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PREMIER LEAGUE | Saturday 10th September 2016
ATT: 11,184 | REF: Friend | HALF-TIME: 0-0
HOW AFCB LINED UP
GOALS & CRUCIAL MOMENTS
79 mins | CALLUM WILSON | AFC Bournemouth
Adam Smith in acres of space on the right fired in the ball to Wilson from the edge of the box. Wilson did the rest with a clever backheel that sneaked into the bottom corner giving Ben ’24 seconds’ Foster no chance.
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
4 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM AFCB v WEST BROM
01. ARTUR BORUC IS STILL ON FIRE
As we have mentioned before Boruc has looked like a new man this season and once again when the defence was breached Boruc was on hand to keep the score at 0-0. There were two occasions when West Brom put the ball in the box and he produced two point blank saves to save the day. Once again without him we could have easily lost the game (though undeservedly).
02. WILSHIRE DOESN’T LOOK OUT OF PLACE
Much has been made of Wilshire coming to Bournemouth and many a joke about his fitness, but the boy doesn’t look out of place. He had to wait for his debut, starting on the bench and a decision that we think Eddie got right. Howe is slowly easing him into the season and this helps him with his fitness and helps him integrate into the squad better. If anyone had lost their place to Wilshire, it may well have been undeserved and could have caused issues between some of the squad. His time will come when he is ready, or when Eddie thinks he is ready.
On the pitch he blended pretty seamlessly with the team when he came on and showed what he is all about. He never looked like losing the ball when he got it and played some neat and clever touches. Just wait until he is fully fit and integrated into the team, he is going to be awesome.
03. CALLUM WILSON IS BACK
Callum Wilson Bournemouth’s Goal Machine, got his first goal in almost a year and boy did he look happy. He has slowly but surely been working his way back to being the player he was before his injury. Each game he has got better and better and it was only a matter of time before he was going to score and it was a goal well worth waiting for. He showed much more of what he is about, running off the shoulder of defenders, running the channels, using his pace and strength and of course a smart eye for goal.
The goal will give hm confidence and surely be the catalyst for him to start scoring on a regular basis. West Brom may not be a great Premier League team but they know how to defend and Wilson had to produce something special to get what he deserved. Hat-trick against Man City next week.
04. WE CAN DEFEND FOR 90 MINS
West Brom helped make it easy by not playing their normal game, or any sort of game. The defence held firm and defended the area well when they had to at the beginning of the second half when West Brom finally decided to join the party. Balls were coming into the box on a regular basis but Cook, Francis and co were there to get the ball away. We thought that Charlie Daniels didn’t have one of his best games, in parts he look a little jaded, and slow, getting rolled on a few occasions.
13, UNLUCKY FOR SOME
Our first three points of the season were very welcome and deserved. It was good to see Stanislas back and playing well. But it raised the question where was Fraser, he wasn’t even on the bench. Has he been on International duty?
It was the first game of the season where we really had a good chance of getting a win. It never seemed likely that it would be a high-scoring game. It was much more likely to be a game where first goal wins and so it proved.
We think that we have been lacking the cutting-edge that we had last season. Our build-up play is slower and not as incisive, but against West Brom elements of that game were creeping back in. Wilson was prominent up front and Ibe on the left looked more productive that he has been so far this season. But, worryingly he still fades out of games quite badly. Thankfully we have a good bench to compensate.
Man City will be a real test for our defence and style of play. Will they beat us 5-1 again? No, they have some great players, but we are better organised and better versed in how the Premier League works. Will we win? You never know, remember nothing is impossible.
WHAT THE FANS SAID ON TWITTER
— Tim (@KeepingItAFCB) September 11, 2016
Why do people moan about our placing on MOTD? What game from our last 3 have been worthy of anything other than the end of the show?! #AFCB
— Adrian (@AyJayL) September 11, 2016
— stephen allen (@stevecherries) September 11, 2016