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CHAMPIONSHIP | 17.09.2013 | ATT: 7574 | REF: MALONE |



Bournemouth 1-0


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The Cherries struggle to a single goal victory over bottom three Barnsley


Steve COOK

A very average performance that was lit up by a single goal and a scintillating performance by new boy Rantie

The Cherries were looking to continue there win one, lose one streak, simply because it was time for a win and they duly obliged. However, they made very hard work of it and were lucky to still be in the game by half-time. The game started like it was a Tuesday night practice match and rarely burst into life. The home side struggled to create chances, can only remember a scuffed Fraser shot. It was the visitors who should have been in front, they had a couple of well-struck long-range shots that went just over the bar. But, it was an incisive attack that saw a shot parried by Allsop leaving an open goal. Barnsley struck the loose ball against the post and with an open goal in front of them managed to put the rebound against the same post. Surely a sign that it wasn’t their night and a big let-off for the Cherries.

The second half saw Bournemouth step up a gear and a neat pass from Pitman to Grabban matched the earlier Barnsley effort, except Grabban couldn’t even manage to get the ball on target. If he could finish the easy chances surely he would be in double figures by now.

Apart from that pass Pitman was having one of his classic, I cant be bothered games, where he was doing very little. You would have thought with his position at stake he would have been making more effort. But, it was Fraser who was subsituted for £2.5M new-boy Rantie. Tokelo wasted no time in showing his pace and could have been on the score sheet with his first shot. He continued to excite and shoot on sight and was unlucky not to add to the scoreline

Any injury to Daniels saw the very welcome return of Tommy Elphick, who slotted into central defence like he had never been away. Oh, how I have missed you Tommy. His introduction led to a strange change in formation, that I couldn’t work out for the rest of the game. But, it left Pugh out on his own and he made good use of the space in the 78th minute slotting home the winner from the left.

Five minutes of injury time brought a few sighs but the Cherries saw out the game with relative ease for three points and a sniff of the play-off places.

THE 11: Allsop, Francis, Ward, Cook, Daniels, O’Kane, MacDonald, Pugh, Fraser, Pitman, Grabban
SUBS: Flahavan, Elphick (52> Daniels), Harte, McQuoid, Hughes (86> MacDonald), Thomas, Rantie (55> Fraser)

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