Thursday, 27 December 2018

Bournemouth totally crumble at Spurs 5-0

Match Report
Tottenham 5 v 0 AFCB
26 December 2018
Attendance: 45,154

The two teams line up o the enormous Wembley pitch. 

There was no surprise by this being a massive challenge for Bournemouth who hadn’t taken any points from the top six this season, but the pounding they got was fairly self-inflicted at times with individual errors and deflections that soon took the game away from them. It was embarrassing at times, because Spurs’ weren’t playing at top form. They still had miles too much skill for the Cherries who looked completely out of it after 30 minutes. Three first half goals was effortless for Spurs and it was just a case of how many more they would get before the final whistle. Bournemouth were a sorry state and have an inferiority complex against the big teams. They have to sort it out, because it is Man Utd next and they don’t come much bigger than that.

Bournemouth lined up 4-5-1 with Wilson the lone striker with Josh King dropping to the bench and Fraser coming into midfield.

Sorry we don't have many pictures. I was a victim of the Spurs/Wembley bag control which the stewards were enforcing despite the fact that my sandwiches and camera are not considered a lethal weapon by the majority of people. May be they should make it known to away supporters not to bring bags before they get to the ground, rather than imposing a £10 fine on fans? Just a thought.

It was a bright start by Bournemouth with Surman getting into advanced positions even if he could not muster a shot. Lucas Mora was keen to get into Bournemouth’s box but slipped at the crucial moment.

Bournemouth were playing to a game plan with everyone behind the ball and just Wilson as the sole striker. Steve Cook was tackling well and conceded the first corner on Son-Heung Min.

Brooks fouled Danny Rose as Spurs came more into the game. Daniels then lost possession when he could have made a simple pass to Fraser. Daniels then conceded possession again on 12 minutes.

Bournemouth played a good move with Brooks and Francis linking well and the cross came to Lerma but Fraser got in his way and the ball fell harmlessly to Lloris.

From a throw, Lerma found Brooks who made a shot but it was easily saved by Lloris.

Matters went against the run of play when Sissoko made a powerful run and Kane took over before passing to Eriksen who made it 1-0 with a deflected shot beating Begovic on 16 minutes.

Rose put in a long cross into Walker-Peters but it was just too fast for the Spurs player to get a good connection on. Surman had to make a block to concede another corner.

Fraser lost out to a big shoulder barge by Sissoko. Spurs came forward again with Daniels giving the ball away on the left to Walker-Peters and Son Heung-Min had the space to fire in a second goal, deflecting off Lerma to make it 2-0 on 23 minutes.

Bournemouth were having a crisis of confidence. Francis’ back pass almost made a good through ball to Kane. Steve Cook was still tackling back well on Son Heung-Min. Fraser was getting crosses in but not finding Bournemouth players.

Walker-Peters got in behind Daniels and squared the ball to Lucas Moura who had an easy job to slide the ball past Begovic for 3-0 on 35 minutes.

Bournemouth were still getting up the field but Stanislas skied his shot when Fraser had past to him in a good position. Brooks made a pas for Stanislas as well but the low shot on the left was an easy save for Lloris.

Sissoko won a corner next but Begovic caught it cleanly. Francis didn’t make it to the end of the half and had to be subbed for Rico to come on and with four minutes of extra-time, Lerma was yellow carded and Bournemouth won a corner.

Fraser made a cross from the right in the final minute of the half that Daniels could then only head right at Lloris.


Bournemouth attacked at the start of the second-half with Fraser, until Wilson went over against Foyth. A Bournemouth corner was cleared by Foyth.Fraser was filing in as right-back now.

A moment of excitement for Bournemouth fans followed with Rico putting in a great cross from the left that Stanislas steered past Lloris but the offside flag went up on 64 minutes.

AkΓ© fouled Lucas Mora and Kane took the free kick over the wall but it was an easy save for Begovic.

Fraser’s crosses were still caught by Lloris. A Bournemouth corner then made a good counter attack for Spurs with Eriksen providing a chip for Kane on the left and he volleyed a shot past Begovic for 4-0 on 61 minutes.

Bournemouth came close to scoring when a tackle by Brooks span off to Stanislas but his shot was blocked. Wilson then made way for Mousset on 67 minutes.

Son Heung-Min crossed but Begovic got down to keep it away from Tottenham feet. At the other end Rico crossed for Mousset who headed well but just past the left post on 69 minutes.

Another Spurs’ attack and Begovic went to ground with Kane and he ball came out eventually to Lucas Mora who hit a shot that Begovic Spilled and Son Heung-Min snapped up Spurs’ fifth goal.

Bournemouth’s fans were pretty quiet by now and resigned to a heavy defeat. Brooks still managed a corner on 74 minutes, before he was subbed for Josh King.

Son Heung-Min picked up a yellow card for pulling back Stanislas and Stanislas later had a shot and a penalty shout that was turned down by the referee.

Kane was subbed on 77 minutes and Skip came on. King was in the box but the ball would not drop for him. It did fall to Daniels who hammered a drive fractions wide of the right post on 80 minutes

Winks was booked before Son Heung-Min was subbed and Llorente came on for the last three minutes. In the added time Rico fired over, before Daniels cross fell to Stanislas who shot wide.

An awful day for AFCB. 

Bournemouth were well and truly thrashed by Spurs which was half expected, but Bournemouth didn’t really turn up after they lost confidence from the errors they started to make after 15 minutes. Why that happened after such a good start is hard to fathom. Bournemouth were having the better of the play, but the defence has some serious issues on the left side, while Francis is now injured on the right side. None of the players could come off the pitch saying that they put in a reasonable game. It was way below par and it is a shame that Bournemouth didn’t show what they are capable of. This was a bad day on a big pitch against a good side. And all of AFCB’s inadequacies were well and truly magnified by a Spurs side that only had to find one chink in the armour before the goals flooded in.

AFCB line up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Mings, Mousset, Ibe, Rico, King, Defoe 

Lloris, Rose, Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Foyth, Winks, Lucas Mora, Son Heung-Min (Llorente 87), Eriksen (Davies 84), Kane (Skip 77)

Spurs Subs
Trippier, Lamela, Llorente, Gazzaniga, Davies, Skipp

Bournemouth won't play much worse than this all season. 

AFCB Ratings – a bit more detail as nobody shone

Begovic 4: Didn’t get near any of the goals, but didn’t have much chance to stop them really with the deflections. Only the fifth goal was a case of him spilling a shot.
Steve Cook 5: Got a few tackles in and kept Harry Kane quiet for much of the game
Nathan AkΓ© 4: A bit anonymous when getting the blocks in for once not his best game
Charlie Daniels 2: A game to forget, could have made up with a final blast at goal. Good to see he gave his shirt away – he won’t want it back!
Simon Francis 4: Found it tough against Son Heung-Min but Bournemouth will miss him if he has to sit out games now.
David Brooks 5: Did get forward and had an early chance to score but fairly quiet.
Junior Stanislas 3: Got in good positions but disappointing finishing
Jefferson Lerma 5: Picked up a yellow card again but didn’t stop running
Andrew Surman 4: Starting to lack pace and enough power to cope with this kind of opponent
Ryan Fraser 6: Still a bundle of energy, the best outfield player for Bournemouth
Callum Wilson 5: Kept his head up and looked for goals but had a game where the ball was down the other end for much of the match.

It was good to get away from Wembley. 

MoM- Ryan Fraser, not a day for Bournemouth players.

Referee watch: 5/10 Chris Kavanagh: A reasonable game, but AFCB were never going to get decisions in an environment when Spurs had most of the possession.


  1. When oh when is the manager stop being loyal to an ageing back four...and give MIngs and Simpson an extended rub

  2. Sorry about your camera / bag issue. Fact 1: the regulations are Wembley stadium not THFC. Fact 2: they have been widely pubpublicised by Wembley and Spurs since the summer. I think Bournemouth should have also told their fans. HNY when it comes.

  3. I was more angry at the first steward I came across who was just obstructive and would not let me in as I had a bag. I asked what I could do? He said you are not listening, you are not coming in. I had to find another entrance and another steward who pointed me in the direction of the Yellow car park and a bag hold area.

    It seems some of the TH stewards need a lesson in manners and need to remember they are there to help away fans and be educated on the bag options rather than just being obstructive to visiting fans. And £10 to hold a bag for 90 minutes is of course exploitation. I am sure there were many angry fans. But I'd rather be inconvenienced than have a security problem.