Football League One | 16th August 2011
ATT: 5574 | REF: Gibbs | HALF-TIME: 0-1
43 mins | CRAIG REID | Stevenage
Lawrie Wilson made his way across the 18-yard box and slipped the ball to Craig Reid who turned and fired into the bottom left corner from 15 yards. Looked offside, but replays proved otherwise. AFC Bournemouth 0-1 Stevenage
47 mins | HARRY ARTER | AFC Bournemouth
Scott Malone raced down the wing and swung in a low cross that saw a neat stepover leaving Arter free in the box to sweep home the equaliser. AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Stevenage
65 mins | JOHN MOUSINHO | Stevenage
Daryl Flahavan makes a decent stop but collides with a Bournemouth and Stevenage player. The rebound was picked up by a Stevenage player whose shot hit Barrett’s arm. Penalty and red card. John Mousinho steps up and sends Flahavan the wrong way AFC Bournemouth 1-2 Stevenage
91 mins | CHRIS BEARDSLEY | Stevenage
A Stevenage player races down the wing and seems to wait an eternity for Chris Beardsley to arrive unmarked to finally kill off the match and give the visitors the three points. AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Stevenage
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: N Bryne | A Barrett | S Cooper | S Malone
MIDFIELD: L Feeney | M Molesley | S Gregory | M Pugh
UP FRONT: L Taylor | R Doble
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Baudry, Cummings, Arter, Fletcher
CHANGES: 46 Arter>Gregory | 66 Baudry>Taylor | 81 Fletcher>Pugh
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“We can’t take any credit away from Stevenage, they came and played well but it was a frustrating evening from our part. I wanted us to get after them a little bit more [after half time] but we weren’t quite at it in our closing down.
On the red card: “It has hit Adam Barrett on the arm. I think it was a penalty, but a sending off? We’ll have to look at it again.
“I wanted to go for it so I brought big Steve Fletcher on hoping to get a goal.”
“I think it was a penalty, but a sending off?”
STEVENAGE manager Graham Westley said:
“I thought it was another satisfying performance to back up what we did at the weekend.
“We came here determined to play on the front foot, determined to win the football match.
“And I thought the lads, after a difficult first-half, grew in stature and even after the blow of the early goal in the second-half the lads showed a good attitude.”
THE TFTSE VIEW
A Jekyll & Hyde performance that was compounded by the sending off Adam Barrett. A poor first-half from the Cherries and a better performance from the visitors saw them take a deserved lead. However, it would seem that Mr Bradbury gave the team a good kick up the arse and swapped the ineffectual Steven Gregory, who currently looks a little lost at this level, with the more forward-thinking Harry Arter. The change paid off almost immediately with Arter popping in his second in two games. However, Arter proved why he might not be a regular starter with a very poor blind backpass that very nearly lead to a goal.
As soon as the Cherries scored they looked very capable of going on to win the game but Nathan Bryne, another player we like but one who is still adapting to League One, let Stevenage get goalside and Adam Barrett was on the line to save the shot. A penalty defintely, a sending off? Very harsh, looked very much like ball to hand. The home side still looked like scoring and had a few good chances but another from Stevenage in stoppage time put paid to any points. At least Taylor looks like he is getting to grips with his new status and Barrett is only out for one match.