No Simon Francis, no Callum Wilson and probably no Jack Wilshire. Let’s hang our heads in anticipation of a severe beating from ex-Bournemouth defender and manager Tony Pulis’s West Brom.
None of the above made it through the Man City game and one didn’t even get in the match day squad. What was the outcome, a 2-0 loss to a team that cost over 15 times more than the Cherries squad. West Brom don’t have the firepower or undoubted talent of a £300m plus squad, but they do have a £50m plus squad that are hard to beat.
“West Brom don’t have the firepower or undoubted talent of a £300m plus squad, but they do have a £50m plus squad that are hard to beat”
Eddie Howe will know what to expect from West Brom. Balls in the box, great set pieces and the power and pace of Rondo. But, do we have enough to counter the Baggies at home. There were signs that we were getting back to something resembling the AFC Bournemouth of 2016. A trip away to Madrid will have refreshed the players and given those with niggling injuries a much needed rest. Charlie Daniels looked absolutely f**ked after the City game and we need him at his best.
Bournemouth were great at the start of the season, but they have just hit a brick wall. I think playing West Brom is a difficult game for them. Tony Pulis has got a good team now and The Hawthorns will be a tough place to visit.
I think Bournemouth need to draw the line somewhere and say ‘right, let’s get out there and get a result’. At the moment, they are a bit too open for me. They play with two wide wingers and they spread the game open, so I think they need to start closing the game up.
They need to be really tight and if they can get a 0-0 against West Brom, I think that would be a phenomenal result because they also don’t keep enough clean sheets for me.
WEST BROM 2-0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH
COOK AND MINGS: THE PERFECT PARTNERSHIP?
No Francis means Mings will play in the centre with Steve Cook. This is a partnership that is steadily improving. Remember Cook and Francis have played together for most of last season and this. Mings and Cook have been playing together for five games, and the last one they started to look like a pairing.
Many moons ago Cook said that being friends off the pitch helped on the pitch. That’s why he worked so well with Elphick. Perhaps, a bond is emerging and Cook is learning Mings game and Mings Cook’s game. Perhaps, Mings has been invited round for dinner to talk about social media, or babysit. Whatever it takes for them to become better friends on the pitch. And, the more they play together they better they will be.
SAY GOODBYE TO LOSING IN 2017
Last season we finished off a sequence of three wins in a row with a Charlie Daniels penalty in a game that saw West Brom get two reds and end the game with nine men. This is a sequence we would like to start tomorrow and move us away from the relegation zone and closer to the fabled forty points.
WILL PULIS GET A BOOT UP THE ARSE?
Will we win tomorrow? Will we get a result? We think so, and as Tony Pulis said himself “You can’t take your foot off the pedal. I’m afraid if you do that, start to get relaxed or take things for granted, it’s the worst game in the world for kicking you up the backside.” Let’s hope we see Mr Howe giving his old boss a big boot up the arse come five o’clock Saturday afternoon.