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PREMIER LEAGUE | 07th SEPTEMBER 2015 | ATT: 11155 | REF: Lee Mason (7/10)
Position: 18th | Played: 12 | W:2 D:12 L:8 | Points: 8
Its difficult to choose a single adjective that sums up the result against Newcastle. We can think of plenty for Newcastle, but its doesn’t matter what we say they still went home with three precious points.
How we didn’t manage to get even a point is one of football’s unexplained mysteries. In truth its not that difficult to explain the scoreline, they scored, we didn’t. There goalkeeper had a blinder and was the very reason that Newcastle got much more than they bargained for. The stats point out exactly how dominant the Cherries were, but they also point out the one crucial stat that decided the points.
The Cherries created numerous chances (see the stats below), too many to list here, but there were at least five clear cut chances. We are not talking half chances, we are talking serious goalscoring opportunities. If we had just scored two of them, victory would have been ours, but as we said Elliot was on fire and his best save was gancing Dan Gosling’s goalbound header on to the post to deny the Cherries once again.
It’s hard to argue with Eddie’s team selection. We are heading to the bare bones of the squad. There were more first-teamers on the bench or in the injury room than there were in the team on Saturday. There was no Boruc, Cook, Pugh and Murray along with long term injured Wilson, Elphick, Mings and Gradel.
The big problem for the Cherries is putting the ball in the back of the net. Josh King, backed up by Harry Arter and Ritchie and Stanislas provided the attacking threat. Is this the best we can offer? Looking at the squad on offer there was little else Howe could do. Should he have gone with two defensive midfielders and and a single striker. May be, but Newcastle offered so little he could have played a 2-4-4 and it’s unlikely that the Toon would have scored anymore.
SHORT ON STRIKERS?
It’s all about creating chances, the Cherries did that in abundance, and converting those chances into goals, we didn’t do that. Strikers are the key component when it comes to scoring goals. It’s their primary job and while AFC Bournemouth are not short on strikers, there are short on quality in the striking department. Who do we have and who would get in the team if Callum Wilson was fit? We have Josh King, Tokelo Rantie, Yann Kermorgant and Glenn Murray. In reality the only one who would get in the team with Wilson would be Murray. With Murray out (Is he injuried?) there is little left that are good enough for the Premier League.
Admittedly, Josh King had his best game for the Cherries against Newcastle, but it’s all still a learning process for him and he doesn’t have the finishing needed in the Premier League. But he is the best we have and Howe should be looking to partner him with Murray and adapt his game plan to get the best out of both.
OUR MESSAGE TO EDDIE HOWE – KEEP THE FAITH
Not sure Eddie Howe reads TFTSE too often, but if he is reading we have one simple message – KEEP THE FAITH. We the fans still believe in you and the players. We may be short of numbers, we may be losing games, but if AFC Bournemouth stick to their principles we will succeed. There is no doubt that losing key players will have an effect on results. But, it could be viewed a different way. If more of the squad get Premier League game time the better they will get. And when the injured players comeback the squad will be even stronger for the experience.