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  • Football League One
  • 20 October 2012
  • Att: 6233
  • Ref: Phillips
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JAKE JERVIS | Tranmere 0-1
Addison came out to win the ball, but missed completely, allowing the Tranmere to run into the box unimpeded. A cross to the centre of the box saw the ball elude the Cherries defence for Jake Jervis to volley home
BEN GIBSON (OG) | Bournemouth 1-1
A simple, but accurate, cross into the box from the left landed on the head of the Tranmere defender who glanced the ball into the bottom corner of the net.
HARRY ARTER | Bournemouth 2-1
Simon Francis skipped past one Tranmere player and headed into the box before cutting back from the byline to Arter on the edge of the box. He took one touch to get past the defender and put an unstoppable shot into the top corner.
SIMON FRANCIS | Bournemouth 3-1
A free-kick 30 yards out was tapped to the on-rushing Francis who hit a powerful low shot into the bottom corner.

“Huge credit must go to the players, 1-0 down at home to the league leaders, the second half was a really good fightback.” EDDIE HOWE – The returning Cherries boss










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It was almost inevitable that Eddie Howe’s first game in charge would end with three points. All our predictions yesterday were proved wrong, no Zubar and no 1-1 draw. We should have known better than to doubt Mr Howe.

“Mr Addison, who moved with all the grace, speed and stealth of a Sunday league defender after a night on the beer”

The latest lineup included all the old Paul Groves, and TFTSE favourites, including Addison and McQuoid. However, what difference a week makes. Instead of the usual groans, that so and so was playing, an air of hope, expectancy and anticipation was in the air. Surely, with Eddie at the helm, life would be breathed into the players and crowd and only a positive result was on the cards. And how true this proved to be.

The first half was a cagey affair with Tranmere showing why they were unbeaten in the league. Clear cut chances were few and the visitors were happy to keep it tight. Thanks to our favourite defender Mr Addison, who moved with all the grace, speed and stealth of a Sunday league defender after a night on the beer, Tranmere were presented with plenty of space to send in a cross finished with a well-executed volley.

The second half proved to be a different affair, much like the Orient game, the fans came to life and so did the players. It didn’t take long for the Cherries to impose themselves on the game with a Pugh cross being glanced into the net by a Tranmere defender who was being closely marked by Addision. Five minutes later, the effervescent Simon Francis skipped down the wing and pulled a great ball back for Arter who demonstrated, as he had most of the game, what a great player he can be and crashed the ball into the back of the net.

The home side were in the ascendency and were looking to put the game to bed. Tubbs was proving to be a thorn in Tranmere’s side and was clattered to the floor for a free-kick on the edge of the box. Francis hit an absolute beauty to put the icing on the cake of what will be surely become the standard very soon.

A much-improved performance and three goals were very welcome, but even Eddie Howe will struggle to add a shine to some players. Arter and Daniels showed glimpses of their true talent and Matt Tubbs came on and showed why he shuld be starting. Eddie Howe would have been reasonably happy with this performance but he knows he can get more from the team and a few of the players in the team yesterday are unlikely to be making the journey with him.



What an atmosphere and result at #AFCB today. A deserved 3 points and battled like a team that wanted it 2nd half. More of the same boys!
Sore throat from all the singing today. I definitely think that we helped contribute to the goals with our support #afcb
What a Fantastic day at @afcbournemouth The result, the fans, the players, the staff & every1 involved at #afcb made it special #GetInThere
All those that think Zubar should start Tuesday retweet #afcb
#afcb best atmosphere for a long time today the feel good factor is back return of the king Eddie Howe !!
Today I remembered why I love football #afcb #EddieHowesBarmyArmy
Brilliant performance.Much quicker in possession which was all that was missing. Good 2 see width back in our play. Cracking finishes! #afcb



A Breath of Fresh Air
I was really glad that Eddie had the Top of the League Tranmere to play first up – if we won, brilliant, if we lost, well they are a good team aren’t they?

Looked like a bumper crowd was due as I’ve never seen so many Away fans in the bar – as it happens, it turns out that they didn’t bring as many as I thought – the few here just like drinking – who would have guessed J

The first half started with plenty of noise from the crowd and Bournemouth edged the opening 25 minutes. We had a lot of ball and weren’t under any threat but we weren’t causing any problems either.

It was better than previous performances but still not quite hitting the mark. Arter did well and I can see that the partnership between him and MacDonald has real possibilities

The left is also sorted with the Daniels/Pugh understanding growing game by game – it’s down the right we need to improve. Francis is and has been excellent but he lacks a foil in front of him to work as they do on the left

On 28 minutes we all had to wipe a tear from our eyes as the first step-over corner was performed, evoking memories of a time where we actually practised set pieces.

This started 10 minutes of heavy Bournemouth pressure of corners, free-kicks and crosses which reminded us all of what we have been missing

Then on 38 minutes came the sucker punch. Inexplicably, Addison hoofed the ball out of play instead of passing to Daniels from fully 10 yards. From the throw in, Addison slipped to allow Jervis to tuck it away.

Disappointing, yes – but the crowd responded with a roar of Barmy Army but alas while build up play looked good – we still lacked a final ball / killer touch

Half Time 0-1

I’ve often scoffed at teams turning Bournemouth around at match start so that we attack the NS in the first half – what’s the point I always thought – it makes no difference

Today I was taught the difference.

Even before the players came out, the chanting started – the noise was immense. Yes there was a lot of Barmy Army but this time there were others thrown in and it got louder and louder until the place was rocking!!!

The crowd were richly rewarded after just 6 minutes of this awesome noise. Pugh was brought down 22 yards out and the free-kick was nodded in we thought by Addison the way he ran off. I think he was just glad his earlier blunder had been wiped out as it was accredited as an og

Just 7 minutes later the pressure and noise AFCB were exerting paid dividends yet again. Mcquiod tricked his way down the right and crossed back to Arter.

He controlled the ball, jinked to his right and hit an unstoppable right foot shot past the keeper’s outstretched right hand.

This was amazing – it was like being led into the light having been trapped in a cupboard for the past 18 months or so.

We piled forward even more as Howe sides of old used to do and created a hatful of chances but Tranmere still let us know they were a good team by almost equalising after a defensive mix up but luckily it was scrambled away

On 71 minutes McQuoid was brought down 25 yards out. Daniels and Pugh were there. We all started to duck down a bit as we knew it was coming our way if it managed to miss the wall

But no – we really have been working on set-pieces – a sideways pass to Francis (has he EVER been involved in a free kick) and he slammed it into the bottom left corner. The crowd couldn’t believe what we were seeing.

This was the team we’d all craved – and this is game 1 !!!!

From then on Tranmere showed why they have been unbeaten with a gritty, measured, and pacey response that put us on the back foot. They created a couple of real chances but James was their equal. On this performance Jalal really will need to buy himself a cushion

We saw the game out the whistle went and the crowd still carried on cheering. If we keep on doing this, we’ll make it as 13th man as well as 12th – we really were the best I’ve heard

Summary – Long patches of toothlessness but a purple patch that would have beaten any team in the league. Tranmere were the best side I’ve seen this season but we so deserved to win today

STAR PLAYER: Harry Arter
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