Sunday, 25 September 2016

Stanislas stuns Everton again 1-0 to AFCB

Match Description
AFCB 1 v 0 Everton
24 September 2016
Attendance: 11,291

Junior Stanislas scored the goal that gave AFCB their second home win of the season against an Everton side who were previously unbeaten in the league. The 23rd minute goal was superbly taken after Harry Arter had switched play from the left side to Stanislas, who was some 25 yards out from goal, when he took aim and fired his shot past Steklenburg and into the top left corner of the goal. It was a narrow victory for the Cherries but a massive result for their season after a difficult last week. The Cherries are on the up, so much so that they now occupy 13th spot in the division.

The team selection for the Cherries saw Josh King removed from the side and he is thought to have had a knock that kept him out. That allowed Jack Wilshire to play in the number 10 role and Junior Stanislas started on the left wing.
Everton came to Dean Court unbeaten in the league.
Everton put out a strong side with Lukaku and the in form Gueye and new signing Bolasie among their starting line up.

It was the Cherries though that felt the weight of the English Football League Cup defeat lifted from them as they went at the Toffees, and played positively with Callum Wilson guiding an early header wide from a Charlie Daniels cross.

Lukaku was always going to be a worry and, from an early free kick, he had an early header saved by Boruc at full stretch to his left. It outstanding from Artue Boruc.

With Wilson breaking free it was Jack Wilshire who almost benefited shooting his shot off Coleman, only to see it come off the bar!  Arter then cut inside and drove a left foot shot across the goal mouth and saw it glance off the far post.

But the Cherries kept their attacking game going and Stanislas lashed his shot into the top corner, once Arter had found him in some space just outside the box to put AFCB 1-0 up. While Gareth Barry had a shot from distance before the end of the first half, he could not trouble Boruc who palmed it over the bar quite comfortably.

Ross Barkley had a better headed opportunity from a Coleman cross in the second half, but Boruc did not even have to make a save. Boruc then provided some acrobatics in digging out a deep cross with Everton players lined up to attack it. Valencia had the best chance to score though just before the end, but he could not get his finish on target from a fast cross that came in from the right. AFCB held out to take all three points.

The Cherries may only have won by a single goal, it was a win that will boost the team and the fans which was much needed. Harry Arter was instrumental in creating the goal and keeping Everton at bay for 90 minutes with his hard running. He perhaps was unlucky not to have scored himself, but it was a great performance by the Irishman and not unexpected I might add - as I pointed out that he tends to rise to the occasion in such weeks that AFCB have just had. Junior Stanislas will want to play Everton every week at this rate. He has the midas touch against them and he may well have sparked the Cherries' season into life once again, while Artur Boruc is just having a fantastic spell in goal. Suddenly, things on the pitch feel a whole lot better.

Boruc, Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels, Surman, Arter, Stanislas, Wilshere (Gosling 76),
Ibe (Gradel 71), Wilson (Afobe 90)


Gosling, Aké, Afobe, Gradel, Smith, Federici, Mousset

Stekelenburg, Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Oviedo, Gueye (E Valencia 81),
Barry (Cleverley 55), Bolasie, Barkley, Mirallas (Deulofeu 60), R Lukaku

Everton Subs
Robles, Deulofeu, Lennon, Cleverley, E Valencia, Funes Mori, Holgate

Referee: Robert Madley

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