Sunday, 14 April 2013

AFCB is a Championship-ready outfit - no doubt

Yesterday's great 0:3 win against Shrewsbury Town was not just a vital win for the Cherries it was a great one that showed the teams ability to execute instructions to a very high level and basically play the other team off the park.

This is no longer the team that stuttered and misfired so badly at the start of the season under Paul Groves and Shaun Brookes. Now it is a devastating, Championship-ready, outfit that may well have potential to reach even higher heights under the calm and methodical approach of Eddie Howe and Jason Tindall.

Yes there are at least two more games for the Cherries to attempt to win before we can see if they really are ready to make that step up of a division, but I see no wavering of the team's intent or ability to succeed. 

It was somehow pleasing to hear the BBC Solent team saying that they were seeing yet another professional display from the Cherries yesterday without ever feeling that the result was headed anywhere other than to another AFCB win. It wasn't even half time, but the manner of Bournemouth's play is at such a high level at the moment that there are few teams that can live with it in League One.

The recent run has more than proved that they are the best team in League One on current form and even if the unthinkable happened and they did slip up, or if they are pipped to automatic promotion by goal difference, you get the feeling that they would blow anyone away in the play-offs. And yet only a few games ago they could not beat any of their main rivals at home. I think the missing players of Daniels and Elphick had a lot to do with the 'wobble' of five games, but now that they are back in the team everything is complete.

What a master signing Matt Ritchie has been as well. His signing has underlined the belief that the Cherries are headed to the Championship.You can also say the signing of Brett Pitman was a masterstroke and his goal record of late has been a revelation that is pulling the team up to where it wants to be.

In his post-match interview on the Shrewsbury game it was clear that Eddie Howe was very pleased with how the team is working and their attitude. He keeps stating that this is a young team and is still learning so we can expect even more from them in the future. I am hoping that we will see some of that on Saturday when the home crowd will create an electric atmosphere for this team that stands on the verge of making history. 

Rather than being a burden for the players and the club, everyone seems to be excited and pushing forward to reach our goal. The Cherries just seem to be getting stronger and stronger.

One AFCB fan tweeted how they just wanted the next two weeks to fly by and see where Bournemouth are at the end of the season. But I want to enjoy this moment. Yes, we are agonisingly close and things could be cruelly taken away from us on the last day of the season, but there is something special about what has been created at this club now. 

We all know that the team can do it and the opposition could well falter in the next few days. I don't think there have been many better times to be an AFCB supporter than this. We are living the dream! 

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