Wednesday, 20 March 2019

King's back on form

I had been a bit down on Josh King after the Huddersfield game where he had missed a few chances and didn't quite seem himself. He certainly bounced back against Newcastle with a brace of goals, and he is still the player most trusted to take the spot kicks, which could end up making him the highest scorer for AFCB this season.
Is King on target to be AFCB's top scorer.
While the personal battle between Wilson and King for top goalscorer is likely to go to the last game, I sense that the competition is good for both players. Neither wants to finish behind the other and they both have 11 Premier League goals and will want to get past 15 I'd suspect before the season finishes.

When King stepped up to take the penalty against Newcastle, having seen Aké brought down, I didn't really expect anything but for King to score. He has missed penalties this season, but has never missed two consecutively and I don't expect hm to put another one on to the post.
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His second goal in open play is what we really love to see more of. He arrived like a train and simply passed the ball into the net for Bournemouth's second goal, and the ease at which he made the goal look was what made it a stand out moment. True, Solanke had done much of the work for him, but King held his nerve and knew exactly where to put his shot giving the keeper no chance.

I imagine this week there will be some banter before the end of the season with Wilson as to who is going to finish top in the goal scoring stakes. Wilson may be the striker who usually gets the headlines, but King is equally as determined to be the top striker and I'm not sure who will win this season.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

We want Ibe to keep tackling back

It was disappointing that Jordan Ibe was booked after tracking back to stop the run of Almirón in the match against Newcastle last weekend. I know that many of the fans around by me don't even think he fouled the Newcastle player.
Ibe seems damned if he does and damned if he doesn't do something these days.
While I have been a critic of Ibe at times, he is doing the kind of jobs that Eddie Howe wants him to do. He is trying to help the defence out when the opposition come down the right side, and while he didn't quite get his tackle right against Almirón, I'm sure Howe would rather he make a challenge then just leave his defender exposed.

The fact that Solomón Rondón hit a great free kick and scored should not put Ibe off from making such challenges in future. We don't want AFCB to concede free kicks around the box, but we need players to put pressure on the opposition and prevent them having strikes when cover is thin. The Premier League does have many free kick experts who can test keepers from outside the box, but at least a team gets the chance to organise themselves if they do concede a free kick.

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Whether Mike Dean was correct or not, he gave the free kick and it was a harsh reaction for AFCB to be 0-1 down at half-time. Ibe was perhaps not in Howe's good books as he was the first and only substitution and Howe felt that both Newcastle goals could have been prevented. Still I want Ibe to develop into an all round player who can defend as well as attack and this latest episode will hopefully not hold him back.

Monday, 18 March 2019

Ritchie wanted the last word

Rather than curse and shout after Ritchie's last minute equaliser, I just smiled while applauding the genius of the man. Yes, it was annoying that he should stop Bournemouth from getting to 40 points, but there was something inside me that remembered the cheeky Matt Ritchie who used to do that sort of thing for Bournemouth.
Matt Ritchie is still a player who can conjure magical finishes.
I'd have liked to have beaten Newcastle, especially as they had got one over us earlier on the season. Before the match though, I felt that it could be a 1-1 draw and I was really pleased on entering added time seeing AFCB 2-1 up. The game should have been won I suppose but I didn't see a great many mistakes in the run up to Newcastle's equaliser. Yes, players could have got closer to Yedlin who had pulled out wide, but when you are past 90 minutes into a game the legs can't always do what the mind wants them to do.

Who would have thought that Ritchie would be waiting on the other end of the cross and would instinctively shape to try and hit a wonder goal. He hadn't given Boruc any worries, but for a few crosses during the previous 90 minutes and he was having to create his own space with Clyne and King in close attendance. But he watched the ball fall perfectly on to his left foot and the finish was so sharp, I can't blame Boruc for not getting anywhere near it.


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The frustration of the incident really got to Clyne who we could see hammering his fist repeatedly on the ground knowing that the three points had gone. It was interesting to see that it mattered to him so much as a player on loan. Surely he has bought into the Bournemouth life now and perhaps he can see a future on the south coast beyond the next seven games.

As for Ritchie. Take a bow son. I commend him for the restrained celebrations. That must have been hard for him, because he knows it was an absolute screamer and I can understand why he wanted to raise his arms and say how about that to the Newcastle fans as they need the points as well. Newcastle contributed to a great game.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Ricthie's last minute robbery at Dean Court 2-2

Match Report
AFCB 2 v 2 Newcastle Utd
16 March 2019
Attendance: 10,625
AFCB and Newcastle set up another belter.
Don't you just love old players returning to play against your club! Matt Ricthie's name was belted out at Dean Court game after game a few years ago and we loved him. We always knew he was quality and it was a shame for the Cherries that he saved one of his few goals of the season to snatch two points off of AFCB right at the death of this game with a spectacular finish. Solomon Rondon had given Newcastle the lead right on half-time with a thunderous free-kick and Nathan Aké's tumble in the box enabled Josh King to square things up moments after half-time from the spot. Bournemouth then really started to get on top of Newcastle and the weather and Dominic Solanke produced a bit of magic to find King running on to the ball to make it 2-1 on 81 minutes. The game looked won and Boruc had been a spectator, but the finish from Ritchie just at the end of injury time was a bullet of a hit. I'm still scratching my head how we left with only a point.

Bournemouth dropped Andrew Surman and Adam Smith from the starting line up and inn came Nathaniel Clyne and Joran Ibe.

Pre-kick off huddle
An early mistake by Lerma saw Peréz get a pass on to Rondón who had to be shielded from goal by Aké. Boruc had to then make a save from Hayden on 2 minutes, down to his left.

Bournemouth's first attack was made by Ibe who's cross was caught by Dubrravka.  Diame's ball over the top almost got Rondón in but Mepham kept him out before Boruc came to claim the ball.

Peréz was booked for fouling Fraser and the wee-man got quite a battering early on in this game. Fraser then went close with a shot that came off the far post.

Daniels was getting the tackles in and put in crushing one on Yedlin. Diame then saw his shot deflected for a corner.

Fraser and Ibe linked up on 15 minutes before Ibe lost the ball and Peréz forced a save from Boruc. Lerma was booked around the centre circle for a late tackle.

Fraser was receiving attention again on 23 minutes before Mepham had trouble misdirecting a header in his own box. He made up for it moments later with a strong tackle on Almirón.

Ryan Fraser was starting to run at Newcastle's defence and Wilson took it on but shot over on 41 minutes.

The game then took a backward step for the Cherries when Ibe, running back from a Bournemouth corner, fouled Almirón and was booked. Rondón took the free kick and put it over the five-man wall and right in the top left corner to give Newcastle a 0-1 lead at half-time.


Second half
Ryan Fraser won a corner at the start of the second half after a strong run from Ibe. Aké went up for a header but was bundled over by Fernande's arm around his neck and a penalty was awarded. Josh King slipped the ball past Dubravka to make it 1-1.

Bournemouth poured forward with their confidence up and Mepham went close with a header that dropped inches wide of the left post.

Newcastle broke and a shot from Hayden outside the box went wide. Newcastle kept up the pressure with a corner an a shot from Rondón was blocked. Dummett then skied a long range shot following another corner.

Wilson found himself blocked off by Lejeune. Lerma was getting forward and headed wide just before the hour. He then had another try with a shot following a corner that went just wide of the left post on 65 minutes.

Wilson came even closer following a Fraser corner that the keeper punched. Clyne chipped the ball up and Wilson headed it back towards goal. Somehow Dummett managed to put a foot out and clear it, just as it was about the cross the goal line.

Peréz was subbed on 72 minutes and Atsu came on. Bournemouth took off Ibe and replaced him with Solanke on 75 minutes. Hayden was then booked.

Solanke got tackled by Dummett before King won a corner, but Lerma shot wide with a dipping effort narrowly going past the post.

Bournemouth hadn't created much up to this point but King darted forward and Solanke took over from Wilson's touch and took the ball into the box where he managed to keep hold of it, before releasing it to the oncoming King who stroked it beautifully onto the net -2-1 on 81 minutes.

Newcastle subbed Almirón and put on Muto. Daniels then got booked and Shelvey replaced Diamé.

There was a big Benike Afobe cry as Ritchie messed up a free kick. Daniels then went close with a powerful shot that rose over the bar.

Boruc was quick to come out and head the ball away after a poor goal kick as we entered 90 minutes. Three minutes were to be added.

Some four minutes into added time, Yedlin crossed form the right and the ball went all the way over to the left side of the box where Ritchie hit his sensational volley past Boruc to make it 2-2.

A rare draw at Dean Court.
Summary
It might have felt like a defeat but Bournemouth did as much as they could against a Newcastle side that never gave up. The conditions didn't help either team play great football. Newcastle's goals were both sensational and so Bournemouth shouldn't be too hard on themselves for only picking up a draw. It was good to see Solanke do well when he came on and Bournemouth have been cutting out individual errors at the back. There is work to do in midfield in keeping the ball better and in creating chances, but a point is another point earned.

AFCB Line up
AFCB Subs: Begovic, Rico, Simpson, Taylor, Surridge, Mousset, Solanke

AFCB ratings
Boruc 6, Clyne 5, Mephan 5, Aké 6, Daniels 7, Ibe 6, Lerma 7, Brooks 6, Fraser 7, King 8, Wilson 7 

Cherry Chimes MoM: Josh King

Ref Watch - Mike Dean: 5/10. I was not as incensed as some about Mike Dean. He rarely has a great game a Dean Court and I was pleased he at least gave AFCB a penalty even if the foul for Newcastle's first goal was rather soft.

Newcastle Utd
12Dubravka, 22Yedlin, 20Lejeune, 18Fernandez, 3Dummett, 11Ritchie, 17Pérez (Atsu),
10Diamé (Shelvey), 14Hayden, 24Almirón (Muto), 9Rondón

Newcastle Subs
26Darlow, 2Clark, 8Shelvey, 13Muto, 15Kenedy, 19Manquillo, 30Atsu

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Newcastle are right on AFCB's heels

It won't have escaped too many AFCB fans' attention that a defeat against Newcastle this weekend would see the Magpies overtake Bournemouth in the table. So, it is a massive game for both teams who want a top half finish.
Team spirit needs to be high now.

Rafa Benitiz has done exceptionally well after the slow start Newcastle made to the season. Now they are finding some form and on the road, since the New Year have draw with Wolves and had a narrow 1-0 defeat at the hands of Spurs and 2-1 at Chelsea, while their home form has been very solid having got a 2-1 over Man City and a sensational 3-2 comeback last weekend against Everton.


I am not sure if the Everton game makes it a good time to play Newcastle or not. They will believe they can win from any position and AFCB have to be careful, even if they get a lead against Newcastle. Newcastle may have only scored 29 goals, averaging just under one a game, but they have managed nine clean sheets.

While AFCB fans will welcome back Matt Ritchie, he has had a pretty lean season by his own standards scoring just the one goal and making four assists. The man AFCB certainly have to deal better with than they did at St James' Park is Solomón Rondón. Rondón has eight goals and five assists and he's working up a very good partnership with Ayoze Perez who has six Premier League goals.
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This will be a close game with perhaps only a goal either way deciding the outcome if the stats are worth following. AFCB have to make the most of their home games and this one could push them back into the top 10, which would change the mood around Dean Court.


Possible AFCB line up
AFCB subs: Begovic, Simpson, Rico, Ibe, Solanke, Mousset, Surridge

Friday, 15 March 2019

Will AFCB run out of steam or accelerate to the end of the season?

Bournemouth may have pushed on this season but the only way we can really rate them is if they can improve their points score from previous seasons, and record more wins and a better defensive record. The club has spent in both the summer and January windows and the  would expect to make progress with its capital outlay, but any improvement may still be marginal on previous seasons.
Everything to play for.
There are eight games to go and everything is in the balance we keep hearing for a best ever-season in the Premier League. Bournemouth need to get up to 47 points or better to start posting new records and 10 or 11 points from eight games looks feasible, although many of the teams AFCB have to play are fighting to escape those in the relegation zone and they won't be easy games.

The home games are arguably not where AFCB are likely to pick up most points though in the remaining games. That may seem crazy to say knowing AFCB's current away form, but with Spurs and Burnley as well as Newcastle visiting Dean Court, it would not be a massive surprise to pick up relatively few points from those games. Fulham could well be down by the time AFCB play them in April and I'd hope that AFCB have accumulated more than 40 points by then.
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The away games are very winnable and yet fraught with possible hiccups. Two south coast games and matches against usual draw merchants Leicester and hard to beat Burnley and Palace could probably all go either way. So, if we took six points from the away games and five from the home matches, I suppose Howe could say he has pushed the team on. But even this would leave the club two points shy of the 50 point mark, which would be my dream of target for AFCB.

AFCB Home Form
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Newcastle Utd Away Form
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Ritchie is no longer missed at AFCB

The return of Mat Ritchie to the south coast will be as popular as ever. He was a remarkable player for the Cherries and I don't think the club would have been able to climb the leagues as quickly without the efforts of Matt Ritchie. He always seemed to be a level above the players he was playing against, but now Bournemouth have found a replacement who is already the outstanding player of AFCB's season.
Matt Ritchie deserves our applause on Saturday. 
Matt Ritchie has a few years on David Brooks and he has some similar attributes, but I know which player Bournemouth fans would rather have in their team today. Ritchie was a very good player for the Cherries, and when he left after the first season of Bournemouth's Premier League adventure it was hard to take. He had fought so hard to get to the Premier League and to drop down a division would be difficult for many players, but not Matt Ritchie. He made a another massive contribution to Newcastle's rise out of the Championship and he remains a strong part of their team.

The signing of Jordan Ibe was meant to be the signing that helped Bournemouth cope without Ritchie. He was the record signing for the club at the time. Little did we know that Ricthie was going to be so hard to replace. He scored goals and made assists and it has taken until this season and the arrival of David Brooks to really have a player in the side that can do the unusual and unexpected again.

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Hopefully, Brooks will play against Newcastle and Ritchie this weekend. He has been in training and so has hopefully overcome what caused him to walk off against Huddersfield in the last game. It will be great to see the two players do their thing on the ball and to contrast styles. Though Ritchie is still much loved at Dean Court, I believe the biggest cheers will go to David Brooks if he can get the winner for AFCB on the day.


Score predictions
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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Taking points off lower teams is no certainty

Bournemouth have a good run of games now with only Leicester and Spurs in the top half to play. But does this mean that points will be easy to pick up against the lower half teams? I don't see it that way, as there is still a big scrap for teams not to join Huddersfield and Fulham who now look destined for the drop.
Bournemouth have a good record against many of the bottom half clubs.
Just look at the way Southampton have turned over Tottenham and Cardiff stuck two goals past West Ham without reply, and Newcastle were 0-2 against Everton last weekend, before coming back for a 3-2 win. The teams down there are really giving it their all now and these are not easy games to win.

Bournemouth probably just need one more win to feel they are safe from relegation fears, but if they want to challenge their best every points score they need to get to the 40-point mark as soon as possible. Playing the teams who could finish below and in and around the Cherries is ultimately going to decide where Bournemouth finish.

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A few weeks ago, Newcastle were down near the bottom of the table but they have been revitalised and have really kicked on in 2019, and are finding it much easier to pick up points. So, Bournemouth will need to defend well against Rondón and company to hold off Newcastle. They didn't manage that earlier in the season, so the next game will be a test to see if Bournemouth have found a way to defend better against this attack.

Are Bournemouth better with Mepham in the side?

Chris Mepham is starting to get a run in the team now and I feel he is starting to really get an understanding with Nathan Aké as a centre-back partnership. The height of Mepham has added a bit of aerial security and his easy manner on the ball has really been impressive.
Chris Mepham is quickly setting in to Premier League life.
Pushing Steve Cook out of the side probably would not have happened for Mepham this season, but for the injury to Cook. But the benefit for Bournemouth will be tremendous if they can get Mepham playing regularly through to the end of this season. I don't see why he can't make the position his, although I also believe Jack Simpson is equally well equipped to do the job.

It will be a sharp learning curve for Mepham, but being thrown in at the deep end has to happen at some time. With the team's problems in winning away from home, it was a good time for him to come in and add something new. He fights really had for the ball and his good positioning is starting to be realised, as he is making important blocks and tackles when the team has been stretched.

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The future looks promising for Mepham. It underlines to me that the recruitment of British players is really going well at the club. Brooks and Mepham are good enough to be in the starting 11. We will see what Howe does this summer for new signings, but he might believe that the British players still have most to offer the club at this stage of its development. I don't know of many fans who wouldn't like to see Nathaiel Clyne sign a permanent deal and we'll have to see if Solanke can get some games to press his starting case. 

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Fraser is having his best season at AFCB

There might have been some big names back in the team for the away trip to Huddersfield but the star of the game for me was Ryan Fraser. He took a really nasty challenge in the second half, but it didn't slow him down and he is starting to look a very good player when he and Callum Wilson work together.
Fraser has become a main man at AFCB. He is easily
one of Howe's most consistent performing players
Callum said in his post-match interview that the two of them have a telepathic understanding. Fraser certainly seemed pleased to have Callum back in the side as the two of them tend to feed off each other. Having a target man to aim for, who you know is likely to finish most of his chances, is great to have in any side and Fraser has shown that he is the assist man this season and has no trouble in finding Wilson game after game.

Fraser has matured and he is now a mainstay of the team. I believe he has also benefited form the arrival of David Brooks who has taken many plaudits. But Fraser now has a player that he has to try and do as well as, because Brooks has also been consistent with his performances. The two of them are having a close competition to see who will score more goals this season, behind King and Wilson. Who is your money on?



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Taken as a whole, this has to be Fraser's best season to date. He has had a good run in the team and it is difficult to imagine anywhere else playing on the left wing. He is one of the players that puts the work rate in and is always looking to do better. He's a player that I still believe is underestimated by many opposition teams, but AFCB fans know that he has become one of our most important players.

Do Bournemouth need European football to hold on to stars?

There was a big message from Callum Wilson in the Bournemouth Echo saying that he and the club were still targeting a seventh placed finish. It would be a remarkable achievement to get really close to even challenge Wolves and Watford who are now six and seven points ahead of the Cherries, but while it's possible, it is right that AFCB don't give up hope.

What is more questionable is whether Bournemouth need European football yet? It has to be a long-term aim but to get it now would perhaps be too soon. It didn't do Burnley much good this season, and AFCB are a similar or perhaps even smaller club. There is arguably not a right or wrong time, but if the players are starting to crave that next step and become disappointed, and they fall short of seventh place, as seems likely, would it make players like Callum Wilson more attracted to a move this summer?

Wilson is one who is moving quickly forward in his personal ratings and he could leave the club behind in its own development, if it doesn't make the step up to European football. It seemed very unlikely that ADFCB would develop players that could get into the national squad, but it's happening now and the more international players that are at the club, the more likely that European football is achievable.

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It makes me wonder whether the club would look to bring in a more experience player this summer, who has already been playing in tat least the Europa League. Bournemouth have to be seen to be growing to keep their own stars happy about the project, and while Howe is bringing in players of a young age to try and achieve the European goal together, he may need a bit more experience on some positions to make AFCB a better challenger to the places, where Wolves and Watford currently sit. I'd say Howe has another season or two to try and get into Europe at least, before one or two players might be more eager to play for a team that is already playing European football.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Clean sheets is what Bournemouth should celebrate

There has always been a lot of stress put on Eddie Howe's teams to score goals. There should perhaps be more congratulations though when the team gets a clean sheet, as it is an area of the game where the Cherries still have a lot of ground to make up with on other mid-table teams in the Premier League.
Boruc is playing his part in keeping the goals down.
The goals against column looks rather poor with only Burnley, Cardiff and Fulham letting in more goals this season. Its the one aspect of the game that could seriously trip Bournemouth up in future seasons, if they can't find away of reducing the goals against. With top defenders like Aké and Clyne in the team for most games now, it is likely that the goals against might start to slowdown. Mepham is also showing an aptitude for the game that could push him ahead for Steve Cook for the start of next season.

If Howe is to get Bournemouth challenging for the top positions in this league the greatest room for improvement is at the back. It's hard to put your finger on why Bournemouth do concede so many goals, but they do play with an open side that can be their downfall when they lose the ball high up the pitch and the individual mistakes always seem to rack up.



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With Jefferson Lerma in the team there is more physical aggression in the team, but Bournemouth are still perhaps a player or two light in having the same kind of attributes of Lerma. He shuts down players very quickly and is a great ball winner, and if Bournemouth can find another strong ball winner it might well take some pressure off the back line and reduce the goals against.

What Bournemouth need to do is look at their games when they are getting clean sheets and assessing closely what is helping them to achieve that. Huddersfield didn't get shots on target and Bournemouth have to make more teams with better attacks than this struggle to get shots on target when they play Bournemouth.

Is King fatigued?

While Bournemouth have been pleased to welcome Callum Wilson back, the match against Huddersfield was a tough one for Josh King. There was plenty of willing endeavour from King, but he couldn't find his clinical finish and was perhaps starting to show that he needs a rest as much as some of the other players who have missed some games through injury.
Josh King has played 27 games in the Premier League this season.
The problem with having a small squad is that there is little room for rotating players and with every game being so important Howe is reluctant to leave his big hitters out of the team for a game. I just believe that some players need a boost by being rested for a game or two at some point, and King has been leading the line for game after game.

Against Huddersfield King had many chances to score and none better than the opportunity in the second half when the ball was tantalisingly bouncing right by the goal line. It looked as if King blocked his own shot, but Stanovich might have got a toe in to stop King from scoring. King did tend to snatch at a few of his chances and may be wondering how come he came away with no goals that afternoon.

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Usually King links up well with Wilson but it was Fraser who was making the most of Bournemouth's number 13's return. King's game is all about high energy and he will want to do better on his next outing. To replace him with Mousset, Surridge or Solanke is going to be a big call for Howe to make this season, and it means King has to really look uninterested to find himself out of the picture. Yet, his current form has dipped and while he scored from the spot against Wolves, it was back in January when King last scored in open play against Chelsea.

Monday, 11 March 2019

Wilson has been the missing link

Bournemouth look so much more effective when they have Callum Wilson in the team. They might have beaten Chelsea at home without him, but when Wilson is in the side there is always a feeling that he can score a goal.
Wilson continues to add goals to the team.
Whether other team members find it hard to believe that they can win games without Wilson is something that perhaps Eddie Howe needs to work on with them. There is no doubt that Wilson believes he is a match winner, and can score every time he goes out onto the pitch. He now has his 50th goal for AFCB having netted against Huddersfield at the weekend.

Even this season it has been hard to get an injury-free Wilson for the big games. He does get knee problems, which is perhaps to be expected after is two cruciate ligament breaks, but with the material around one of his knees now cleaned up it will be interesting to see if he can go these last eight games without any further troubles. He says he has been working hard with the physio team to ensure he can play 90 minutes, and he clearly wants to give his best whenever he puts on an AFCB shirt.

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Wilson has become a talisman for the team for sure. He seems to revel in the extra attention and pressure and when things are going well for him it looks a very simple game to play. He does need good service though, and it is Ryan Fraser that I believe he has a lot to thank for his nickname of Bournemouth's goal machine.

AFCB's away day blues finally lifted

Although the away fixtures have been hard, it was really about time that Bournemouth got a result away from home. We no longer have to go back as far as 27 October to remember a good away performance, and the way Bournemouth achieved their 2-0 win was extremely pleasing.
Lerma was a powerful addition in midfield for AFCB.
For once, it wasn't Artur Boruc who was the busier keeper. He only had to make one punch away and a dolly catch in the first half from a blunt Huddersfield attack. But more than that, it was good to see some solid defending from Mepham and Aké. Even when that defensive block was disrupted, with Adam Smith having to come off, Nathaniel Clyne stepped straight in and the balance of the team was not affected.

Where Bournemouth were really strong in this game was on the counter-attack. In some matches the movement from defence to attack hasn't really come off, but with Wilson and Fraser on form it was back to business. The fast passing and movement has to be just right to get behind teams and with Fraser's running, Bournemouth were able to open the door of Huddersfield's defence.

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When the second goal went in there was no doubt about the outcome of the game. Bournemouth didn't come under any pressure and really Josh King and Callum Wilson had moments when they'll look back and think the margin of victory could have been bigger.

Bournemouth now have a good result behind them and Eddie Howe can look back and feel vindicated that the result against Man City was helpful in keeping morale high for the Huddersfield game.

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Wilson and Fraser nudge Huddersfield closer to relegation

Match Report
Huddersfield Town 0 v 2 AFCB
9 March 2019
Appearance: 22,304
He's back.
Gareth Southgate was watching on to see Callum Wilson get the early first half goal in this game. The England striker had a simple chest finish to put the Cherries ahead and with better shooting from King and Wilson it could have been two or three goals in the first half. Bournemouth did lose Adam Smith to a hamstring pull and Howe knew the team needed a second goal to ensure the points with the wind making it difficult for players to make accurate crosses. The second goal came mid-way through the second half with Wilson squaring the ball to return the favour for Fraser, who wrapped things up. King could have added to the score, but he couldn't make the most of his chances. The only sour note was injuries to Adam Smith and David Brooks.
Lerma was also back.
There was a mixed bag of team news with Callum Wilson making and Jefferson Lerma making it back into the team. Charlie Daniels and Adam Smith kept their places, while Nathaniel Clyne and Jack Simpson moved to the bench. There was no Jordan Ibe or Dan Gosling on the bench, but Dominic Solanke was back on the sidelines.
Huddersfield were fighting for their lives.
Match Description
Jefferson Lerma gave the first free kick away in the first minute with both teams scrapping for possession early on. Billing fouls King and Bournemouth look to be trying to pass their way out of defence.

Wilson stretches his legs but can't get on the end of a long pass. Huddersfield give an early corner away. Brooks mis-hits a shot. Surman and Lerma almost break on Huddersfield but are dispossessed.

Billing wins a free kick on the left side of Bournemouth's box.  Boruc punches Mooy's shot clear for a throw. A long shot goes wide from Durum. A strong run from Fraser and Wilson just can't get to the ball in front of goal.

Gareth Southgate is sitting behind Jeff Mostyn in the stands. Huddersfield's build up play is good, but only Mounie is getting in the box for them. Bacuna plays into Pritchard but the shot is well over.

Fraser plays in Wilson and Lössl has to make a good save with his legs. King does well to hold off a player, but puts a poor pass in aiming for Fraser on 17 minutes.

Great ball out of defence and Brooks finds Fraser who is away on the left, through to Wilson and off the striker's chest and into the net 0-1 on 20 minutes. Super ball across from Fraser for the goal. That's Wilson's 50th league goal for Bournemouth.

Bournemouth on the attack again have a corner. It's punched clear. Huddersfield get the ball in the box, but there's no shot. Kachunga does get a shot away, but Boruc catches it easily.

Huddersfield corner. Lerma heads away and Brooks wins a free kick. Daniels breaks into the box and wins a corner on 29 minutes. Daniels puts in a cross but it's too deep.

Mounie plays a horrible ball out of play, when he had blue and white shirts all around him. Brouc does well coming for a high cross. Wilson has a free kick with Stankovic all over him. The ball is wasted and straight to the keeper. Both teams are having problems with the wind. Mounie spoons a cross over the top and out of play.



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Fraser wins a free kick and there's a booking for Bacuna. Huddersfield get the ball away. Brooks floats a ball in to King but the shot is taken first  time and goes wide on 41 minutes.

Adam Smith might have pulled a muscle. Yep, left hamstring. Adam Smith is coming off. Huddersfield were unhappy about Smith going down off the pitch and then coming back on to sit down and get attention.

AFCB are down to 10-men for the moment. Wilson puts the ball out so that Clyne can come on on 44 minutes. Brooks on the break and Lerma has a cross blocked.

Two minutes of added time have gone up. Boruc gets hold of the ball again. It's half-time 0-1. Bournemouth have had 45 per cent of the possession, three shots and two on target. Huddersfield have had 55 per cent possession, three shots and one on target.
Bournemouth were 0-1 up at half-time.
Second half
Löwe replaced Billing at half-time for Huddersfield. An early cross from Huddersfield lands at Daniels's feet. Wilson has barged his man over.

Mepham has to get a foot in as Huddersfield probe their way forward. Fraser is fouled by Mooy. Lerma plays it up to King who is in the clear. He looks to square it, but its a covering block that comes in for a corner. What a shame, Wilson was ready to receive the ball in front of goal.

The ball is out for another corner. Fraser to take. The keeper drops the ball, but is fouled by Mepham. Aké makes a mistake, but Mepham reads it well and drives the ball out of defence.

Pritchard goes down a bit easy according to the referee from a challenge from Aké on the line of the box. Fraser gets a nasty challenge from Stankovic who is booked.

Bacuna has a wild shot which loops over. Aké gets a strong tackle in. Huddersfield are making a sub. Mounie departs for Grant to come on after 61 minutes.

Wilson tumbles over Bacuna and Huddersfield have the free kick. King on the break over runs it. Brooks gets treated and he's now subbed for Solanke on 65 minutes. He is walking off very gingerly. Mooy has a shot that Surman blocks.

King plays a ball forward for Wilson and he squares it, Fraser is free and scores bottom right corner on 66 minutes 0-2.

King goes for goal and Lössl has to make a fine save to his right. Solanke robs the keeper and Clyne scoops the ball over.

King on the run and his ball is too long for Solanke. Fraser gets back to block Durm. Huddersfield have a corner. Pritchard puts in a good cross and Mepham blocks Jorgensen.

Daniels has some instructions given to him from the bench. King goes on a run and the shot from Wilson bobbles up straight into the arms of Lössl.

Boruc now makes a save from Kachunga at the other end for a corner. Kachunga is subbed on 76 minutes and Rowe replaces him.

Huddersfield though the middle, Pritchard and Grant, but Mepham puts a great challenge in. Amazing tackle from Mepham to get back.

Mepham slips. Mooy has a shot blocked. Lerma gets the ball away. King has fouled Stankovic. Huddersfield have been given a corner. It's volleyed away by Surman. Lerma still has to get a block in on Zanke.

Boruc comes out well as Huddersfield over hit a ball. Solanke is fouled by Schindler. Wilson has a free kick wide on the left, just four minutes to go. Aké with a head is saved and King has the ball by the post but can't get it over the line. King goes down but doesn't get a penalty. It looked like King saved his own shot that was going in! Fraser has been booked.

Fraser puts in a cross from the left and King fires wide from six yards. Mousset is coming on. Daniels puts the ball out for a corner.  Boruc and Aké clear.  Mooy is carded for a deliberate handball.

King is subbed for Mousset to come on after 90+1 minutes. Three minutes of injury time being played. Daniels blocks a cross for a corner to Huddersfield. Solanke gets it clear and that's the full-time whistle.
Fraser wins the game for AFCB.
Summary
Bournemouth had they key men back to win this game. The first half from Wilson gave Bournemouth breathing space and it was Ryan Fraser who was getting the Cherries ticking. Meanwhile, Lerma was soaking up all the loose balls in midfield. Boruc had little to do, but that was often because Mepham was making crunch tackles just in time. This is just what Bournemouth needed. The terrible away pointless run is over after nine games and Bournemouth are on the verge of certain safety.

AFCB Subs

Begovic, Rico, Simpson, Clyne, Surridge, Mousset, Solanke

Cherry Chimes' MOM: Ryan Fraser

AFCB Ratings
Boruc 6, A Smith 5 (Clyne 6), Mepham 7, Aké 7, Daniels 6, Brooks 7, Lerma 8, Surman 5, Fraser 9, King 6, Wilson 7

Ref Watch: Anthony Taylor 5/10 made one odd corner decision, but booked the players when they deserved a card.

Huddersfield Town
Lössl, 7 Bacuna, 25 M Jorgensen, 26 Schindler, 37 Durm, 27 Stankovic, 10 Mooy, 8 Billing (Löwe 45), 21 Pritchard, 9 Kachunga (Rowe 76), 24 Mounie (Grant 61)


Huddersfield Subs
12 Hamer, 15 Löwe, 16 Grant, 33 Hadergjonaj, 41 Daly, 42 Puncheon, 44 Rowe

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