Aston Villa fell to their 23rd Premier League defeat of the season against Bournemouth and are now all but condemned to relegation.
It was another afternoon of low quality play from the home side as Bournemouth controlled the game for long spells.
Eddie Howe and the Cherries can look forward to top-flight football next season following goals from Steve Cook and Joshua King secured the win.
Andre Ayew pulled a late goal back for Villa but it will be anything but consolation for their suffering supporters.
Lewis Grabban impressed early on for the visitors, his direct running style causing panic and last-ditch tackles in the Villa defence.
The visiting full-backs were determined to push on at any available opportunity, seeking to pile pressure on the creaky home defence.
Chances were at a premium, with Scott Sinclair forging one decent run for Villa that saw him pierce through the Bournemouth defence midway through the half only for his cross to be charged down.
In first-half injury time, Bournemouth worked a terrific short corner routine to give them the breakthrough.
Matt Ritchie found Simon Francis and from his cross central defender Cook applied the tidiest of finishes past Brad Guzan.
It was an all too familiar feeling for Villa and, in similar fashion, they found little in the way of a response after the break.
Ayew laid on their best chance to restore parity on the hour, weaving his way into the box and pulling the ball across goal for Kieran Richardson.
He seemed almost certain to score but fluffed his lines and the chance was gone.
With 16 minutes remaining, King took advantage of some poor defending from Ciaran Clark and lifted the ball over Guzan into the net to double Bournemouth’s tally.
Ayew found some space in the box five minutes from time to shoot past Artur Boruc but it was not enough to stop the sinking feeling for Aston Villa.