Friday, 30 October 2020

Danjuma looks like being Bournemouth's new goal machine

Arnaut Danjuma is already making a name for himself in the Championship. His third goal of the season was recorded on Wednesday night having already scored against Blackburn Rovers and Norwich City. Most importantly, Danjuma is becoming a match-winner and even with only a few minutes to impress against Bristol City Danjuma got many of the plaudits.

Danjuma is finding that he can be Bournemouth's big goal threat.

Danjuma seems you to be picking up great positions in and around the box and his first couple of goals were strikes from distance. He has perhaps gone under the radar of some teams as Dominic Solanke, Junior Stanislas and Josh King are the big names that will instantly attract attention from the opposition. It may be harder for Danjuma to sneak into advanced positions as opposition teams become wiser to him, but he is showing that he is becoming very calm when given an opportunity to score.

Jason Tindall has also been able to let Danjuma come infield a bit more with the 3-4-3 formation which suits Danjuma. He is very good at cutting inside and finishing with his right foot from the left-wing and I really think that Danjuma will nail down that position as the season goes on.

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The speed and close control Arnaut has are getting him past defenders and his desire to get the goals are probably what has been missing in other Bournemouth strikers, who are not so intent on getting the goals themselves. His directness blends well with Solanke who is perhaps excellent at making assists and setting up others, even when he could shoot more often. But Solanke is upping his shot count, and it bodes very well if Danjuma and Solanke can get a really good understanding going.

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Thursday, 29 October 2020

Super sub Danjuma sinks Bristol City at Dean Court 1-0

 Match report
18 October 2020
AFCB 1 v 0 Bristol City

It is still not the fluent Bournemouth we want to see but an Arnaut Danjuma goal, having come on from the subs bench, late on in the second half is going to lift the mood at Dean Court. Bournemouth had struggled to get any clean strike on target and had been fortunate not to go behind when King cleared a shot off the line, and Bristol came close with Diédhiou hitting the post in the first half. Bournemouth played with more fire in the second half and the goal was an excellent reward having stepped up the performance. But the Championship is not proving an easy ride and Bournemouth have plenty to work on in front of goal.

Danjuma gets the job done.

Jason Tindall brought Dan Gosling into the centre of midfield, Solanke started upfront, Adam Smith came into the left wing-back position and Junior Stanislas started on the right-wing. Jefferson Lerma was injured while Philip Billing, Diego Rico and Arnaut Danjuma moved to the bench.
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Match Report
Bournemouth could go second with a win tonight. The Cherries keep the ball well at the start, but then Bristol get the first shot away from Semenyo who shoots wide from the centre of the box.

Diédhiou is offside. A chance for Bournemouth to get forward. Bristol City are pressing well and Bournemouth are making slow progress to get out of their own half.

Josh King is offside from a Lewis Cook pass. Solanke is tripped on the edge for the box. Bournemouth have a central free kick. Step up Mr Stanislas. Junior fires the kick just past the left post.

Diédhiou is offside again. Bournemouth won't mind that if the flag keeps going up. Adam Smith has been fouled. Taylor Moore has conceded corner to Bournemouth with Jack Stacey doing well.

Adam Smith makes a good tackle to stop a Bristol City break. Adam Smith gets in an offside position. Stanislas blasts the ball across the box but King can't get to it. Bakinson takes aim and forces a save from Begovic, corner to Bristol City. Diédhiou has headed over.

Stacey is getting forward but has been fouled by Rowe. Solanke does well on the turn and puts in a cross but it is cleared for a corner with King coming in. The keeper drops the ball but gets away with it.

Bristol City go close with the ball coming off Steve Cook for a corner. Josh King clears off the line from the corner and Kalas' header. All the other games tonight in the Championship have had a goal. Bournemouth have kept clean sheets in their last two home games, but they nearly conceded then.

Begovic finds Solanke with a long ball. The striker forces a save from Bentley. Steve Cook goes for a bicycle kick but his foot is too high. Josh King fouls. Mepham wins a free kick in his own half.

Semenyo wins a free kick. Begovic saves off the post from Diédhiou for a Bristol City corner.

AFCB Possession 50%, shots 2, shots on target 0, corners 3, fouls 3
Bristol City Possession 50%, shots 6, shots on target 1, Corners 4, fouls 6

Second half
No changes at half time. King does well chasing down a ball but Gosling can't control it and shoots wide. Adam Smith finds King in space but he is blocked.

Bournemouth have started better this half. Solanke passes to King who backheels but Solanke is blocked. Lloyd Kelly wins a free kick.

Kelly crosses for Solanke and his flick hits the far post - close! Kelly is getting forward and Stanislas comes inside but shoots wide. Bournemouth are piling on the pressure but still haven't managed a shot on target. It has to be time for Danjuma soon.

Solanke has a shot blocked. Bournemouth have a corner. Stacey fouls. Begovic saves a header from Diédhiou.
Lewis Cook has a shot but it's right at the keeper - at least that is a shot on target. Lloyd Kelly into Solakne, he goes down but not a penalty. Stanislas makes a foul.

Danjuma replaces Stanislas on 76 minutes, not before time Tindall used his subs. Solanke has a shot that goes wide.
Chris Brunt replaces Semenyo on 78 minutes. Danjuma has a go from far out but shoots wide. 80 minutes and Bournemouth take the lead. Lewis Cook plays it through to Solanke. Solanke and Danjuma combine and Danjuma chips it over Bentley to make it 1-0. It was a great touch from Solanke, but Danjuma had to be quick to make the finish from an acute angle. Danjuma's third goal of the season.

Chris Martin and Nakhi Wells are on for Diédhiou and Jack Hunt as Bristol City chase the game on 82 minutes.

Adam Smith shoots but it's an easy save for Bentley. Bournemouth are starting to increase their shots on target.

Into added time. Bristol City have a free kick, foul by Adam Smith. Steve Cook heads away.
Summary
Bournemouth found it hard at first to get forward in this game. They tried to play positively but just weren't getting shots on goal and Bristol Cty were good opposition. The whole game changed when Danjuma came on. He has the Midas touch in front of goal at the moment and scored a great goal when he combined with Solanke. The clean sheet will also be pleasing with Begovic playing well and King clearing one off the line in the first half, while Steve Cook was like a wall in defence. It was a narrow win but the three points put Bournemouth second six points behind Reading in second place. A good night's work.

AFCB line-up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Rico, Billing, Riquelme, Danjuma, Surridge

Bristol City
1 Bentley. 22 Kalas, 23 Moore, 26 Vyner, 2 Hunt (Martin 82),  10 Paterson, 30 Bakinson,
11 O'Dowda, 25 Rowe, 18 Semenyo (Brunt 78), 9 Diédhiou (Wells 82)

Bristol City Subs
3 Dasilva, 4 Nagy, 7 Martin, 12 O'Leary, 21 Wells, 29 Brunt, 42 Massengo

Wednesday, 28 October 2020

A big game for Lloyd Kelly

Tonight's match against Bristol City is going to be a special match for Lloyd Kelly. He signed for Bournemouth from Bristol City in May 2019 and has enjoyed just one season in the Premier League before finding himself back in the Championship with Bournemouth. Things could have been very different had Kelly not signed for Bournemouth, but he has a chance to show how much he has progressed against the club he grew up with.


Official AFCB Photo of Lloyd Kelly

Tonight's game is a match Kelly could have missed out on if he had been red carded in the previous game against Watford. That may make Lloyd even keener to play well against Bristol City, to show that the bad tackle last game was unlike him. We saw that Chris Mepham scored at Watford coming to the team's aid, but the defence will really want a shut out in this game and Bournemouth have a better chance of that with Lloyd Kelly in the starting line-up.

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The departure of Charlie Daniels this week would have had more impact if Bournemouth didn't have the luxury of Lloyd Kelly on their books. While he now plays in central defence he can always play as a left-back if needed. But he has added a bit more energy to the left side of defence and his desire to get forward paid off last game when his shot was redirected by Mepham to Bournemouth's good fortune in added-time. 

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No doubt, that last moment on the pitch made Lloyd Kelly feel pretty good about himself and the team and we need him to start playing at the best of his abilities if Bournemouth are going to add to their number of clean sheets. Bristol City offer one of the best attacks in the division and the Cherries have only managed two clean sheets in their seven games so far. 

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Keeping Lloyd Kelly fit this season could be half the battle in keeping Bournemouth into the promotion place. We need to see Bournemouth start to defend better if they are to keep pace with Reading that opened up a seven-point gap at the top last night. 

Possible AFCB line-up



Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Can Bournemouth stop Bristol City?

The Cherries take on Bristol City in their next game on Wednesday knowing that the Robins are currently one point and two places above them. It should be the game of the night and both teams are looking to get back on winning ways with neither of them winning their last three games. 


AFCB welcome Bristol City in what will be a
marker game for the standard of the Championship

There are a few Bristol City players that have played in the top flight. Chris Brunt (former WBA), Steven Sessegnon (former Fulham) and Andreas Weimann (former Aston Villa), Chris Martin (former Norwich) and Alfie Mawson (on loan from Swansea), Nahki Wells (former Burnley) are all names we recognise. They have a fair amount of experience and it is no surprise that they are among the front runners for promotion having finished a disappointing 12th last season.

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Nahki Wells and Jamie Paterson have both scored three goals this season, but Bournemouth will also have to look out for wide-man Andreas Weimann, midfielder Kasey Palmeralong and striker Antonio Semenyo, who have all got a couple of goals to their names in this campaign. Last time out Bristol needed an 83rd minute penalty to get a draw with Swansea City, so they found it difficult to create against Swansea who another strong team.

Bristol have injury problems at the back with Alfie Mawson looks to be out for a while and the Bristol Post has hinted that the Robins could go to a back four and play two upfront with one of the strikers being Senegalese striker Famara Diedhiou, who hasn't yet played this season.

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The pleasing prospect for Bournemouth is that Bristol City have only scored one goal in their last two games and that was a Nakhi Wells penalty, but they did score twice against Barnsley and Nottingham Forest in their last two away games.

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This is probably the toughest game for Bournemouth so far, They are paying a confident team that are scoring goals away from home. Jason Tindall needs to find a solid defence or this match and keeping a clean sheet now would be huge.

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Monday, 26 October 2020

What are Bournemouth lacking to get back to winning ways?

The match against Watford was symptomatic of what has been happening in recent games for the Cherries. While they fell behind in this game, unlike other games, they had trouble in breaking down a solid defence. All credit to Watford who made it difficult for Bournemouth, but the Cherries are lacking a bit of quality in the final third and perhaps the fitness of David Brooks is going to be crucial to Bournemouth hope this season.

Solanke came on as a first half sub but fired blanks at Watford.

While one player is often thought of being the missing piece in the puzzle, I don't think Bournemouth are playing well enough as a whole at the moment to be any further up the table than where they are. Josh King and Dominic Solanke didn't make much of a dent in Watford's defence and when Solanke did get half chances his shooting was far from steady or accurate. 

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The early promise of Danjuma's quick feet seems to have faded and Bournemouth perhaps just need that spark to start believing in themselves again. Whether that will come with the addition of David Brooks remains to be seen. It can take a few games for players to find their feet as perhaps we saw with Lloyd Kelly who didn't have a great first game back against the Hornets.

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While Jason Tindall might not want to make too many changes his hand has been forced with Jefferson Lerma getting injured and Adam Smith had to miss the last game as he still wasn't ready to return. Bournemouth need a bit of luck on the injury front. It can make all the difference to a successful season or not.

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The challenges don't get any easier at this point either. Bristol City are in good form and will be a tough test for Tindall's men. But if they can win these games they will put themselves in a great position and I think that is what Tindall needs to get through to his players. The players need that excitement of knowing they get a big reward if they can beat teams in and around the top places.

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Sunday, 25 October 2020

Mepham scores an added-time goal to hold Watford to a draw 1-1

Match Report
24 October 2020
Watford 1 V 1 AFCB

Bournemouth found themselves going behind for the first time this season with Stipe Perica scoring after 12 minutes. The Cherries had most of the possession but couldn't get in behind Watford who defended well first half. Begovic had to make a good save to keep Bournemouth in it from Sarr in the second half, but in added time Bournemouth found a way to break the Watford defence when Lloyd Kelly saw his shot turned in by Chris Mepham to keep Bournemouth's unbeaten record going. It will feel like a win for the Cherries because they were moments away from losing the game.

Chris Mepham gets an added-time goal to save Bournemouth a point at Watford.

Jason Tindall revamped the side after two draws with four changes. In came Josh King for his first start this season, Phillip Billing and Lewis Cook started in midfield and Lloyd Kellly came in at the back. Out went Dan Gosling, Dominik Solanke, Junior Stanislas and Adam Smith

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Match Description
Bournemouth flew at Watford with Stacey getting a couple of early attempts at crosses. Lerma put a great ball in for Stacey but he couldn't control it. 

Lloyd Kelly is booked for a bad foul on Sarr. Lewis Cook is fouled in the middle by Chalobah. Bournemouth are getting good early possession, but are not quite getting the slick final pass in. Billing fouls Garner. Watford have a corner.

Bournemouth break, but Lerma loses out. Watford are getting a few more pieces together now. Cathcart plays along diagonal ball to Sarr and he crosses from the right, and it's a tap in for Perica who scores on 12 minutes against the run of play. Perica ran off the back of Steve Cook and just stretched out to finish. Rico was too high up and Sarr had stolen a yard in behind him to get the cross in.

Sarr shoots wide from distance. Watford are knocking the ball around now with much more confidence. Bournemouth are standing off.

Lerma is going off injured with a hamstring pull and Solanke is coming on after 18 minutes. Stacey is offside. Danjuma down the left wins a corner for Bournemouth. Mepham heads wide. Watford win a free kick but Begovic catches it.

KIng's cross is caught by Foster. Billing wins the ball well and Garner is carded. Bournemouth have a free kick on the right side. Rico takes and Foster catches. Rico wins a corner. Rico wins a free kick now.

Solanke makes room for a shot but it's straight at the keeper. Stacey is fouled. Danjuma and Stacey puts a cross over and Rico wins a corner. Billing's cross is blocked, corner. Billing's long ball goes out of play.

Kelly blocks for a Watford corner. Danjuma is clipped right on the edge of the box by Troost-Ekong. Rico or Danjuma to take. Bournemouth put four players in from of Watford's five-man wall. The ball hits the Watford wall.

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Mepham fouls Perica. Danjuma for Solanke. Danjuma now, Lewis Cook blasts over. Stacey charges into the box but a poor lay-off from him. Solanke wins a corner. Billing Rico and Solanke puts a limp header towards goal that Foster catches.

Perica clashes with Billing and is receiving treatment. Cleverly is down now. Billing caught him high above the knee. Lewis Cook is fouled by Garner.

Bournemouth possession 61%, 6 shots, 2 shots on target, 5 corners, 8 fouls.

Watford possession 39%, 2 shots, 1 shot on target, 2 corners, 10 fouls.


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Second half
Capoue is on for Garner. King is offside. Now Sarr is offside. Sarr is found on the left and Begovic makes a big save to keep it at 1-0. Billing shoots wide.

Rico wins the ball back. Solanke tries to find Danjuma but the pass is too strong. Sarr goes down against Kelly but nothing is given, it was outside the box. Stacey down the right, Solake line sit up for King who blasts it over the bar.

Yellow card to Cleverly for a foul on Stacey. Stacey crosses but it's weak. Lewis Cook out to Stacey. Cook again, Billing to Slanke who shots from outside the box but Foster saves well to his left, corner for Bournemouth. Good quick feet from Solanke.

Solanke is fouled. Lewis Cok takes it. Danjuma is robbed. Bournemouth are not making much headway. Rico is booked for a foul on Sarr. Cleverly is subbed for Quina. Watford put a ball right across the box, not sure what Steve Cook was thinking to let it go.

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Solanke goes for goal but the ball is deflected wide. Great run down the middle after Lewis Cook set him free. Sarr has twisted his ankle. Diagonal ball to Stacey. Rico puts it up but Foster catches. Ngakia puts a deep cross in that beats Begovic but is wide of the goal. 

Rico fouls Sarr. Last 20 minutes.  Sarr volleys wide. Danjuma and Stacey loses it. Danjuma is coming off for Stanislas on 73 minutes. Lewis Cook's cross is caught by Foster. 

Quina shots from range and Begvic shovels it away for a corner to Watford. Quina and the ball bounces across the Bournemouth box until Rico clears. Perica is down.

Pedro is coming on for Perica on 82 minutes. Quina shoots from distance and Begovic saves. Riquelme replaces Rico on 88 minutes.

Seven minutes of added time. King wins a corner. Headed back across goal and Watford get an offside decision. Free kick to Bournemouth. Steve Cook heads on and King's header is punched over by Foster.

From the corner the ball is punched out by Forster and Kelly hits it back in with Mepham on the line making it 1-1.

Summary
Bournemouth will be more pleased with this point than the last two points they picked up. Watford were stubborn and looked like they would take all three points until a moment of fortune from a corner in added time saw Chris Mepham get his first goal of the season and Bournemouth's equaliser. It was far from a dominant display by Bournemouth but they kept plugging away and fighting. Begovic made a great save as well from Sarr at the start of the second half that kept Bournemouth in it. The Championship is hard and now Bournemouth have two home games to try and get back on winning ways, the unbeaten run goes on.

AFCB Ratings
Begovic 8, Stacey 7, S Cook 6, Kelly 5, Mepham 6, Rico 5, L Cook 5, Billing 4, Lerma 5, Danjuma 5, King 5

AFCB Starting line-up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Gosling, Stanislas, Riquelme, Solanke, Surridge

Watford: Foster, Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Kabasele, Cathcart, Sema, Chalobah, Cleverley (Quina 64), Garner (Capoue 45), Sarr, Perica (Pedro 83)

Watford Subs: Bachmann, Wilmot, Joao Pedro, Murray, Quina, Capoue, Sierralta

Saturday, 24 October 2020

The Cherries need to find some momentum

While an away point is not a poor result in any league, Jason Tindall was far from satisfied with the final result at Cardiff City as he expressed that Bournemouth were the dominant team. Dominating games is a good platform to have but what Tindall wants s momentum. The unbeaten record is nice to have, but the three points from wins means everything and too many draws will soon feel like AFCB are in a rut.

AFCB need to get back to winning ways.

The league table reads well at the moment but the next game against Watford has become a big match to sort the pecking order near the top of the table. Bournemouth won't want to lose this game and they will have to find sharper finishing than in their last game. I would have thought an open game as they had against Cardiff would have suited the Bournemouth players to get the result but it didn't work out that way. While the players created some great moves, the team still managed to concede.

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The 3-4-3 formation seems to help Bournemouth get forward well but it does leave gaps on both flanks in their own half and teams are exploiting that. Watford play the same way so it could be difficult to find as much space in today's game. Tindall really needs to find more of a settled team now as he develops his style of play and finds reliable performers. I've been impressed by the energy in the team and their desire to get forward. They are not starting games as quickly as they might but we are seeing strong second-half performances.

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Tindall will have options against Watford but it's important he keeps faith with those who are doing well. There is not a great deal wrong with the team but it will be frustrating that they are not winning games like the Cardiff match. Tindall has to use that frustration to get the players to be more ruthless and try and not let teams off the hook when they have taken the lead.

Watford Home Form
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Possible AFCB Line-up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Carter-Vickers, Billing,  Riquelme, Stanislas, Surridge

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