Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Are AFCB getting the mistakes out the way?

Every season you will see some clangers and while Artur Boruc will not want to reflect too long on the match against Real Betis. He'll know he made a bit of a hash of his attempted clearance that led to the first Betis goal. 
Artur Boruc is still trying to put the odd clanger behind him.
Of course, it's okay of Bournemouth make mistakes now and learn from them before the start of the season. But what Howe will not want is for such mistakes to set the jitters through the tam and make them more anxious about their general play. What I believe we have seen in pre-season is just that lack of attention to detail when the ball goes quiet for a moment. AFCB have switched-off when a ball has gone out of play and they need to be at their most alert then when the opposition try and find some one in space. 

I can't be too critical of the overall performance against Betis though. The Cherries were playing a very good team that knew how to move the ball quickly well. It was a step up in class and AFCB could not dominate, but they didn't get frustrated. For much of the game there was nothing between the teams. I'd like to have seen more from the centre of midfield, but at least Bournemouth did get into good areas where Mousset, Ibe and Defoe could get a sight of goal.
Taking care of the ball though in all areas of the pitch will come with better fitness. Some of the players will have found that game hard in the heat and the second goal was another moment when the back line didn't step up quickly enough and Moron had ample time to put his shot past Boruc. 

It's small details at the moment that can be costly, but Bournemouth have to find what helped them to have a more ruthless streak in the game against Marseilles if they are to start their Premier League games in winning fashion.

In other news, Cherry Chimes is booked on TalkSPORTS' Sports Bar tonight at 11pm along with a Southampton blogger to preview the season. AFCB are also said to be showing interest in Danny Welbeck according to the Sportsman.

Jefferson Lerma is expected to be revealed today as AFCB's third summer signing and a transfer that is a club record fee. Connor Mahoney is also believed to be joining Birmingham City on loan.

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