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GOALS (NO GOALS)
ADAM BARRETT/MARCH PUGH | Bournemouth | 0-0
Adam Barrett, surrounded by two defenders in the Tranmere penalty area was bundled to the ground as the ball headed his way. No penalty according to the ref. Marc Pugh picked up the loose ball and shot wildly when it looked like he was about to score.
WES THOMAS | Bournemouth | 0-0
Wes Thomas was left unmarked in the area but a weak header was directed straight at the keeper for an easy save.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Purches | A Barrett | S Zubar | S Malone
MIDFIELD: J Peters | S Cooper | S Gregory | H Arter | M Pugh
UP FRONT: W Thomas
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Cummings, Taylor, Doble, Fletcher
CHANGES: 67 Cummings>Malone 77 Doble>Thomas
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“It is a difficult place to come. Tranmere are a big physical side. They threw everything at us including the kitchen sink in the closing stages, so it was a good point for us.
“We made chances in the first half but it would have been against the run of play had we come in one up. We were resolute and it is a hard-earned draw. Obviously, we want to win every game we play in but sometimes it is not possible.
“We are building at the moment. The last four games have seen good performances. We certainly did our job. We both could have nicked it but it was a fair result.”
TRANMERE ROVERS manager Les Parry:
“Quite a few of those 18 shots went just past the post, they cleared one off the line and we clipped the crossbar but to be fair, whatever the statistics say a draw was the fair result. They played the better football and probably had the more possession and we had the clearer chances.”
“You know you’re not going to get penalties when they’ve had two good shouts in the first half. We had two very similar ones so you have to shrug your shoulders and accept it. It could have been two penalties each but it was no penalties each so that’s ok.”
THE TFTSE VIEW
A point away from home you have to be happy with that. That’s 7 from 9 in the last 3 away games and 7 from 12 in the last four games. Not a bad return considering we should have had something from the Hartlepool game as well.
The 4-1-4-1 formation is a typical away formation, but we are not going to score a lot of goals using it. The main problem we have is that we do not have any particularly good goalscorers to accompany Thomas. Current options are Fletcher, Stockley, Taylor and Doble, effectively all third choice strikers. Desperately need another striker who can put the ball in the back of the net or at the very least Symes fit.
Looking forward to Rochdale, where we are finally going to get a point at home.