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CHAMPIONSHIP | 27.09.2014 | ATT: 10114 | REF: Gavin WARD (7/10)
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POINTS COUNTDOWN | PLAYED: 9 | WON: 3 | DRAWN: 3 | LOST: 3 | Points: 12
EDDIE HOWE MATCH REACTION
MATCH REPORT: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Harry Arter runs the show as the Cherries get third win
Two goals, three points and one yellow card for you know who. You are correct Mr Harry Arter.
On this occasion we would have to say he was unlucky, but what impressed us most was his reaction. He knew what was coming and to stop him turning the yellow into a red with a few choice words he walked away, counted to 10, ruffled his hair, took his punishment and went back to showing how good he can be.
The game was undoubtedly a slow burner. We thought we were going to get a first half that we got against Rotherham. Thankfully, a few misplaced passes and headers from Ian Harte broke up the monotony until Yann Kermorgant saw his shot palmed away by Scott Carson. But, the Brittany international was not to be denied as he planted his handsome head on Matt Ritchie’s cross to score a trademark goal just past the half hour mark.
“Why is he (Harte) in the team ahead of Charlie Daniels. Don’t get us wrong we like Ian Harte, but we thing Daniels has more to offer. He has pace, power, produces overlapping runs and can score goals (and penalties).”
What would the second 45 minutes bring? The line-up remained the same, until the 75th minutes when O’Kane replaced goalscorer Kermorgant. What did change was the intensity. The Cherries turned up it a notch or two and Wigan didn’t have an answer. You can tell when a game is moving up a gear as the fans get louder and more involved. This is something that the players love as well, as perfectly demonstrated by Harte as he coaxed the fans to turn up the noise as he came across for a corner.
The home side kept pushing forward looking for that second decisive goal. We all know how 1–0 and AFC Bournemouth currently fit. When the second did come it was a moment to savour. Spectacular in its construction it all started and ended with Simon Francis. Ritchie, Stanislas and Kermorgant all getting involved in the build up. It was Stanislas’s dummy that allowed Kermorgant to pass into the path of the on-rushing Francis who slotted the ball under Carson from close range.
“He (Ritchie) decided to inform the linesman of his displeasure with a loud and forceful F**k Off”
As soon as the goal went in, the home side sat back and brought back memories of old. They invited the visitors to attack, would they hold on? Of course they would and Wilson’s clever backheel very nearly caught Carson out to make it three.
Watch this more than once to see the many different reactions. We liked the blonde girl walking along the front, no reaction at all
The Cherries were desperate for the three points as ably demonstrated by Matt Ritchie late on. With a decision going against him, he decided to inform the linesman of his displeasure with a loud and forceful F**k Off. There was a bit of spit with it to add to the show. The late substitution of Pugh for Stanislas brought the Cherries back to life as they looked for a third, but it was Wigan who went closest with new boy Boruc making a great save to ensure no late rally and three very precious points.
TFTSE MAN OF THE MATCH
Harry got his almost obligatory yellow card, but this time he kept quiet and calm. He was everywhere on the pitch and his tireless tracking back ensured that Wigan never got going. He has cut out those poor passes and was delivering pin-point passes all game. Hopefully, there is more of this to come.