Friday, 27 December 2013

AFCB could have scored more

The home win against Yeovil was a great result and the first back-to-back wins, first away and then at home for the Cherries. While the opposition can say they were unlucky to lose by such a large margin having come close by hitting the post twice, there can be no doubt that AFCB dominated the game. In the end AFCB took a couple of the chances that fell to Ritchie and then O'Kane, but it took some 50 minutes before the Cherries managed to register on the score board and that was perhaps the only slight worry, although you could also say that the Cherries were very patient.

Euanan O'Kane has everything under control.
Eddie Howe actually said in interview that he did not feel the Cherries played as well in the second half even though that is when the goals came. Taking chances is something that can only improve with confidence and practise and for me, I am just pleased to know that our players are taking shots on, because a few weeks ago they were struggling to trouble opposition keepers at all.

Against well organised defences the Cherries do have more of a problem and I expect the next two games against Ipswich Town and Brighton to be far harder matches when the Cherries may only get a couple of opportunities to score. At least we have a couple of players in form in front of goal. Ritchie is certainly enjoying his late arrival in the Championship and Grabban has been on form for the last few weeks even if he missed a good opportunity to add to his total yesterday. 

The really pleasing goal for me though against Yeovil was Eunan O'Kane's run and finish. Our centre midfielders have not been getting among the goals and it is something that would boost the team if one or two of them can start to get on the score sheet more often. Considering O'Kane has been excellent in a more defensive role, it is still good to know he can stride forward and strike a good goal at this level. It should do his confidence the world of good.   

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