Sunday, 26 January 2020

Can Bournemouth fight their way out of trouble?

It was a longer wait for Bournemouth to pick up a win in 2020 in the league than I had hoped for, but the win against Brighton & Hove Albion can be a starting point for something better. Losing to Watford and Norwich City was very damaging, but other teams have not picked up too many points, while Bournemouth were falling down the table. The situation is salvageable, but form is everything now.
Bournemouth have started to find form - can they keep it going?
Bournemouth got the win against Brighton despite a nervous first 30 minutes. The team was still not functioning that well, but was defending well enough to keep Brighton far enough from goal. What I did see that was better was the pressing from the front of the team. Bournemouth worked really hard just to win the ball high up the pitch. It made all the difference, because Brighton looked like the team that were taking risks at the back and not Bournemouth.

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How much energy and confidence can Bournemouth get from one win? It might not be as much as we'd like with Arsenal to play next in the FA Cup, but it is a free hit against Arsenal and the pressure will come on again when Bournemouth play Aston Villa at home. The Cherries have not done well against the teams around them and Howe will know they can't keep dropping points, especially at home.

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It's the old saying of making Dean Court a fortress. If the crowd can keep getting behind the team and giving the players that belief to put as much into games as they did against Brighton, they can fight their way up the league. The gaps are not enormous, but the sooner Bournemouth can string a few games together, the better their chances of getting the feeling that momentum is back with them.

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In other news, Jermain Defoe has signed a pre-contract to join Rangers from Bournemouth permanently this summer.

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