- Football League One
- 9 March 2013
- Att: Graham
- Ref: 7178
THE STARTING 11
FRANCIS | SEABORNE | COOK | RITCHIE
PUGH | MACDONALD | O’KANE | MCQUOID
GRABBAN | PITMAN
ON THE BENCH:
JALAL, PARTINGTON, FOGDEN, FRASER, HUGHES, TUBBS, FLETCHER
71 FRASER>MCQUOID, 78 FLETCHER >McDONALD, 78 TUBBS>GRABBAN
THE SOUTH END SAYS
OUR VIEW ON THE LATEST GAME
Number five, that’s five games without a single point, 15 points dropped and 6 places. Since hitting the top the Cherries have failed to get a single point and have slipped out of the play-off places. Time for the armchair experts with their words of wisdom, ‘The team are a bunch of midgets’, ‘Why do we always buy small players’, ‘We need a bit of height in the side’. This may well be the case, but when we were winning with pretty much the same team, no complaints were to be heard.
Admittedly, the absence of 5’10” Charlie Daniels and 5’11” Tommy Elphick has had an adverse effect on the team defensively. A lack creativity and steel in midfield could be pointed at no Shaun MacDonald, but he was back today. Plus, if these three players make our team we had better hope we don’t get promoted to the Championship, as it will be a miserable season fighting relegation.
The current team has struggled against some of the bigger teams in the league, Sheff Utd, Coventry and now Doncaster, whose centre backs and forwards dwarfed even the Big Man. But, being big and/or tall does not make anyone a better player. Remember Kevin Francis of Stockport (i think), Micheal Owen of England, Liverpool, Real Madrid etc. Not concentrating, not competing and a lack of confidence have a far greater impact. Some might say that Eddie Howe is a lucky manager, some have said he has finally be found out and that he simply isn’t good enough. And, if his tactics are anything to go by it looks like we only have a Plan A and not much of a Plan B.
“Currently, the team are lacking in confidence, and a bit of luck, but they really need to learn how to take on the big teams.”
Currently, the team are lacking in confidence, and a bit of luck, but they really need to learn how to take on the big teams. There are plenty of them in League One and the Championship, so the Cherries need to learn to compete. What we have seem to forgotten is how to play to our strengths. Matt Ritche, Simon Francis and Charlie Daniels are great crosser’s of the ball, but it seems that is the only tactic we have at the moment. With rarely anyone in the box to take advantage
its seems a pointless tactic. If it’s not working change the system or change the personnel. The little and large combination worked a treat against Doncaster with the Big Man nodding on for the 5’9″ Matt Tubbs who chipped over the keeper.
The Cherries could have been two in front before Doncaster had even had a shot. A diving header from Pitman was well kept out by Sullivan and Cook’s header hit the crossbar. With no goals before half-time, the Cherries were looking to take control in the second half. But on 66 minutes they lost concentration and failed to cut out an easy ball that left the Donny player plenty of time to put in a simple cross. Both defenders in attendance decide to defend the same space leaving Paytner an easy sidefoot that Allsop managed to get a hand to. The Cherries were running out of ideas, but Grabban did manage to do something useful and run at the defence. This is something he had avoided all game, and it was the only time the Doncaster defence looked nervous. Unlike McQuoid, who once again failed to live up to his billing, and provided another aimless, unproductive performance that still has us wondering how does he ever get in the team.
The inevitable change saw the Big Man and Tubbs make an entrance. This finally gave the Cherries an outlet for crosses and long balls, someone who could compete with the Doncaster defence and someone who was prepared to run in behind the defence. A much needed alternative to the Jimmy Quinn school of tactics, balls in the box, balls in the box.
More slack play let Doncaster a clear run at goal and a lucky rebound gave them the opportunity to go back in front. The Cherries had one last hoorah with Pitman hitting the post and the ball striking the arm of a Doncaster defender. Penalty, no, but a draw would have been a fair result.
Unbelievable scenes down in Bournemouth yesterday. We don’t do it easy. #drfc #afcb
Total of 16 shots 7 on target 10 corners against #Donnies 2, 51% possession and we still loose, heads up lads it’s not all bad is it..#AFCB
A good first half showing for the Cherries who are playing with urgency & creating chances; now just need to break the deadlock. #afcb #drfc
WANTED: AFC Bournemouth – missing since 16th Feb last seen in Preston, if you find them please return to Dean Court.. Pretty please #afcb
Deserved to win today. Bring on Stevenage on Tuesday #afcb
Glad with the response from the #afcb fans 2night and the atmos was good today.I still believe, anyone else https://vimeo.com/61216332