PREMIER LEAGUE | Saturday 22nd October 2016
ATT: 11,201 | REF: Pawson | HALF-TIME: 0-0
THE OFFICIAL VIEW – HARRY ARTER
6 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM #AFCB v #THFC
01. EDDIE LOVES MAURICIO AND MAURICIO LOVES EDDIE
Before the game both managers were breathlessy extolling the virtues of the other. Was this some type of alternative mind games or genuine appreciation for the talents that both managers obviously have? Howe on Pochettino, “They (Spurs) have got an outstanding manager, I think he is up there with the very best. The way that his teams play, they don’t change. The intensity they play at is very hard to play against”
Pochettino on Howe “I like him a lot but that’s a question for him. Every manager has his ideas but he is great. All I saw from him is fantastic. I can repeat I like him a lot.” Get a room.
02. WE WERE A MATCH FOR A TOP 4 TEAM BECAUSE WE ARE A TOP 10 TEAM
Tenth in the Premier League. How we would have laughed when we were stood in the away end at Aldershot back in 2010. Seeing those bastards score late on and Warren Cummings getting sent off minutes later. There may have been the question ‘Had I had one, or more likely, ten too many? “Your pissed up you stupid twat”. But, it’s true we are tenth in the Premier League and in our humble opinion deservedly so. We stood toe-to-toe with a team who finished third in the Premier League last season and whooped our arses home and away. We almost out-spurred Spurs. We knew how far we had come when the yellow cards started coming out. European football next season?
03. HARRY ARTER HAS CHEEKS OF STEEL
Harry Arter can get a little over-excited on occasions, but after his meeting with Wanyama he may have had a good reason to get angry. Wanyama is a big unit and a bit of a hard man and it was obvious that he didn’t like Arter getting the better of him (fairly) earlier in the game. Once again Arter was on the case and Wanyama decided his elbow needed some exercise as it connected with Arter’s face. Didn’t even make a mark, that’s how hard Arter is. Was it deliberate? We say yes, Wanyama said no, the ref must have blinked and Arter accepted his apology and we move on.
04. JACK WILSHIRE DONT NEED AN AMBULANCE
Ninety minutes can be a long time in a football career, and Wilshire’s first start to finish since his time at AFC Bournemouth has shown he is on his way back to full fitness. We don’t think he had his best game in a Bournemouth shirt. Probably because he had to play 90 minutes and most Spurs players thought he was wearing an Arsenal shirt. The rivalry was obvious, he was dished out a few stiff challenges but got back up dusted himself off and carried on. Ironically, it was injuries/absense of others that meant he had to play 90.
05. REF SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPECSAVERS
The ref has a hard job, it’s all about fine margins, apparently. We reckon its all about blind margins. That makes little sense but Craig Pawson wasn’t really on his game yesterday, apart from the four Spurs yellows he handed out. The big decisions he seemed to blissfully ignore. Lamela’s second yellow that wasn’t, Wanyama’s wandering elbow, only got involved after Arter reacted. Danny Rose was stumbling around in the first half often needing an AFC Bournemouth player to help him keep upright. Pawson seemed scared to get out the second yellow and made some odd decisions, but it was an early start. Boring as it is to say consistency is what fans want to see from the ref and against Spurs we didn’t really get that.
06. IS HARRY ARTER ENGLISH?
Gareth Southgate was at Dean Court, looking suitably unimpressed in having to sit next to Jeff Mostyn for the whole game. Plenty of English talent on display, Walker, Francis, Cook, Dier, Wilson etc. Could make a whole England team from Spurs and AFC Bournemouth players (apart from a goalkeeper). Who impressed? We could have sworn we saw Southgate ask Mostyn ‘Is that number 8 Arter English?’
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