Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Bournemouth stutter to another defeat at lowly Derby 0-1

Match Report
Derby Co 1 v 0 AFCB
19 Jan 2021
AFCB fall flat at Derby County losing ground on the top two promotion places.

The Cherries slumped to another defeat and a goalless performance at Derby County. It was another game when they could have put some pressure back on the top teams, but they came away wondering where their form has gone. They managed no shots on target in the first half and Danjuma was constantly getting caught offside. Derby Scored when they were on top and from a corner, when Lloyd Kelly missed his header, and Bielik was there to hook the ball through his legs and into the goal. The second half saw Bournemouth throwing more bodies forward and Lloyd Kelly came closest to scoring with a strong header that Roos saved. Jack Stacey might also have levelled, but saw his shot go narrowly wide. It's not the result that Jason Tindall will have wanted, but Bournemouth have to show more desire than this if they want to get in the promotion picture. Derby worked harder, wanted it more and justifiably got the win.

Bournemouth just made the two changes with Lloyd Kelly replacing Diego Rico and Danjuma back in for Josh King. Billing and Riquelme were injured, while Jack Simpson is still waiting on a move to Cardiff City. Jack Wilshere did make the bench along with Chris Mepham.

Match Description
Danjuma has the first shot off a long raking pass from Carter-Vickers, which is blocked. If he had taken it first time, he might have scored. Jozwiak then puts a header on target but Begovic saves. Clarke is next to head wide. Derby are in control.

Solanke misses a good chance off a Jack Stacey cross. He got in the box but a weak contact and the chance is gone. 

Lerma is in the wars again clashing with Bielik after 11 minutes but totally accidental. Shinnie was giving Lewis Cook a lot of attention but Cook wins the free kick. Derby are pressing hard.

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Bielik pushed a good ball forward to Knight but Carter-Vickers sees the ball out. Neither team is giving any time on the ball to the other team. Lerma looks for Danjuma but the winger is offside.

Carter-Vickers is quite comfortable coming forward with the ball. Bournemouth don't have a lot of flow to their game though.

Bournemouth are keeping hold of the ball now. Jozwiak gets around Carter-Vickers and Steve Cook has to get across to stop the Derby attack. 


Buchanan gets in behind Stacey but Begovic makes a good save. Derby are getting closer and Steve Cook has to block Jozwiak. From the corner the ball is held up but Bielik has slotted it away through Kelly's legs, with Kelly no idea where the ball is after his missed header. Derby go 1-0 up on 32 minutes.

Bournemouth haven't got going. Knight drills a shot wide following a free kick. As soon as Bournemouth break they are getting crowded out. Knight has another wild swing at a shot that goes well wide.

Lewis Cook loses possession in his own half but gets away with it. Lerma finds Solanke but the forward's touch is too hard. Danjuma gets in the box but is tackled by Bird.

Second half
Josh King is on for Adam Smith and Cameron Carter-Vickers is subbed for Chris Mepham. An early cross from Danjuma and King heads at goal but it's saved. King and Solanke playing as strike partners in a 4-4-2  formation now. 

Bournemouth are still kicking long and hopeful. They need to get back to their short passing game. Lerma underlines the point kicking a long pass out of play.


Steve Cook almost puts King through. Bournemouth are dictating now. Knight gets on the end of a long ball past Mepham's head, but Kelly sees it out. Mepham goes over the top and Solanke gets to it, but hits the side netting.

Byrne gets free and could put it in the middle but goes for a shot that Begovic saves easily. Byrne has another effort more centrally and Begovic is behind it. Derby are more than holding on they have a corner. Lewis Cook has to stretch his leg out to clear one off the line from Clarke's header, great block.

King heads back across goal from a corner but Roos claims it easily. Surrdige is on for Danjuma on 63 minutes. Mepham plays the ball against Byrne and almost let Derby in. Stacey gets in behind and Kelly blasts the ball into the box, but no Bournemouth player can finish. The ball just held up and Solanke and Surridge couldn't sort their feet out in time.

Bielik has shot and Mepham has to block it. That was goal bound. Lewis Cook is booked for taking out Knight.


Surridge almost gets on the end of a long ball with Wisdom having trouble holding Surridge off. Stacey puts an deep cross but Surridge had gone short to the near post. The heavy pitch is probably not helping AFCB's game.

Wilshere is on for Brooks. Wisdom concedes a corner. Steve Cook and Lloyd Kelly heads it towards goal but the keeper somehow gets there to make the save with a strong left hand. That's the closest Bournemouth have come to a goal tonight.


Jozwiak is subbed by MacDonald. Another corner for Bournemouth. From a long throw, Lerma hits a shot onto the ground and Stacey hits it cleaner but it just evades the far post. Steve Cook has won a free kick.

Steve Cook puts the header wide. Just three minutes of added time. Mitchell-Lawson comes on for Knight.

I am not sure if it is the heavy pitches or a lack of steel but Bournemouth aren't getting the job done in tight games. They came up a Derby side that are battling to stay alive and Bournemouth didn't show the same will and determination. They got what they deserved with this second defeat in a row. They have to apply themselves more fully and while you could see it mattered to players like Steve Cook and Lewis Cook, who were throwing themselves at everything there were too many having a ride on the bus. The shots on target were absent first half and while Lloyd Kelly and Jack Stacey nearly got a point for the Cherries, they didn't deserve to get a point. Hopefully, it will make the team more hungry for points next game.  

AFCB lineup
AFCB Subs: 40 Dennis, 4 Gosling, 6 Mepham, 11 Wilshere,  
21 Rico, 24 Ofoborh, 27 King, 32 Anthony, 14 Surridge

AFCB Ratings
Begovic 8, Stacey 6, S Cook 9, Carter-Vickers 5, Kelly 6, A Smith 4, Brooks 4, Lerma 5, L Cook 7, Danjuma 5, Solanke 5

Cherry Chimes MoM: Steve Cook

Derby Co
21 Roos, 22 Evans, 2 Wisdom, 16 Clarke, 12 Byrne, 4 Shinnie, 5 Bielik, 26 Buchanan,
7 Jozwiak (MacDonald 81), 13 Kazim-Richards, 38 Knight (Mitchell-Lawson 90+2)

Derby Subs
3 Forsyth, 8 Bird, 9 Waghorn, 17 Sibley, 18 Whittaker, 37 MacDonald, 41 Gordon, 42 Mitchell-Lawson, 44 Foster

1 comment:

  1. One positive was that Wilshere added control in midfield in the later minutes. Now we don't have conventional wingers like Fraser, openings have to made by the wing backs or worked through the middle or else long through-balls from Lewis Cook. Either way, more control is required from midfield so that wing backs can crucially get forward and produce crosses.
    I am also beginning to wonder how bad the big names have to be for Gosling to get on the pitch. He has an eye for a goal, and I would have pushed him in behind the strikers instead of King.