Saturday, 28 November 2020

Can Bournemouth make it four in a row?

Even when Bournemouth won the Championship in 2014-15 they only managed a run of four wins or more twice in the season and Middlesbrough and Norwich City were the teams that ended those runs. Rotherham may not have the same pedigree, but Bournemouth need consistency if they are to stretch their winning run.

Steve Cook will look to keep the winning run going.

While the media have made big news of Josh King not yet being ready to play, I expect the Norweigan striker will find it hard to get another game for Bournemouth before the transfer window opens. Jason Tindall doesn't need to make wholesale changes for this match, but he could give some of the younger players a chance to impress if he can win the game early on.


The player that is more of a miss for me is Jack Stacey. Adam Smith did well enough in the last game as cover and I don't see any changes coming in the back four. David Brooks was looking a bit more of a doubt, having put everything into the game against Nottingham Forest and I wouldn't be surprised if he was given a place to rest on the bench. If so, I'd like to see Riquelme get a start.


In the center of midfield, Tindall could give Billing or Gosling an opportunity but it is more likely he would leave them on the bench. The form of Stanislas, Danjuma and Solanke makes them sure starters for me unless they are carrying any knocks.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Winning four matches in a row would be a statement that Bournemouth are doing all they can to chase down Norwich City. The Cherries maybe second to surpass the 30 point mark, but they are well on target to be on for a top-two finish at the moment. Back in the promotion-winning 2014-15 season, the Cherries were in ninth place after 12 games.

Possible AFCB line-up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Rico, Ofobrorh, Gosling, Billing, Brooks, Surridge, Anthony

Previous post on Cherry Chimes - Rotherham will hope Bournemouth's impressive run can be halted

Friday, 27 November 2020

Rotherham will hope Bournemouth's impressive form can be halted

Rotherham United have had a tough start to the season with just three wins so far. Ex-Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald broke his leg against Stoke City at the end of October, and the team has battled on to win one of its last five games. The last home win was a good one though with a 2-1 victory over Preston North End. 

Bournemouth look to take the top spot away 
from Norwich City when they visit Rotherham.

Paul Warne explained that Rotherham, like Bournemouth, have struggled to put in 90-minute performances, playing well in the second half of their latest game against QPR, when they were already 3-1 down at half-time. He accused his players of giving QPR too much respect, so we can expect the Millers to really go at AFCB in the first 20 minutes. While they are coming out on the wrong side of many results, they are scoring goals with Matt Crooks, Daniel Barlaser, Freddie Ladapo and Jamie Lindsay all on two goals. Warne will be hoping that striker Michael Smith continues scoring as he did when he came back into the side in their last match.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Rotherham's best home win was the 3-0 result versus Sheffield Wednesday in October, but they only had one win in November and remain three points above the relegation zone. It will be Bournemouth's first game at the AESEAL stadium New York Stadium since January 2015 when they won 1-5 in the FA Cup and 0-2 in the league


Injuries for the Millers apart from MacDonlad include, Kieran Sadler who is out for another two months having injured a ligament against Preston North End. Other long term injuries are winger Chiedozie Ogbene (knee) and defender Clark Robertson (fractured foot).


Bournemouth have won only two of their last five away games, so Jason Tindall will want to see the Cherries find some of their home form carrying over to this game.

Rotherham United Home Form

AFCB Away Form

Previous post on Cherry Chimes - Has Tindall got the balance right for AFCB?

Thursday, 26 November 2020

Has Tindall got the balance right for AFCB?

It was hard not to have a big smile on AFCB fan's faces after the win against Nottingham Forest. It wasn't the scoreline, but the manor of the performance which really pleased me. Bournemouth played with a fluidity and purpose that we haven't seen for a very long time. This was a game that they took by the throat and mesmerised the opposition with their patterns of play and movement. I was spellbound.

Flowing football is back at Dean Court.

For once, there was no worry about Bournemouth slipping up once they had gone ahead. The players were fully engaged in stretching the play and causing as many problems as they could for Nottingham Forest. The form of David Brooks and Junior Stanislas were instrumental in the win. Both of them were prepared to come in off the wings when they needed to and they kept the forward momentum of the team going by bringing Danjuma and Solanke in to play .

Bournemouth now have a group of players who are all looking to create space and take shots away when they have the opportunity. We have Jefferson Lerma and Lewis Cooks also prepared to get involved further forward and the rotation of the ball is becoming better, because the mobility of the players is so much more dynamic. Each player is willing to play with one touch and offload the ball as soon as it comes to them, and the speed of the ball over the ground is consequently quicker than teams can get across to cover.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Whether the pace of the game caught up with Bournemouth's players or whether Nottingham Forest were good enough to get a spell going in the second half I am not sure. But it was also good to see the side be able to hold on to a 2-0 lead without conceding. The balance really does seem right now, and you never know which player is most likely to score, because they all have it in their capability. With a few more wins this could become a very settled side. Hitting top form now, with so many games coming up in December, Bournemouth could be looking down on all the other teams come the New Year. 


Jason Tindall may just have got his ideas through to the players better than he had even hoped. The side looks as good now as it has in many seasons and that is without some of the more high-priced players that were in the Premier League. So all credit to Jaosn Tindall. His management style is working and the players are responding to him and his relaxed style. It is good to see that he never looks anxious about preparing for games and we will see if he can keep that up, because the pressure of winning will keep growing.


Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Bournemouth look supreme in 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest

Match Report
AFCB 2 v 0 Nottingham Forest
24 November 2020

Bournemouth played the kind of football we dream of seeing them play in the first half. They took just three minutes to take the lead, when David Brooks picked out Junior Stanislas' run right down the middle and the former Burnley man made no mistake, putting Bournemouth 1-0. Nottingham Foret had to work incredibly hard to keep the score at 1-0 especially at the end of the first 45 minutes, when Brooks weaved in behind and pulled the ball back for Stanislas, who saw his shot cleared off the line. The game looked secure when Solanke went down from a challenge from Jack Colback and Stanislas grabbed his and Bournemouth's second from the penalty spot. Forest tried everything to get a goal, but the closest they came was a header from Yates that went over. Solanke might have been tripped for a second penalty right at the end, but it didn't matter that it wasn't given. This was just the 90-minute performance that Jason Tindall had been demanding.

Junior Stanislas scores his first goals of 2020-21 and helps Bournemouth to a 2-0 win.

Bournemouth made two changes with Adam Smith and Chris Mepham starting the game, while Diego Rico moved to the bench and Jack Stacey dropped out of the squad. Philip Billing also returned to the subs bench. It was also Steve Cook's 350th appearance for AFCB. Bournemouth also welcomed back Harry Arter and Lyle Taylor to Dean Court.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Match description

Forest start well and attack, Arter shoots over. Bournemouth have hit back straight away with Brooks finding Stanislas and he scores in the corner on three minutes. Stanislas came from deep and ran right between the two centre-halves and put the ball past Samba, very cooly. Bournemouth go 1-0 up. It looked like one of the centre-backs slipped, but Stanislas took full advantage, latching on to Brooks pass and scoring his first goal of the season.

Yates goes right through Lewis Cook. Cook is taking a long breather. Lyle Taylor has forced a corner for Forest on 11 minutes. Lerma on the break and Brooks is up with him. Forest have it back.

Kelly loses the ball to Ameobi and Arter has a shot blocked. Christie puts a great cross in and Taylor gets ahead of Mepham but heads over. 

Danjuma turns well away from Christie, and has his shot blocked by Samba at the near post. So close to 2-0. The short corner doesn't come off and Lewis Cook fires wide from distance.

Bournemouth have so much time on the ball. Christie puts a cross in but Steve Cook clears. Ameobi has a shot right at Begovic. Stanislas is working well across the midfield, getting Danjuma and Brooks involved. 

Bournemouth are buzzing around the Forest box, like busy honey bees. Ameobi has a shot blocked by Steve Cook. Lewis Cooks plays it forward to Brooks and Brooks turns and fires wide.

Ribeiro fouls Brooks. Stanislas robs the ball well for Bournemouth. Ameobi gets a good ball in but Arter heads wide. 

Lewis Cook is being given far too much space in the middle. Solanke goes for a long shot but gets no power in it.

Bournemouth are caressing the ball beautifully around the pitch. Forest are standing off too far and are not really pressing Bournemouth.

Forest get some good possession but Christie's drilled cross is stepped over and finds its way safely to Begovic. 

Solanke wins a corner. Yates is fouled by Lerma. Two added minutes. Brooks along the byline and Stanislas has a shot cleared off the line, the follow up is also cleared. Scott McKenna beat Solanke to the ball on the line.


Second half
Ameobi has fouled Lerma. Solanke keeps the ball well under pressure. Brooks, in the box, pulls it back for Stanislas but the shot goes wide. 

Adam Smith concedes a corner. Solanke goes over in the box and Jack Colback brought him down. It's a penalty. It was a tangle of legs. Bournemouth's first penalty in the Championship this season. Stanislas puts the penalty kick away 2-0 on 51 minutes. Stanislas sent the keeper the wrong way.

Danjuma wins a corner. Stanislas pulls a shot well over the bar. Danjuma then hits a shot over from distance.

Lolley passes across to Yates who soots well but Begovic makes the save, getting everything behind the ball.


Forest have a corner taken by Arter but Brooks has it. The pass to Stanislas is overhit. Bournemouth clear another Forest corner. Lolley is subbed by Anthony Knockaert on 61 minutes.

Arter has won a corner. Great header out by Solanke. Ameobi gets a deflected shot away, corner. Ameobi goes for a shot from teh corner of the box but it's a good height for Begovic who saves and concedes the corner. Knockaert hits a ball to teh far post and Yates head over in the six-yard box. 

David Brooks comes off and Gosling is on after 71 minutes. Danjuma picks up a corner.  Arter is replaced by Guerrero on 76 minutes. 

Rico is on for Lerma on 79 minutes. Gosling is carded for a foul Knockaert.

Bournemouth have a free kick in Brighton's half. Stanislas is taking it and hits the wall. Lewis Cook picks up a yellow card.

Riquelme replaces Danjuma on 90 minutes. Three additional minutes. Solanke goes down but there's no penalty. Colback clipped Solanke's heels.

Bournemouth are really slipping into their top gear now. As an attacking force, they look so confident that they are lining up to score goals. The movement and creativity is clear to see and with a clean sheet as well in this game, things are going well for the Cherries. At home, the Cherries remain unbeaten. What I liked most though about this performance is the way Bournemouth attacked on both flanks and looked equally dangerous on each side coming forward. Solanke is getting even better at holding up the ball and players are finding forward runs that are difficult to track for the opposition. Finally, it was great to see Junior Stanislas get off the mark with two goals and he is working well with Danjuma.

AFCB line-up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Rico, Simpson, Ofoborh, Gosling, Billing, Riquelme, Anthony, Surridge

AFCB player ratings: Begovic 6, A Smith 6,  S Cook 7, Mepham 6, Kelly 6, Brooks 7, Lerma 6,
L Cook 6, Stanislas 8, Danjuma 7, Solanke 7

Nottingham Forest
30 Samba, 2 Christie, 5 Ribeiro, 6 McKenna, 22 Yates, 8 Colback, 31 Arter (Guerrero 76), 11 Ameobi, 23 Lolley (Knockaert 61), 33 Taylor

Forest Subs: 12 Smith, 6 Mbe Soh, 16 Jenkinson, Cafu, 19 Guerrero, 28 Knockaert, 44 Ionnou, 48 Swan 

Previous post on Cherry Chimes - Forest's former Cherries must be sent packing

Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Forest's former Cherries must be sent packing

Bournemouth seem to be on the right track after beating Reading, but now is when they need to make sure they are not complacent as they take on Nottingham Forest. The visit o Forest to Bournemouth will potentially see the return of a few former Cherries in Harry Arter, Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban. Managed by Chris Hughton, the former Brighton manager might have fewer fond memories of visiting Dean Court.

Harry Arter - one of the old boys who could be lining up against AFCB tonight.

Nottingham Forest have only won three games this season and while they have won two of their last three games those wins were at home. But it's just one point from their last three away games. Lyle Taylor is top scorer on four goals and he is now a well-travelled striker having played in Scotland for Falkirk and Partick Thistle, as well as having spells at Sheffield Utd, Scunthorpe, AFC Wimbledon and Charlton Athletic since his time at Bournemouth. He has also played 11 of Forest's 12 games and will be the main threat for Forest against Bournemouth.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

We have also seen Harry Arter move to Forest last summer. While he has only played six times for Forest, he will be pleased just to be in the squad if he can get back to see his mates at Dean Court. He was a sub in the last game against Barnsley, so could play a part in the game. 


Forest also have former Brighton player Anthony Knockaert, who has had good Premier League experience at Brighton and Cyrus Christie who was in the Premier League with Fulham. Sammy Ameobi has been a sub of late, but he has also had top-level experience of the Premier League at Newcastle and is a nifty winger. Joe Lolley was also part of Huddersfield's team and will know Philip Billing well. Jack Colback played for Sunderland and Newcastle in the past, while defender Michael Dawson, was a regular in both Spurs' and Hull's teams a couple of years ago.

Lewis Grabban has been injured, and the Forest website says he could be back to training next week - so this game comes too early for him. I think we are lucky that Grabban is not expected to play, as he would be hyped to play well against the Cherries.

Hughton is not disappointed with the amount of chances that the team is creating, but they aren't taking their chances. Take Lyle Taylor's goals out of the team and they are really struggling. We know that Hughton's teams play good possession football and they will know everything about Bournemouth's game. The first goal as ever will be important and we need to see Bournemouth make a better start than they did in their last game.


We could see Chris Mepham and Adam Smith come back into the starting line-up and the players to be rested could be Diego Rico and Junior Stanislas. Josh King is still sidelined having tested positive for COVID-19 after the international break, but Philip Billing is back in contention for this game.


Bournemouth haven't had a good record against teams in the lower half with a draw against Derby and QPR and a defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. Coventry City was a good result, but Bournemouth have to keep their standards high against Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest Away Form

AFCB Home Form

Possible AFCB line-up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Rico, Stanislas, Billing, Ofoborh, Riquelme, Gosling, Surrridge

In other news, football fans in Tier 1 and 2 will be able to go back to see football games after 2 December. Up to 4000 fans at games in Tier 1 regions and 2000 fans in Tier 2 regions.

I spoke to @MrDore_ On Tour about the AFCB v Nottingham Forest game. You can watch the match preview here.

Monday, 23 November 2020

Bournemouth's four-goal second-half was something to savour

The way Bournemouth ran into trouble against Reading was not ideal and it could have been a crushing defeat, if the Cherries continued to play like they did in the first half. But when Dominic Solanke scored Bournemouth's first goal, the game took on a totally different aspect. The substitution at half-time had enabled Lloyd Kelly to play as a left-back and his cross was the kind of delivery that that had been missing in the first half. With the goal came the belief that Bournemouth could overturn Reading's lead.

Lewis Cook doesn't score many goals but he saved up 
something special for his first Bournemouth goal.

It was the speed of Bournemouth's total recovery that made the comeback against Reading so surprising. As soon as they had got one goal, they had two and the moves that hadn't been coming off earlier were suddenly cutting Reading open. It was impressive to see the movement and almost telepathic nature of the way David Brooks put Arnaut Danjuma in for Bournemouth's second goal, and from there, nobody could have expected Lewis Cook to suddenly strike his first goal for Bournemouth. It was long overdue and it was completely out of the blue. The technique and precision of the shot were devastating. As soon as it hit the back of the net there was no way Bournemouth were going to lose hold of this game.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

It still needed a superb save from Begovic to keep Reading from getting their third goal and the contribution of Begovic can't be underestimated. It all boosts the team feeling and the collective belief that this is a team that can win promotion. Solanke is also becoming a striker that is hungry to get his name on the score sheet every game and by scoring more than one goal in a match, he will start to think he can score at anytime.


Jason Tindall will still see that Bournemouth are not playing perfectly yet. The first half was poor despite the dominance of possession. The corner routines were totally off-track. The team is not starting games with a high enough concentration or intensity. They are relying on their ability a little too much and need to add some grit to their game. Once they get that right we will start to see 90-minute performances.


Still, it was a thrilling comeback and we haven't seen that kind of determination to succeed for a long time. It makes me believe that all is well under Jason Tindall and Bournemouth can achieve their aims this season, if they can keep progressing, limit their injuries and navigate their way safely through the January transfer window.

Sunday, 22 November 2020

The Cherries stage a dramatic comeback to blow Reading away 4-2

Match Report
AFCB 4 v 2 Reading
21 November 2020
AFCB's Lewis Cook hits a stunning goal as Bournemouth comeback for a 4-2 win

Bournemouth looked like they had lost their home unbeaten record with a hit and run first half from Reading that saw them go 0-2 up. Within the first few minutes, Bournemouth fell behind when Alfa Somedo went on a personal crusade to beat three Bournemouth defenders and slip along the byline where Asmir Begovic brought him down for a penalty. Lucas João made no mistake from the spot and while Bournemouth dominated possession, Reading made it 0-2 when Aluko bent his run from the right and slipped the ball past Begovic with ease. The second half change to bring on Mepham saw Kelly go to left-back, and it was his cross that brought Bournemouth back into the game, when Solanke buried the cross at the far post on 55 minutes. With Brooks then getting on the ball, he found Danjuma in space to make it 2-2, with plenty of time to go. Indeed, Lewis Cook then pulled out one of the goals of the season with a spectacular dipping shot that found the top corner and Solanke finished off the goal scoring with a chase down and tangle with the Reading keeper, which he came out on top of. Bournemouth went top of the table before the other games with this incredible comeback.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Bournemouth brought back Steve Cook to captain the side, replacing Chris Mepham. Ofoborh, Kilkenny and Anthony came into the subs bench which was now nine players strong.

Match description
Rico makes a good interception before bringing down Rinomhota. Reading's free kicks flated to the edge of the box but the offside flag goes up.

Semedo on the left. Lewis Cook is beaten and now Steve Cook, oh, no Begivc brings down Semedo - penalty! Lucas João scores bottom left corner. Reading are 0-1 up after some sloppy defending from Bournemouth. Begovic has also been booked.

Just four minutes gone. Rico plays a poor ball out of play. Bournemouth might as well still be in the dressing room. They seem half-asleep - all very relaxed. Lerma goes down in the box but he made the most of it and doesn't get the decision.

Danjuma takes on two and beats them into the box and his shot is off Morrison for a corner.  Kelly has to get a foot up to get the ball back to Begovic ahead of Lucas João.

Danjuma pulls the ball back for Brooks but the shot is blocked. Rico is not having his best game. On the break, Reading chip in a cross and Somedo heads wide on 13 minutes.

Bournemouth have a corner. An awful cross from Stanislas straight out of play. Solanke does well to set Danjuma away, corner. It will be another corner. Brooks loses it o the edge of the box.  Bournemouth are exerting some control now. 

Brooks on the turn hits a sharp shot but the keeper makes the save to his right. Somedo has a shot blocked.

Stacey gets forward for one of the first times but gives a foul away. Lewis Cook fouls Aluko on the edge of the box. The free kick goes harmlessly out of play.

Reading double up on Brooks to keep him out. Stacey has taken a knock. João and Aluko get free but Kelly just does enough. Solanke goes down easy in the box, nothing given. Ejaria just used his weight.

Lerma's cross is put out for a corner. Lerma heads wide from the corner. Rico intercepts well, he's playing better now. Solanke gets behind but Morrison puts it out for a corner. Stacey's cross is caught by the keeper.

Danjuma wins another corner. Reading win a foul. Ejario plays a good ball through and Aluko makes it 0-2. Bournemouth cut open and Rico didn't follow João. Lots of work for Tindall to do at half-time to keep the Cherries' unbeaten home record alive.

A wasted corner by Danjuma. Four minutes of added time. Brooks wins a free kick in a dangerous area. Stanislas bends it up and around the wall but the keeper saves well.

Second half 
Chris Mepham replaces Diego Rico at half-time. Kelly moves to left-back. Brooks fouls Aluko. Solanke does well to win a corner. Brooks is offside from his corner - poor.  

Lerma wins a free kick as he drives forward. Rinomhota made the foul. Stanislas and Brooks are over the ball again. Stanislas hits the wall.

Great ball in from the left off Lloyd Kelly's boot and Solanke makes it 1-2 on 57 minutes. Lewis Cook and Brooks now slips in Danjuma, it's in it's 2-2!  Danjuma just ran in between the defenders and the goal opened up for him on 58 minutes.

What a turnaround. Reading sub Esteves and Aluku for Holmes and Olise on 63 minutes. Luas João gets a shot away but Begovic saves well.

Stacey drives a cross sin and Solanke is beaten to it for a corner. Olisa wins a free kick and Danjuma is booked. Ejaria is subbed for Meiti on 74 minutes.

Oh, a wonderful goal from Lewis Cook. Brooks came inside from the right and Lewis Cook let fly with an absolute belter from 25 yards straight into the top corner. 3-2 to Bournemouth.

Stanislas is subbed for Riquelme on 78 minutes. Somedo is replaced by Sam Baldock on 80 minutes. Danjuma is offside.


Brooks is subbed for Simpson on 84 minutes. The header comes in from João and Begovic scrambles it out for a corner, amazing save. Begovic catches it this time. The ball was right on the line from the header but didn't cross the line. Begovic certainly saved two points for Bournemouth there.

Bournemouth scramble another ball clear. Solanke has caught Cabral out of his area. He has got away from him and scores 4-2.  Five additional minutes of play.

Lerma is subbed for Offoborh. Elisa shoots on target and Begovic makes another big save with his right boot.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Bournemouth go top of the table for a moment, but it was far from comfortable. A poor start of the game for Bournemouth put them in a difficult position which was totally unnecessary. The second goal put Reading well ahead and they played well enough on the break that it could have been more for the Royals. Lewis Cook has to look at himself for the first goal and Diego Rico for the second. But the first goal is the one that really highlighted Bournemouth were not at the races early on. For all the play in front of Reading's goal in the first half, Bournemouth also made far too many poor passes when they were trying to stretch the Royals. The corners were also wasted most of the time. Possession doesn't necessarily win you games. It was a great second-half turnaround to see Bournemouth get back level and the quality of Lloyd Kelly's cross did the damage at first. Danjuma got on the score sheet with his favourite cutting inside move and Bournemouth looked a different side. Then Lewis Cook's stunner capped off a remarkable comeback and Solanke's persistence got him his second goal to round things off. Great entertainment.

AFCB line-up

AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Mepham, Gosling, Kilkenny, Ofoborh, Riquelme, Surridge, Anthony

AFCB Ratings
Begovic 8, Stacey 7, S Cook 7, Kelly 8, Rico 6, Brooks 8, Lerma 6, Stanislas 5, L Cook 7, Danjuma 8, Solanke 7

Cherry Chimes MoM - Begovic

33 Cabral Barbosa, 2 Pontes Esteves (Holmes 63), 6 Moore, 4 Morrison, 3 Richards, 8 Rinomhota,
28 Laurent, 14 Ejaria, 30 Semedo (Baldock 80), 24 Aluko (Olise 64), 18 Lucas João

Reading Subs
7 Olise, 9 Baldock, 11 Meite, 15 Gibson, 22 Southwood, 29 Holmes, 34 Tetek, 43 Watson