Thursday, 30 November 2017

Burnley spoil Howe's party with a 1-2 away win

Match Report
AFCB 1 v 2 Burnley
29 November 2017
Attendance: 10,302
Under the lights AFCB take on Burnley.
Bournemouth struggled to cope with the heading power and strength of Burnley from the start as Sean Dyche's outfit imposed themselves on Bournemouth. The break through came after 27 minutes when Chris Wood had a simple tap in after Brady's pass had deflected to him off Steve Cook and the Burnley forward made no mistake. The lead was soon to be extended in the second half when Ibe lost the ball and Brady made no mistake on the counter to make it 0-2. The introduction of Lewis Cook made a more for a positive Bournemouth side and some hope emerged when Josh King stabbed home his goal on 79 minutes. But it was a bad birthday for Eddie Howe and a game that slipped away from the Cherries without the home side creating enough chances.

Eddie Howe only made one change from the last game with Adam Smith dropping to the bench and Simon Francis coming back at right back having served his one game suspension.

Burnley dropped Matthew Lowton, who is injured, for Phil Bardsley at the back and Ashley Barnes was moved to the sub's bench in favour of Chris Wood starting up front.


Match Description
Bournemouth had to defend a long ball straight down the middle in the first few minutes as Burnley started to get an early hold on the game and Bardsley won a corner off of Aké. A poor clearance from Surman led to a second Burnley corner before Francis headed the ball out for a third corner in under three minutes. Mee, completely unmarked, then headed tis one back across the box to Wood and he headed the ball against the cross bar!

Hendrick then put another deep cross in before Brady got passed Ibe and shot into the side netting. King lost control in front of the Burnley box and ball came quickly off Mee to Wilson who almost found himself through on goal but the ball just sped away from him.

Pugh put in a good ball to the back post that King could not quite get to. Steve Cook puts in a good defensive header. Arter gives the ball away and Gudmunsson gets a ball in to Brady and Begovic has to tip over the bar.

Surman is pushing forward. King finds himself squeezed out. Francis puts a cross in and in front of the near post Wilson heads into the North stand. Ibe into Wilson and he tried to loft a cross over and it's blocked.

Wilson turns well against Tarkowski, but can't find King. Arter is doing a lot of chasing. Chris Wood is tackled by Aké with 25 minutes gone. Wood down the left and it's square to Hendrick but Steve Cook clears.

Wilson is over half way. Ibe on the right but he's given the ball away. Defour wins a free kick anyway. Ibe on the left now. Bournemouth are starting to retain the ball better.

Mee then fouls Wilson. Burnley are very well organised. Pugh looks for Wilson and King is challenged by Mee, it's a corner for Bournemouth. Francis delivers it too big. Ibe and King's shot is blocked.

Jack Cork pick the ball up 25 yards out out Brady and Chris Wood turns it in. It's 0-1 to Burnley. Brady came inside Francis and it deflected off Steve Cook straight to Woods six yards out on 37 minutes.

Arter makes a foul, 24 yards out. Brady could have a direct shot here. It hits the wall. Daniels then has to head behind. Brady crosses but Surman clears. Josh King now gives a free kick away. Aké and Cook clear but Ibe loses the ball.

Pope comes out quickly to beat King to the ball. King finds Ibe and he wins a Bournemouth corner. Arter shoots but it's blocked.

Just one minute of added time. Surman to Ibe and he comes infield to Pugh. King tries to get the knockdown. Ibe 25 yards out and Pugh's cross is cleared. Half time 0-1.
Josh King gets on the score sheet in the second half.
Second half
Bournemouth get some possession and King finds Surman who has a half chance, but it's too fast for him to control. Bournemouth need a bit of spark to really take the game to Burnley.

Ibe runs at Brady and can't keep the cross in. Wilson beats Mee and Surman into King but Tawkoski wins the header.

AFCb are not winning to 50:50s. Surman steps on the ball and loses it to Wood and Hendrick pushes Aké. Lots of unforced errors from Bournemouth, 35 minutes to go.

Pugh battles with Gudmunsson. Lewis Cook comes on for Harry Arter on 58 minutes. Lewis Cook goes past Cork but is caught by Defour.

Francis on the right to Ibe where Wilson goes for it but Bardsley clears for a corner. Ibe delivers and it's another Bournemouth corner. Francis at the back post heads it past the other post! better from Bournemouth.

Defoe is getting ready on the bench. Francis is getting forward again. Surman to Ibe who is getting a lot of the ball. Pugh and Daniels wins a free kick. Pugh is being subbed for Defoe to come on and King moves over to the left and Ibe stays on the right wing.

Cook pinches the ball from Hendrick. Ibe now and he gives the ball to Hendrick. Robbie  Brady curls it into the corner on his right foot and the counter attack has worked for Burnley 0-2, 35 minutes to go. Top right corner, great finish from the edge of the box. Bournemouth are up against it - two down at home.

Lewis Cook finds Defoe and Josh King now, Lewis Cook to Defoe but Brady clears. Ibe is subbed to give Ryan Fraser a run out on 69 minutes. Bournemouth will hope for a bit of quality now. AFCB go to a three man back three and three up front with King in the number 10 position.

Lewis Cook over hits a pass to the far post. King beats Ward but Mee tackles him. Lewis Cook wins a free kick. Aké to Daniels and Burnley out the ball out for Defour to get some attention. Westwood comes on for Defour. Bournemouth have had seven shots but nothing on target yet.

Daniels makes a run but can't keep the ball in. King pulls Jack Cork down. Francis into Wilson chests it, Defoe, turns it back across the goal and Josh King slides in at the far post to make it 1-2. Game on again!

10 minutes to go as AFCB attack the South end. Wilson wins a throw. Surman and Cook find Daniels. Lewis Cook finds, Fraser who shoots but wide of the post.

Francis loses the ball to Ward, but Surman regains it. King infield, Wilson is beaten in the air. Lewis Cook has been running the game since he has come on. Francis towards the byline and Brady pushes the Bournemouth captain over.

Here comes the free kick. It goes out. Burnley make a sub Ashley Barnes comes on for Jeff Hendricks on 86 minutes. Surman and Fraser crosses too high for Defoe and Wilson fouls Pope. It's all going one way now. Bournemouth are looking for the equaliser.

Wilson to Francis and King has given it away. Lewis Cook and Surman. Aké crosses and Mee heads out for a throw. Chris Wood is subbed for Sam Vokes on 89 minutes.

Five minutes are added. Brady runs to the corner flag and Francis puts the challenge in. Francis fouls Barnes and Burnley win a free kick. Aké goes forward, but heady heads out. Steve Cook has gone up as a centre forward.

Burnley are excellent at breaking the game up here and getting free kicks. Vokes is offside and gets a yellow card for kicking the ball away. It's a goal kick for Burnley. That's it 1-2

Bournemouth lose their unbeaten record on Eddie Howe's birthday. The Cherries did not put many great deliveries into the box and Burnley's big centre halves had no problem in clearing their lines. Only when Bournemouth made their subs did they really get the head up of steam that they needed to put Burnley under pressure. But Burnley were experienced enough to make it a hard task for Bournemouth to play much football in the second half. But in reality Nick Pope could have been sat in one of Bournemouth's deck chairs for the evening and Eddie Howe has to find more quality in the last third and better service from wide areas. 

AFCB team against Burnley.
Boruc, A Smith, Gosling, L Cook, Fraser, Defoe, Afobe

AFCB Ratings
Begovic 6, Francis 7, S Cook 5, Aké 6, Daniels 6, Ibe 5, Arter 5, Surman 6, Pugh 5, King 7, C Wilson 6
Referee Rating: Roger East 1/10 - all 50:50s were Burnley's. Totally fooled at times by player antics.

Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmunsson, Cork, Hendrick (Barnes 86), Defour (Westwood 75), Brady, Wood (Vokes 90)

Burnley Subs
Barnes, Vokes, Westwood, Long, Taylor, Arfield, Lindegaard

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  1. Its time for preparing for a change in playing staff and some hard decisions

    Ibe looks a mistake...Lewis Cook needs to be start every game and a number of 30 pluses need to be gradually phased out and thanked for their contribution..

    Paper talk says there is interest in Arter and Afobe and Grabban which should bring in north of 30million and its time to think about promoting some players otherwise they should go as well

    Hyndman needs a chance or sell him....the same with Moussett....
    Stanislaus and Mings too injury prone....

    Now is the time to to give Simpson a chance and maybe Ndjoli

    Where to spend 30m.....left back who can challenge Daniels...a right back and another midfielder..Ryan Sessignon from Fulham..and there is a kid playing for Barnet called Taylor who gets rave reviews....

  2. Surely last night showed up Ibe's frailties, poor decision making and losing the ball exposing the team with no recovery. Time to be shipped out on loan to gain confidence but who would take him on current form? Cook had a very bad off day, his very first pass to Francis was short, nearly a repeat of putting Francis in danger for a second sending off. Cook won very little in the air. AKE wa the star in a poor display. Arter should not have been substituted, Surman is slow and ponderous, at least Arter hassles and chases. I have said it before we need a new right back (Smith is a liability and will be a hazard with Free Kicks and Pens). Begovic kicking looping style to Francis is so predictable, and when Francis wins it nothing comes of it as Ibe does not have the strength to win the ball. Pugh is happy to beat his man several times over before setting the ball free, last night he looked for Daniels. Afobe would have been a better option than Defoe, their CH's had Wilson and King controlled in the air. The most we can take out of the game was Lewis Cook showed again real talent. On his displays there is no need to go back for Wilshire, in my opinion Lewis could be a better player than Wilshire. Eddie needs to build around Lewis Cook and rethink the need to play with two (ineffective) wingers. Changes need to happen and new blood brought through with Simpson and Hyndman given a few starts, making Ake captain!
    More of the same as last night and we will be starring at mid table Championship as a prospect!!!

  3. It has been the same thing all year; no creativity, no purpose of play, just a hope they somehow score and don't concede. I honestly cannot think of a game they played this year on par with most games last year.

    Stanislas makes a massive difference when he plays, but he is often hurt. L. Cook adds creativity, thought he played well when Arter was hurt and am not sure why he is not playing.

    I agree about Hyndman and Mousset. Emerson was fabulous for Rangers last year. I know there is a difference in the two leagues, but he has to be given a chance to either sink or swim at some point. Mousset looks a good talent, and likewise needs to be given a go. Maybe they might spark something.

    Very disappointing season thus far, and are flirting with danger