29 mins | JUVHEL TSOUMOU | Preston | 0-1
A corner saw the ball nodded up in the air and heading towards the near post. A nudge in the back for a Cherries defender made space for Preston loanee Tsoumou to put the ball in the net from close range.
48 mins | WES THOMAS | Bournemouth | 1-1
A through ball from Marc Pugh saw Wes Thomas outmuscle a defender and round the advancing keeper to put into the net from a tight angle.
Wes Thomas scores his sixth goal in six away games
57 mins | SCOTT MALONE | Bournemouth | 1-2
A well won ball out on the left drifted to Malone who ran at the Preston defence, rode a tackle on the edge of the box and took a shot that was blocked. malone picked up the rebound and shot into the bottom corner.
68 mins | MARC PUGH | Bournemouth | 1-3
The goalkeeper rolled out the ball to Clarke Carlisle in the middle of defence who mis-controlled the ball under pressure from an onrushing Pugh. Marc Pugh took the ball in his stride and plaed into an empty net.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Cook | A Barrett | S Purches | S Malone
MIDFIELD: J Peters | H Arter | W Cummings | W Fogden | M Pugh
UP FRONT: W Thomas
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Carmichael, Gregory, Symes, Fletcher
CHANGES: 23 Gregory>Purches 88 Symes>Thomas, Fletcher>Fogden
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“The first half we were a little off it. After half time we came out and gave it a really good go and the lads started believing in themselves more. I thought they were phenomenal today.
“The 4-4-1-1 or sometimes the 4-1-4-1 formation has worked well away from home for us, with someone in the hole. We need to take this now and grow in confidence for our home form.
“It gives me some dilemma of how to play at home. I want the lads to play freely though, even play 4-4-2 at home, and if we can start getting results at home then obviously I’ll stick to that.”
PRESTON manager Phil Brown:
“At half time we talked about the basics and continue from Tuesday night and carry on with the good basics. Law and behold the first two opportunities that came there way were from two basic errors.
“The goalkeeper came out of his goal and young Danny Devine tried to knick possession and he should have been stronger. However Danny (Devine) wouldn’t have envisaged turning round and seeing his goalkeeper so close to him and as a result the Bournemouth player has stuck the ball into an empty net.”
“Even at 2-1 you get back to basics, stay in the game and fight for everything whether that is a draw or a win. We have always got the quality to create chances but the third goal completely killed us and it knocked the stuffing out of everybody. It was unacceptable, it was basic, and you wouldn’t have seen that kind of error on a park on a Sunday morning. What does the goalkeeper expect Clarke Carlisle to do when he is only going to do the same thing as he should have done in the first place?
“Consequently the ball has ended up in the back of the net. We decided to make two changes with Keammar Daley and Barry Nicholson coming on and we finished the game strongly.
“We were chasing the game to get a possible point out of it, we had three or four good chances late in the second half but again it was too much to late.”
THE TFTSE VIEW
Finally, the three points that has been promised for ages, espcially away from home. But, once again it was poor defendng that cost the Cherries a goal and put the home side in front. But at least at half-time Bournemouth were only one goal down and Wes Thomas had not scored his obligatory away goal yet, so we were confident of a point at least. And it didn’t take long for Mr Thomas to add to his already impressive goal tally. Finally, the Cherries gained confidence and control and less than ten minutes later Scott Malone hit the back of the net. Thanks to a goalkeeping error and Marc Pugh’s awareness the third hit the back of the net and the three points were ours. Seems a lot of opposition managers are claiming that there sides are having an off day when we play them. It cannot be a coincidence. Perhaps, its the way we are playing that is making it difficult for them rather tham them all playing badly.
And a quick note ot all the Bradbury Out advocates, get a f**king life. The man is rebuilding a team and has brought in some very good players. A long list of injuiries have not helped his cause but there have been glimpses of what a good team the Cherries are going to be. Bradbury is still learning his trade and hasn’t even had a full season yet. So give the man a break. We have had more experienced managers who have achieved a lost less than Bradbury.