It hasn’t been quite the explosive start to the season AFC Bournemouth fans would have hoped for. But the more realistic may not have expected much else.
The fixture list has thrown up a host of tough games in the first quarter of the season. Ten games in and we have played Man City at home, Arsenal away, Spurs away and Chelsea at home. Funnily enough we have lost all of those and that really doesn’t come as any great surprise. We at TFTSE Towers expected nothing and got nothing. Hope was our overriding emotion rather than expectation. But, let’s take the positives from these games.
Man City at home we were beaten by a single goal in the very last minute of the game. Arsenal away, we will say no more, we were sh*t. Spurs away, again we lost by a single goal as we did to Chelsea at home.
We might have expected more from the other games but we really weren’t expecting much more. Everton away we expected a point and if we could defend it could have easily been three. But, we really didn’t expect much more across all the games we have played.
TIME TO PICK UP POINTS & START SCORING
What has gone has gone. We cannot change the results, so the only option is to look forward. November and December look set to be a defining months for AFC Bournemouth. We have, as the experts (and sports journalists) like to call them ‘winnable’ games. Next up is Newcastle away, a team who have a strong home record.
Not only do we need points, we need goals as well. Callum Wilson is back, but surely it is too soon to expect too much from him. Defoe looked out of sorts against Chelsea and Josh King was a miss. Afobe is a trier, but he is not a first-choice striker, so where does that leave us?
Will Howe go with his new favoured defensive formation away from home. Will he sit back and soak up the pressure that will undoubtedly be forced upon us. Will he keep it tight in the first half and go for gold in the second? If we decide to go defensive a draw looks like the most likely outcome, but are we capable of holding out for a draw?
Something isn’t quite right and with a few key injuries Howe may be wise to go defensive. Maybe we can replicate Newcastle’s one-shot, one-goal, three points tactic from the last time we played them at home. You remember when Perez scored.
SWANSEA, HUDDERSFIELD, BURNLEY & BEYOND
The international break may give us respite and get some injuries sorted, or it might be an unwanted interruption in our rise to form. Who knows, but whatever happens the games after Newcastle provide an opportunity to see somem of the old AFC Bournemouth, maybe a little attacking menace. Afobe won’t score if you don’t give him the ball. Maybe Defoe will suddenly define his position in the team and fulfill the promise we have all be hoping for. Whatever, we need goals and goals give you points. We believe.
*Apologies for the pun