CHAMPIONSHIP | 10th January 2015 | ATT: N/A | REF: Chris Foy (6/10)
Where are we in the league?
POINTS COUNTDOWN | PLAYED: 25 | WON: 14 | DRAWN: 6 | LOST: 5 | Points: 48
EDDIE HOWE MATCH REACTION
MATCH REPORT: The tale of two hands
Oh dear what can the matter be AFC Bournemouth were beaten by Norwich City.
It had to happen sometime, at least it wasn’t unlucky 13, the curse of the Manager of the Month award or some other ridiculous notion. It was always going to happen, it was just a matter of when. That when was Saturday 10th January 2015 after going unbeaten for 14 games previously. In that run the Cherries won 11 games, drew 3 and lost none. The last time the Cherries lost in the league was in September 2014. That’s not a record to be sniffed at.
Does this mean that AFC Bournemouth have been found out? Does this mean that Eddie Howe should be sacked? Only joking, lets give him at least another three games.
Eddie Howe summed it up perfectly when he said, “This highlights how hard it is in this league. No matter how good you think you are, there are quality teams out there who can beat you”.
However, you still wonder how the Cherries lost. Matt Ritchie scored first, Norwich were reduced to ten men with around half an hour still to play and the Cherries had more of the possession and more shots on goal.
“The last time the Cherries lost in the league was in September 2014. That’s not a record to be sniffed at”
To a certain degree Norwich stopped the home side getting into their rhythm and were creating the better chances. Fortunately, for us very few were actually on target. This gave the home side the opportunity to get their noses in front at any given moment. Remember we’re AFC Bournemouth and we score when we want. Matt Ritchie had decided he wanted to score in the 18th minute and amazingly that is exactly what the did. Marc Pugh weaved his magic down the wing and sent on the perfect cross for Ritchie to run onto and smash into the back of the net. Surely it was onwards and upwards and another three points.
This was not the case and the visitors were back on level terms in the 36th minute. The goal should have never stood. As the ball came across the box it quite obviously hit the arm of the Norwich player, it wasn’t intentional, but it diverted the ball into the path of Hooper who smashed the ball home from close range. Feeling a little aggrieved the home side restarted with a little more purpose and intent with Pugh going close.
“The goal should have never stood. As the ball came across the box it quite obviously hit the arm of the Norwich player”
The second half was going to be the platform that sent the Cherries top and three point clear, so we thought. A helping hand was handed to the Cherries in just past the hour mark when Jonny Howson was shown a straight red card for what looked like a yellow card at best. Norwich now had ten men, but we know how difficult they can be to play against, and so it proved. While the Cherries were looking for the winner their opponents were sticking with what they had.
However, with ten minutes to go another handball again going unpunished, and playing into Norwich’s hands, again. The ball was helped directly into the path of Jerome, who finished with a top class strike. The Cherries still had ten minutes to go and brought on Fraser and Gosling who had a decent chance to salvage a point. But as we all know he cant score in the league and duly obliged.
The first league result of 2015 has already f**ked up our predictions, We thought a draw or win was on the cards, but we’re not going to write off the Cherries promotion hopes just yet. We still need to win around 14 games, it just means we have one less to do it in.