AFC BOURNEMOUTH 0 NORTHAMPTON 2: D minus. Must do better

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IN-FORM COBBLERS CRUSH LACKLUSTRE CHERRIES

Two early quickfire goals from the in-form visitors put paid to any chances of the Cherries grabbing anything from the game.

The home side started brightly but it quickly became apparent too many players playing out of position was going to prove a problem. Five minutes in the Cherries were behind as Luke Guttridge found space beyond Danny Hollands and placed his shot into the far corner. Only minutes later the home side should have had a penalty for an obvious handball and soon after Pitman had a fierce shot palmed away. Things were to go from bad to worse for the Cherries just past the quarter of an hour mark as the Cobblers doubled their lead with a thumping strike from just outside the area. The visitors could have been three up before the break but a superb strike hit the upright.

HALF TIME 0-2

The second half saw the Cherries start with more intent but they still struggled to break down a resolute and tough tackling Northampton. The referee, a certain Mr D’urso, did little to help the game flow, constantly penalising Steve Fletcher in 50/50 challenges. The home side continued to break forward but struggled to produce anything of note.

Jason Pearce has a good chance but shot straight into the keepers hands. Liam Feeney broke forward late on and looked to add to his tally but put his shot well over. As the clock slowly ticked down the visitors comfortably kept control of the match and easily held out for all three points.

GOALS: None

ATTENDANCE: 5,715

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MAN OF THE MATCH: STEVE FLETCHER | Came on and made a difference, best of a bad bunch.
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LEAGUE TWO TABLE | 2nd January 2010

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