Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Scoring at home is proving to be very testing

The Cherries have scored 30 goals in the Premier League this season and back in August you might have expected for the majority of those to have come in home games. In fact, it is entirely even with 15 goals at home and 15 away from home and yet the Cherries have picked up more points away from home in this campaign.

Something is required to improve the amount of goals going in at Dean Court. The players have to feel that they enjoy playing there and we are about to see some vital matches played in the stadium in these coming months, where the team will need better stats than we have seen of late at home. Eddie Howe has not yet found away to bag many goals at home. He may have thought that he had the solution when three were fired in against Norwich City in January, but since then it has been a poor return of just one goal in three home games, if we include the recent FA Cup tie against Everton with the league matches against Arsenal and Stoke City.
Stanislas, Gosling and Pugh get ready to take some shots.
Luckily for Eddie Howe's side it is only Newcastle and Sunderland of the bottom few sides that are finding wins at home on a more frequent basis of late. If that continues the pressure on AFCB will only increase as the points gap closes and the difficult run of fixtures creeps up on the Cherries. There are only six home matches left now in this Premier League campaign and I expect Eddie Howe has prioritised these games as ones when he wants big performances from his team. AFCB can't afford to go into any games thinking we are taking on a team that is higher in the league than us now. At this stage it has to be positive thinking that the side is at home when playing at Dean Court, and that the points and goals will come, as there is nothing better than scoring in front of your home crowd.  

The team only probably need to win three of its home games to succeed in what it wants to achieve and while there will be an emphasis on all the games to get points it is the home crowd that have perhaps been a little short changed in terms of goals, so I'm hoping that the lads can put that right.

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