Thursday, 23 February 2017

How can AFCB stop shipping goals?

Looking at the amount of goals AFCB have now let in there are big reasons for the Cherries to find better defenders come the summer if he can't tighten up the defence he already has. The need to find away to keep the opposition out is now paramount, and the Cherries will have to find a solution for the remaining part of this season.

Artur Boruc's form will be paramount in the run in.
While there will be those who will point out that every one of the defenders and goal keepers have made mistakes, they are trying to halt the slide. Against the top sides it is noticeable that the Cherries have not been thumped (Everton aside) - Arsenal, Spurs and Liverpool have not put the Cherries away. So why have the Cherries been leaking so many against lower teams in the table? I suggest it is because of the way the side goes at teams and sometimes makes poor decisions in defending set plays and individual mistakes.

Yet, you can't accuse AFCB of behaving naively against Man City. I felt that the defence was coping well and that was made more difficult with Simon Francis having to come off early and Aguero coming on for Jesus. Eddie Howe has to work with what he has now for the rest of the season and I'm sure the penny has dropped that no matter what happens for the rest of this season, he does need to buy a centre-back of high quality. He might even need two.

The other notable point to make about the Man City game is that Adam Smith, Charlie Daniels and Simon Francis (although he had to come off) had not played for a few weeks, and the game will have been helpful to them and AFCB need those players to be strong for the run in.

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