PREMIER LEAGUE | Saturday 5th November 2016
ATT: 11,084 | REF: Dean | HALF-TIME: 1-1
THE OFFICIAL VIEW – EDDIE HOWE
8 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM #AFCB v #SAFC
01. CAN SHOOT CAN’T SCORE
This was like watching Newcastle at home last season. Load of shots on goal combined with an inspired opposition goalkeeper meant only one goal. We were creating chances but it was one of those days when we couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net. Who was at fault? Everyone? No-one? It’s hard to pinpoint why we didn’t score (apart from Pickford). Let’s go with that it wasn’t us it was him (Pickford)
02. 48 HOURS LATER AND STILL DON’T BELIEVE WE LOST
We didn’t have our best game against Sunderland but it is still difficult to believe that we didn’t get something from the game especially after going 1-0 in front. We had 22 shots and 7 on target (according to the BBC) and only one goal. As soon as Pienaar got his second Sunderland shut up shop. I should know I was in the South Stand and the only time I saw Sunderland is when Smith tickled Anichebe for the penalty.
03. CALLUM WILSON IS STILL OUR NO.1 STRIKER
No Callum Wilson in any AFC Bournemouth matchday squad is a let down. He has been our number striker ever since he signed. Josh King was OK on the day, but he did little to unsettle a pretty poor Sunderland defence. Anichebe was showing how it should be done. He gave Smith and Francis a torrid time and scored a corker. It made us wonder if Wilson had been on the pitch would the game have been out of sight by half-time. Afobe came on but had little effect. He seemed to spend more time on the wings than in the middle where he would be most effective. So, it’s onto Stoke away and time to put things right (hopefully)
04. A BOURNEMOUTH PLAYER CAN PLAY FOR ENGLAND
A Bournemouth player playing for England. Believe it. Before this season the only hopeful would have been Supa Fletch, but he never got the call. Before the game much had been made of Adam Smith and Jack Wilshire getting a call. And there we have it, a recall for Wilshire, it was only a matter of time. He may offically be an Arsenal player, but it is AFC Bournemouth that have given him his chance again. Adam Smith, didn’t make it and if Southgate had been watching he may have thought not today.
05. THERE ARE NO EASY GAMES IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE
It’s a cliche but after the last two games it seems it is true. Boro away and Sunderland at home. My mate said, ‘I’m hoping to see four points when I get back of my hols’. We were in agreement, or at the very least two surely. What he got to see was nothing, zero points, but at least he didn’t have to watch us lose.
06. MIKE DEAN IS STILL A SH*T REF
This isn’t me being a blinkered Bournemouth fan. This isn’t just about his performance on Saturday. Every time I see this man in the pitch I think the worse and he seems to rarely disappoint. He was blowing up for all sorts of soft challenges, breaking up the game and generally not being very good. We do wonder why he is still a Premier League referee. Let League Two have him next year.
07. JORDON IBE NEEDS TO START JUSTIFYING HIS PRICE TAG
Jordon Ibe came with a big price tag and an emerging reputation. Neither in our opinion justified (from what we have seen). Eddie Howe will persist, and we have seen flashes of brilliance, but not enough of it. He gives the ball away too easily, and seems to like to over-complicate the play. He seems to thinks he can beat everyone. He can’t. Obviously Howe is losing patience as well, only giving him half a game, which was probably more than he deserved.
08. THE HOT DOGS ARE GOOD
Rarely do I eat at an AFC Bournemouth game, but after a light breakfast and a few pints before the game I was feeling peckish. Got down to the corner and got myself two of those bad boys. Booom. Very tasty.
5 AFCB v SUNDERLAND REPORTS WE DIDN’T WRITE
We saw the game, you probably saw the game. Everyone knows we lost to a team who haven’t won all season. We couldn’t be bothered to write a report. There’s already plenty of out there. Here’s five that we read.
Eddie Howe complains at lack of killer touch as Bournemouth lose to Sunderland
Match In A Minute – Bournemouth v Sunderland
Bournemouth 1 Sunderland 2: Defoe ends Black Cats’ winless run
Jermain Defoe spot-on at Bournemouth to give Sunderland first win