It was a defeat that leaves Huddersfield three places and five points clear of the Championship’s relegation zone but having played three games more than third-bottom Rotherham United, who were 3-1 winners over QPR on Tuesday.
They have now won just once in their last 10 league games, raising serious concerns about their ability to arest the slide ahead of a tricky game at Nottingham Forest on Saturday.
A crisp finish from ex-Huddersfield man Philip Billing opened the scoring for Bournemouth after 15 minutes, before Dominic Solanke’s thunderous strike from 20 yards doubled the advantage a minute before half-time.
Terriers’ full-back Lewis O’Brien thumped the woodwork soon after the restart, before skipper Jonathan Hogg nodded home with 15 minutes still remaining, and an unlikely comeback looked on.
And it left Huddersfield boss Carlos Corberan to reflect on two victory-clinching Bournemouth strikes that could have been better defended.
Corberan said: “In that first half we conceded the two goals which really could have been avoided I thought, and that’s a little disappointing.
“We know Bournemouth are a very good team of course, but we were trying to control the game in the first half, but these things happen.
“We conceded the second goal at a really bad time, then in the second half, though we played positively and worked hard, we couldn’t create enough chances.
“The reaction of the whole team was good in the second half, though.
“It was a very good effort, very positive, and we kept the game alive right until the end. We’ve still got five very important games left now.
“We need all our players to keep making a positive impact between now and the end of the season, even from the bench.
“I understand the frustrations of the fans, but I hope they’re not too hard on the players.”
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