Losing is all part of being in the Premier League. Even Man City haven’t managed to go through the season without losing. We know that no team sets out to lose, but losing with a lackadaisical (m: lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy) attitude is what pisses off fans.
We have been very much in this boat ever since we got to 38 points. There is an air of familarity, an emerging pattern that seems to happen around the same point every season we have been in the Premier League.
We know another season in the Premier League is a huge achievement for ‘little ol Bournemouth’, but we still f*ckin hate losing. And giving the opposition (remember there is no rivalry) the opportunity to score a couple of simple goals is extremely irritating and frustrating.
Eddie Howe was not a happy man. He knew that we weren’t up to the task on the day saying, “It was a game we could and should have won if we play like we can, but we didn’t.” If there was ever a game when the players might have been up for it then this should have been it.
But is Howe not slightly at fault for picking an attacking formation that we simply didn’t need to do. Was he blinded by the fact that we have never managed to beat Southampton on their own patch?
He knew we needed one point to almost guarantee safety, something that he might have mentioned a few times recently. Playing three at the back and three up front simply didn’t work. We couldn’t keep the ball and we couldn’t set up any decent attacks (especially in the first half). Perhaps a more familar formation might have been a better choice.
He went to say, “We complicated the game, made too many bad decisions individually”
He’s not wrong, but it wasn’t like it was one particular individual that was picking out a poor pass, there were a few. But one that really frustrated us was Lys Mousset. Every time he got the ball he rarely looked for the simple pass, instead looking to beat every oppostion player in sight until he lost the ball. And he did this again and again. Why did he start ahead of Defoe? Surely he would have been a better choice to come on later when the opposition defence were tiring. There were others but we will leave it there for now.
BACK TO WINNING WAYS?
Saturday is the last home game of the season. Who are we playing? Swansea, a team desperate for the points, much like Southampton. This really is the time for the players to make us forget the last few games. Let’s leave on a high with a home display we know they are capable of and at the very least, the point we need for guaranteed safety. We still believe.