Bournemouth beat Blackburn, but the celebrations were fleeting.
Attentions and eyes will turn to Tuesday night, when the stakes will be at their highest and the pressure will come to a boiling point. They face third place Nottingham Forest.
The 0-3 win at Ewood Park means the math is now pretty simple and straightforward for Scott Parker’s side. Victory Tuesday and Bournemouth are promoted. If they lose, their grip on the top two will loosen considerably, leading to a level of uncertainty beyond their control.
With Bournemouth maintaining a three-point lead over their counterparts on Tuesday, Forest’s 5-1 win over Swansea will essentially give them the upper hand if the promotion race is defined by handsome margins.
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If Bournemouth fail to take at least a point on Tuesday, Forest’s superior goal difference (+34 vs +33) could prove crucial if the two sides finish level on points.
“We have the opportunity. A win gets us promoted,” Parker said, rather factually. “What we’ve done throughout this season has been very process-driven and very clear-minded about what we need to do and how we need to do things.
“That’s not going to change by Tuesday night. It’s going to stay the same and we’re going to try to go run and try to get the win.
“This team has shown me for much of this year that when they need to step up, they’ve done it repeatedly. Tuesday night is the first time this season, after all the hard work we have done, we have the opportunity to be promoted.
“There is an opportunity for us to do that and it’s the work and the quality that this team has shown over a long season.
“We are by far the fittest team in this division, physically and numerically. That’s a fact. We just need to rest, recover and prepare for Tuesday.”
“We have to stay very, very level, very cool – our focus is now full on Tuesday night. It will be a very difficult match, we know that and we are looking forward to this challenge.
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