CHAMPIONSHIP | 31.08.2013 | ATT: 6769 | REF: HOOPER
A Charlie Daniels free-kick curled into the centre of the box with Brett Pitman getting a glancing header past the keeper
EDDIE HOWE MATCH REACTION
THE STARTING ELEVEN
Last’s seasons League One champions struggle to live up to the hype as the runners-up take all three points
With 11 goals against in two away games, Doncaster looked like the perfect candidates to help stop the rot and get revenge for last season .
Whether or not revenge is the right word, its always good to win. It wasn’t Doncaster’s fault that we couldn’t score in a brothel when we needed to most. Getting the three points today was far more important than anything that happened last season. With the 2012/13 season history, the Cherries needed to get some away points on the board to go with their maximum home haul.
The Cherries realised that a clean sheet was key to their success. Having Charlie Daniels back on the field and teaming up with Pugh, and not Harte, made a big difference. The Cherries had learnt their lesson and were closing down quickly. This frustrated the opposition and restricted Doncaster to very few chances.
Proving his worth Daniels teamed up with Pugh and dropped a lovely cross on Pitman’s head who steered a feirce header onto the crossbar. Just past the half hour mark a curling Daniels free-kick was glanced in by Pitman. One of the Donny players may have got a touch but it was still goin gin.
The second half was a more even affair, but Doncaster lacked a cutting edge. Donny boss summed it up, “Whether this was a case of too many of them having an off day or too many getting complacent, that’s a question I have to answer.
“If anyone has seen us play, even when we have lost we have created stuff and passed the ball. Today we were devoid of intensity.”
Anyway stick the trophy up your arse and a welcome three points, that ridiculously puts the Cherries 6th, above Watford and Hudderfield, and with the second worst goal difference in the league. Premiership here we come… 🙂
STAR MAN: Brett PITMAN
THE 11: Allsop, Francis, Ward, Cook, Daniels, Arter, MacDonald, Pugh, Fraser, Pitman, Grabban
SUBS: Flahavan, Elphick (90> Pugh), Surman, McDermott, O’Kane, Thomas (78> Fraser)
VIEW FROM US
#afcb boss Eddie Howe after 1-0 win at Doncaster: “Really important win for us…you don’t want to go into a two week break on a downer”
— BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) August 31, 2013
Fair play to Doncaster, quite rightly reminding us of the title win. Shame it doesnt equate to 3 more Championship pts unlike us #afcb
— Andy Galvin (@AFCB_Andy) August 31, 2013
VIEW FROM THEM
— Ian Joyce (@joycie01) August 31, 2013
Disappointing result and game. Never got going, Bournemouth probably deserved the win in a game of very few chances. #drfc
— Rich Colby (@Rich_Colby) August 31, 2013
— Declan McAsweg (@DRFC_McAteer) August 31, 2013