Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Championship is going to be a thriller right to the end

While AFCB did not pick up the much needed three points at Portman Road they will still have a big say on the final look of the table with their remaining two fixtures and could yet pass a few more teams and even reach the play-offs. While Reading are now seen as the team to have been given the chance to sit in sixth with two games to go, we'll all be listening to see if Middlesbrough can upset them tonight, because another defeat for Reading would liven things up yet again.

There are many ifs and buts, and what ifs, still to be had but it looks like the Cherries will have to be content with their highest ever points tally in the division and perhaps still their highest ever placing. That would be an exceptionally good season for a team that was finding things hard going last November. While some will say that the team ran out of steam in the final few games I thought that they played particularly well at Ipswich and were unlucky not to get all three points on the chances created. 

I keep looking at the full table though and reading the goals against column. Bournemouth's goal difference is much poorer than other teams in the top half and none of the teams above them have let in 60 goals and yet AFCB have let in 64. With 17 wins though and 12 draws this season it has been a magnificent return with just two games to go. This is something that can be built upon and it will be tremendously rewarding to see the Cherries develop further under Eddie Howe. 

It could be that the teams between sixth and 10th could draw some of their last fixtures and allow AFCB to still reach an unlikely play-off spot, but that is a very long shot now and well out of the hands of AFCB. Still it is nice to be sitting at the top end of the league and the final two games for the Cherries will be worth seeing, because Eddie Howe's style of football is about the best you can see in the Championship on its day. 

Sign me up for another season in the Championship and if it is not asking too much can we have some hefty wins for AFCB's last two games of this season please?

Later tonight I'll put some more pictures up on the Match Day Gallery of the Ipswich match, so check back in then.

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