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Remember the date, 13th December 2016, AFC Bournemouth were making history. No, not beating Premier League champions (we have already done that), but reaching our highest ever position in the top division of English football.
The 1-0 victory over Leicester City saw the Cherries climb to 8th in the Premier League. Say that again – Eighth. Nine points from relegation and nine points from a place in the Champions League. Neither a likely scenario in our humble opinion.
It may have only been for 24 hours, but it will be written in the history books, until we win the title of course.
8 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM AFCB v LEICESTER
01. MARC PUGH IS BACK
We love Marc Pugh, he’s one of the old guard and deserves his chance. In his first start of the season he did not disappoint. His link up play with Daniels, his Cruyff turn and goal scoring instinct were all in plain sight. Welcome back Mr P
02. JACK WILSHIRE IS CLASS
It’s been said many times but Jack Wilshire adds a new dimension to our play. He rarely loses the ball, is always aware of what’s happening on the pitch and makes things happen. And, this is exactly what he did against Leicester. Sign him up, Arsenal don’t want him.
03. LEICESTER DON”T LOOK LIKE CHAMPIONS
Leicester City Champions your having a laugh. We wanted Leicester to win the title and we are glad they did, but they didn’t look anything like the team of last season. Many of the same players, but not the same style. They had two forms of attack, long ball over the top to Vardy (almost worked once) and long throw-ins. Shame.
04. POSSESION IS 9/10THs OF THE LAW
It was a weird game to start. We know Leicester like to play counter-attacking football, but the Cherries had over 70% possession. It was very much a slow burner as the ball was going left, right and occasionally forward. Eventually that possession counted as Adam Smith got forward passing to Afobe who’s shot was saved. But coming in on the opposite flank it was Mr Pugh to volley home.
05. COOK & AKE NO.1 PAIRING
Much has been made of who should be playing where in recent weeks. Everyone’s got an opinion it would seems and so have we. One pairing that works for us is Cook and Ake. They were immense against Leicester, both getting in crucial tackles when needed. There is the still the issue of where to play Adam Smith. Some say Francis should be dropped, but were are not so sure. He does his job and is a great crosser of the ball. He fits perfectly into the current formation. Let the debate begin.
06. WILSON IS NOT RIGHT
Is Callum Wilson suffering from a niggling injury? Is he homesick? Or, is he simply out of form. Whatever the reason Wilson is not firing ion all cylinders. After his goal against West Brom, he has struggled to score and over the last few games struggled to make any impact. Bring back the old Callum, that’s who we want to see.
07. 7 PLACES FROM TOP SPOT
Think back to when Eddie Howe first took charge back in 2010. League Two, -17 points etc, etc. Close your eyes and wake up six years later and AFCB have reached the heady heights of eighth in the Premier League. Surely, it’s all a dream, right.
08. WE’VE MISSED CHARLIE
When Charlie Daniels was out injured Eddie had a dilemma in trying to fill that left sided slot. He tried Brad Smith (a naturally left-sided player). He did OK. Then he tried Adam Smith (a naturally right-sided player), not his greatest day in a Bournemouth shirt. Charlie Daniels comes back and all is well again. I struggle to see what his doubters are on about. A discussion for another day.