Monday, 29 August 2016

A point is at least a start

While the result against Crystal Palace was a bit of a 'kick in the teeth' as Eddie Howe described, he cannot be too disappointed with the Cherries finally getting off the mark. An away game in the Premier League is never an easy game and while Crystal Palace have had their problems, looking back at the game it would have been very fortunate for AFCB to have come away with all three points considering the second half they had.
AFCB stretch out ahead of facing Crystal Palace.
The team will be boosted just to get off the bottom of the table, even if there is only Stoke City below them. It's a start and to have gotten no points in August would have been a real morale killer. Eddie Howe would have been under enormous pressure in the next couple of games and as it is he'll know there is lots of improvement to be made. As it is the Cherries need to play better at home and will have a couple of weeks to try and get their first win there, which could take them out of the bottom three.

The table itself is starting to take shape and it is important that the Cherries can find their way into mid-table as soon as possible. That will need more desire and better play on the field and while fans may wonder if there is to be one more signing before the window shuts on Wednesday, any signing is unlikely to rival the top signing of Jordan Ibe in terms of quality. So AFCB's squad is pretty much what there is now and if anything it may be some players leaving that takes up the club's time in the next few days.

The point though gives the club a basis. There are signs too that the team are battling better when defending, even if they had to defend too much for long periods against Palace. Being hard to beat is not particularly pretty to watch, but in some ways it is important for AFCB to start getting back to that rather than putting too much emphasis of the gloss of finishing which will surely improve, once the side starts to get some confidence.

Transfer gossip
The Daily Star is linking AFCB and three other Premier League clubs with Arsenal defender Calum Chambers.
Lewis Grabban is reported to be a target of Derby County, according to the Derby Telegraph.

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