Thursday, 25 August 2016

Marc Wilson fires AFCB past Morcambe in the EFL Cup

Match Description
Morcambe 1-2 AFCB
EFL Cup 23 Aug 2016
Attendance: 2542 (incl. 293 AFCB)

AFCB travelled up to the Globe Arena to play Morecambe in the second round of the English Football League Cup last night. Marc Wilson was the hero scoring the winner - a low drive to the bottom corner on his debut from 35 yards out! Perhaps the other Mr Wilson can take inspiration from that. But the game was not as easy as AFCB might have hoped for.

AFCB got the perfect start with an early Max Gradel goal from the edge of the box, but Morcambe hit back by the 14th minute as Cole Stockton stabbed the ball into AFCB's net. 1-1 at half time meant the game was far from won and although AFCB had good possession and AkΓ© and Marc Wilson had strong games at the back, it was a shame that more strikers did not get their names on the score sheet for me. yet, Marc Wilson will be delighted with his debut that was watched by 293 AFCB fans. 

Eddie Howe went for a very strong line up for the game with 10 changes from the West Ham defeat. It was a surprise to see Junior Stanislas back in the frame and while it would have been exciting to see Hyndman and Mousset make their starts even if they were on the bench. Marc Pugh was back on the bench too after a couple of matches when he was injured. 

It will be Preston North End at home in the next round for AFCB.

Official AFCB Tweets and Live Blog

01: We're underway here in the @EFLCup at the Globe Arena. Come on you Cherries!
Live Blog: Another warning sign for the Cherries as Barkhuizen fires wide after a lovely move on the edge of the area
06: First save of the night and it's Federici who denies Barkhuizen's effort from in the box. Good stop!
It has to be said
08: A lovely move sees Gradel pick the ball up on the edge and smash a low left-footed effort off the post and in! 0-1 here!
Live Blog: Gradel picks the ball up on the corner of the area and strikes the ball low into the bottom corner - in off the post. 1-0!Live Blog: Nice play from the Cherries - the goal has definitely settled them.
Live Blog: Stanislas almost makes it two! Francis' ball towards Stanislas on the left inside the area, he advances and its a great save from Roche
13: Chance! Francis feeds Stanislas and he hits an effort in the box which Roche has to 
palm away.
Live Blog: Goal to morecambe 1-1
Live Blog: A disappointing blow for the Cherries as Stockton receives the ball inside the area and from inside the area turns and squirms the ball into the bottom corner beyond Federici
GOAL for Morecambe. 1-1.
14: Stockton was alive to a ball in the box and poked the ball into the bottom corner. All level here
Live Blog: Short Cherries corner
22: Close! Francis crosses for Grabban who glances a header an inch wide of the left post. Unlu
ckyLive Blog: The game has quietened down a little here now
Live Blog: Great defending from Ake as he battles with Dunne to chase down a long ball - the Chelsea man is eventually fouled
28: Stanislas' cross from the right hits Afobe before Gradel's effort in the box is well blocked.
Live Blog: Great save from Roche to deny Afobe
30: Double save! Roche denies Afobe low to his right before getting up quickly to deny Gradel the rebound!
Live Blog: Smith might get booked here - a late challenge on On Barhuizen. He escapes a booking and just gets a ticking offLive Blog: Short corner, Gradel then crosses to Cook inside area, He curls a shot goal wards but it is blocked
43: Blocked! Gradel and Grabban combine and the striker's shot from eight-yards produces a great block from the Morecambe defender.
Live Blog: Morecambe break and Wilson is the hero as he gets down well to prevent Stockton scoring before the Cherries clear
Live Blog: 1 min of added time to play here
Wide to Barkhuizen and his shot comes off the post what a chance!!! 1-1 here HT
45: Off the post! Barkhuizen gets the ball in the box and hits a venomous effort which bounces off the inside of the post! Close shav
HALF-TIME: #mfc 1-1 #afcb - Gradel's opener followed by Stockton's strike mean the Cherries go into the break level.

Second Half
Live Blog: Cherries get the second half underway - a reminder it is 1-1 here thanks to Gradel's first half goal.
Live Blg: Ake has looked solid tonight
Live Blog? Nice turn from Grabban on the edge of the area. He advances and shoots from the edge of the area but the shot is blocked
Live Blog: Not had much luck from corners this evening.
Live Blog: Afobe wide to GradelPlays it to Gosling - but its mis hit
Live Blog: Lots of possession for Howe's men but the chances aren't clear cut
Live Blog: Molyneux shoots but Francis blocks
Live Blog: Attendance 2542 - 293 away fans
Live Blog: Credit to Grabbs - he is persevering! He has had lots of chances, just needs to score one to get his confidence back you feel

Live Blog: Ake shoots. Charged down
Live Blog: What a goal!
Live Blog: Its Wilson on his debut
from 35 yards out, he shoots low and hard and it nestles in the far bottom corner of the net
Live Blog: 2-1 to the Cherries - what a debut for Wilson!
53: A corner was cleared and the ball fell to Wilson who hit a wonderful effort into the bottom corner 25-yards out! Great strike! 1-2 here!Live Blog: Morecambe going forward here now. They aren't out of this. However Molyneux's shot from 25 yards goes comfortably over\
Live Blog: Pugh is coming on here. Pugh replaces Stanislas here
Live Blog: They aren't getting beyond half way
Live Blog: Great challenge again by Ake to deny morecambe as they burst into the area
Live Blog: Solid debut from the former Stoke man
Live Blog:  Francis tries to take on his man and shoot
Live Blog:  Attack attack attack the away fans chant!Live Blog:  Dunne shoots from 30 yards out
70: Close! Dunn hits a powerful effort from 20-yards and it whizzes just past Federici's right 
post. Morecambe go again but the offside flag is up
Ellison comes on
Live Blog:  Here comes Mousset - i am excited about this
76: Second sub for #afcb - Lys Mousset comes on for his full #afcb debut to replace Grabban.
Live Blog:  Brad Smith showing some pace on the left. He then has a shot but its well over the barLive Blog: Dunno coming off for Morecambe as Mullin comes onLive Blog: Mousset is played in inside the area, but he is off balance and shoots wide at the near postLive Blog: Mousset on the ball - advances forward. He then shoots, it takes a deflection and goes wide
Live Blog: Late bit of pressure here from the hosts, who trail 2-1Live Blog: Silly foul committed by Mousset inside his own halfLive Blog: Mullen with a diving header - he was unmarked but Feds dives to his left to catch
Live Blog: Afobe in space inside the area, he shoots but its under hit and an easy save for Roche
90: THREE minutes added time for #afcb to see out their lead.
Live Blog: And finally the referee blows up! The Cherries have won and are through!

Federici, Francis, M Wilson, Ake, B Smith; Stanislas, Gosling, L Cook, Gradel, Grabban, Afobe.

Subs: Holmes, Lee, Buckley, O'Kane, Hyndman, Pugh, Mousset.

Roach, Wakefield, Edwards, Whitmore, Conlan, Fleming, Rose, Barkhuizen, Dunn, Molyneux, Stockton

Shrimps Subs
McGowan, Kenyon, Mullin, Ellison, Nizic, Turner, Hedley

Republic of Ireland call ups
There were call ups for Marc Wilson, Eunan O'Kane and Harry Arter.

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