01 min | WES THOMAS | Bournemouth | 1-0
From the kick-off the ball was pushed forward and a deflection from a Colchester defender saw Thomas pick up the ball and run at the defence. He cut inside a defender on the edge of the box and unleashed a shot into the far corner.
72 mins | STEPHAN ZUBAR | Bournemouth | 1-1 (OG)
Warren Cummings tried to usher the ball out for a goal-kick but was robbed by Steven Gillispie. He ran into the box and fed the ball across the goal with Zubar getting in front of his man but diverting the ball into the net.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Purches | A Barrett | S Zubar | S Malone
MIDFIELD: J Peters | S Gregory | W Cummings | W Fogden | M Pugh
UP FRONT: W Thomas
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Carmichael, Sheringham, Symes, Fletcher
CHANGES: 80 Symes>Thomas, Sheringham>Fogden
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“We can take a lot of positives from it. We got off to a great start and it was a great finish by Wes. There were some really good performances and it was just a mistake on our behalf that let them back in the game.
“I thought we made the better chances in the game and we deserved to win it. We just need to see games out a little bit and show the experience to do that.
“We had to make changes but that was pretty much forced upon me because we have a lot of injuries at the moment. We had eight outfield players fit apart from the strikers. It was good to get Charlie Sheringham involved near the end and I thought if he had the chance to score he would take it because he’s a good finisher.
“I thought we might have got a winner near the end but it wasn’t to be.”
COLCHESTER manager John Ward:
“We haven’t played as well as we’d have liked – that’s down to the opposition, who played very well, particularly in the first 30 minutes. But we didn’t quite get the game going.
‘We’ve had to make a lot of re-shuffling around the team, which we didn’t want to do because we couldn’t establish ourselves in any supremacy.
‘We’ve got to be content that we’ve come out with something.’
THE TFTSE VIEW
There is no doubt that most supporters would have taken a point before the game, but at the end this was the least the Cherries deserved. Why is it that we can get points away from home but not at home. No, we don’t have the answer, but lets hope Mr Bradbury does. A sweet strike from Thomas put the visitors in front after 16 seconds, so its was just a matter of holding on for 90+ minutes. Didn’t happen and took an own goal to get the equaliser.
We still believe that a run of games where we start picking up wins and climbing the table is just around the corner. At least Bradbury went for the win this time, bringing on two fresh strikers in Sheringham and Symes, will this partnership be as successful as the other SaS (Sheringham and Shearer).
A point is good, but three points should have been ours, and would have been if not for a wrongly raised offside flag.