Monday, 31 July 2017

Valencia inflict first summer defeat on the Cherries

Dani Parejo of Valencia ended AFCB's pre-season's winning run with a long range strike in the 72nd minute of yesterday's game against the Spanish giants. Bournemouth had been the equal of Valencia in the first half and Mahoney, Defoe and Steve Cook might have changed the scoreline with some better luck on the day in front of goal. But Pajero had been a constant threat all game and the winner came just after Bournemouth had made a few substitutions that perhaps just unsettled them a bit.

Pictures are supplied by Damien Hill from the Family Stand.

The club crests on the score board.
The players are out - AFCB in their home kit.
Eddie Howe picked a strong side as expected to play Valencia. Begovic made his home match made start since resigning for the Cherries this summer, and Jermain Defoe played up front following his summer return to the club. A slight surprise was to see Adam Smith recover enough to start the match, while Brad Smith had also managed to overcome his hamstring worries to play at left back. 

The subs bench was full of younger players and Aaron Ramsdale got the chance to sample a few minutes of top action again, following his minutes against QPR on Saturday, while Surridge and Worthington were also again on the bench.

More pictures are on the Match Day Gallery.


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Official AFCB Match tweets
A minutes applause takes place for Jimmy White, the clubs youngest ever league debutant, who sadly passed away earlier this week.

Kick Off: We are underway at Vitality Stadium.
10: The Cherries try to create an opening from the first corner of the game but nothing comes of the move.

14: Great chance for Valencia as Parejo's corner finds Jimenez but the header is just over Begovic's goal.

22: Mahoney does well to find Defoe from the right but he can't keep his shot down and it goes just over.

29: Rodrigo and Medran combine well in the Cherries half but Cook intercepts and clears the danger.

Jermain Defoe fires a shot at goal.

37: Fraser puts a great ball into the box with Cook rising highest but his header goes just over the bar.

42: Medran and Soler exchange passes in the Cherries box but Adam Smith reads the ball and clears.

44: Rodrigo now finds himself in space and tries to play a cross in but Adam Smith is there again!


Half time: AFC Bournemouth 0-0 

Fans are spread out a bit at Dean Court.


45: We are back underway at Vitality Stadium!

52: Nando tries to create an opening in the Cherries box but Ake is there to avert the danger.

54: Begovic is called into action and palms the ball away as Negredo takes his first shot from range.

61: Almost an opener for Valencia! Gil is played in by Parejo but Cook produces a great block and clears.

64: First substitution for the Cherries as Adam Smith is replaced by Ben Whitfield.

66: Second set of subs for the Cherries. Off go: B Smith, Mahoney, Defoe On come: Harfield, Worthington, Cornick

69: Another change for the Cherries.

Off goes: Begovic

On comes: Ramsdale:

71: GOAL for Valencia, 0-1.

The ball is played out to Dani Parejo who hits a superb shot from outside the area and past Ramsdale.

78: A pause in play as Abdennour is down for Valencia with a face injury.

83: Arter finds himself in space and fires a shot goalwards from 25 yards but it's over for a goal kick.

86: Fraser makes a great run down the right and looks for Whitfield in the box but it goes for a corner.

89: Shouts of a penalty for the Cherries as Fraser turns in the box but Lee Probert waves the claims away.

Full time: AFC Bournemouth 0-1

A narrow defeat for the Cherries.
Summary
It might have been a tad disappointing to see the first team lose at home, but Valencia just had the quality to see the game through. AFCB pleasingly saw some important players such as, Adam Smith and Brad Smith get some minutes, and while Afobe didn't play, the players Howe can now pick from is getting stronger each week. Next up is Yeovil away on Wednesday.

AFCB
Begovic, A Smith, Cook, Ake, B Smith, Mahoney, Arter, Gosling, Pugh, Fraser, Defoe

AFCB Subs: Ramsdale, Cornick, Whitfield, Worthington, Harfield, Surridge, Butcher

Valencia
Neto, Montoya, Vezo. Javi JimΓ©nez, GayΓ , Cancelo, MedrΓ‘n, Parejo, Carlos Soler, Rodrigo , Zaza


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