Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Last night's victory is good for confidence building

Having been on the end of a big defeat against Real Madrid, albeit one of the best teams in the world, it is really a timely boost for AFCB to record a victory on home soil. Yes, it was only a friendly against Pompey and they maybe a team in transition, but it was still a derby. Pompey are a very good team and I am sure they will push for promotion next season with the talented players Guy Whittingham is bringing together.

AFCB need to keep and maintain the winning habit. We have some tough fixtures to come and we have a chance to build on that confidence with games against Dorchester and Bristol City before taking on Charlton Athletic, which will be a severe test of our Championship credentials in AFCB's first league match. I also have no reason to believe that Porstmouth will give us an easier game in the Capitol One Cup.

There were signs that things are perhaps moving in the right direction. While I was concerned that Fraser came off early, Mohamed Coulibaly looks like he set the place alight with his thunderbolt opening goal. It will do him the world of good to get off the mark and will help him feel more comfortable fitting in with his new team mates. Harry Cornick also got on the scoreboard which will be a big moment for him. It is exciting to see so many young players doing well in the friendlies. Our pre-season goal table is not looking anything like what I had expected, but it also tells a story that Eddie Howe has not perhaps been able to play some of the players that he would have liked to in some of the games.

Marc Pugh was back in action though and Miles Addison seems to be doing well on his return. We need as many experienced players as we can muster to compete in the Championship and I am hoping that more players come into Eddie's selection plans come 3rd August.

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