Pre-match, AFC Bournemouth v Millwall never promised to rise above the usual levels of drama found at the Fitness First. However, a second-half comeback and an absolute 15 minute purple patch saw the Lions roar turn into nothing more than a whimper.
The moment that Harry Arter spectacularly volleyed home, most of the fight left in the Millwall team seemed to ebb away. Four minutes later, a double whammy of a sending off and a penalty completely snubbed out any lasting hope of a point.
A few of the visiting supporters got a little excited and were ready to show more fight than their team, when ex-Lions striker Grabban decided to offer his condolences . Football fans are an odd bunch, they spend the whole game bothering and baiting one of their ex-players and then get all indignant when he reacts. What the f**k do you think was going to happen.
This little incident added to the excitement of the game, but in all honesty is was well and truly over. The game could have gone on for another 90 minutes and the only thing that would have happened is that the scoreline would have been an even bigger margin in the home sides favour.
What the Millwall fans should be doing instead of trying to pick a fight and throwing some pocket change is take a look at their manager. He’s the main culprit behind that poor performance and blaming the referee is some sort of smokescreen for his own inadequacies.
The fans favourite obviously got an airing, No-one likes us we don’t care and that’s the truth, we don’t care. What we care is about our team winning which they did with a game that will live long in the memory.
FOCUS ON – HARRY ARTER
Harry Arter returned to the squad after a long lay-off replacing O’Kane in midfield and teaming up with new boy Collison. He put in a what we would call a typical Arter performance. He managed to give the ball away for the second goal. His lack of concentration has often proved to be crucial in games. It is something that happens with regular occurence and needs to be addresssed to make him a truly great player. To make amends he scored a peach of a volley, and of course he got his almost obligatory yellow card to add to his already impressive collection.
Once again he couldn’t keep his mouth closed and had to be gently steered away from the ref on a couple of occasions. Personally, still prefer O’Kane, he retains the ball better and rarely gives the ball away. All he needs to work on is his physical presence.Once he can match Arter in this department he will in our opinion will become a midfield regular.