The first game without Nathan Ake and we concede three goals. A bit like the last game against Arsenal (we are not counting the FA Cup) when we had Nathan Ake.
Personnel, and certainly one member of the team, are not going to resolve our defensive woes. It’s a team game and we need to learn to defend better as a team. A single centre-back might help, but it’s unlikely they can play in four different positions at once.
Eddie Howe might need to take a look at his formation, line-up and style of play. It’s an issue that needs to be sorted, and quickly. As we pointed out before it’s pretty much the same team that did OK without Ake. We drew 0-0 with Spurs, beat Hull 6-1 and beat Everton 1-0.
5 THINGS WE LEARNT FROM HULL v AFCB
01. TYRONE MINGS IS NO AKE
Tyrone Mings got his first Premier League start of the season and his first since his injury way back in August 2015. He didn’t sparkle in the same vein as Ake, in fact he didn’t have a great game but give the man a chance. It’s hard to judge after one game and he needs to be given a chance and remember he was being played out of position. He has to start against Watford and maybe get a little more help from his team-mates. He will come good.
02. WE NEED CONSISTENCY
It’s been said many times but consistency is what we need. It could be argued we have it with the rules of three, but that’s not what we want. Consistency is the key in the Premier League, in fact in any league. It’s easy to say, but difficult to achieve. The top four teams struggle to do it and if we did, we would be up there with them. Every team goes through stages throughout the season. We will get back to winnings way soon enough and start beating the teams that the fans expect to beat.
03. THE RULE OF THREES IS STILL STRONG
Three proved to be the magic number once again, but this time out it was Hull who got there. We were going to say first but the single goal from the penalty spot was all AFC Bournemouth had to show for their days work. We have now conceded or scored three goals in the last nine league games. What does this mean? We have conceded far too many goals. When you go one-nil up against a team that are bottom of the league you expect more. But after 30 minutes the game turned and the lethargy and lack of peneration saw the game disappear out of sight. D-, must try harder.
04. CHARLIE DANIELS – WHAT WAS HE DOING
For a defence to work at its best, it needs to work together and against Hull City the back four didn’t have it’s greatest game. Playing together helps and the back four while not strangers haven’t played together before. Even Adam Smith back on the right is a rare occasion. The first goal while a beautiful cross, could have been stopped earlier. Where was Charlie Daniels for the second? He left new boy Mings all by himself. The third was unlucky for Mings, the only one getting into position to take on three Hull players. A day to forget defensively.
05. THE #AFCB TIMELINE IS THE VOICE OF REASON
Poor performances happen, get over it. We are AFC Bournemouth and we are 11th in the Premier League. What were we expecting a drive to the last Europa League spot. Get it into perspective. It wasn’t a good game but we drew against Arsenal in our last League game and beat Swansea the game before, so 1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last three, what a terrible record. Relegation candidates in the making, wonder if Hull would like that record :-). Chin up and onto Watford where we will win 3-0 of course.