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PREMIER LEAGUE | 05th DECEMBER 2015 | ATT: 41631 | REF: Mike Jones (8/10)
Position: 17th | Played: 15 | W:3 D:4 L:8 | Points: 13
Eddie Howe described the Cherries victory over Chelsea as “The biggest result in the club’s history”. We are not so sure that it compares with Supa Fletch’s goal against Grimsby back in 2009 that kept us in the Football League, but its still a huge victory.
Before kick-off the experts were all pointing to a home victory and how it was going to be the time for them to get thier season back on track. Every Chelsea fan I know were telling me this was the game where thier season was finally going to kick into gear and we were going to get a right beating. Someone suggested that a 6-1 defeat was on the cards. We would like to say a big thank you to all the experts and opposition fans for making the victory so much sweeter.
Three points are alway the aim and when you are at the bottom they are even more vavluable. Would we have believed we would get three points before kick-off. No, we went for a 1-1 draw, but we finally got some luck to compliment an outstanding performance.
STARTING TO BELIEVE
Eddie Howe has always said that he would stick with his princlples and every AFC Bournemouth wouldn’t want it any other way. We at TFTSE Towers always believed and I would rather lose than sit back and defend. The many injuries have made the task more difficult, but the challenge has been met head-on. Injuries mean opportunities for other players and Howe has shown his faith in King, Stanislas and Gosling who would have struggled to get in the team had everyone been fit.
The team have started to gel again and have grown into the style of play that Howe wants his team to play. The team have always believed and performances from the Newcastle game on have shown how good we can be in the Premier League. We have had a succession of performances where we have dominated and deserved more. I think you know which match in particular we are talking about. Against Chelsea there wasn’t one passenger on the field (at least in a red and black shirt) and it was a team performance that got what we deserved. That luck which has been missing made an appearance, even though it was probably hard work and tactics that got us the result.
CAN SCORE, CAN’T DEFEND
We don’t have problems scoring goals (most of the time), take a look at the last three games, 2 goals against Swansea, 3 against Everton and a goal against Chelsea. We scored 4 away to West Ham and even scored against Spurs and Man City. Our defensive record may be one of the worst in the league, but take out the two previously mentioned games where we conceded five goals in each game and the record is far more respectable.
The myth that we can’t defend is not really true, there has been the odd mistake which has cost us points, but their have been dubious decisions that have not gone our way. Liverpool away springs to mind. The defensive performance against Chelsea was outstanding, We defended from the front and as a single synchronised unit that hounded and harried the opposition into making mistakes. If we perfrom like we did for the rest of the season it looks like we could be beating Chelsea again next season.