Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Were AFCB too desperate to score?

It is unusual for AFCB to be a team that struggles to create chances and make the most of their opportunities, but they didn't really get going against Norwich City. The team went out without Josh King, but was a credible attacking fore, so why did Bournemouth fail to register many significant chances against Norwich City?
AFCB didn't quite get the balance right up front but did ell at the back.

Firstly, you have to credit the visitors that grew into the game and commanded a slightly higher share of possession. Bournemouth didn't really use the ball well enough in the areas where it mattered. The only player for me that looked to quicken things when AFCB got in and around the box was Diego Rico. Most of the time he looked up first before trying to cross or pass, but there were one or two occasions when he lost possession just hoping that a quick pass would find a red and black shirt. I say that and for me Rico was the best Cherries player on Saturday.

Most of Bournemouth's creativity came from Rico or Callum Wilson running out wide and trying to make things happen. What I am saying is why weren't Ryan Fraser and Harry Wilson more effective on the wings in getting past their markers and finding gaps amongst Norwich's midfield and defence? It was no surprise that Danjuma was given a chance and we saw from him some of the attacking mentality that I felt was missing from the earlier play.

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I am not sure if Bournemouth were looking to be too precise. They had worked their way through the defence on a couple of occasions but didn't finish well - yes, Solanke's chance stands out. Callum Wilson's foot out to try and direct the ball goalwards in the second half from Rico was just great improvisation. Sadly, it didn't quite come off. I didn't get the sense that Bournemouth were really getting up a head of steam like they sometimes do and it was a bit fortunate and in part down to Ramsdale's skill in the end, that Teemu Pukki didn't quite find the bottom corner to give Norwich all the points.

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In other news, congratulations to Aaron Ramsdale on his new contract with AFCB.

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