Monday, 16 September 2013

AFCB need to do more when against 10-men

While AFCB has taken most of its opportunities at home, this weekend's defeat was a bit sour because once again the team had a major amount of time to take on the opposition when they were down to 10 men. Playing against a team that has had a man sent off should be an advantage. With Bournemouth;s fast passing style and wide players it was a chance to get something out of a game which had seen two poor goals conceded by AFCB. But it was not to be.

The running power of Ryan Fraser is certainly creating the opportunities for Bournemouth. His quick scampering style is something that the Tangerines could not handle and ultimately resulted in Jack Robinson's dismissal. The way in which Ryan goes down is a bit of concern as he takes a real clouting for 90 minutes. So far he has bounced back okay, but it must shake him up when he continually gets mowed down. I hope someone is telling him just to go down naturally and doing his best to stay on his feet, because that way Bournemouth will get the free kicks and, if he does ride the odd challenge, he might find himself in one-on-one or able to off load a killer pass to a team mate.

Some creativity was missing on Saturday when Harry Arter was unavailable but the players that were on the pitch were good enough to do better at making doors open in that last half hour. I don't think that Matt Gilks hardly had to make a save. Some of that I would put down to great Blackpool defending but AFCB have to get something out of games like that and I would say we could have got a point our of the game.

What was clear though was that Eddie Howe had a weaker bench than I have seen for a while. While it is good to see Harry Cornick get some experience and see him feel involved, out were Andrew Surman, Harry Arter, Mohamed Coulibaly Matt Ritchie and Donal McDermott. I don't quite know what is going on in training last week, but the injuries don't seem to be getting any fewer.

Harry Cornick prepares with the first team for the first time.

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