We like to leave writing anything AFC Bournemouth match related until the next day. First because we would have trouble typing after a few pints and perhaps more importantly we have a more circumspect view after a poor performance. Instead of waffling on like we often do we are going to do a quick round-up pick out what we did and didn’t like. For a change we are going to start on a positive note.
WHAT WE DID LIKE
HARRY ARTER – SMART, SNEAKY OR UNSPORTING?
The highlight of the match for us was when Harry Arter shouted something to distract Chalobah. At a guess it was ‘leave it’. Unsporting maybe, but perhaps Chalobah should be more aware of where his team-mates were, or maybe he should have just shot anyway. I think he was most annoyed that he fell for such an old trick.
BEGOVIC BEING MANUEL NEUEUR
Seems with no Boruc in goal and Ake in defence we have decided to start playing like some of the more progressive teams in the Premier League. Are we good enough to do it. Begovic is. Ake?
WHAT DID EDDIE SAY?
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
EVERYONE ON THE PITCH
Not quite sure was happening yesterday but the team never got going. We were sloppy in possession, we looked slow to the ball and too often played the wrong ball. There were no standout performers. Why? Eddie Howe said he couldn’t put his finger on it. He knows the players far better than us. Maybe a tweak in team and tactics might be the answer, but we expect more from those on the pitch and so does Eddie Howe. It will happen, let’s hope it’s against Man City
AKE PLAYING FROM THE BACK
This isn’t quite as black and white as it sounds, but Nathan Ake playing out from the back is a bit like Russian Roulette. We are just waiting for the mistake to come. You don’t know when but you know it’s going to happen. Steve Cook is better but he f*cked up yesterday but thankfully Begovic came to the rescue. Something to work on.
STOP PICKING ON SURMAN
Seems that is Andrew Surman’s turn to be picked on at the moment. Listening to some you would think it was all his fault that we lost. We know what he does and he hasn’t changed. When we are winning no-one notices, when were are losing then all of a sudden he’s to blame. Perhaps, it’s the team-mates alongside him that are not performing as well as they should. It’s a team game and rarely is one man at fault. Surman’s job is to keep the ball and he does (most of the time). It’s up to the others to do what they do. Would still like to see Lewis Cook get a chance though.
GIVING THE OPPOSTION CREDIT
We hate to do this, but Watford deserved a little credit for how well they played. They have a good manager who has them well organised and well disciplined. They all know their jobs and created plenty of chances. Thankfully, they didn’t take. We could have easily lost 4-1.
KEEP THE FAITH
Two games in and no points. On the positive side still not in the relegation zone. We are not great Premier League starters. The first season saw us lose to Villa and Liverpool, the second Man Utd and West Ham. It wasn’t until the third match that we picked up any points. So, it looks like it’s Man City who will feel the full force of the Cherries comeback (hopefully). It doesn’t matter that we have lost two games (that happens in football), what matters is the performance. And they need to be better. They will be, simple because they can’t get much worse :-). Keep the faith.