Sunday, 9 March 2014

Grabban is still putting the penalties away

Although Pitman was also on the pitch at Bloomfield Road there was only one man who was going to step up and take the challenge of putting the Cherries 1 up away from home from the spot. Lewis Grabban may have had his penalty headache earlier in the season against Watford, but he has put that out of his head and is starting to close in on that magic 20 goals for the season. The Brighton transfer saga does not seem to have worried him at all and he looks fully concentrated on the work ahead. Having tried so hard and not scored against Doncaster last weekend, I was very pleased that Grabban can take the applause for making his mark in the Blackpool win.
Grabban is still taking on the responsibility of scoring the goals from the spot.
It may not be the most glamorous ways of winning a football game but a win is a win and if Lewis keeps hitting the back of the net from 12 yards I don't think Eddie Howe will be moaning too much. AFCB like to play their flowing football and use their pace and while Blackpool did their best to restrict them it was Grabban's quick thinking and speed that got him in one against one just two minutes after half time in this game. His ability to draw fouls is not a rare thing though in our team. Ryan Fraser and Marc Pugh have also won quite a few spot kicks and it says much about the team's intent to get into the opposition's box.

That we have a strong penalty takers is all well and good, but don't ever think that it is a given that Grabban or Pitman will score from the spot. AFCB fans would have been disappointed if Grabban had missed or seen his penalty saved. It is these thin margins that count.

There's confidence in the team now and Eddie Howe will be demanding that the
players put an unbeaten run together at this stage.
AFCB still have to do well at the more ugly style of winning a game. They have been learning that all season and now it is starting to really help them. You can't win every game 5-0 as much as we would like them to, but considering Camp had no big saves to make, a penalty won game still counts as three points. Now the trick is to see if AFCB can win three games in a row. Blackburn here we come. 

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