Thursday, 2 March 2017

AFCB keep finding it difficulty to create openings

WBA are a team that play well at nullifying the opposition. They have added some players that break well and can hurt teams. Therefore, AFCB knew they had to be careful when their attacks broke down but what was more a surprise for Eddie Howe was the team's inability to create more chances against Albion's defence.
The creative players are hitting a few brick walls.
In fact, Ben Foster could have sat in a deck chair for large parts of the game. It was only the penalty in the first five minutes and the final couple of minutes of the game when he really had to make any kind of save. For all Bournemouth's persistent possession, there was no cut and thrust and even when Andrew Surman broke through the Baggies defence at one point, he seemed so surprised that he could not make the most of the moment and failed to get a shot away.

Whether the Cherries over complicate things around the opponents box or not, what they aren't doing is playing at a pace that is causing defences to be stretched enough. Ryan Fraser has looked the most dangerous of AFCB's players as he is using his pace and goes with his first instinct to race past a player and get a cross in. But the overall tempo of the team has begin to slow as soon as it approached the last third of the pitch. It has become predictable and organised defences like WBA's are quite happy for teams like Bournemouth to play in front of them and just snatch the ball when it is overplayed and hit us on the break.


AFCB have may be even become too reliant on Jack Wilshere to come up with a bit of magic. He just hasn't been scoring and one pass a match that could be an assist is just not enough in my book. Eddie Howe is unlikely to drop Arsenal's man, but he needs to get more out of him than we are getting currently, and that could be said for one or two others as well. UTCIAD!

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