Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Big call to play Brooks pays off

I was not expecting Eddie Howe to put David Brooks straight into the starting line up for the match against Cardiff City. Howe has always been cautious about youth being given its start when it comes to the first team. Bu Brooks seems mature beyond his tender years and he didn't disappoint.
Davis Brooks makes his Bournemouth debut in the 2-0 win over Cardiff City.
I am sure that Eddie Howe looked at Brooks' character and judged that he could handle the pressure of the debut and knew he wouldn't freeze. The manner of Brooks' calm play and clear thinking on the pitch has been a pleasure to watch already and it is going to be exciting to see how he develops at AFCB. He is already looking to be a special player and I don't think it will be long before we have a great chant for him as he is certain to be a regular starter after this first performance.

The game against Olympic Marseilles was Brooks ticket to start the match against Cardiff and while Brooks didn't get a goal to crown his debut he came pretty close with a stunning attempt at a header off of a thunderbolt cross from Ryan Fraser in the second half. Brooks will get easier chances as the season progresses, and it could be goals that Brooks brings in the way of assists that really will make him a team player in future months.

It would have been easy for Howe to have played Jordan Ibe from the start and to hold Brooks back until the second half, but the manager was confident that Brooks was up to the challenge of playing the occasion as well as the game. Now Brooks is right in the middle of everything for AFCB and the future for him looks very bright. I also believe it will encourage players like Ibe and Stanislas to try and find an extra level to compete with Brooks on the right side which can only be further good news for Eddie Howe and AFCB. 

Looking at the pre-match videos on AFCBTV it seems the rest of the team will have to get their skates on if they are going to beat David Brooks into the dressing room on a match day - he was very keen to be there first which is great to see.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Wee-man is going to have a big AFCB season

Ryan Fraser was rightly the talk of the town on Saturday night after he had scored the opening goal of Bournemouth's 20018-19 season. The wee-man had said in pre-season that he wanted to make more of an impact on the score sheet this season. He has started as well as he could have hoped with an excellently timed run to finish off a team goal that he started himself.
Ryan is looking to take his chances.
The first half of the game against Cardiff City went pretty well as could be hoped for. While it took until 23 minutes to get that first goal, the home crowd had remained patient and were giving the team great support. Ryan Fraser and David Brooks, watched by Ryan Giggs,  were catching the eye with their quick movement and while Bournemouth didn't create lots of chances that Neil Etheridge had to save, it will have been pleasing to Eddie Howe that the chance to score fell to Fraser and he made no mistake.

It was an eventful day for Fraser who attracted a scene that we don't want to see from the Cardiff fans of coin throwing. The Welsh club will surely be in trouble for that and it was brave the way that Fraser just carried on and carefully picked up the objects that had been thrown at them to hand them to the officials.


It's the football though that we want to remember. Fraser could well have his biggest ever season for the Cherries which is not such great news for Marc Pugh who didn't manage to make it on to the bench for this opening game. But Pugh will be delighted that his team-mate has started well. To keep Marc Pugh out of the side has taken Fraser a while to do but he has come of age and is beginning to see himself as one of the players that can really make a difference for this Bournemouth side.

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A massive opening three points for AFCB

The win against Cardiff City has given Bournemouth a bit of momentum at the start of the season. It is now down to the players to try and build on that good three points now without being overly confident and forgetting how they need to perform at their very best to win games in this league.
AFCB hit the ground running.
Just because Bournemouth have played well at home doesn't mean everything will necessarily click when they have the added pressure of their next away game. It is very helpful though that the team can go into the West Ham game knowing that they already have some points in the bank. It is a different way for Eddie Howe to be able to attack the season compared to the previous three years.

Whether that makes Howe think differently about the instructions he gives the team is something I'd love to know. While training and the mood around the camp is more pleasurable when you get off to a positive start, the clean sheet and positive goal record are something you want to keep going. Training should be reflecting that the team did well and that some of the preparation has been spot on and needs to be just as thorough to keep the players at their top level.

There are players though who didn't get on the pitch against Cardiff City and who want to play. Eddie Howe has to also think about these players and how to encourage them that they have to be putting their best efforts into training because they could be needed at any moment if their are injuries and the team needs to change. Keeping these players in positive mood is really important now because if they do come on to play well it will add to the feeling that this could be a great season for the Cherries. At the moment it is just one good result but if the Cherries can make it two or three wins from their opening games then their really will be a buzz around Dean Court and it would be great to see that.

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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Bournemouth break opening day hoodoo 2-0

Match Report
AFCB 2 v 0 Cardiff City
11 August 2018
Attendance 10,353
Getting wet: Diego Rico and Jefferson Lerma are welcomed at Dean Court.
Everyone wants to get off to a good start in a new season and that's something AFCB have failed to do while they have been in the Premier League. But taking on newly-promoted Cardiff City they set about the game with intensity and intent. The debut of David Brooks was as good a debut as any, and was perhaps only overshadowed by the finishing of Ryan Fraser who swept Bournemouth into a 1-0 lead on 23 minutes.

Callum Wilson was having one of those days where he was getting into great scoring positions and when he was brought down in the box, the home crowd expected him to make it 2-0. Neil Etheridge guessed the right way though and made the save - Wilson will have to take lessons from Paul Pogba! 

Begovic had little work to do but he did make a great low save to prevent Sean Morrison trying to snatch an equaliser in a goalmouth scramble in the second half. Then Simon Francis legs stretched to get behind the Cardiff back line and his pull back was met emphatically by Callum Wilson's low drive that found the corner of the net in added time.
No Simon Francis or Lewis Cook in the starting 11.
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Bournemouth played so well against Olympic Marseilles in the last match of the season that he kept the same starting 11 for this match. That meant Simon Francis and Lewis Cook were among the substitutes and the side was captained by Steve Cook.

Cardiff City were expected to be physical as Neil Warnock sides are and within the first five minutes Lee Peltier was yellow carded for a foul on Ryan Fraser. Fraser would be the root problem for Cardiff all game. Bournemouth fans might have expected Callum Wilson to be the biggest danger to Neill Warnock's men, but as early as the 11th minute he shot wide from close range. That was the kind of day it looked like he would have as the first half moved on.

Cardiff's main danger came from Bobby Reid who was quick and full of running. Gosling was doing a lot of shepherding to steer Reid out wide and Reid's only support was coming from Junior Hoilett. Cardiff fans were taunting the Bournemouth crowd with chants of 'it's coming home' following the World Cup. That probably wasn't the wisest of moves with Scotland's Ryan Fraser and Norway's Josh King trying to get in on the act. Suddenly, Wilson found room on the right to put in a low cross and Fraser was there to beat Etheridge from close range and open the scoring on 23 minutes.  

Bournemouth fans heralded the goal with chants of 'England! England!' A bit ironic when you think Ryan Fraser is Scottish, but never mind. Bournemouth (England) were beating the Welsh (Cardiff).


While Josh King had a shot fire wide on 28 minutes, Wilson was slipped through into the box by Daniels on 33 minutes. But he was brought down by Ecuele Manga, or was it Wilson making the most of the challenge? Bournemouth fans looked expectantly at the goal - penalty! But Wilson held his head in his hands as Etheridge guessed correctly to go to his left and he made the save. The penalty was not struck very hard.

David Brooks might have expected another penalty when he went down in the box, after Fraser's clever little chip, but Kevin Friend waved the protests against Bennett's challenge away.

Cardiff were not overawed and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing was close to getting on the end of a cross from Joe Ralls on 40 minutes.

The bookings were levelled up when Charlie Daniels saw yellow, rather belatedly, for a foul on Junior Hoilett. Luckily, Mendez-Laing could only put the header from the free kick wide.
Bournemouth are ahead.
Cardiff fans, Dylan and Simon give 
their pre-match views on the game.
Second half
Cardiff attempted to hang in the game and did well at denying space for the Cherries. Bournemouth won a few corners, but didn't get close to scoring until Fraser got behind the Cardiff defence and drilled the ball powerfully across the goal. David Brooks could only head the ball back from where it came, having no time to react to Fraser's cross.

Mendez-Laing was subbed on 63 minutes when new signing Josh Murphy came on. Paterson was also replaced by Danny Ward. The change almost messed up AFCB's concentration as Morrison might have scored following a corner but for a sharp save by Begovic.

David Brooks made way for Simon Francis on 67 minutes with Cardiff having their best part of the game. A chance fell to Bobby Reid following a free kick, but he hit it well over.

Wilson then made an excellent trap before turning and finding Gosling. Wilson then got into the box and rather than shoot tried to find King, which was unselfish but perhaps the wrong decision as the pass was blocked. Wilson then had a header from Fraser's free kick which he might have scored from but he barely made contact. 

It was better than Gosling's next effort though which landed on the roof of the North stand. Fraser would also volley wide in the last five minutes, before Steve Cook took a heavy knock to the head and was down for a couple of minutes before getting to his feet.

Cardiff had one more sub with Reid replaced by Gary Madine. There was five minutes of added time when Francis won a ball on the right wing and pulled it back for Wilson, who hit a first time shot that we were right in line with and saw hit the back of the net to make it 2-0. Wilson was delighted to have got his goal and the score was perhaps more of a true reflection of the day's events on the pitch. He was then subbed along with Adam Smith to let Defoe and Mousset see out the game. 
Eddie Howe welcomes three early points.
Bournemouth didn't find it easy against a well-organised Cardiff City side. The difference was that Bournemouth had a cutting-edge and Ryan Fraser is becoming a midfielder with a taste for goals. Before the game kicked off, he was my pick for first goalscorer and I'm not surprised he found the spot to open his account for this season. While Wilson had not been as fortunate in front of goal until the end, he'll benefit from knowing he did score eventually. The penalty miss won't matter now and Eddie Howe will also be pleased with Begovic's second half save that was vital for the win. A clean sheet and three points is a great day and Bournemouth have the start needed against a team that many will consider they have to finish above to be out of the relegation battle. Cardiff will improve on this though and it's a difficult game that Eddie Howe will be pleased to have gotten out of the way.

The only bad thing about the day was some coin throwing at Ryan Fraser from Cardiff City fans!

AFCB Subs: Boruc, Mings, Francis, L Cook, Ibe, Defoe, Mousset
AFCB Ratings
Begovc 8, A Smith 7, S Cook 7, Aké 7, Daniels 7, Brooks 8, Gosling 7, Surman 6, Fraser 9, King 7, Wilson 7

Cherry Chimes' MoM: Ryan Fraser

Cardiff City
Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Ecuele Manga, Bennett, Bamba, Mendez-Laing (Murphy 63), Paterson (Ward 62), Ralls, Hoilett, Reid (Madine 88)

Cardiff City Subs
Richards, Ward, Murphy, Smithies, Cunningham, Camarasa, Madine

Ref Watch: Kevin Friend - 4/10 a few annoying calls on free kicks and advantage not being played, but at least he gave one penalty. David Brooks will be annoyed he didn't give two.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Can AFCB win their first game against Cardiff?

Cardiff City have been raiding the Championship's best players ahead of the new Premier League season and while they may not have as big as some other top flight clubs, they will rely on team spirit and Warnock's tactical skills to spring more than a few surprises. Bournemouth have to make sure that they are not the first team to have a stumble against this newly-promoted club that will carry Welsh hopes in the new season.
Dean Court is ready to welcome the start of another Premier League season.
Bobby Reid,25, who was a target of AFCB's has made a 10m move from Bristol City to Cardiff City and is likely to make his Premier League debut against the Cherries. He scored 19 goals in 46 appearances last season. Neil Warnock has also signed winger Josh Murphy, 23, of Norwich City for around £11m. Greg Cunningham, 27, is perhaps a less well-known defender who signed from Preston North End for around £4m and Alex Smithies is a goalkeeper from QPR who has signed a three year deal for £3.5m. He'll battle with Neil Etheridge for the keeper's position. The end of the transfer window also saw Cardiff bring in Victor Carmarasa from Real Betis, who played against the Cherries in the 0-2 defeat against the Spanish side, while our own Harry Arter joined on loan on  deadline day, although he won't play against the Cherries and former Cherry  Lee Tomlin is already at Cardiff City.

Cardiff will expect a lot from their Icelandic midfielder Aron Gunnarson in the Premier League. He was at the World Cup in Russia and is an experienced 29-year-old. Gary Madine also signed from Bolton Wanderers last January for £5m, but has not scored yet for the Blues in 13 games, so Warnock could turn to Kenneth Zohore, 24, to partner Bobby Reid if he is adventurous enough to play two up front.

Cardiff have had some mixed results in pre-season with a 0-6 win over Taverstock AFC,  a huge 1-11 win over Bodmin Town, a 1-1 draw with Torquay United , and a 2-1 away defeat to Rotherham Utd, a 1-5 win over Burton Albion, and a 1-2 defeat at home to Real Betis. Cornwall and Devon were hot enough for pre-season training for Neil Warnock's troops and while it is surprising that they have not played more top quality sides, Warnock probably wants them going into the new season feeling that they have been scoring goals.

Possible AFCB team
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Mings, Gosling, Brooks, Ibe, Defoe, Mousset
To win the game Bournemouth will have to play just as eagerly as they did against Olympic Marseilles last week. But the club has never won its first match in the Premier League and 
one win in August is the best it has achieved in the last three seasons. Taking on a newly-promoted side may look advantageous on paper, but this will no doubt be one of the most highly fought over three points of the campaign as everyone wants to get off to a good start. We could have to wait to see Rico and Brooks, but I expect Brooks to be at least on the subs bench. Fraser for me is just ahead of Ibe in the selection stakes and I can't find a spot for Pugh this week.

Let's get behind the team and give them some tremendous support to help them win the first game this season. With a big home win, AFCB could even go top of the league tonight. UTCIAD!

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Friday, 10 August 2018

Will Howe go with three central midfielders against Cardiff?

The teams have been rather mixed up of late as Bournemouth have churned out their run of summer fixtures. The choice of central midfielders has been made more of a headache for Howe by the failed attempts to bring Jefferson Lerma in. To me, Bournemouth have looked light in the centre of the park all summer, and it may be that with three at the back Howe could play three central midfielders to give a bit more solidity to a Bournemouth side that have been leaking goals.
Surman is still Mr consistent.
Which three players you might ask? Well, Eddie Howe has kept faith with Andrew Surman and he is still seen as the calming influence and I'd expect Surman to be in line for a start on Saturday no matter what. Lewis Cook has been industrious and his confidence remains high, so with him Eddie is just trying to get a bit more out of him in games. The other central midfield place would arguably go to Dan Gosling, who is the professional who just goes about his job. Gosling doesn't have many poor games but keeps his work rate high and brings others into the game well while popping up himself with the odd goal.

Before the news yesterday that Harry Arter would be playing for Cardiff City this season, I didn't see him breaking into the starting line up on recent performances. He has been making the odd mistake and Bournemouth will need their central midfielders to be protection their defence as best they can. All the transfer talk probably had an impact on how Arter has been thinking and playing and he needs to find out his future just by playing games. While it is a shame that is not going to be with AFCB for now, it is better that he gets out and plays rather than sits getting frustrated at Bournemouth. 
Can Gosling get more games than last season?
Jefferson Lerma will be keen to play of course, but with only having been in Bournemouth for a few days and still getting to know his new team-mates I rather fancy Howe keeping him on the bench for the first fixture. That way Lerma can judge the pace of the English game and take in the atmosphere perhaps before getting huge applause to start his AFCB towards the latter part of the game. It would be brave of Howe to start with Lerma, but who knows, Howe will pick who he wants to play and he'll know who is most ready to play.

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Since writing this post, Eddie Howe has informed fans that Jefferson Lerma will not be available for selection as he has only had one training session with AFCB and needs to be fully fit before he plays which could mean he is out of contention for a few weeks yet.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Brooks has pushed himself into starting contention for AFCB

I was not that sure that David Brooks would be given much of a chance to start games for AFCB this season when he signed at the start of the summer. To be honest, the young midfielder has sparkled in what has been a pretty quiet pre-season for the Cherries. What that means for the side and for Brooks in the coming months is anyone's guess, but AFCB have to play the players that are in form if they are to get off to a good start against Cardiff.
Official AFC Bournemouth photo.
What I like about Brooks is that he goes forward and looks to make forward passes. He may lose the odd tackle and run into trouble but he commits defenders. While everything has gone smoothly for him so far, Howe will be aware that he could suddenly find things much harder at this level and he has to be cautious about when he plays him.

At the moment though, he is one of the players that has shown some form in the summer. I think Jordan Ibe is slightly behind him in terms of recent performances. Still Howe could start with Ibe and introduce Brooks in the second half against Cardiff, so as not to let Brooks think he has it all made straight away.


If we consider Stanislas as the other player who is in competition with Brooks as the season goes on, there is every reason to suggest that Brooks will find it harder to get games. Stanislas will perhaps get the manager's vote when he is fully fit again, but whether Brooks or Ibe are going to take advantage of his early-season absence is going to be the question that Howe will be keen to find the answer to.

My feeling is that Brooks may start on the bench at first. But I do see him having the ability to start games fairly soon which is something that few new signings have managed in Howe's reign.  

In other news, Emerson Hyndman is getting set for a loan move to Hibernian until January says SkySports. Brad Smith signs on loan to Seattle Sounders, reports Fox Sports. SkySports also reports Cardiff City have made an approach to take Harry Arter on loan.