Sunday, 22 November 2020

The Cherries stage a dramatic comeback to blow Reading away 4-2

Match Report
AFCB 4 v 2 Reading
21 November 2020
AFCB's Lewis Cook hits a stunning goal as Bournemouth comeback for a 4-2 win

Bournemouth looked like they had lost their home unbeaten record with a hit and run first half from Reading that saw them go 0-2 up. Within the first few minutes, Bournemouth fell behind when Alfa Somedo went on a personal crusade to beat three Bournemouth defenders and slip along the byline where Asmir Begovic brought him down for a penalty. Lucas João made no mistake from the spot and while Bournemouth dominated possession, Reading made it 0-2 when Aluko bent his run from the right and slipped the ball past Begovic with ease. The second half change to bring on Mepham saw Kelly go to left-back, and it was his cross that brought Bournemouth back into the game, when Solanke buried the cross at the far post on 55 minutes. With Brooks then getting on the ball, he found Danjuma in space to make it 2-2, with plenty of time to go. Indeed, Lewis Cook then pulled out one of the goals of the season with a spectacular dipping shot that found the top corner and Solanke finished off the goal scoring with a chase down and tangle with the Reading keeper, which he came out on top of. Bournemouth went top of the table before the other games with this incredible comeback.

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 brought back Steve Cook to captain the side, replacing Chris Mepham. Ofoborh, Kilkenny and Anthony came into the subs bench which was now nine players strong.

Match description
Rico makes a good interception before bringing down Rinomhota. Reading's free kicks flated to the edge of the box but the offside flag goes up.

Semedo on the left. Lewis Cook is beaten and now Steve Cook, oh, no Begivc brings down Semedo - penalty! Lucas João scores bottom left corner. Reading are 0-1 up after some sloppy defending from Bournemouth. Begovic has also been booked.

Just four minutes gone. Rico plays a poor ball out of play. Bournemouth might as well still be in the dressing room. They seem half-asleep - all very relaxed. Lerma goes down in the box but he made the most of it and doesn't get the decision.

Danjuma takes on two and beats them into the box and his shot is off Morrison for a corner.  Kelly has to get a foot up to get the ball back to Begovic ahead of Lucas João.

Danjuma pulls the ball back for Brooks but the shot is blocked. Rico is not having his best game. On the break, Reading chip in a cross and Somedo heads wide on 13 minutes.

Bournemouth have a corner. An awful cross from Stanislas straight out of play. Solanke does well to set Danjuma away, corner. It will be another corner. Brooks loses it o the edge of the box.  Bournemouth are exerting some control now. 

Brooks on the turn hits a sharp shot but the keeper makes the save to his right. Somedo has a shot blocked.

Stacey gets forward for one of the first times but gives a foul away. Lewis Cook fouls Aluko on the edge of the box. The free kick goes harmlessly out of play.

Reading double up on Brooks to keep him out. Stacey has taken a knock. João and Aluko get free but Kelly just does enough. Solanke goes down easy in the box, nothing given. Ejaria just used his weight.

Lerma's cross is put out for a corner. Lerma heads wide from the corner. Rico intercepts well, he's playing better now. Solanke gets behind but Morrison puts it out for a corner. Stacey's cross is caught by the keeper.

Danjuma wins another corner. Reading win a foul. Ejario plays a good ball through and Aluko makes it 0-2. Bournemouth cut open and Rico didn't follow João. Lots of work for Tindall to do at half-time to keep the Cherries' unbeaten home record alive.

A wasted corner by Danjuma. Four minutes of added time. Brooks wins a free kick in a dangerous area. Stanislas bends it up and around the wall but the keeper saves well.

Second half 
Chris Mepham replaces Diego Rico at half-time. Kelly moves to left-back. Brooks fouls Aluko. Solanke does well to win a corner. Brooks is offside from his corner - poor.  

Lerma wins a free kick as he drives forward. Rinomhota made the foul. Stanislas and Brooks are over the ball again. Stanislas hits the wall.

Great ball in from the left off Lloyd Kelly's boot and Solanke makes it 1-2 on 57 minutes. Lewis Cook and Brooks now slips in Danjuma, it's in it's 2-2!  Danjuma just ran in between the defenders and the goal opened up for him on 58 minutes.

What a turnaround. Reading sub Esteves and Aluku for Holmes and Olise on 63 minutes. Luas João gets a shot away but Begovic saves well.

Stacey drives a cross sin and Solanke is beaten to it for a corner. Olisa wins a free kick and Danjuma is booked. Ejaria is subbed for Meiti on 74 minutes.

Oh, a wonderful goal from Lewis Cook. Brooks came inside from the right and Lewis Cook let fly with an absolute belter from 25 yards straight into the top corner. 3-2 to Bournemouth.

Stanislas is subbed for Riquelme on 78 minutes. Somedo is replaced by Sam Baldock on 80 minutes. Danjuma is offside.


Brooks is subbed for Simpson on 84 minutes. The header comes in from João and Begovic scrambles it out for a corner, amazing save. Begovic catches it this time. The ball was right on the line from the header but didn't cross the line. Begovic certainly saved two points for Bournemouth there.

Bournemouth scramble another ball clear. Solanke has caught Cabral out of his area. He has got away from him and scores 4-2.  Five additional minutes of play.

Lerma is subbed for Offoborh. Elisa shoots on target and Begovic makes another big save with his right boot.

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 go top of the table for a moment, but it was far from comfortable. A poor start of the game for Bournemouth put them in a difficult position which was totally unnecessary. The second goal put Reading well ahead and they played well enough on the break that it could have been more for the Royals. Lewis Cook has to look at himself for the first goal and Diego Rico for the second. But the first goal is the one that really highlighted Bournemouth were not at the races early on. For all the play in front of Reading's goal in the first half, Bournemouth also made far too many poor passes when they were trying to stretch the Royals. The corners were also wasted most of the time. Possession doesn't necessarily win you games. It was a great second-half turnaround to see Bournemouth get back level and the quality of Lloyd Kelly's cross did the damage at first. Danjuma got on the score sheet with his favourite cutting inside move and Bournemouth looked a different side. Then Lewis Cook's stunner capped off a remarkable comeback and Solanke's persistence got him his second goal to round things off. Great entertainment.

AFCB line-up

AFCB Subs: Travers, Simpson, Mepham, Gosling, Kilkenny, Ofoborh, Riquelme, Surridge, Anthony

AFCB Ratings
Begovic 8, Stacey 7, S Cook 7, Kelly 8, Rico 6, Brooks 8, Lerma 6, Stanislas 5, L Cook 7, Danjuma 8, Solanke 7

Cherry Chimes MoM - Begovic

33 Cabral Barbosa, 2 Pontes Esteves (Holmes 63), 6 Moore, 4 Morrison, 3 Richards, 8 Rinomhota,
28 Laurent, 14 Ejaria, 30 Semedo (Baldock 80), 24 Aluko (Olise 64), 18 Lucas João

Reading Subs
7 Olise, 9 Baldock, 11 Meite, 15 Gibson, 22 Southwood, 29 Holmes, 34 Tetek, 43 Watson

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