Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Crawley - a great game for Wilshere to step up?

Listening to the pre-match press conference from Jason Tindall, TalkSports the Ian Abrahams was clear that he felt Jack Wilshere should start for AFCB against Crawley. I wonder if Jason might even give Jack the captaincy if he plays a very youthful team against Crawley.

Jack is about to extend his AFCB career file.

There are no shortage of players for Tndall to pick for in this game. Wilshere comes to mind as he hasn't had hardly any minutes, and he needs to get up to speed if he is going to help Bournemouth get out of the Championship. It might be even more interesting to see who Jack is paired with. It may well be Philip Billing who had a bit of an argument over hist fitness with Tindall last week. Whether that has annoyed Tindall further, or whether he gives Philip the go-ahead we will have to wait and see. Dan Gosling has done nothing wrong and might be the preferred option in any case.

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It may be that Rodriguez Riquelme is given an opportunity, as we haven't seen him start too many games, and last time he started I believe he was subbed at half-time. Danjuma has also been short of games of late and he could be the big weapon against Crawley, although Gavin Kilkenny also deserves a run out at some point.

At the back, we could see Chris Mepham make his return to the team having been injured for the last month. I would like to see Mepham lay with Cameron Carter-Vickers in a centre-back pairing. Bournemouth have looked a bit unstable in a three at the back formation so perhaps Tindall will go back to 4-4-2 for this game.

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It should be another opportunity for Will Dennis to show how he is doing in goal and Begivic deserves a break to be fair. The striker role will surely be led by Sam Surridge and maybe Jaidon Anthony will also be given a go. I don't mind Tindall taking risks in the cup, but if a player plays really well then they should be given a chance to play in the Championship. After all, AFCB have not been doing that well in the league and it will give a reminder to a few others if they find they have been replaced for not performing.

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Monday, 25 January 2021

Will Crawley be a stern FA Cup test for the Cherries?

The FA Cup fourth round sees the Cherries take on Leeds United's conquerers Crawley Town on Tuesday night. The West Sussex side are in good form having knocked out a Premier League team 3-0, even if it was mainly Leeds Utd's youth players, and they sit 12 in League Two where they have won their last two league games.

How far can AFCB go in the FA Cup this season?

Suddenly, playing a League Two team that is in form doesn't look like a pushover for AFCB. The Cherries could well be pushed all the way in this fixture. Crawley's main striker has been Max Watters, who was free-scoring, having netted 15 times in 18 games this season and he has been well supported by Tom Nichols who has scored 10 times from 24 games. Luckily for Bournemouth, Cardiff City came in for Max Watters on 16 January and he is no longer a Crawley player. Ashley Nadesan could fill his place or Crawley could turn to  Sam Ashford. Less likely are forwards Ricardo German or Brian Galach. But Crawley have goalscorers in their defenders too - just watch back the goal that defender Nick Tsaroulla scored as the opener against Leeds in the last round of the cup. Defender, Jordan Tunnicliffe also scored against Leeds following a free kick.

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How Crawley do in front of goal without their leading League Two striker decide their fate in this game. Crawley have also signed Mark Wright in this window, a defender who is best known for his TV role on The Only Way is Essex. Crawley have also signed James Tilley from Grimsby Town during January, another forward. Winger Jordan Maguire-Drew has also joined Crawley on loan until the end of the season. Several of them may well be cup tied.

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It may well also help Bournemouth that Crawley haven't played since 10 January when they knocked out Leeds Utd. They have had to postpone fixtures against Bradford and Stevenage Borough as well as rearrange this FA Cup match because of the COVID-19 outbreak at their club. Their away record is not too shoddy though. They beat Bolton Wanderers in their last away match 0-1 as well as Forest Green 1-2 and Leyton Orient 1-2, the last two both held in December. 

The winners of the tie will play Burnley after they beat Fulham yesterday.

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Sunday, 24 January 2021

Could Bournemouth go for Burnley swap deal?


The noise in the transfer window is growing for Burnley's interest in Josh King as cited by Lancashire Live. But while Sean Dyche might not have the budget to lure King away to the Lancashire club in a money-only deal, he might be able to do a cash and player swap deal with Matej Vydra who is looking for a move from Burnley.

Burnley are keen n attracting Josh King.

The deal may seem odd at first with Bournemouth perhaps ousting King to a club that can't afford the price-tag, but replacing him with a striker who is perhaps more of a hard-nosed number nine could be something to consider. Bournemouth haven't had a really strong centre forward for a while. In the Championship back in 2015 it was Yan Kermorgant that did most of the spadework for Callum Wilson to flourish and perhaps Vydra would be a good foil for Dominic Solanke. Vydra is hardly prolific in scoring three times in 14 games for Burnley this season, but a change of scenery for him could be just what he needs and at 28, he still has a few good years left in him.

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It doesn't look like Bournemouth are that keen on holding on to Joh King any longer if they can get a good fee for him, but if a player swap and some cash is acceptable, this move could be on in the next few days. It should at least force out any other clubs who are thinking of attracting King's services and the earlier a decision is made, the better for AFCB.

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If Bournemouth win their next FA Cup tie against Crawley, they could also be playing Burnley in the fifth round. The clubs seem linked at every turn, and while Bournemouth have been finding it hard to score goals of late, a change in striker may be an added boost just at the right time. Watford are also said to be interested in getting Vydra, according to the Watford Observer. We can expect something to give in the next few days on this either way.

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Saturday, 23 January 2021

Wilshere still feels he owes something to Bournemouth

Listening to the AFCB official podcast No3, fans got a good insight into what life has been like for one of the club's biggest names. Jack Wilshere gave an honest interview about his decision to come to AFCB and why he decided it was the right club for him.

Jack Wilshere is ready to play a big pat in AFCB's season.

For some, it might have seemed like Jack Wilshere lacks ambition signing for AFCB when he perhaps could still play at a higher level. The commentary that Jack gave underlines the importance of who you know and that he trusted Jason Tindall to get the best out of him. To Jack, it felt 'natural' to pick up the phone to Jason.

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It sounds like AFCB never shut the door on players that want to do something to improve their game. Jack Wilshere was oozing enthusiasm about the coaching staff at AFCB. We need Jack to help bring young players on as well. 

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The unfinished business is a funny point to me. Jack perhaps wanted to score for AFCB and he hit the post so many times last time out, he was unlucky. Perhaps going back to Arsenal, having been injured for Bournemouth, he feels he owes Bournemouth something. It was good to hear that he was just happy to get back on the pitch. While the Derby game was a disappointment, Jack at least got on for a few minutes. He'll need to push for his place now and perhaps he can lIft the fortunes of AFCB because they need something extra.

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It was pleasing to hear the way that Jack tried to explain why AFCB were different, even when they were in the Premier League. It is good to hear that AFCB is a unique club and has a culture that other club's don't find easy to build. Jack is clear that his family likes it at Bournemouth and that makes him happy to play here and Bournemouth puts a smile on his face.

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Best of all, Jack believes he is a player who can breakdown defences that sit back and look to hit AFCB on the break. Getting the confidence back is what he feels AFCB need to do now. If Jack truly feels he owes something to Bournemouth, let's hope he can score the winning goal in a Championship play-off final to take AFCB back up this summer.

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Friday, 22 January 2021

Rangers could step in for AFCB players

While Bournemouth await further interest in their players, Steven Gerrard has not hidden his desire to bring an Bournemouth defender and midfielder north of the border to Glasgow Rangers. The Glasgow Times reported that Gerrard thought he might be too late to scupper Jack Simpson's move to Cardiff City, while he admires Nnamdi Ofoborh, but thinks it might not be realistic to get him to Rangers after the interest from English clubs in the player.


Jack Simpson's future is still up for grabs.

It looks like Bournemouth's fringe players are going to be prime targets for clubs looking to swell their numbers. How many players are let go by Neill Blake is what nobody knows, but I think we can expect Jack Simpson and Nnamdi Ofoborh to be two players who are likely to move in this window. Simpson has already had a fee from Cardiff City accepted by AFCB and with Charlton Athletic and Rangers looking to secure Ofoborgh's services, Bournemouth could soon be whittling down their squad.

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That might not be a bad thing if players are not getting games and it is leading to unrest in the dressing room. But getting a fair price is perhaps what AFCB need to be most concerned about. The players that are being targeted are very young and that may well concern the club as if they sell a few of their under 25-year-olds it does start to push up the average age of the group again which is something AFCB worked hard to get down in the last couple of seasons.

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Of course, we could see Tindall being given funds to go and get replacements. Somehow though I doubt there is much desire for the club to start spending at the moment with the possibility that it might not get in the automatic promotion places, and it could be gearing up for another year in the Championship. If that happens, AFCB may have to shed many more high-earners this summer. My worry is that by selling the young players now and keeping hold of the more experienced players, it will be the players that have been sold this January that AFCB really need in 2021-2 if they don't get promoted. We can be positive and hope for promotion, but when AFCB want to bring in more young players, we can expect selling clubs to ask high prices knowing AFCB's recent past.

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Thursday, 21 January 2021

AFCB - simply "not good enough"

Jason Tindall couldn't hide the fact that Bournemouth were well below par in the first half against Derby Couty. The team huffed and puffed but it didn't test the Derby keeper and the team didn't look like winning anywhere near enough of the 50:50 challenges that it needed to win. The creative players are not producing and there is always at least one sloppy bit of defending per match which has more often than not ended in a defeat. So can AFCB get themselves out of the pit they are digging themselves into?

Tindall has to get players back listening to his every word.

Tindall seems pleased that Danjuma is back and played a good amount of minutes as did Chris Mepham and Jack Stacey. Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has also been able to taste competitive football again. I don't think that bringing in many new players is going to be that important for Bournemouth. Jason has to do better with the players he has which are in pretty much all cases deemed to be of Premier League quality or at least have mostly experienced Premier League football.
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It is often said that playing in the Championship is a different challenge and in some cases a harder task as every team can beat you. We saw that against Derby who are a side who were second from bottom and AFCB didn't meet the game with the same grit and determination and were duly beaten. I'm sure that there are problems behind the scenes at AFCB. It spilled on to the pitch the other month with Stanislas and Surridge, the transfer saga with Jack Simpson is another sign that things are not running smoothly and why is Philip Billing saying he was fit to play against Derby and Tindall arguing that he couldn't finish the last training session. Is Jason Tindall fully in charge of the players?

There is not a lot wrong with this team. Most of the difficulties are in getting the players to be on the same page and to get them believing that they are capable of blowing teams away. But that is only achieved with hard work and determination and in some aspects AFCB are falling down. They are not finding things are going their way and rather than look to try something different they have perhaps got stuck in doing the same things over and over again. We saw a lot of long balls against Derby, perhaps because the pitch was heavy. But AFCB's game has always been quick passing and on the floor. It is okay to mix things up, but if you go long you have to aim to win challenges and AFCB didn't do that against Derby.

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Okay, you can say some of the players are coming back to fitness. But you can only make these excuses for so long. Other teams are managing this period better, and it's down to AFCB's players to come out the other side of this disappointing period and makeup ground on what they have already lost. The team needs to come together and I have a feeling all is not well in the dressing room. Looking at the table now with the club in sixth, the players might just start to get the picture that they are not performing, and perhaps it is a good thing that the FA Cup comes next and they have a week to try and sort out some of the problems. The FA Cup tie against Crawley has been rescheduled to Tuesday 16 January at 7pm.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Bournemouth stutter to another defeat at lowly Derby 0-1

Match Report
Derby Co 1 v 0 AFCB
19 Jan 2021
AFCB fall flat at Derby County losing ground on the top two promotion places.

The Cherries slumped to another defeat and a goalless performance at Derby County. It was another game when they could have put some pressure back on the top teams, but they came away wondering where their form has gone. They managed no shots on target in the first half and Danjuma was constantly getting caught offside. Derby Scored when they were on top and from a corner, when Lloyd Kelly missed his header, and Bielik was there to hook the ball through his legs and into the goal. The second half saw Bournemouth throwing more bodies forward and Lloyd Kelly came closest to scoring with a strong header that Roos saved. Jack Stacey might also have levelled, but saw his shot go narrowly wide. It's not the result that Jason Tindall will have wanted, but Bournemouth have to show more desire than this if they want to get in the promotion picture. Derby worked harder, wanted it more and justifiably got the win.

Bournemouth just made the two changes with Lloyd Kelly replacing Diego Rico and Danjuma back in for Josh King. Billing and Riquelme were injured, while Jack Simpson is still waiting on a move to Cardiff City. Jack Wilshere did make the bench along with Chris Mepham.

Match Description
Danjuma has the first shot off a long raking pass from Carter-Vickers, which is blocked. If he had taken it first time, he might have scored. Jozwiak then puts a header on target but Begovic saves. Clarke is next to head wide. Derby are in control.

Solanke misses a good chance off a Jack Stacey cross. He got in the box but a weak contact and the chance is gone. 

Lerma is in the wars again clashing with Bielik after 11 minutes but totally accidental. Shinnie was giving Lewis Cook a lot of attention but Cook wins the free kick. Derby are pressing hard.

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Bielik pushed a good ball forward to Knight but Carter-Vickers sees the ball out. Neither team is giving any time on the ball to the other team. Lerma looks for Danjuma but the winger is offside.

Carter-Vickers is quite comfortable coming forward with the ball. Bournemouth don't have a lot of flow to their game though.

Bournemouth are keeping hold of the ball now. Jozwiak gets around Carter-Vickers and Steve Cook has to get across to stop the Derby attack. 

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Buchanan gets in behind Stacey but Begovic makes a good save. Derby are getting closer and Steve Cook has to block Jozwiak. From the corner the ball is held up but Bielik has slotted it away through Kelly's legs, with Kelly no idea where the ball is after his missed header. Derby go 1-0 up on 32 minutes.

Bournemouth haven't got going. Knight drills a shot wide following a free kick. As soon as Bournemouth break they are getting crowded out. Knight has another wild swing at a shot that goes well wide.

Lewis Cook loses possession in his own half but gets away with it. Lerma finds Solanke but the forward's touch is too hard. Danjuma gets in the box but is tackled by Bird.

Second half
Josh King is on for Adam Smith and Cameron Carter-Vickers is subbed for Chris Mepham. An early cross from Danjuma and King heads at goal but it's saved. King and Solanke playing as strike partners in a 4-4-2  formation now. 

Bournemouth are still kicking long and hopeful. They need to get back to their short passing game. Lerma underlines the point kicking a long pass out of play.

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Steve Cook almost puts King through. Bournemouth are dictating now. Knight gets on the end of a long ball past Mepham's head, but Kelly sees it out. Mepham goes over the top and Solanke gets to it, but hits the side netting.

Byrne gets free and could put it in the middle but goes for a shot that Begovic saves easily. Byrne has another effort more centrally and Begovic is behind it. Derby are more than holding on they have a corner. Lewis Cook has to stretch his leg out to clear one off the line from Clarke's header, great block.

King heads back across goal from a corner but Roos claims it easily. Surrdige is on for Danjuma on 63 minutes. Mepham plays the ball against Byrne and almost let Derby in. Stacey gets in behind and Kelly blasts the ball into the box, but no Bournemouth player can finish. The ball just held up and Solanke and Surridge couldn't sort their feet out in time.

Bielik has shot and Mepham has to block it. That was goal bound. Lewis Cook is booked for taking out Knight.

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Surridge almost gets on the end of a long ball with Wisdom having trouble holding Surridge off. Stacey puts an deep cross but Surridge had gone short to the near post. The heavy pitch is probably not helping AFCB's game.

Wilshere is on for Brooks. Wisdom concedes a corner. Steve Cook and Lloyd Kelly heads it towards goal but the keeper somehow gets there to make the save with a strong left hand. That's the closest Bournemouth have come to a goal tonight.

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Jozwiak is subbed by MacDonald. Another corner for Bournemouth. From a long throw, Lerma hits a shot onto the ground and Stacey hits it cleaner but it just evades the far post. Steve Cook has won a free kick.

Steve Cook puts the header wide. Just three minutes of added time. Mitchell-Lawson comes on for Knight.

Summary
I am not sure if it is the heavy pitches or a lack of steel but Bournemouth aren't getting the job done in tight games. They came up a Derby side that are battling to stay alive and Bournemouth didn't show the same will and determination. They got what they deserved with this second defeat in a row. They have to apply themselves more fully and while you could see it mattered to players like Steve Cook and Lewis Cook, who were throwing themselves at everything there were too many having a ride on the bus. The shots on target were absent first half and while Lloyd Kelly and Jack Stacey nearly got a point for the Cherries, they didn't deserve to get a point. Hopefully, it will make the team more hungry for points next game.  

AFCB lineup
AFCB Subs: 40 Dennis, 4 Gosling, 6 Mepham, 11 Wilshere,  
21 Rico, 24 Ofoborh, 27 King, 32 Anthony, 14 Surridge

AFCB Ratings
Begovic 8, Stacey 6, S Cook 9, Carter-Vickers 5, Kelly 6, A Smith 4, Brooks 4, Lerma 5, L Cook 7, Danjuma 5, Solanke 5

Cherry Chimes MoM: Steve Cook

Derby Co
21 Roos, 22 Evans, 2 Wisdom, 16 Clarke, 12 Byrne, 4 Shinnie, 5 Bielik, 26 Buchanan,
7 Jozwiak (MacDonald 81), 13 Kazim-Richards, 38 Knight (Mitchell-Lawson 90+2)

Derby Subs
3 Forsyth, 8 Bird, 9 Waghorn, 17 Sibley, 18 Whittaker, 37 MacDonald, 41 Gordon, 42 Mitchell-Lawson, 44 Foster

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