Thursday, 10 September 2015

To avoid getting beaten has to be the first aim

Eddie Howe was clear that not getting beaten at home made the result against Leicester a big point. It is not the result that we all wanted having been ahead for so long but a defeat would have been crushing and a similar experience to the Aston Villa match in terms of not getting what the team deserved. But the team did get something out of the second home match and a point in a Premier League game is satisfying in many ways when you can see other teams not managing to get that.
Francis, Elphick and Surman should be involved in the action at Carrow Road.
They always say that you can learn more by a defeat though than you can with a win. The analysis of the four games so far will show that the difference between getting beaten and not can come down to some decisions from the officials that the players can do nothing about. That is annoying in itself and the need not to react is something that AFCB's players are still trying to deal with. When the yellow card count goes up it will only make things harder with suspensions.

The last two games though have seen the Cherries get four points out of six which in the context of nothing out of the first two games certainly shows that AFCB are on the right track. Even Man City won't win every game this season, and when the Cherries can't get the three points it is vital that they don't do rash things that leaves them without any points from games.

It is the momentum of picking up points that gives players reason to be optimistic going into games. Defeats only heap pressure on the players and Eddie Howe is very conscious of keeping a positive mentality in the group. So a point at home is no longer a bad thing when most teams are finding it easier to win away. 

Tomorrow Cherry Chimes interviews Paddy Davitt who is a journalist who covers Norwich City for the local publication called the Pink' Un

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