'Just ridiculous': Football world stunned by crazy scenes

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Fans swarm Bournemouth's Vitality Stadium (pictured left) as players are hoisted high celebrating promotion (pictured right).
Fans swarmed the Bournemouth players at Vitality Stadium after the Cherries gained promotion to the Premier League. (Images: Getty Images/Sky Sports)

Bournemouth produced a nerve-racking 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest to secure Premier League promotion, which sparked chaotic scenes at Dean Court.

Substitute Kieffer Moore came on and scored the only goal in the 83rd minute, which eventually secured Bournemouth's automatic promotion to the Premier League alongside Championship leaders Fulham.

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"We locked eyes and just saw the space. Thankfully Phil (Billing) played me the ball and the rest is history," Moore told Sky Sports.

Forest needed a win to take over Bournemouth to have a chance of automatic qualification.

As soon as the whistle blew, fans at Vitality Stadium stormed the field to celebrate with the players and coach Scott Parker.

“This group is a young team, learning their trade in a promotion task,” added Parker, who was relegated from the Premier League last season as Fulham boss.

“One thing about this group, if we need a result we dig deep and find it.”

Players celebrated with fans on the field in wild scenes as the football world quickly praised the Cherries' achievement.

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Bournemouth got off to a good start, creating their first chance after a couple of minutes but Forest keeper Brice Samba denied midfielder Billing.

Forest striker Sam Surridge found space in the ninth minute after a brilliant long-range cross from defender Djed Spence but he smashed his finish against the crossbar.

Both sides created further chances in an attacking first half, which ended goalless.

Chris Mepham (pictued left) and Ben Pearson (pictured right) of Bournemouth celebrate after their sides 1-0 win gained them automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Chris Mepham (pictued left) and Ben Pearson (pictured right) of Bournemouth celebrate after their sides 1-0 win gained them automatic promotion to the Premier League. (Photo by Robin Jones - AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

After a slow start to the second period, Bournemouth got on top, but Forest held firm until Bournemouth defender Jordan Zemura won the decisive free kick on the edge of the box.

"I've not really slept this week. The first-half was emotional. Then we had a moment of magic from Kieffer (Moore) and we're in the Premier League," winger Ryan Christie told Sky Sports.

Forest will now attempt to end their 23-year Premier League absence as they enter the play-offs.

Huddersfield will join third place Forest with a number of teams fighting for the two remaining play-off spots.

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