37 mins | STEVEN GREGORY | Bournemouth | 1-0
The ball richoted off a Hartlepool player and fell to Harry Arter who nodded the ball down to Steven Gregory. He turned goalwards, took one stride forward and unleashed a 20-yard screamer that nestled in the back of the net.
42 mins | NOBERT SOLANO | Hartlepool | 1-1
A dubious free-kick on the edge of the area saw ex-Newcastle star Solano step up and put the ball right in the top corner. Flahavan managed to get a hand to the ball but could not stop it going in.
87 mins | EVAN HORWOOD | Hartlepool | 1-2
A cross from the left found its way to the far side and was knocked back in with the ball being deflected off a Bournemouth defender into the path of Evan Horwood. His fierce first time shot hit the underside of the bar, bounced down and in.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Purches | S Cooper | M Baudry | S Malone
MIDFIELD: J Peters | S Gregory | H Arter | M Pugh
UP FRONT: W Thomas | S Fletcher
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Cummings, Carmichael, Zubar, Stockley
CHANGES: 73 Stockley> Fletcher 83 Zubar>Purches 84 Cummings>Peters
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“I thought we were the better side, we performed well but at the end of the day it’s the goals that count.
“I’m just looking for consistency as a manager. Sometimes you are on the positive end of those decisions and other times it drives you mad when you’re not.
“Jaime Peters had a good afternoon, he’s versatile and got a lot of pace. He’s not played any first team football this season but he gave me a good 75 minutes and I was pleased with his overall performance.”
POOLS manager Mick Wadsworth:
“What I like about Scott is that a lot of balls go into his hands, he’s not moving.
“I’ve always thought in my many years in football that when that happens the goalkeeper knows what he’s doing, he knows where to be and his positional play is outstanding.
“When that happened on a number of occasions that things went to him and I think that is relative to his good play.”
POOLS Goalsscorer Nobby Solano:
“I knew it was going in. The key when you take a free-kick is getting it just over the wall because the keeper doesn’t have the time to react. It was a small goalkeeper as well and that makes a little bit easier.
“If you hit the ball with the right technique in the right corner it’s difficult for any keeper. Too many people in the wall means they can’t sometimes see.”
THE TFTSE VIEW
How Bournemouth lost this game is beyond us at TFTSE Towers. A combination of poor finishing, great goalkeeping and generous officials made sure that it was not to be the home side’s day. On another day the Cherries could have easily been 2 in front by half-time.
Norbert Solano’s free-kick was top class, right in the top corner, should it have been saved, maybe, but that would be a bit unfair on the keeper. The second half saw a couple of contentious decisions, but blaming the referee won’t change the result. At least we are creating chances and the defence is starting to gel and even though we have said it a few times already this season, it won’t be long before we start climbing the table.