Sunday, 29 January 2017

Cherries need to start beating bottom three sides

The Cherries' record against the bottom three sides has not been in line with where their own position is in the league. I'm not sure why AFCB have found it so difficult to get results against Sunderland, Hull City and Crystal Palace, but they can start to put that right on Tuesday night.
Crystal Palace and AFCB last season at Dean Court.
Beating the bottom sides now will, of course, extend the distance between these teams and the Cherries and while some teams will help do that job as well for the Cherries as games start to run out, there is a kind of satisfaction if your team can come away with wins against those who are struggling. We know that no one wants to go down and that Crystal Palace will be no easy game, but the pressure on them will be growing all the time having not yet won in the Premier League with Allardyce yet.


It was a very strange game when these two teams last met. It was very much a half each and a draw was probably a fair result, but if the Cherries are to challenge those top 10 places, draws at home won't be good enough. It is hard to say what is a good point now though and what is two points dropped. When Swansea can beat Liverpool at Anfield, you know that every game just has to be taken on its own merits and the Cherries just have to perform as well as they can.

I don't think there have been many games where AFCB have not really turned up, but there will be moments of games where they have seemed well off their normal levels, and it is surprising that most of these occasions have been when AFCB have been playing the bottom sides. Edie may do well to just tell the players to take this as a normal home game and imagine it is against a top six side. AFCB tend to get a better reaction when they know they have to up their game and it's probably important for this evening game that AFCB forget about where Palace are in the table.

Transfer News: WBA are said to be interested in Callum Wilson, Hull City are keen on Max Gradel, while Burnley want Dan Gosling. Meanwhile, Rangers boss MarK Warburton rates Emerson Hyndman as 'top class'. 

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