Saturday, 3 October 2020

Gosling stuns Coventry as Bournemouth win 1-3 away

Match Report
Coventry City 1 v 3 AFCB
2 October 2020

Dan Gosling finishes off Coventry City with a wonder strike

The Cherries sit proudly on top of the Championship after this result. They started extremely well with Jefferson Lerma picking his spot in seven minutes after a quick move down the left cut Coventry open. Coventry improved though with a few testing shots for Begovic before Lewis Cook went charging in on Ben Sheaf and gave a penalty away that Goodard scored six minutes from half-time. Dan Gosling then took the game away from Coventry with a side-footed finish in the box just six minutes into the second half. Gosling then pinged a superb strike in from 30-yards on the hour to make it 1-3. Matters got even worse for Coventry when Gustavo Hamer was red-carded with 22 minutes to go. Jason Tindall will hope this momentum can be continued after the international break.


Bournemouth made a couple of changes with Sam Surridge making his first start and Dan Gosling coming into the starting eleven for Arnaut Danjuma and Philip Billing. David Brooks returned to the bench as well, but Danjuma had a minor calf injury, while Josh King was left out because of a migraine, adding more speculation that he has played his last game for AFCB. There were only six players on the bench.

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Match Description

AFCB make a sharp start. Sam Surridge is quick to pinch possession. Bournemouth are dominating play but the ball seems to be out of play a lot. Still, Bournemouth are keeping the ball moving well.

Coventry are doing all the chasing. Solanke gets in behind but can't beat the last man. Ball back to Lerma and he fizzes it right in the corner on seven minutes. There was a lovely backheel by Gosling in the buildup and a well-weighted slid pass from Solanke before Lerma buried it with power. 

Stacey does some good cleaning up at the back. Adam Smith is brought down. Lerma is then fouled. Some neat play by Lewis Cook. Stacey has to do some covering to stop Giles from getting a cross in. 

The game has dropped off a bit since the start. Coventry are getting more of a foot in. Hamer has a shot from distance and Begovic saves to his right. The shot came from nowhere. Coventry's corner is headed away by Solanke.

Stacey crosses from the right. Adam Smith goes for a diving header, Gosling on the line can't get a touch and Surridge is there but doesn't head powerfully enough. It's cleared - a let-off for Coventry.

Hamer has another go from distance, but it's too high. Coventry are getting forward now. Solanke breaks but only shoots against Hamer. Gosling took a nasty tackle and Østigard, is booked. Rico fouls.
Solanke runs into Hamer and it's a foul. Lerma makes a good interception in Bournemouth's box. Surridge is offside. Surridge and Solanke are starting to link well.

Mepham crosses and gets a corner. Surridge's header is gathered by the keeper. Solanke on the turn forces a save from outside the box on 34 minutes.

Ball through, over the top Surridge heads on to Salanke who rounds the keeper and Hyam has to get his body between the ball and the goal, corner to Bournemouth.

Giles on the left through to O'Hare who curls it passed Steve Cook, but it's off the bottom of the post for a goal kick.

Lewis Cook has made a poor challenge on Ben Sheaf and it's a penalty to Coventry on 39 minutes. Matt Godden makes it 1-1 from the spot. Begovic went the wrong way.

Lewis Cook to Gosling and the shot has been blocked by Solanke. Bournemouth have a free kick. Adam Smith tackles Dabo well. Lerma wins a free kick. Gosling is fouled by Østigard. Good position just outside the box and central. Rico and Lewis Cook stand over it and Rico hots the wall. Two minutes of added time.

AFCB 58% possession, 10 shots, 6 shots on target. 2 corners, 8 fouls
Coventry City 42% possession, 4 shots, 2 shots on target, 1 corner, 8 fouls
Second half
Rose has replaced Østigard and Shipley has come off for Allen at half-time. Stacey gets a cross in and Adam Smith's header is picked up by the keeper. Lerma plays a great ball for Stacey and Gosling's shot is over. Poor finish from Gosling.

Rico fouls Dabo. Lewis Cook to Stacey, off Solanke and Gosling has slipped in Bournemouth's second on 51 minutes. A defender on the line couldn't get back. 1-2 to Bournemouth.

Stacey wins a corner. There will be another corner. Lots of headers and Surrdige puts a powerful header in and the keeper just stretches enough to keep it out. Steve Cook heads wide from the corner.

In the last five minutes, Sky Sports say Bournemouth have had 87 per cent possession.  Bournemouth are turning the screw. 
Mepham plays it up for Surridge and Surridge is unlucky to be pulled up for that looked like a shoulder barge.  Rico wins the ball. Gosling has turned and blitzes the goal, that was pinged into the net from 30 yards! 1-3 Superb strike, majestic.

Lerma fouls. Surrdige cuts inside and hist a shot that is saved at the near post. Mepham takes a knock. Adam Smith is carded for taking down Dabo. Hamer has been sent off for raising his hands on Steve Cook! Steve Cook is also yellow carded for a push. The free kick is headed on, Callum O'Hare hits the side netting.

Bournemouth are playing the possession game now and working the ball. O'Hare is pushed over by Gosling who is carded. Rico goes in hard on O'Hare.

Billing is on for Lewis Cook on 77 minutes.  Solanke almost rushes the keeper. The game is playing out fairly quietly now after all the niggly stuff earlier this half.

The Disrupted Season (2019-20) completes the story of Eddie Howe's reign at AFC Bournemouth 
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Simpson relaces Rico on 83 minutes. Simpson puts a cross in that s cut out for a corner. Coventry substitute Giles for Sam McCallum on 87 minutes.

Simspon's cross is palmed away. Ofoborh replaces Gosling on 91 minutes. It's Ofoborh's first league appearance. Four added minutes.

Bournemouth fired themselves to the top of the table tonight and yet there is still more to come form the team. The strikes from Lerma and Gosling were precise and the whole team passed the ball well. There were some feisty moments to the match, but the Bournemouth players managed to keep their heads.  For an away performance it was a well-controlled game for Bournemouth even if they did let it slip at the end of the first half. There was a good attitude and players didn't want the three points to escape them. On to the next one.

AFCB line up
AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Ofoborh, Billing, Brooks, Anthony

AFCB Ratings
Begivic 6, Mepham 6, S Cook 5, Rico 5,  Stacey 6, A Smith 6, Gosling 8, Lerma 7, L Cook 6, Surridge 6, Solanke 6

Coventry City
1 Marosi, 2 Østigard (Rose 45), 5 McFadzean, 15 Hyam, 23 Dabo, 38 Hamer (Red card 68), 14 Sheaf, 18 Giles (McCallum 87),  26 Shipley (Allen 45), 11 O'Hare, 24 Godden

Coventry Subs
4 Rose, 6 Kelly, 8 Allen, 19 Walker, 20 Bakayoko, 21 McCallum, 31 Billson

1 comment:

  1. Not sure how the author can give Rico a miserly 5 rating. He was one of our best players.