Thursday, 22 October 2020

Bournemouth drop to fourth with 1-1 draw at Cardiff

Bournemouth stepped up their game at Cardiff knowing they could go second with a win. While Harry Wilson threatened to score early on, it was Dominic Solanke that broke the deadlock after Stacey slipped a cross in front of goal that Slanke easily buried on 35 minutes. The second half turned when Harry Wilson scored on the hour to make it 1-1 in what had become an end to end game. Despite free kicks from Harry Wilson and Junior Stanislas that both hit the bar neither side could grab a winner.

Solanke scores but it's not enough to earn AFCB a win.

Jason Tindall decided not to include Josh King in the squad for the Cardiff game, headache or not. Instead, Junior Stanislas and Arnaut Danjuma came into the starting line up for Lewis Cook and Sam Surridge who both moved to the bench. Riquelme also made the bench but there was still no place for Bournemouth's other summer signing, Cameron Carter-Vickers. David Brooks also seemed not to have recovered from his knock.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Match Description
Cardiff go on the attack with Harry Wilson who pulls a shot wide from outside the box. Cardiff have a corner. Mepham wins a free kick. Adam Smith is fouled.

Danjuma gets forward for AFCB and has a shot saved by Smithers. Danjuma into Adam Smith he shoots but right at the keeper.

Danjuma wins a corner. Cardiff have a free kick. Hoilett shoots over the bar. Stacey losses the ball.

Adam Smith is fouled. Bournemouth are winning quite a few fouls. Lerma to Stanislas and the pull-back doesn't find a Bournemouth player.

Bagan crosses Ojo and Vaulks fires over. Stanislas and Adam Smith go forward. Rico to Stanislas and he wins a corner off of Morrison. 

Stacey is closed down. Cardiff clear. Rico intercepts a pass to Harry Wilson.  

Solanke is in the area but Smithers is out to stop I'm. Stacey and Gosling misses the ball and Lerma shoots but the keeper saves.

Harry Wilson and Ojo, but Steve Cook clears. Rico is making a lot of clearances as Cardiff are strong down their right. Stanislas away from Pack. Smith puts in the cross but Stacey can't get a good enough touch.


Adam Smith for Lerma, Rico and Solanke tries to get free Lerma, great ball and Stacey across the face of goal and Solanke has scored! Super vision and pass from Lerma and Stacey put in the perfect cross for Solanke on 35 minutes. That will do Solanke a lot of good.

Ojo and Wilson shoots wide. Could have been 1-1 but Wilson couldn't finish. Big chance for Cardiff missed. Stanslas to Danjuma. Lerma now and Rico into the box but Stacey can't head well enough. Solanke goes high and wide with his shot.


Bagan hits a cross but it's overhit. Lerma for Adam Smith and Stanislas shoots well wide. Stanislas and Danjuma is tackled. Gosling up to Stacey and the cross s cleared. Bournemouth are putting some good moves together now. Add time in the first half.

Rico intercepts well. Glatzel almost put Ojo in.

AFCB possession 68%, 7 shots, 5 shots on target, 2 corners, 8 fouls
Cardiff City possession 32%, 4 shots, 0 shots on target, 1 corner, 9 fouls

Second half  
Stacey crosses but no Bournemouth player can get there. It would have been a tap in at the far post. Rico with a corner short to Solanke. Rico's cross is headed away.

Gosling to Danjuma on his left, Smith wins a corner. Mepham and Cook, up for the corner can't get their heads to the ball. Danjuma to Stanislas and it's deflected wide, corner. Bournemouth are in charge here.


Mepham gets closest to the corner but it's out for a goal kick. Glatzel and Ojo but Gosling intercepts and wins a free kick. Rico concedes a corner. Harry Wilson crosses and it's cleared before Beovic has it from Pack.

Stanislas on the break, he does a one-two with Danjuma but Stanislas is closed down. Solanke goes to ground. Wilson to Glatzel but Steve Cook intercepts. Ojo to the fat post and Mepham heads clear.

Stacey and Solanke but Smithers keeps it out some how off the cross bar. Great on-handed save. Rico fouls. Good free kick area for Harry Wilson inside the D. It hits the cross bar! Begovic may have got a touch.

Morrison and Mepham puts it behind for a corner. Vaulks across the goal and Begovic tips it over for another corner. Mepham clears again.

Hoilett and Wilson equalises on 60 minutes 1-1. Cardiff were pressing and they have their reward. It just had to be Harry Wilson didn't it?

Ojo and Rico blocks. Morrison is offside. Lerma in the middle and Morrison fouls and is booked on 66 minutes. Good central position for the free kick, just outside the D. Stanislas, Danjuma and Rico stand over it. Stanislas smashes it against the cross bar! Pack is off and Ralls is on

Hoilett to Glatzel and Rico puts it behind. Headd wide by Nelson. Lerma up to Danjuma. Smith and Stanislas' shot on the turn is wide of the post.

Glatzel is subbed on 72 minutes for Moore. Dankuma into Stanislas, Adam Smith and Solanke has headed wide. Solanke was free but missed the target.

Hoilett and Steve Cook clears for a Cardiff corner. 15 minutes to go. Hoilett and Rico clears. Ojo fouls Rico. Ojo is gong off for Murphy to come on.

Harry Wilson looks for Moore but Rico reads it. Solanke is waiting, Bagan clears. Stanislas wins a corner. 

Wilson on the break. Riquelme is on for Danjuma. Gosling commits a foul. Bournemouth clear. Surridge is on for Solanke on 87 minutes.

Two minutes before added time. Stanislas to Riquelme who runs into Bacuna. Riquelme wins a free kick. Smithes catches the ball. Three added minutes. Ralls has been yellow carded.

Riquelme and Bacuna puts it out for a corner. Stacey and Surridge drives, but he is blocked as Adam Smith tries to finish but Smithes gets their first.

Simpson is on for the injured Adam Smith. Cardiff have a free kick. Riquelme and Simpson. Lerma to Gosling and Stanislas. Stacey back to Stanislas, Mepham, Stanislas and Cardiff clear.


The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
- it's available now for £11.49 as a paperback - visit Amazon to order

Bournemouth remain unbeaten but couldn't make the most of the chances they made. Stanislas came closest to winning it for Bournemouth but a point from an away game won't disappoint Tindall too much. Bournemouth had many senior players in the line-up but questions still surround the absence of Josh King and David Brooks. Adam Smith received a knock late on but it was good to see Rodrigues Requelme make his debut in a Bournemouth shirt.

AFCB line-up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Ofoborh, Billing, L Cook, Riquelme, Surridge

Cardiff City

12 Smithies, 7 Bacuna, 4 Morrison, 16 Nelson, 32 Bagan, 21 Pack (Ralls 67), 6 Vaulks, 27 Ojo (Murphy 78), 23 H Wilson, 33 Hoilett, 9 Glatzel (Moore 72)

Cardiff Subs: 1 Phillips, 8 Ralls, 10 Moore, 11 Murphy, 13 Benkovic, 20 Whyte, 22 Bamba

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