PREMIERSHIP | 26th SEPTEMBER 2015 | ATT: 27742 | REF: Lee Mason (6/10)
Position: 16th | Played: 7 | W:2 D:1 L:3 | Points: 7
Callum Wilson lasted just 17 minutes before being carried off on a stretcher with a severe-looking knee injury with the game locked at 0-0
The curse of the MOTD presenter. I can’t remember who said it, I think it was Danny Murphy, but he said AFC Bournemouth will need to keep Callum Wilson fit for a successful season. Thanks Danny its all your fault if we don’t stay up.
The start to the season hasn’t been the best in terms of injuries, and now with Wilson out, nobody knows for how long – all speculation at the moment, the players out is starting to pile up. Injuries can have an adverse effect on a team’s season and it will, but its how a team reacts to adversity that is a sign of their mettle.
WHAT DID EDDIE HOWE HAVE TO SAY?
GOALS & CHANCES
The home side were desparate to get thier first win of the season and against AFC Bournemouth they saw a chance to grab all three points. The home side started with intent and were getting the lions share of the possession. However, chances were few and far between until the 32nd minute when a Simon Francis slip let in Stoke with thier player passing the ball perfectly to John Walters who had a simple tap-in. The ball should have never made it tohis foot with so many defenders in the way, so we will put this down to pure luck.
The Cherries went looking for the equaliser and minutes later Murray missed. It was the Cherries who were in the ascendency with Matt Ritchie on target a few times. But it was Tomlin who should have scored. With space to shoot he decided to pass to Ritchie who’s shot was blocked. Not sure why, but definitely an opportunty missed.
At the start of the second half Stoke went looking for the second to settle the nerves. After a decent opening period it was Glenn Murray who went close on the hour mark. And once again it was the visitors who were growing into the game and after Ritchie and Murray had decent chances but it was Dan Gosling who scored his first Premiership goal. A deflection fell into his path and he struck home. Unfortunately, as the CHerries went looking for the winner, it was Stoke who got it. A pinpoint Glen Johnson cross, just missed by Distin, fell to the head of Diouf who could hardly miss.
Once again it was Glenn Murray who was getting the chances, and getting them on target. And, it took a brilliant save from Jack Butland to deny him his first Cherries goal and the visitors a deserved point.
WHAT WILL WE DO WITHOUT CALLUM?
Looking at the positives, we know there are not many, Eddie Howe will have a good idea of which players won’t be coming back for while. This leaves him the option to plan ahaead. If Wilson is out for six months, he will know he needs another striker to either step forward, Kermorgant? King? Rantie? Or he will need to spend in the January transfer window.
While losing Wilson will be a very big blow, Howe will have to be pragmatic about the situation. If Wilson is out he is out. Howe will have little time to worry about it. He will have to look forward, to the next game. He will start immediately working on a formation, which will be very muich the same we’re sure, without Callum Wilson as the focal point. It would seem now is the time for Glenn Murray to step forward and take his chance, or is that chances.
“If Wilson is out he is out. Howe will have little time to worry about it. He will have to look forward, to the next game”
Who will support Murray? Is Tomlin the obvious choice? We would say yes. He may lack pace, which may mean Josh King or even Atsu get a chance, but he plays the number 10 role very well. He is slowly, but surely growing into the role and as a relative newcomer it will be a great opportunity for him and Murray to start forming a working partnership. Will Murray score as many goals as Wilson? Potentially yes, he scored 15 goals in 38 appearances last season for Crystal Palace and there is no reason why he can’t do it again. A scoring rate very similar to Wilson’s and remember this was in the Premier League not the Championship.
However, we really do need to keep fit the strikeforce that we have, otherwise we may well be in trouble. How do you think Kermorgant and King would do? Remember last season Eddie Howe brought inKenwyne Jones for a few games and he scored some crucial goals, or is that a crucial goal, we can’t rememeber. Perhaps he will do the same again. All we at TFTSE would say its not time to give up yet. In reality we have only lost two players (Wilson and Gradel), two important players, but there replacements have hardly proved to be awful. Pugh has been as good as he was the Championship and Murray will score goals. Remember there is no I in team 🙂
There is a long way to go and still plenty of time for the players to keep us up. They are more than capable, but it might just be that little more difficult than before. Keep the faith