Thursday, 27 September 2018

Why do AFCB chase games naively at times?

Eddie Howe was not that pleased with the way Bournemouth went after Burnley when they were 2-0 down. The second half goals will be carefully studied as they were similar to the way Leicester City came back at Bournemouth only a week earlier.
Eddie Howe ponders the logic of how best to chase games.
Bournemouth seemed not to have the pace to see out counter-attacks against them, and when the ball is crossed into the box, Bournemouth are finding that there is often only one defender back in place, as others have been sucked wide. Opposition teams are not coming through the middle, but down the sides. But each time teams attack down the wings and get crosses in, the marking has to be tight.

Of course, had Bournemouth got a goal against Burnley to bring the game back to 2-1 we could have seen a very different end to the game. I think because Bournemouth didn't get the goal, but had come close that they over pressed and left the back door too exposed when they were up against the pace of a player like Aaron Lennon.



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Eddie Howe has to look at how they could have done better in that situation, because there will be other games when the Cherries are in a similar position. While Bournemouth have been the experts at coming back from losing positions, they may just be starting to be less patient when they are behind and the errors are starting to be leaped on.

The naivety of Bournemouth's defending is what narks the manager. It needs to be more disciplined and able to recover when breaks are on against it. Bournemouth have experienced defenders, so improving should not be a difficult lesson for them.

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