Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Cherries' Capital One run goes on after beating Northampton 3-0

The Cherries needed a win in  the Capital One Cup to get some momentum back in their Championship challenge. The side that Eddie Howe picked was not taking the competition lightly as many of the players were used to be first team starters. It was a slight concern to me that Elliot Ward was still not in contention for a place and Simon Francis was also not among the squad. Home fans would see Rantie and Pugh working up front together though and Gosling made his full home debut along with Baily Cargill. It was clever that Eddie also started with Cook, perhaps to get his confidence back up after the Blackburn game. On social media there were a few comments of ticket queues at the stadium while the game kicked off.

AFCB started well with Eunan O'Kane central to much of the good early work and the Cherries got their reward when Dan Gosling fired them 1-0 up on 21 minutes. The lead was soon doubled on the half hour mark by Brett Pitman who rounded the Cobblers' keeper. The second half saw more pressure from the Cherries and while Pitman took a heavy challenge he carried on. Ritchie and Wilson got some minutes as the Cherries tightened up for the last 20 minutes. It was Callum Wilson who extended the goal tally making it 3-0 with 11 minutes to go.

AFCB Offical Match Tweets

The teams are out at the Goldsands Stadium. Can #afcb book their place in the @CapitalOne_Cup 3rd round with victory over #ntfc? #AFCBvNTFC01: The game is underway here. #AFCBvNTFC #afcb

01: Early chance for #afcb as @marcpugh7 breaks free on the left but shoots wide of Archer's goal. #AFCBvNTFC

05: @eunan10 drills in a shot from the edge of the area but it goes narrowly wide. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

07: Off the bar! O'Kane's thunderous shot from the edge of the area cannons off the crossbar: http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC #afcb

09: Collins comes close for #ntfc but he can't direct his free header goalwards. Lively start here: http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

12: Rantie weaves his way around the #ntfc defence but his eventual shot trickles wide. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

13: Cook is the latest #afcb player to come close - he heads Harte's corner over. Chances aplenty here: http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

21: Smith pulls the ball back for Gosling & he keeps his cool to slot it beyond Archer. 1-0 to #afcb http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBVNTFC

30: Pitman is put through one on one and cooly rounds the 'keeper, before slotting home. 2-0 to #afcb. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC
35: Mohamed fires the ball over the bar from the edge of the area. A rare chance for the visitors. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

40: Pitman meets Smith's cross, but he is well marked by the #ntfc defence and heads wide. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

45: There will be two minutes of additional time played here. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

Half time: #afcb 2-0 #ntfc. Goals from Gosling and Pitman ensure the Cherries lead at the break. #AFCBvNTFC

Second half

46: The second half kicks off. #afcb are kicking towards the Aerial Direct @SteveFletcher33 North Stand. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

49: It's a yellow card for #ntfc's Collins for a nasty looking foul on Pitman: http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

50: The #afcb striker receives treatment from physio Steve Hard and looks ok to continue.

52: Fraser sends in a cheeky chip from the edge of the area, but Archer backtracks & it's an easy catch for him. #AFCBvNTFC

56: Rantie's quick feet deceive #ntfc & he forces Archer to save with his feet at the near post. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

Tonight's attendance is 5,250 which includes 332 #ntfc supporters. #AFCBvNTFC
65: Fraser is caught late by Diamond, with the referee awarding #afcb a free-kick in a dangerous position. #AFCBvNTFC

65: Pitman's free-kick rebounds back off the wall. #afcb still lead #ntfc 2-0 here. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

70: Rantie receives treatment before being replaced by Wilson, whilst Pugh also makes way for Ritchie. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

72: Archer reacts quickly to push Wilson's close-range shot away, before Pitman blasts the follow-up over. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk #AFCBvNTFC

75: Fraser plays a neat one-two with Wilson before unleashing a shot which goes wide of Archer's goal. http://bit.ly/1lctGYk

79: Archer parries Gosling's effort away from goal, but it's straight at Wilson who heads home from close range. 3-0 to #afcb. #AFCBvNTFC

82: Final substitution for #afcb as Pitman is replaced by Stanislas. #AFCBvNTFC http://bit.ly/1lctGYk

Full time: #afcb 3-0 #ntfc. Goals from Gosling, Pitman and Wilson ensure #afcb are into the third round. #AFCBvNTFC

Camp, Smith, Cook, Cargill, Harte, Fraser, O'Kane, Gosling, Pugh, Pitman, Rantie

AFCB Subs:
Flahavan, Kermorgant, Wilson, Ritchie, Daniels, Stanislas, Elphick

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