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  • Football League One
  • 12 January 2013
  • Att: P Gibbs
  • Ref: 8777
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HARRY ARTER | Bournemouth 1-0
A high ball into the air from the right by Francis was nodded out straight to the feet of Arter. He shifted the ball left with two deft touches and struck a cracker from the edge of the D

JAMES COLLINS | Swindon 1-1
A kick out from James was sent back in his direction form the halfway line. He came out and kicked again. O’Kane failed to pick up the loose ball and Collins managed to evade four AFCB players to score from 25 yards


“”I think the conditions really ruined the game which was a real shame from our perspective being a football team.” EDDIE HOWE – Cherries manager










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It was the ‘Big One’, well for Swindon, for us it was another opportunity to get back in the play-off positions, go level on points with today’s opponents and set a new unbeaten record. One out of three is not what we were hoping for and a single point when so close to three was not what we wanted. Did we deserve all three points, of course, we are AFC Bournemouth and we deserve everything we get. Putting aside our obvious allegiance, we still deserved the three points, but Swindon were pretty good and the best side to have graced Dean Court this season.

“The ball landed at Arter’s feet and two deft touches created enough space to smash the ball beyond the despairing dive of Foderingham”

As I turned the corner of the East Stand and added myself to the end of the queue, never had to do that when Quinn was in charge, the first drops of rain fell. The rain got heavier and would surely have an impact on the play and the match. It did. The Cherries started brightly, but after just four minutes the visitors could have been in front. A snapshot was palmed away by James and four minutes later another incident was added to my memory for this report. Sadly, I can only remember the minute and not the incident, the same for another incident on ten minutes. This new system wasn’t working, so it will be back to the old way for the next match. That won’t be the Wigan game, I’ll leave that to the glory hunters.
After 25 minutes, the opener came and what a beauty it was. The ball landed at Arter’s feet and two deft touches created enough space to smash the ball beyond the despairing dive of Foderingham. The rain was still belting down and puddles were starting to appear and the ball decided it wasn’t always going to take the obvious path. This lead to the best chance of the match. The ball slipped away from Cook, James couldn’t get there, open goal. A gentle side foot and its 1-1, no lets place in the top corner, of the north Stand that is. Still the Cherries were in front.
An extended half-time saw the ground crew ensure that the second half got underway. Would the game last the 90 minutes? We didn’t think so, but how long does a match have to go before it can be abandoned and the result stand. According to the numerous sources sat around me 70 minutes. I still have no idea if that was true, but when it got to 71 minutes and we were still in the lead I was hoping for more rain, an early finish and three points.
To be fair Swindon were still in the game but the best chances had fallen to the Cherries, with Swindon keeper Foderingham making a smart save from a Grabban header and a close-range shot from Arter. Going back to my old system, my memory, I remember Pitman making one contribution to the game before being taken off. He picked up the ball, moved forward and struck a stinging shot that was again well-saved (can’t remember the minute this time).
Swindon didn’t look like a team that were going to lie down at any point and a strong finish to the game was always on the cards. Off went Arter, on came Hughes, out came David James, back came the ball and a pinpoint finish and a few bobbles saw the opposition get a totally undeserved equaliser. For those, who cannot see the irony in that statement please stop reading now. Five minutes left and there was still a winner to be had, but who could grab the glory? Unfortunately, it was not to be the Cherries, but thankfully it was not the tractor drivers from up the road. A great game, that should have been ours after taking the lead and holding it for so long. But, DiCanio, his camouflage jacket (I thought Italians were stylish) and his hard-working boys got a point they deserved (I hate saying it but its true).
We will wait for Wembley and the sunshine to show them how good we really are.



Very very sore this morning! Thanks for ur wonderful support yesterday! Very hard result to take! Onto Tuesday now! #afcb
Any neutral watching #afcb v #stfc would of watched a cracking game especially in those conditions. #weareunbeatable
Jesus, Cook should have cleared that off the line for Swindon equaliser suuuuuuuuurely! #afcb
David James swapping kit colours at half time. That’s the reason Bournemouth lost I reckon #afcb #cherries
#afcb keeper David James conceded his first goal in open play in nine hours and seven minutes in the 1-1 draw with #stfc. @jamosfoundation
Why do so many Swindon fans have a bee in their bonnet? 2 good sides, good football, fair result. Move on. #afcb



Let’s not mess about – Swindon were coming and were going to provide Bournemouth’s biggest DC challenge to date. I know that there’s a lot of furore around Di Canio – but a man who brings colour to the game, welcomes flak from the opposition supporters to take it away from his team, stands in the rain, wears his passion on his sleeve and ALWAYS applauds his own fans – what’s not to like?
Conditions were awful. Now I’ve only seen Swindon once, at their place, where they took us apart piece by piece – it was a humbling day. I remember them being free flowing with lots of passing – so I was surprised by what I saw. I’ve never seen so many high balls and flick-ons. My only guess is that Di Canio saw the rain, the heaviness of the pitch and so switched to Plan B – keep the ball off the ground – well – I guess it showed he was thinking. To be fair, the contradiction of styles between the short, sharp passing of Bournemouth against the more direct play of Swindon was a joy to watch – I know there were no neutrals in the ground but if there were they would have thoroughly enjoyed a first half of end to end play.
In the opening 3 minutes O’Kane had a shot go narrowly wide and James was forced into a smart tip-over save. End to End
Despite the conditions Bournemouth were having the better of it but on 21 minutes there was an indication of things to come as James slid out to get yet another long ball – and just kept on sliding. Bambi on ice springs to mind, but at least he did have the presence of mind to let go of the ball as he went out of the area – sure it did send us into a bit of a panic which was rapidly cleared but all was forgotten 4 minutes later.
Pitman found the ball at his feet in the area, he twisted and shot and the ball appeared to hit a defender’s hand – as some appealed for that, the ball ran out to Francis who skied a cross so high the ball came down with ice on it. Headed clear to Arter, he moved the ball to the left and smacked it into the right of the goal, past the diving keeper. Fantastic goal.
Bournemouth were now taking control but despite this, the teams should have been level 10 minutes later. A slippery ball and mix up between keeper and defenders resulted in their no 9, Collins, (I don’t normally name but this deserves it) having the ball 8 yards out, in front of an open goal. Instead of passing it in, he blazed it high and wide – to be fair, it still makes me laugh now.

HT 1-0

Second half was delayed as the pitch was inspected – most thought it would be called off as there was standing water everywhere. But, much to the groundsmen’s credit, it went ahead – but the spectacle of the first half was diminished – for me, the pitch just wasn’t good enough.
Despite the ever worsening pitch suiting the Swindon game plan, Bournemouth still created and had Arter elected to elevate the ball instead of hitting it with the outstep of his left boot along the ground when through 1 on 1, we could have doubled the lead within 3 minutes of the restart.
On 65 minutes, a Swindon cross, was cleared and blasted back by an on-rushing midfielder. James was committed to diving one way – the shot was going the other. Somehow, and I’m still not sure how, he managed to stretch his legs out and get sufficient on it to knock it away – a classy save.
Chances came at both ends now with Swindon coming into it more as the conditions worsened. We thought though, that we were going to hold on to 3 vital points until 5 minutes from time. James slipped as he took a free kick, the ball went straight to the opposition who headed it into the middle to a colleague. James managed to slide tackle him but the ball ran free and was passed into an empty net from 25 yards.
Cook looked like he’d saved the day on the line but conditions played their part again as it skidded past his despairing dive.

Summary – It’s always galling when you concede late on in the game but for me a draw was probably a fair result. Some other thoughts – Thomas’ body language was awful – this was his shop window, if he doesn’t want to be here – why would he not want to show more? And what does it do to Tubbs’ confidence? Secondly, we need to practise taking corners because we cannot afford to have dead wood in the side whose only real input is that – I’m talking Pitman who for me just wasn’t at the races. Anyway, why would any team not want their “goal-scorer” in the box for corners? Makes no sense to me. Finally – Di Canio broke the dugout – he’ll pay for it out of his own money I reckon – move on

STAR PLAYER: DAVID JAMES – 2 or 3 crucial saves and coped well with the slippery ball – well enough for me to say that the 85th minute slip could have happened to anyone
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