Saturday, 1 December 2018

Wilson's goal not enough to stop irresistible City

Match Report

Man City 3-1 AFCB
1 December 2018
Attendance: 54,409
Callum Wilson nets his seventh Premier League goal of the season.
Callum Wilson is becoming one of the Premier League's most feared strikers and this was in a game when Bournemouth looked rocked and battered in the first half hour of the match. City were finding a lot of joy down Bournemouth's right side and as expected they took the lead on 15 minutes with Bernado Silva pouncing on a loose ball, after Begovic had come out bravely to thwart Leroy Sané. But this Bournemouth side don't lack fight and they found a way to start taking the game to City.  Callum Wilson rose astonishingly high to power in an equaliser just before half-time. It was game on in the second half. But City were able to take their chances in the second half with Sterling and Gündogan making sure City took all the points.

Tyrone Mings made his first Premier League start of the season, while David Brooks was moved to the bench. Andrew Surman also came into the midfield as Jefferson Lerma was suspended. Bournemouth set-up in a 5-4-1 formation with Wilson up on his own.

There was no Aguero for Man City, but there was still plenty of fire power with Sterling, Jesus and Sané in their starting line up.

Man City attacked from the off with Sané and Jesus and Begovic had to stretch to stop Sané's cross going across the six yard box. Aké then got a good challenge in on Jesus.

Simon Francis won an early corner for AFCB on four minutes. City were controlling the game though. Bournemouth were happy to get men behind the ball in their own half.

Fraser was countering but had two or three City players quickly around him. Sané was causing problems own the right with Begovic having to flap at a cross on seven minutes. King was tracked by Sané chasing back. It wasn't looking an easy afternoon for AFCB, but they had lasted 10 minutes without Begovic facing a direct shot on target.

Laporte found Sané with a long ball and Jesus had a great chance to score from Zinchenko's ball in, but he couldn't reach the cross on the six yard line. City were concentrating on attacking Simon Francis.

Lewis Cook made a good interception in his own box from a Sterling pass, but could only run into more blue shirts. Francis looked long to Wilson but he didn't quite reach Bournemouth's number 13.

Zinchenko played a ball over the top and Sané was through against Begovic and while the Cherries keeper came out well to block the shot, the ball came out to Bernado Silva and he smashed it past Akee to make it 1-0 to city on 15 minutes.

Francis put in a deep cross from the right but there were too many blue shirts there. On the break Sané crossed to Bernado Silva and his volley was blocked by Steve Cook for a corner. A free kick on Wilson by Laporte slowed the game down.

Mings was at least doing well against Sterling. Lewis Cook finally got AFCb some possession and Fraser got round the back to make a cross. that was cleared on 21 minutes. Bournemouth were conceding ground a bit too easily.

Jesus had a chance to shoot but it was deflected out to the right. City still retained possession. There was no out ball for AFCB. Jesus was offside, sneaking in behind Francis.

Daniels led the charge with Fraser up the left. Steve Cook then found Daniels and Lewis Cook chipped a ball up to Francis who was given offside, perhaps unfairly.

King and Francis came forward well until Francis over hit a pass to Fraser. King was now on the left but not finding his passes.

Danilo's poor pass saw Fraser on the counter couldn't find King and City were away again on 35 minutes. Sterling got past Daniels but his cross was cleared. Sané ht a shot well over when confronted by Steve Cook.

King got forward and played a ball in for Wilson, but Callum couldn't quite get on the end and Ederson palmed it away on 38 minutes. Had Wilson got a touch it would have been 1-1. Fraser got down the right and King's shot was blocked by Otamendi when it had been heading perhaps just wide of the goal.

Mings now puts in a great sliding interception back to Begovic when City were breaking. Bournemouth are looking more into the game now. Free kick, Daniels now, King Lewis Cook, Francis puts the cross in and Wilson rises high and powers the ball into the top left corner even with Edison having a touch on it - 1-1 on 44 minutes.

Half-time and all square.

Second half
King shot down the right side of the box and his chip almost reached Daniels as Bournemouth made their first chance of the second half.  Sané is striding through AFCB's defence but Daniels stops Sterling taking it on.

Fraser has taken a cross but he is up. A long throw from Steve Cook goes right through to Edison. Wilson is pushed by Edison and Fernandinho but there are no cards.

Sterling attacks and Bournemouth get everyone behind the ball with Steve Cook making a diving header clearance. Sterling goes past four or five players from the left and his shot off Surman hits the post! How that stayed out is anyone's guess.

Begovic has an easier save to make from Sterling. Delph has come on to replace Zinchenko on 54 minutes.

Sterling puts Danilo in who shoots with Begovic saving, but the ball has come out to Sterling and he couldn't miss from six yards 2-1 to City! Begovic perhaps at fault for that one not holding on to the shot well enough, 57 minutes gone.

Steve Cook puts in a great tackle on Sané who would have been in on goal. Steve Cook again gets an important foot in. Danilo has won a corner for City.

Sterling beats Daniels but the Cherries manage to clear the danger. Man City have a free kick and Begovic saves from Jesus' backwards header. Jesus goes past Lewis Cook and Fernandinho misses a great chance to score, missing the target!

Steve Cook again puts in a great sliding tackle on Sané. Davis Brooks comes on for Ryan Fraser on 72 minutes. Francis' cross is put out for a corner for AFCB . Brooks to take.

It's over everyone and it will be a long throw for Bournemouth. Ming's wins the header, then Daniels and Wilson gets a shot off that Edison saves. Steve Cook blasts a speculative shot that goes out for a throw. Mings is pushed in the box but the referee hasn't seen it.

City are bringing on Silva for Jesus on 76 minutes. Steve Cook again gets a foot in on Sterling. It's a City corner. Silva plays a ball into the box for Sané who drives the ball across and Gündogan makes it 3-1 on 79 minutes.

Francis loses out on the ball. Surman wins the ball but Francis is caught be Sané. Sané again up against Steve Cook, he goes either way and the shot comes off Begovic. Stanislas comes on for King on 85 minutes. and Mousset replaces Wilson.

Sané shoots from the corner and it's deflected for another corner. Mahrez now replaces Bernado Silva on 87 minutes.

Mousset stumbles in the box when he could have shot had he kept his feet. Mings struggles to get back but stops Mahrez getting onto Edison's long ball.

Daniels wins a corner in added time. The keeper punches the ball and Steve Cook took the full force of that.

It was a brave but ultimately unsuccessful attempt by Bournemouth to get something against Man City. They stood off first half and were soon made to pay. The hope that Callum Wilson gave the team with his goal was broken when Sterling got his customary goal and the third goal from Gündogan killed the Cherries off. They did play their football for moments in this game and the defence was tested more than in any other game this season. But Tyrone Mings and Steve Cook were excellent. Eddie Howe may be could have made his subs earlier but he seems reactionary in making them when AFCB are 2-1 down in recent games. Earning points is getting tough, but this was a good performance against the league leaders.

AFCB line up
AFCB Subs: Boruc, Gosling, Mousset, Defoe, Stanislas, Brooks, Rico

AFCB Ratings
Begovic 6, S Cook 8, Aké 7, Mings 7, Daniels 6, Francis 5, Surman 5, L Cook 5, Fraser 6, King 6, Wilson 8

Cherry Chimes' MOM: Callum Wilson

Ref Watch: 6/10 Stuart Attwell could have given more yellow cards out but he had an easy match.

Man City
Ederson, Danilo, Otamendi, Laporte,  Zinchenko (Delph 54), Bernardo Silva (Mahrez 87),  Fernandinho, Gündogan, Sterling, Jesus (Silva 76), Sané

Man City Subs
Foden, Muric, Walker, Kompany, Delph, Silva, Mahrez

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