CHAMPIONSHIP | 28.09.2013 | ATT: 9441 | REF: LEWIS
MAN OF THE MATCH
WHERE ARE WE IN THE LEAGUE -10th
EDDIE’S POST MATCH ANALYSIS
THE STARTING ELEVEN
A slow start, the wrong formation, no points and a poor referee made a match to forget
STAR MAN: Ryan FRASER
Any hope and expectation of a win against a team that haven’t won away this season were quickly dispelled from the kick-off.
Blackburn Rovers, of recent Premiership fame, boasted a strong line-up with ex-loanee Leon Best and £8m marksmen Jordan Rhodes causing havoc from the outset. We can’t make our mind if its was Blackburn playing exceptionally well or the Cherries playing particularly poorly. To make our piss-poor defence look a little better than they were we are going to go for Blackburn playing exceptionally well.
The lack of Charlie Daniels on left has proved to be a real pain for Eddie Howe. There is no fit player in the squad that can replace him with any authority. The solution? To play three at the back, with a selection of players that simply do not look comfortable attempting the formation. Steve Cook, a great central defender, looks completely lost on the left with his decision-making being that of a man who cant make up his mind. This has the knock on effect that their is no link up play with Pugh, which continually leaves him isolated. Cook gets pulled out to the left which leaves a great big gap in the middle of the pitch, which allows opposition strikers to stroll on through for a go at goal.
Eddie Howe said in his post match interview that “We were beaten by the better team and on occasions like this you have to hold your hand up and admit it”. The reason that they were the better tam was due in part to his tactics. He’s tried the three at the back and it doesn’t work. The answer go to four at the back and shore up the defence. If he had done that early on against Blackburn they would have been lucky to get more than one. The poor performance in the first half effectively put the game out of sight. On a side note the referee had a poor game and was making some very odd decisions, but it wasn’t his fault we lost.
The last 45 minutes had us dreaming of a 4-3 victory, it does happen, just not very often. However, another poor decision, or two, by the ref saw Hughes get a second yellow and his marching orders. He was already heading for the showers before the fat little man in black could get his cards out.
Despite being a man down the home side looked like the team most likely to score. Marc Pugh hit the post early on and Tommy Elphick volleyed straight at the keeper. That would have been halfway to an unlikely victory. The Cherries did finally score through sub Fraser, who looked lively from the moment he came on the pitch. A through ball from Rantie saw Fraser outpace the Blackburn defence and a deft touch saw the ball roll into the net. 20 minutes to go, could the Cherries do it? No, they were still creating chances, but on their first half performance alone deserved little from the game.
This was a performance and game to forget, something to learn from. The lack of any points saw the gap between the Cherries and the top 7 open to 5 points. Upcoming fixtures against Leeds, Millwall, Forest and Leicester will provide stern tests, lets hope we learn from today.