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CHAMPIONSHIP | 28.01.2014 | ATT: 7258 | REF: HORWOOD
Bournemouth 0-1 (Pen)
WHERE ARE WE IN THE LEAGUE: 14th
MANAGER MATCH REACTION
MATCH REPORT: SMITHY IS ALWAYS ON MY MIND
Surely after the glamour of the Liverpool tie, all those loyal supporters would have got their tickets for the Huddersfield game. It seems that a Tuesday night combined with sheets of rain and plummeting temperatures were obstacles far too difficult to overcome.
However, the 7258 who made the trip to Dean Court were rewarded with another impressive passing performance and more importantly two goals and three points. After the drubbing at the John Smith’s Stadium (is that right?) the Cherries owed the Terriers one.
The rain was a constant barrage that got more intense as the first half went on and undoubtedly had an effect on the game. The ball was getting caught in the emerging puddles making the Cherries swift passing game difficult to maintain. There were few real chances in the first half, but Ritchie brought out the best in the visiting keeper, stinging his palms as the ball was pushed wide.
As the rain got harder we were admiring the couple in front who had come well prepared with a 3-layered approach to the elements involving a waterproof big enough for three. We were very tempted to make new friends, but we stuck with it and were glad when the first half whistle blew.
The second 45 saw the rain subside and a match ensue with both teams looking to make an impression. The visitors were creating neat little passing moves and getting near the Cherries goal but the defence was standing firm. It wasn’t long before the Cherries started to gain the upper hand with a few breaks that looked like turning into real opportunities. However, it only took until the 55th minute for the Cherries pressure to count.
As Pugh and Grabban strode into the area a return pass from Surman?? (cant really remember) saw Marc Pugh hit the turf and the ref pointed to the spot. Was it a penalty? I would say who f**king cares, the ref gave it, it’s a penalty. But, after the diving ‘controversy’ of the Watford game, we thought we would take a closer look. Having watched the video over and over we still cant make our mind up. If that was given against the Cherries I would have been disappointed. For us the foul that lead to the second penalty against Watford was more of a penalty that the one in this game.
With the Cherries in front the visitors decided that they better make a game of it and it didn’t take long for them to construct a beautifully worked goal. A neat return pass to Callum Wood from Nahki Wells released him into space and a fierce finish slipped past Lee Camp’s outstretched glove.
Would the game peter out into a draw, or would revenge be ours? Revenge was to be ours and the man to the rescue was none other than record signing Tokelo Rantie. As Eddie Howe said, We never doubted him for a moment. Last week he was a zero, this week he was a hero. It doesn’t take much for some fans to change their minds.
For the second time the visitors were looking for a way back into the game and Simon Francis seemed to have something on his mind as on a number of occasions he was caught out of position or gave the ball away. Is he finally going to experience a bad patch? If this is the case its been a long time coming and now we have a ready made replacement in new old boy Mr Adam Smith. Take a rest Mr Francis you deserve it.
Finally, we cannot finish our report without mentioning the dying moments of the game and the certain arrival of goal number three. Tokelo ‘We never doubted you’ burst pass the Terriers last line of defence and looked certain to score, but 18 touches later he contrived to miss. Watch the video to hear Mr Rantie best explain the inexplicable.
Next up it’s league leaders Leicester, and once again its time to show how far we have come. COYR