Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Cherries must move on quickly

While there will be massive effort into getting Callum Wilson the treatment he needs to come back as good as soon as possible, the Cherries have to move on as the Premier League does not stop. Pressing ahead will not be easy of course, but AFCB have to find a new sharpness to the front of their attack. It will be a big headache for Eddie Howe.   

The good news is that it makes the Cherries more unpredictable for their next few games. Watford can look all they like at recent videos of AFCB and they will see them always looking to get Callum Wilson in on goal. It will be different in this next fixture and while AFCB will stay play their football from the back there maybe a new dynamic to the game plan.
Squad depth is now being tested.
I expect Josh King will be used to do the running that we saw Callum Wilson doing so often for the team and that means that Lee Tomlin would be favourite to be a sub option this weekend. We have not seen the best of Josh yet and it is now likely to be his most intensive week in terms of game preparation for Saturday. It must be on his mind that he has not yet scored and that he will need to be ready to up his performance level. Eddie Howe will want to find that speed and aggression that we saw last year when he played for Blackburn in the FA Cup. If selected he is likely to have Glenn Murray as his strike partner and that will be quite a change as King will be able to get beyond Murray more often than he would have got in front of Wilson.

The players will be focused on getting three points at the weekend.
Belief is what Howe will want his strikers to take into the game though. Whether it's King, Murray, Kermorgant or Rantie they have to know that the can break the net in the Premier League for AFCB. It's their job to get goals and for them there is no time to worry about Wilson not being in front of them. They need to produce now.

If AFCB win today they would go above Watford in the table - that has to be a big incentive for the players.

Charlie Daniels is confident the squad can fight back without Callum.

Make sure you give your support to The Football Supporters Federation's £20 is plenty campaign for away games that will be highlighted today at the ground. At least Swansea City away game tickets have 2000 tickets subsidised in price.

It is also a chance today for us all to think about the great work and memory of Mick Cunningham - a true AFCB hero. Remember to applaud on 55 minutes.

UTCIAD!  Enjoy the match.

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