Thursday, 27 September 2018

Has Carabao Cup win given Bournemouth the lift they needed?

The dramatic way in which Bournemouth won through against Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup should be a morale booster for the squad. It took the likes of Josh King, Marc Pugh and Callum Wilson to come on and make a difference for the Cherries to get over the line and to avoid penalties in a game that was starting to slip away from them, as Blackburn had made a spirited comeback.
Bournemouth had a fright against Blackburn but came through stronger.
While it is important to win games to keep a dressing room happy, I think the way in which games are won can have the biggest impact on how players feel after a win. The scenes on Tuesday night were evidence that Bournemouth were over the moon to have gotten through a really difficult game which could have swung away from them, and with penalties it would have been down to mental toughness and holding the nerves to get over the line. The way Wilson wanted to get on the end of that last minute cross will have done wonders for the team this week.

It is even better that Wilson was the player that got the goal as we know how important it is for him to know that he is scoring goals. Having been at home the players responded well to being pegged back to 2-2 and that all helps the togetherness of the team after a week when its performance had dipped against Burnley.

Now there is a fresh feel to the training pitch and the players can look forward to their next game knowing they are in the hat for the next round of the cup.

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