Monday, 31 August 2020

A 2-1 first defeat for Tindall's AFCB

Jason Tindall's Bournemouth played their first friendly fixture of the summer. It was the first game under JT's management with Bournemouth going down 2-1 to Benfica. The Cherries played well, but couldn't keep the long range shooting of Benfica out. All the goals came in the first 21 minutes with Benfica's Adel Taarabt scoring first after 14 minutes. But Bournemouth equalised in the next minute, when Rico cut a ball back for Danjuma to slot home. Begovic was beaten a second time when Everton swivelled to score with a curling shot. It was Aranut Danjuma who sparkled for Bournemouth in a side that looked deprived of a fair few big names.
Danjuma played well enough to probably interest Benfica

The surprise pick of the team was to see Asmir Begovic as the first goalkeeper choice with Mark Travers left on the bench. Whether Tindall felt that playing a Champion's League team needed a n experienced keeper, or whether he was wanting to shield Travers in the first game under his reign is unknown, but it would be quite a statement if Begovic was keeper for Bournemouth's first game against Blackburn Rovers in a few week's time. Mark Travers did get to come on in the second half and did no harm to his campaign with a clean sheet.

Callum Wilson was out with an Achilles injury and no doubt awaiting the phone to call from Tottenham, while David Brooks was said to have an ankle complaint, which might suggest that he is also expecting a call from Manchester United soon. The only regular to otherwise feel perhaps aggrieved with being on the bench were Philip Billing and Dan Gosling, as Lewis Cook and Jefferson Lerma started in central midfield. Adam Smith was also preferred to Jack Stacey at right back.

While Lewis Cook was at fault for losing the ball ,before Benfica's first goal, Bournemouth managed a flurry of attacks and Danjuma looked a player who will be a big weapon for Bournemouth, if he can keep this kind of performance going. The central partnership of Steve Cook and Lloyd Kelly seems set, and Solanke and Surridge will look to build a strong partnership up front. Of the U21s drafted in, it was good to see Zemura, Anthony and Ofoborh get some minutes, but hopefully JT will be able to strength with a couple of signings before the season kicks off.

AFCB: Begovic (Travers 45); Smith (Zemura 73), S Cook (Ofoborh 78(, Kelly, Rico (Simpson 63) Stanislas (Kilkenny 63), Lerma (Gosling 45), L Cook (Billing 45), Danjuma (Anthony)78, Solanke, Surridge.

AFCB Subs: Travers, Stacey, Simpson, Zemura, Billing, Gosling, Ofoborh, Kilkenny, Anthony.

In other news, Spurs are said to be in talks with Josh King, reports TalkSport.

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