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30 mins | GARY JONES | Rochdale | 0-1
The Rochdale forward Ashley Grimes run in behind Zubar who turned and got a very lame grip on the striker who conveniently fell to his knees once he got inside the area. Gary Jones stepped up and cooly sent Flahavan the wrong way.
68 mins | MICHEAL SYMES | Bournemouth | 1-1
Wes Thomas burst into the area and as he treid to round the keeper he was brought down, penalty. Michael Symes took a short run up and sent the keeper the wrong way to level up the scores.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Purches | A Barrett | S Zubar | W Cummings
MIDFIELD: J Peters | S Cooper | S Gregory | H Arter | M Pugh
UP FRONT: W Thomas
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Partington, Fogden, Symes, Fletcher
CHANGES: 37 Symes>Gregory 78 Partington>Cooper 88 Fogden>Peters
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“I am disappointed that we didn’t play to the best of our abilities in the first half.
“Michael Symes has got a lot of belief in himself and he’s been fantastic in training and he showed how hungry he is to do well.
“It’s a little bit of a juggling act with the lads that are fit and we didn’t play how I wanted us to in the first half.”
ROCHDALE manager Steve Eyre:
“We now need to put two halves together and if we do that we’ll win football matches.
“We knew the crowd were going to get behind the team second half, and we had a different task to contend with.
“We’re disappointed we’ve not won but if we go on to continue our form, progress and development we’ll start getting three points.”
THE TFTSE VIEW
After a string of half-decent performances we were finally hoping to see a commanding home performance and the first three points since Sheff Wed. Unfortunately, what we got was the complete opposite, a disjointed, lacklustre first half showing that was almost completely dominated by the visitors. The defence was a little undecisive, Cooper couldn’t string two passes together and Gregory who was doing OK got injured and Thomas was left isolated up front. Harry Arter looked liked the only player who was going to create something. Thankfully, the visitors couldn’t take advanteage and only a soft penalty, or very soft penalty, gave them the lead.
The second half saw more of what we had seen in recent weeks but only in glimpses. It took a definite penalty to draw the sides level and it was only then that the home side started to take control. Thought Symes had won it late on, but finally another point at home in probably the worst home performance yet.