Sunday, 19 October 2014

Subs not needed for Cherries

I heard a bit of disquiet about the non-use of any of the subs in the last match against Charlton. It is not often that Eddie does not choose to replace at least one of his wingers, or a striker during a match, but with a tough match against Reading to come, and a run of seven games in just 22 days, it might have been sensible to make a change, but the game was finely balanced at 1-0 against Charlton and Howe did not want to take that risk. 
Ritchie was full of running.
I saw Eddie Howe motion to Matt Ritchie with about 15 minutes to go to see if he was okay to carry on and he sharply got the thumbs up in reply. So it is not that Eddie did not consider bringing on Ryan Fraser or Adam Smith, and it can be a negative to change things when you have the upper hand. The last 20 minutes were handled fairly well by the side and considering that the players not involved in international games have had two weeks without matches, there must have been a feeling that some full game time was needed in this match. Against Reading things may be a little different and the subs are likely to get a run out as two games in four days might start to take its toll.
Fraser will be hoping to be part of the game on Tuesday night.
Of the subs named in AFCB's side against Charlton I would expect Ryan Fraser to be the most likely to get a run out at some point on Tuesday night. Ian Harte may well be pressing a claim to have some minutes against one of his former clubs, but Adam Smith is perhaps the one who will be able to add an extra bit of energy if the Cherries are in need of a boost. Dan Gosling can also consider himself unlucky at not being able to get into the side, and he may still be saved further for the Capital One match as he has done so well in that competition. Shaun MacDonald and Eunan O'Kane seem to be the ones missing out though of late, and their task of getting back into this squad should make training competitive.
Ian Harte has seen Charlie Daniels start the last few matches at left back.
We can also assume that Tokelo Rantie might get a few minutes in the Reading match as he should be fully recovered from his travels by then and an evening game would be a good way for him to draw on the atmosphere and to have a few bursting runs that will hopefully lead to a goal or two. I don't see too many changes though from the team that ran out against Charlton as everyone did their job well.   

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