Monday, 24 September 2018

Expectations drop for AFCB

The early good start for Bournemouth certainly came crashing to an end at Turf Moor. It wasn't just that Bournemouth lost the game, but they came out on the wrong side of a beating. Four goals was perhaps far worse sounding than the game looked to Eddie Howe, but the Cherries didn't look like scoring and Burnley didn't look anything like a bottom side in the table.
What went wrong at Burnley?
Now that the Cherries have slipped out of the top six and sit more amongst the teams that have been gradually finding their feet, there is a need for Bournemouth to stabilise their performances quickly of they are not to start sliding into the bottom half of the table. Expectations have been high for the first few weeks and now the fans might have to readjust to the new reality that AFCB really are not the finished article yet as Eddie Howe alluded to after the win against Leicester. There were signs in that game that all things were not quite as they might seem when Leicester scored two late goals and against Burnley the team continued to play in a similar way to how they had in the last 10 minutes of the Leicester match.
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Taken before the start of the season, I think most Bournemouth fans would suggest that games against Burnley and Leicester could go either way and that draws would not be unlikely. So to have gained three points form the two fixtures is not such a bad tally. The need now is to learn from the mistakes in the two games and to find some positivity again going into forthcoming games. It's been a good start and now it's a case of just trying to take each game as it comes.

While Bournemouth still have a few weeks before they come up against the top six teams they can get a few wins to ensure they maintain that top half position in what looks to be a very competitive league. Bournemouth may have to accept that there will be periods when they win a few games and lose a few if their performances just come off a little.

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