Monday, 23 January 2017

Corner defending has to improve

Watford hardly had much chance to make Artur Boruc's shirt dirty last weekend from open play. However, it was a different story when it came to corners and having to defend them. Watford one headers for fun and the Cherries were not combative enough to win the first or second balls when they were sent into the box.
Guarding the goal is the name of the game.
Watford's first goal was a comedy of errors really from AFCB's point of view as the preceding minutes before the corner were a catalogue of passing errors that were started off by Artur Boruc and included several AFCB players misdirecting their passes. When the corner did come in there were three headers that Watford won to put them a goal up and that's not good enough for a Premier League defence, despite the quality of the Hornet's delivery. 

What is still needed is more talking at the back. Tyrone Mings has that sense that he needs to chat and demand things of players around him, but he has to play well himself for several games before he really might come across with some authority in the side. With Francis expected to come back in the next match it is likely we will see much of him for a little while now.

Whether a new goalkeeper would also add determination and a sense of calm to the back four is something that the club is certainly considering. Watford's second headed goal would put question marks over his continued stay in goal for next season, if he does want to extend his contract for another year. I believe Artur has been tremendous in goal for the Cherries and while he has some weaknesses and does not go out of his way to get wrapped up with the fans, you can tell he cares about his performances and has pulled out some magnificent saves at times this season. His decisions are always harder than any other position on the pitch as he never gets a second chance when a  cross comes in or a man is through on goal. 

The team have several days though before the Palace game tow work on these things and with Christian Benteke and Scott Dann likely to be Sam Allardyce's main threats on Bournemouth's goal next week, AFCB have every reason to get this part of their game better organised.

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