Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Cherries smash three past Cardiff in Capital One Cup

Capital One Cup
Third Round
23 September 2014
Cardiff City 0 v 3 AFCB
Attendance 6491

You could sense a bit of trepidation among some AFCB fans as the team was announced. However, there was no need to be alarmed. The Cherries made short work of a Cardiff side that had just lost its permanent manager and the first half display basically blew Cardiff away and saw AFCB through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. 

It was the name of Baily Cargill on the team sheet that had me all excited. There were seven changes in all from the team that started against Watford and Eddie Howe was obviously keen to give Artur Boroc more time with the defence as Lee Camp was left on the bench. The big pluses for me were the return of Dan Gosling and Shaun MacDonald who had been carrying injuries. I also had my fingers crossed that Brett Pitman would have one of his blindingly good games.

AFCB set up 4-5-1 but Steve Cook injured himself during the warm up so Tommy Elphick came into the starting 11, leaving AFCB with six on the bench. Pugh had the first shot of the game that was pushed out for a corner. The good start was confirmed though when Dan Gosling kept up his record of scoring in every round of the cup when he scored in the ninth minute with a shot from the outside the box that went in the left bottom corner. AFCb kept the momentum going with another corner as they started to silence the home crowd. AFCB had to defend a free kick that Junior Stanislas conceded, but were soon back on the front foot as Charlie Daniels won another corner. On 21 minutes it was 0-2 as Charlie Daniels scored with a left foot strike close to goal with Marc Pugh making the assist!

AFCB continued to apply pressure with more corners and Golsing had another one disallowed. Artur Borus made his first save from Maynard on 29 minutes, then it was back to business for AFCB. Dan Gosling in the Cradiff box hit a shot to the bottom right corner and it was 0-3 after just 32 minutes. AFCB had had 61 per cent possession at this point and had had three shots, all on target and all found the back of the net! 

After a double substitution Cardiff came back into it late on in the first half with Maynard and Macheda having shots, but they couldn't beat Boruc. Cardiff ended the half with a corner, but went in 0-3 down!

Cardiff were in the ascendancy at the start of the second half and Macheda had a goal ruled out for offside. Teh second half had trouble living up to the first 45 minutes, but AFCb kept winning corners. Juniro Stanislas took a powerful free kick on 63 minutes that was deflected behind. Cardiff's best chance came from Adyemi who shot over the bar on 73 minutes. Macca was then subbed on 75 minutes and Harry Arter who replaced him went for another shot just like he scored from on Saturday, but this time it went well over.

The last 10 minutes saw AFCB again come close with a breakaway with Arter, Pitman and Stanislas having shots blocked. Harry Arter then hit the bar! Final changes were made with simon Francis coming on for Smith and Rantie replacing Stanislas. Final score 0-3.

AFCB official match tweets
The teams are out here at the Cardiff City Stadium. Late change for #afcb as Elphick replaces Cook in the starting XI. #CCFCvAFCB

Cook appeared to pick up an injury in the warm-up. McCarthy takes Elphick's place on the #afcb bench. #CCFCvAFCB
01: The game is underway here.
03: Brayford lifts the ball over the #afcb defence towards the far corner but it's a comfortable catch for Boruc. #CCFCvAFCB

08: Pugh has #afcb's first effort on goal. He retrieves Gosling's lay off but turns and shoots at Moore. #CCFCvAFCB

09: Goal to #afcb!!!!

09: Great run from Gosling, who caps it off with a fine finish from the edge of the area. 1-0 to #afcb. #CCFCvAFCB

09: Gosling's goal means he has now scored in every round of the @CapitalOne_Cup so far this season. #CCFCvAFCB

20: #afcb are in control here, with Pugh the latest to have a shot blocked. Boruc is yet to make a #CCFCvAFCB

22: Goal to #afcb!!!

22: Daniels completes a sweeping move down the left, slotting past Moore from a tight angle. 2-0 to #afcb . #CCFCvAFCB

22: Daniels completes a sweeping move down the left, slotting past Moore from a tight angle. 2-0 to#afcb . #CCFCvAFCB

Great support from Ian Harte
Love it @chazdaniels13 keep it going lads

24: #afcb beat Moore again, but the flag is up. Pitman capitalises on a Gabbidon slip & plays in Gosling but it's ruled out. #CCFCvAFCB

26: Close again! Moore is forced to tip over an #afcbcorner as the visitors' pressure continues #CCFCvAFCB

33: Goal to #afcb !!!!!

33: Gosling completes another slick move - this time slotting home the rebound of Pitman's shot. 3-0 to #afcb! #CCFCvAFCB

37: Double substitution for #ccfc as Daehli and Macheda replace Bo-Kyung and Guerra.#CCFCvAFCB #afcb

43: Pugh meets Gosling's cross but his header is easily caught by #ccfc stopper Moore. Still 3-0 to #afcb. #CCFCvAFCB

44: Double chance for #ccfc. Maynard comes close before Macheda then blasts the ball over. #CCFCvAFCB

46: What a save from Boruc! He scoops the ball off the line after a goalmouth scramble from a corner. #CCFCvAFCB

HALF TIME: #ccfc 0-3 #afcb

Second half

We're back underway at the Cardiff City Stadium where the Cherries lead by three. #CCFCvAFCB

52: Macheda heads the ball into the back of the net, but the linesman's flag is up for offside. #CCFCvAFCB

63: Stanislas' free kick from 25 yards out takes a deflection and goes behind. #afcb still lead 3-0. #CCFCvAFCB

64: Pugh cuts in and shoots from the following corner, but it takes a deflection and goes behind again. #CCFCvAFCB

73: Adyemi shoots over from outside the area. It's been a quieter second half so far. #afcb still 3-0 #CCFCvAFCB

75: First substitution of the night for #afcb as MacDonald is replaced by Arter. #CCFCvAFCB

77: Arter tries to replicate his goal from the weekend, but blasts over from 25 yards out. #CCFCvAFCB #afcb

80: Ten minutes remaining here and #afcb are comfortably in the lead still:

81: Arter nearly scores his second in 4 days as his shot comes off the crossbar from the edge of the area! #CCFCvAFCB

82: Arter capitalises on a mix up in defence but somehow #ccfc recover to prevent what looked set to be a certain 4th goal!

86: Smith is replaced by Francis for #afcb

87: Final change Rantie replaces Stanislas.

87: Pitman was fouled on the edge of the area prior to the substitution, but hits the free-kick into the wall upon the restart.

89: Gunnarsson sends a thunderous shot towards goal, but it cannons straight back out of the area.

90: There will be two minutes of added time played here. #afcb still lead 3-0. FULL TIME: #ccfc 0-3 #afcb

AFCB Team:
Boruc, Smith, Elphick, Cargill, Daniels, Gosling, O'Kane, MacDonald, Stanislas, Pitman, Pugh

Camp, Arter, Francis, Wilson, Rantie, Ritchie, (Cook injured in warm up)

Cardiff Team
Moore, Gabbidon, Brayford, John, Torres Ruiz, Le Fondre, Kim Bo-kyung, Adeyemi, Gunnarsson, Javi Guerra, Maynard

Cardiff Subs
Marshall, Macheda, Wolff Eikrem, Pilkington, Daehli, Burgstaller, James

If you still want some more to read about AFCB,  have a quick glance at what pleased me most about AFC Bournemouth reaching the Fourth round of the Capital One Cup.

As a little bonus, there's also an additional article over at the News Hub on whether West Ham fans are having to rethink their opinions on Sam Allardyce? See Sam's no longer on a hammering 

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