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CHAMPIONSHIP | 29.03.2014 | ATT: 13875 | REF: RUSSELL
Bournemouth 3-0 (Pen)
WHERE ARE WE IN THE LEAGUE: 10th
EDDIE HOWE MATCH REACTION
MATCH REPORT: DONT MENTION THE P WORD
AFC Bournemouth score four and we still want some more. Is it time to start dreaming of the play-offs? Is it time to start dreaming of the Premiership. There we have done it, we have mentioned the P word.
Heading into yesterdays games the Cherries were sitting on the back of 5 wins out of a possible 7. Could they make it 6 out of 8. Of course they could and it only took 13 minutes as Matt Ritchie reacted superbly and volleyed home. Following in the footsteps of the Leeds Utd match, it only took another 15 minutes to be three up with less than half an hour gone. The ball was feed to Grabban, who is simply on fire, the keeper couldn’t get a hand to it and Grabban happily tapped home the second. Eight minutes later it was Grabban again, who drew a foul from the keeper. Was it a penalty? Of course, the ref gave it and Grabban stuck it into the top right corner. The Cherries were flying.
The second 45 were livened up pretty quickly as Ian Harte produced a sublime finish to get his first goal of the season. He is another player that has proved to be a real asset. When Daniels got injured we thought that’s it. But, we reckon Daniels would struggle to get back in the side.
Birmingham managed a couple of consolation goals, but the result was never in doubt. The Cherries could have scored more but so could have Birmingham, but the Cherries saw the game out to get another three valuable points.
The last game of March was really just the icing on the cake for a golden month of winning football. The only blemish was a defeat to relegation candidates Charlton and they could only get one goal.
The month of March has seen the Cherries grow into the team that we all know they were capable of becoming. The catalyst seems to be the arrival of Yann Kermorgant. He has finally given the Cherries a new dimension up front, one that we had been crying out our for for most of the season. He has already scored 5 goals and finally given a Lewis Grabban a foil to work with. Sorry Tokelo, but you yet to prove your worth. Maybe next season in the Premiership.
Looking forward to the month of March, the thought of 8 matches in filled us with dread. Surely, we would run out of steam, but on the other hand all the games looked winnable. Going into the Middlesboro game we thought the 2 games a week had finally caught up with the Cherries. We were wrong. After losing to Charlton, the team went again and annihilated Leeds United, quickly followed by Birmingham City. Eight goals in two games, 3-0 up after half an hour in both, it simply doesn’t get much better than that.
Has the injury to Ward been a blessing? Cook and Elphick have been reacquainted and forged the same sort of partnership that saw the Cherries get promoted to League One. With our run of form in March thoughts of the play-offs are turning into a reality. The play-offs mean that we are only two games away from the Premiership. Are we ready? Who cares, the joy of sitting with the elite of English football will simply be enough. After a couple of potentially difficult games against QPR and Reading, we will really see where we are and we know where we think we will be. Remember, don’t mention the P word… just yet.