Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Cherries had almost got out of jail

AFCB have found it tough at home in recent games. Against Birmingham they did not get out of the trap doors very early and being one-nil down again to Sheffield Wednesday was a sure sign that not everything was going right for the team. Indeed, Eddie Howe could not hide his disappointment in the first 45 minutes of play and we all want to see the Cherries at their best during the run-in. 
AFCB were just a minute away from being top with two games to play.
Of course it takes two teams to make a game though and Sheffield Wednesday created as many chances as just about any who have visited Dean Court this season. They seem to revel in the big party atmosphere and having upset Brentford the week before it was maybe not such a surprise that they came to Dean Court with a good game plan and could easily have left with all three points rather than the one that they did get. In the first half they had the better chances and really should have been two up before the second half started. It might have been too difficult for AFCB to come back if Chris Maguire's shot that hit the post had gone in after the break but such bits of luck are what all teams get now and again.

Had Ritchie's goal been the last of the game and Sheffield Wednesday not have got a point it would have been a matter of virtually saying 'name on the trophy'. To play okay but not amazingly and yet be ahead of the Owls with just five minutes or so of normal time remaining we might have thought that AFCB could keep the ball out like they did at Reading but even in that game they could have conceded late on. This time they were not so lucky but for most of the match Sheffield Wednesday looked pretty good for their 0-1 lead and the point in the end could be more beneficial than we recognise at the moment.

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