MAN OF THE MATCH
MATCH REPORT: BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN
Clean sheet, three goals and three points at home. Where am I? What month is it?
The last home game AFC Bournemouth simply couldn’t score, this home game the Cherries simply couldn’t score, in the first half. The same pattern was emerging again as the Cherries created a host of chances but once again the visiting goalkeeper Marek Stech was on hand to get in the way. This is a man who had five put past him by Morecambe when on loan for the Cherries back in 2009. A couple of headers from Surman’s and Ritchie were heading for the bottom corner but both times Stech big glove was there to save the day, for Yeovil at least.
The Cherries managed to go one better this time and get the back in the back of the net. According to the referee a foul had been committed and the goal was disallowed. Seen the reply a number of times and still struggling to see what the problem was.
WHERE’S THE FOUL? If spotted let us know at @tftse
Surely with so many shots on target the Cherries were bound to score, but as before, it simply didn’t look like it was going to happen. Forty-five minutes, no goals, the only consolation was the opposition hadn’t scored. Must be the players kids getting them up early for Xmas that made sure that they were wide awake.
The ominous signs of a goal-free game again, were quickly dispelled as the omnipresent Matt Ritchie popped up again to get his first of the game. His goal was hardly a classic, taking around three deflections to get to his boot but the finish was undoubtedly well-executed. It took Mr Ritchie less than ten minutes to double his and the Cherries tally. This time it only took a couple of deflections and another to reach the back of the net.
This effectively ended the match as a contest with the visitors struggling to get back into the game. The Glovers Joel Grant described the match as the ‘The Worst Game We’ve Ever Had’. Not sure that’s true and once again deflects from a very good Cherries performance. Would the Glovers had got something from the game had they been on their game? Don’t think so, we were simply too good for them.
Man of the Match O’Kane, finished off Yeovil with sublime and well-executed finish after beating a succession of players. The Cherries weren’t finished and went looking for more goals with Ritchie unlucky not to get his hat-trick. It’s been a lot time coming, in fact since we beat Millwall 5-2 at home back on the 5th October 2013. That’s 9 points out of a possible 12. Surely, its time to start talking about getting back in the play-offs and start dreaming of the Premiership again.
We cannot leave without mentioning the large ever-in-action mouth of Mr Harry Arter. This season he has started maturing into a competent Championship midfielder and was having a decent game. But, once again, he couldn’t help himself. After getting an unlucky yellow he should think even more about opening his big mouth. First he now gets to miss the next game, but he should be counting himself lucky that Howe took him off, before he managed to get the ref to offer him another yellow. He simply needs to shut the f**k up and get on with playing. There is nothing worse than getting booked for mouthing off at the referee. Not sure how many of his yellows have come from such actions, but we are sure it would be more than half. Thankfully, we have plenty of good midfielders and perhaps a spell on the sidelines might refocus his mind.
Onwards and upwards and lets look forward to great game on Sunday.