Thursday, 31 October 2013

Unstoppable Pugh will be out for more goals

What can you say about Marc Pugh? He has scored in our last two games and is relishing his football in the Championship. He has had to wait so long for this chance and he must be delighted that he stayed with Bournemouth so that he could play at this level.

His goal last Saturday was one of the sweetest strikes I have seen him make in his Bournemouth career. To gather the ball and then swing your leg quickly with a small backlift, having already seen where the keeper and the goal, is quite a talent and Pugh loves hitting the ball early. I don't think any less a shot would have beaten a class keeper like Shcmeichel, Pugh had to hit the top corner and he did that beautifully.

Pugh lines up a shot during the warm up on Saturday.
During the rest of the game I did not see him and Pugh enjoy as much left wing raids as they would usually make but the opportunities to get forward were not so many against a well organised Leicester team. Pugh did get crosses in and worked hard all game. I was pleased to see that he has upped his performances in the last few games and in interview he seems to acknowledge that having missed some of  the pre-season he was down on his fitness for the first few games this season.

Pugh is striking the ball confidently.
It is also good to see Marc keep our goal scoring record going for each game and in quite spectacular fashion. Mind you I do not mind if the goals are not so amazing as long as AFCB keep scoring and picking up points, because this league is already popping up surprise results every week and to keep scoring in every game is one way that AFCB's consistency is showing through.

Pugh is now equal second in AFCB's goal scoring chart, level with Pitman and just three behind Grabban who has netted seven times. I thought Grabban looked good on Saturday and with a bit of luck he could have added to his goal count and I would make him favourite to be among the goals on Saturday against Bolton Wanderers. If Pugh scores again though that will be three in three for the popular winger.


  1. Many have been commenting how they felt Pugh would be dropped when Ritchie is ready for the fray again, and much as I was uneasy about thinking they were right, I had to concede that Marc was not playing as well as I'd hoped this season. However, in recent games he's certainly been a changed player for me. So now, Eddie certainly has some VERY difficult decisions to make when Ritchie comes back. I can't wait to see Matt back, he's been sorely missed, Fraser has been outstanding, so over to you Eddie, I'll let you earn your corn and decide, because I'm damned if I can, or want too, as I like all three!! So come on Marc, another one or TWO against Bolton will make it very difficult for our Eddie...

    1. I totally agree. We have been waiting for Matt Ritchie to get back fit and now that he is not far away he could still find himself having a real battle on his hands to break into the team.