Monday, 2 September 2019

Bournemouth fell away at Leicester

It was disappointing to see Bournemouth fade so quickly at Leicester, after they had been hit with Vardy's pace. They did get one goal back quickly with Callum Wilson's goal, but it just didn't give Bournemouth the impetus to drive on. Once Leicester had the lead again, there was nothing that AFCB did that took the game to Leicester.
AFCB's defenders couldn't cope with long ball over the top to Jamie Vardy.
Bournemouth are too often ready to drop their heads when things aren't going their way I feel. I am sure the players are trying, but there needs to be more fight about the team when they go behind. In previous seasons we have seen great fight backs and real steel about this team, but I am worried whether it is there this season.

The team could be setup to be more defensive. Howe likes to attack which I commend him for, but if the team is going to concede three or more goals every week, how can he expect his strikers to win many games for the team? The first thing that every manager has to get right though is his defence. You make yourself hard to beat and build from there. I feel the foundations are not in place at the moment at the back, and unless the team works at this part of its game more religiously there will be more days like we saw at Leicester City.

When the players look at the table in the next couple of weeks they might agree that their performances have not been up to scratch in August. Still, they have got four points and that is better than none. They now need to get a big result to kick-start their season. One win can make the table a lot better at this stage and Howe's main job is to make the team more solid. He has to do that while knowing their is a weakness at left-back and that three centre-backs hasn't worked well so far. A clean sheet looks a long way away, but Ramsdale has the confidence to get one and the defenders on front of him have to start believing they can help the team achieve that. Only then can I see AFCB picking up their season.

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