Wednesday, 24 August 2016

AFCB have to up the goal count

The Cherries may have played two top-end sides from last season, but they have not managed to score more than one goal, despite all that summer spending. That is not great reading for the fans that want to see the net busted a few times to get the Cherries on their way. It is hoped that tonight's League Cup match will see the goals start to flow, but the match against West Ham really should have seen more goals.
More shooting practise is required.
Whether Jordan Ibe was caught up in the moment or not, he will be wishing he had taken on the shot himself when he was through against Adrian. Instead he chose to pass and while that was unselfish, it didn't bring the result that he or the team were expecting in that position. James Collins made the block and the chance was gone. Wilson may need goals more than most to get himself going, but AFCB are not good enough to pass up opportunities that were as open as that opportunity.

Josh King's following long-shot may have looked spectacular, but it didn't ultimately trouble Adrian enough and there has to be more efforts on goal earlier in the match. There was a typical rally right at the end where AFCB could have got off the hook if King or Francis had found the net, but why did it take until the 90+ minutes for the side to get that close to scoring? It would be easy for Eddie just to change things and give Benik Afobe a go but the root cause of the side's failure to score at the moment is the fact that it is not creating many chances.

I'd like to see Andrew Surman getting on the ball more and seeing Ibe, King, Wilson or Grabban making decisive runs. Yet, the movement has been fairly pedestrian in an attacking sense and central defenders have not found too much difficulty in holding AFCB at bay. Taking shots earlier and when not always fully set is not always a bad option. AFCB have to up their desire when they get to the opposition's box. perhaps some new faces will do better against Morecambe tonight. UTCIAD!

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