Sunday, 23 March 2014

One-nil is good enough for Cherries

While AFCB had numerous opportunities to get the goals to make the win at Oakwell a little more comfortable, the result and the manner of the win in that last minute of the game will have made the journey back to the south coast very enjoyable indeed. The team put in a performance against Barnsley and if they had come away with a point it would have been a disappointing week, but putting in the effort right up to the end of the game worked in the Cherries favour for once.
Steve Cook grabs a last minute winner - no coming back from that for the Tykes.
The fact that it was one of the Cherries defenders that got the goal is also perhaps pleasing. Steve Cook sounded like he felt a bit guilty that Charlton had scored against AFCB on Tuesday as he claimed it was his man, but he was made up that he could get the winner against Barnsley. It may not have been stylish but even a scrambled chested goal counts and Steve Cook's second goal of the season will do very nicely thank you.

The slimness of the recent victories away from home for the Cherries are in sharp contrast to that 5-0 demolition of Doncaster at the start of the month and Eddie Howe would no doubt have liked to win more easily. Ryan Fraser's early penalty shout could have been the platform to give the team the momentum early on to get a few goals, but even then there were other missed opportunities, especially Andrew Surman's chance on 28 minutes to break the deadlock. Surely it should be extra shooting practise for Andrew this week as it is the only part of his game that suffers a little. He needs a bit confidence to break his duck and his team mates will also be keen to get him up and running. If he keeps getting in the right places though it will surely come.
The defenders are showing the midfielders how it is done at the moment.
As it was, Cook's late winner came as something of a relief to most Bournemouth supporters. You got the feeling that the ball was never going to go in and it would be another draw. Everything usually conspires against AFCB in such situations, but for once the tables were turned and our supporters could feel the jubilation of a frantic last minute winner. It makes the weekend seem so much better. Cheers AFCB and Cookie, please don't leave it quite so late next time!

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