Thursday, 2 May 2019

Why is AFCB's form so erratic?

Knowing what kind of AFC Bournemouth is going to turn up on match day is starting to be quite a puzzle. The players themselves don't appear to know why they don't always find their playing style quickly in games, and it has been the slow starts that have been uncharacteristic for AFCB.
Can AFCB finish their home programme with a massive win over Spurs?
This is perhaps the one target that Eddie Howe and his coaches will expect to solve in the next two games as they might find playing well from the start will drive the team on, as it has when AFCB have scored in recent games. But how do you guarantee that your team starts well? AFCB tend to like routines and do the same kind of things before every match in the warm up. The mental side of the game is difficult to unlock though.

The challenge now is to play as well as the team can for the last two games and while Spurs are a top team, there have been some strange results in the run-in and AFCB have to go out with a confident mentality that they can get something from their last home match. With a record points total still to play for the players will be out to give it their all and perhaps the draw with Southampton has built a bit more resilience into the team which has found it hard to fight back when going a goal down.

Eddie Howe will know that the injuries have caused more problems than they would have wanted at this late stage in the season. His decision-making also has to be brave now to come up with a plan to ensure AFCB are competitive in these remaining two games. AFCB have worked hard to get something against Southampton, and they don't want the belief to suddenly be taken away again.

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