CHAMPIONSHIP | 25th October 2014 | ATT: 13837 | REF: Keith Hill (8/10)
Where are we in the league?
POINTS COUNTDOWN | PLAYED: 14 | WON: 7 | DRAWN: 3 | LOST: 4 | Points: 24
RELIVE ALL 8 (EIGHT) CHERRIES GOALS
EDDIE HOWE MATCH REACTION
MATCH REPORT: We want nine
Where do we start? We scored so many goals the score had to be written in brackets on the videprinter.
October 2014 has been good to the Cherries and the visit to the middle of the country showed that all the omens pointed to good. Even before the match kicked off Birmingham didn’t have a permanent manager in place and they hadn’t won at home since the beginning of the season.
Once the match kicked off there was little to suggest that the omens were going to make a u-turn and crush the Cherries string of wins. It only took the visitors a mere 3 minutes before Brett Pitman was on the scoresheet. Seven minutes later David Edgar was off for a foul in Wilson and from here on in the result was never in doubt.
Playing against ten men is often a double-edged sword. A team can revert to a defensive formation and simply look for a result or space can start appearing everywhere as the team tires. With 80 minutes to go with ten men and a distinct lack of confidence, spaces were always going to appear.
It took the Cherries another 25 minutes to add to the score. Callum Wilson was on hand to deal with some poor Birmingham defending as he neatly tucked away his ninth of the season (How many does Grabban have?). Five minutes later and another defensive error allowed Matt Ritchie to pick up a rebound and beat the keeper for number three. Surely there was no way that the Cherries were going to lose this game.
It only took the visitors a mere 3 minutes before Brett Pitman was on the scoresheet. Seven minutes later David Edgar was off for a foul in Wilson and from here on in the result was never in doubt.
Early in the second half Birmingham had a chance to get back in the game (not really was only kidding 🙂 A Tommy Elphick foul gave the home side a penalty, but Boruc was on hand to palm away Paul Caddis’s penalty. The omens were now starting to point to very good for the Cherries. And, that pointer was going to get a lot better by the end of the game.
It was Marc Pugh who popped up in the 63rd minute to start the final humiliation. A Simon Francis cross landed perfectly on the head of Pugh who nodded home to make it four (that’s 4). Six minutes later and an almost identical scenario saw Francs and Pugh combine again to make it five (yes, that’s 5).
The game hit a bit of a lull as the Cherries decided to take a bit of a rest. But, Birmingham were having trouble getting anything right as Simon Francs was allowed to burst into the box again, this time he got taken out for a (soft?) penalty. At this stage of the game it really didn’t matter. Up stepped Tokelo (remember him?) Rantie to slot home the resultant spot kick. Marc Pugh and Tokelo Rantie, decided that six wasn’t enough of a humiliation and both added another goal each with Marc Pugh looking particularly delighted as he celebrated getting his hat-trick on the floor.
Finally, we would like to thank Birmingham City for playing their part in helping us get them a right proper thrashing, Without you it wouldn’t have been possible.
TFTSE MAN OF THE MATCH
ITs hard to pick out a standout candidate as everyone played their part. It could have been Marc Pugh, Simon Francis, Callum Wilson, Artur Boruc or Eddie Howe. Any would of deserved it, but this was a team performance and all deserve it