Sunday, 7 August 2016

Pugh scores as the Cherries beat Angers SCO 0-1

Bournemouth's final pre-season game that was held away from the eyes of most fans in France against Angers SCO . The players still had to perform though and Marc Pugh certainly got noticed scoring in the second minute to give the Cherries an early lead. Things got a bit too lively second half with and Angers player sent off for a bad challenge on Marc Pugh. Pugh was subbed which might make him doubtful for next weekend, but Arter and Wilson benefited from a good workout and the Cherries will have been pleased to go unbeaten in pre-season.

AFCB needed to give a few players more minutes with the season fast approaching, and it was no surprise to see Callum Wilson among those starting having seen him tweet that he was looking forward to this last game. It was certainly going to be a test run out for Harry Arter who had been carrying an injury, and there was another chance to try Eunan O'Kane at right back as cover for Adam Smith. Nathan AkΓ© reverted to centre-back and would play alongside young Corey Jordan.
Marc Pugh was the star man against SCO Angers
but was subbed after being on the end of a bad tackle.
Coverage of the game was pretty poor at first with 20 minutes going between tweets in the first half - perhaps AFCB staff were stunned by such a good start! Or more likely, the less information is passed to Man Utd the better. Still, the Cherries appear to have been on top for most of the game and a win is always very welcome.

Official Match Tweets from AFC Bournemouth
01: @AngersSCO get us underway here in France.
GOAL for #afcb! It's Marc Pugh!!
02: It's taken two minutes, Wilson nicked the ball back and fed Pugh who cut inside and arrowed the ball into the top corner! 0-1!
10: Opening ten minutes gone here, #afcb well on top, dominating the ball. No more chances as yet though.
31: The players pause for a water break here in the searing heat. Pretty uneventful since the goal, #afcb having more of the ball.
35: Just wide! Lovely move as Grabban and Daniels combine before it gets to Pugh, who hits a low effort just wide from the edge!
39: Federici makes his first save, from a low effort from the edge of the box - it was straight at the 'keeper.
HALF TIME: Angers 0-1 #afcb - Marc Pugh's strike after two minutes separates the two sides.

46: #afcb kick off to resume the game.
48: Fraser tries to slide a ball through to Wilson but the 'keeper is alert to smother it as Wilson went in on goal
50: Save! Federici palms away an effort from 20-yards which was heading into the bottom corner!
57: Red card for Angers! A horror challenge on Pugh and a reaction off the ball saw has seen the Angers full back dismissed!
60: Pugh got up but has been substituted for Shaun MacDonald.
65: Save! The Angers frontman got in behind but saw his effort from 12-yards well tipped away by Federici!
70: Sub for #afcb - Ben Whitfield comes on to replace Ryan Fraser. Still 0-1 to the Cherries.
75: 15 minutes left to play and the Cherries are continuing to probe with the majority of possession.
79: Substitute for #afcb - Ake makes way for Ollie Harfield.
86: Double #afcb sub - Sam Surridge and Jake McCarthy come on for Wilson and Arter.
FULL TIME: Angers 0-1 #afcb - Marc Pugh's fabulous second minute strike settled the game as the Cherries end pre-season unbeaten.

AFCB XI:
Federici, O'Kane, Jordan, Ake, Daniels, Fraser, Gosling, Arter, Pugh, Grabban, Wilson.

AFCB Subs
subs: Holmes, Harfield, MacDonald, McCarthy, Whitfield, Surridge.

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