Saturday, 4 April 2015

Kenwyne gets the nod of approval

I don't think Kenwyne Jones will have dreamt of the match at Ipswich going much better than how it did for him although he would have liked his goal to be a winner rather than an equaliser. he was certainly pleased with his goal with the celebration that we might get to see often, but I am not sure Marc Pugh (famed for his goal celebrations - get well soon Marc) will be doing a double cartwheel any time soon. Such a goal was deserving of Kenwyne's trademark flips because it was AFCB's 100th goal in all competitions this season!

The Bournemouth fans will be as delighted as Kenwyne that he managed to score in his first game for AFCB. You might expect there to be little pressure on a player that has been at the top and has played for several big clubs, but playing in a game with so much riding on the outcome will cause nerves even with the most laid back and experienced of players. Kenwyne was certainly relaxed enough to take his chance well and it is important now that he tries to do all he can to press for a starting place. Competition within the team is what will hopefully carry the Cherries over the line and the other strikers will know that they did not have their most clinical of finishing boots on at Ipswich.

The pleasing point is that AFCB carried the game to the opposition and created more than enough chances that could have seen them pick up more points than the one. We need to see the team try and hit the target more often against Birmingham and while the previous match between those teams will not have a bearing on the final outcome on Easter Monday, AFCB's players will have in the back of their minds that they beat that team well earlier in the season and they'll want to make it a double over the Blues and just maybe Kenwyne will have an even bigger impact in that game if he is now feeling more at home. 

Would I start Kenwyne against Birmingham? I don't expect Eddie Howe to do that as he has not failed to trust his main trio of strikers all season as long as they are fit. But if the goals aren't flowing then I don't expect it will be long before we see a home debut from Mr Jones. UTCIAD!

I couldn't resist making some comments on the other top of the table matches on Friday so if you click over to The Championship Run-in you'll find an article called - Good Friday was great for Boro, Brentford and Norwich

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