steve Cook, Callum Wilson, Yann Kermorgant and Charlie Daniels all struck to seal a mighty 4-2 win for the Cherries to confirm their status as promotion favourites.
If anyone had doubted Bournemouth before and during the game, they have to stand up and take notice now.
This is a team that is ready for the rigours of Premier League football. They have been the most entertaining side in English football this season and it would delight many neutrals to see them take on England’s elite next season.
They proved in their comeback win that they are hungry to seal promotion. It is a team that has mature together and the spirit that they have is clear for all to see.
Bournemouth have never played Premier League football before and they will never get a better chance to make it to the big time. Not only do they have the quality but they have had a huge amount of determination instilled into them to make it.