CHAMPIONSHIP | 08.02.2014 | ATT: 14366 | REF: MADLEY
WHERE ARE WE IN THE LEAGUE: 15th
MANAGER MATCH REACTION
MATCH REPORT: TWO POINTS DROPPED, ONE POINT GAINED?
The visit of AFC Bournemouth to the Reebok, must have given them hope of another three points to go with the three that they collected earlier in the season. But Bournemouth are now a different proposition, when they get it right.
The old dilemma reared its head once again as the AFC Bournemouth alarm clock went off late and the team were slow into the game. However, for twenty minutes the Cherries managed to brush away the sleepy dust and keep the home side at bay.
But, the defence went to sleep and Pugh was slow to pick up a threaded ball that saw a neat finish from the Bolton player. It seems that the Cherries still hadn’t woken up later 10 minutes later as a hoof up the pitch saw the ball drop to the only Bolton player anywhere near the goal. Four Cherries players managed to avoid the ball as the Trotters striker, with the hard to pronounce name, produced a sublime finish that gave Lee Camp no chance.
A familiar scoreline for the home side was quickly wiped away as Lewis Grabban took his tally to 13 for the season. His strike was a contender for goal of the game as he smashed home a 25-yarder into the top corner that gave the keeper no chance. Game on. The keeper looked a little upset as he wasn’t keen on giving the ball to Grabban.
After a little rest, and some friendly advice from Mr Howe, the Cherries finally got into their stride and started passing the ball like we know they can. However, the equalising goal came from an unlikely source as Simon Francis got of the end of a cross, instead of supplying it. His header sneaking in at the near post past two defenders and an unsighted keeper.
With the Cherries in the ascendency the ‘rested Marc Pugh’ and flagging Surman were replaced by new boy Kermorgant and Rantie. Surely with these two on the pitch Bolton were there for the taking. The visitors were going for gold and it was the two substitutes that went closest to getting all three points. Kermorgant produced a sublime flick that looked goal-bound before the Bolton keeper got a hand to it. Rantie had a one-on-one, but again wasn’t able to produce a finish that we know he is capable.
Are we happy with a point, of course, a point away from home is always valuable. Bolton boss Dougie Freedman said, “We feel like we’ve dropped two points today”. We would say that it more like a point gained. More amusingly he said, “One of their players took a knock to the head in the run up to the goal and one or two of our players hesitated. Grabban then puts it in the top corner from 30 yards.” Don’t think we saw any players hesitating. And, that finish was never going to be stopped.
— FootballAwaydays (@Awaydays23) February 9, 2014