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CHAMPIONSHIP | 09.11.2013 | ATT: 12221 | REF: RUSSELL



Bournemouth 1-0


Danny INGS

Burnley 1-1


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Will Tokelo Rantie ever score? Of course he will and he timed his first goal to perfection. If there was ever time to announce yourself to English football, a clash against the team top of the table was the time to do it. It was the ideal time to add a little spice to an already well-connected occasion.

The Cherries faithful were out in force, in part thanks to the free coaches provided by the club. All ready to enjoy the Northern delights of Burnley and Turf Moor. Some say its grim up North, but we don’t live there, we live in the sunny South and we are thankful for that. But once inside a ground nothing else matters but what happens on the pitch.

Looking at the form guide and the Cherries notoriously leaky defence, especially away from home, the odds were stacked against the visitors. But, Eddie Howe did have the advantage of knowing Burnley’s strike duo Danny Ings and Sam Vokes better than most, may be even Sean Dyche. Both were graduates from the Bournemouth youth system and Mr Ings had already served under Eddie Howe at Bournemouth before abandoning ship and cruising to the Northern shores of Burnley with its streets paved with gold. He tutelage under Howe at Burnley was short-lived due to injury, but teaming up with ex-team mate Vokes has seen both flourish.

Both were a constant threat, as expected, and Vokes was proving useful in the air, like he always was sending the ball wide a few times. With the home side looking to extend their advantage at the top of the table they were on the attack from the off. However, the Cherries were standing firm and not giving a inch, ensuring that the visitors had a base to build on. However, it was the unexpected figure of Brett Pitman that provided the best bit of defending in the first half. With a header from the home captain heading into the bottom corner Pitman was on hand to provide an acrobatic overhead kick and send the ball to safety. We have always liked that Pitman, and those who say he is lazy don’t know what they are talking about. It seems a spell out of the team has reminded him of how he needs to perform. At the close of play he, or anyone else for that matter, hadn’t managed to find the back of the net. A point still intact.

All good strikers need a partnership to flourish, and, this was perfectly demonstrated by the arrival of Mr Rantie’s first goal in the 50th minute. A nod down to the £2.5m striker saw him turn his marker, make some space and unleash an unstoppable shot from 25 yards. It may have taken Mr Rantie a few games to find his shooting boots, but this goal was well worth waiting for. Will he score a better goal for AFC Bournemouth?

With 40 minutes to go the visitors knew that they need to keep it tight and history would be made. The home side were keen to keep their unbeaten record and pushed forward looking for the equaliser. Vokes was again the the thick of the action, but the home side couldn’t find a breakthrough. As the game crept towards its conclusion the Cherries were getting more opportunities on the break, Rantie haivng a shot saved. However, the Burnley duo made in Bournemouth finally found the back of the net in the 84th minute. How did the goal come about? As expected. Vokes won a ball in the air nodding on for Ings power home a header. The Cherries were happy with a point, and so were we, but disappointed that we couldn’t hold out for the final six minutes. There was almost one last twist in the tale as a Burnley free-kick headed goalwards, but Camp was on hand to save.

600 miles, a stunning strike, an away point against a strikeforce made in Bournemouth and a team top of the league. Well worth the visit.














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