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AFC Bournemouth’s last home game of the season finally brought the joy of a point.
It wasn’t the home win we were looking for to finish our first ever home campaign in the top flight of English football. But a point is a point and brought us closer to the 43 points we at TFTSE Towers predicted before the season started. Our season was in serious danger of slowly fading to a close with no more points. We have won once in 7 games and that was against Aston Villa.
Thank you Eddie Howe, thank you very much
The game against West Brom reminded us very much of the first game of the season against Villa, sun was out, expectations weren’t high and the opposition scored first. The performance was better than previous games (and on a par with Chelsea) but it lacked the intensity of mid-season AFC Bournemouth games. Perhaps all those extra miles had finally caught up with them.
There were a few highlights with Artur Boruc’s the best. His double save more than made up for his poor kicking that led to the West Brom goal. The game changed as soon as King and Wilson came on for Gradel and Wilson. But it was Ritchie for Stanislas that proved the crucial substitution as he nodded home late on.
KEEP OFF THE GRASS
Much like the end to the playing season the club’s insistence that no-one was to go on the pitch brought a muted end to the Cherries first campaign in the Premier League. Running on to the pitch at the end of the season is one moment where the fans can feel that they have a strong connection with the club they love. But, that’s the Premier League, give us your money and do as your told. The most exciting league in the world. We don’t think so, (apart from this year with Leicester winning the title) the Championship is far more exciting, you get more games and better value for money. Would we swap. No, because that would mean we would have to be relegated and nobody likes that. But we do miss the excitement of the Championship. Perhaps next year will bring it back again as we slip into gear early and head for the Champions League. As Claudio Ranieri said ‘Keep dreaming’.