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Football League One | 7th January 2012
ATT: 3658 | REF: Tierney | HALF-TIME: 2-0
15 mins | JON MACKEN | Walsall | 0-1
Warren Cummings was pulled out of position and no defender came in to cover the space in front of Jon Macken who had the simple task of turning unopposed and shooting into the far corner.
44 mins | ANDY BUTLER | Walsall | 0-2
A long ball out to the left saw the Walsall player run to the edge of the box adn unleash a piledriver that Flahavan could only parry. No Cherries defender picked up the loose ball and Andy Butler headed home to doubled the hosts lead.
62 mins | MICHAEL SYMES | Bournemouth | 1-2
Marc Pugh out on the left used his skill and pace to outmaneouvre Beevers who stuck out a leg in a desperate attempt to stop Pugh who was brought down for a penalty. Michael Symes stepped up and fooled the keeper to slot into the bottom corner.
90+3 mins | STEVE FLETCHER | Bournemouth | 2-2
Harry Arter put a short pass out to Simon Francis overlapping on the right. He put in a first time cross as Supa got in front of his marker and planted the ball past the keeper, with his head of course.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Cook | S Zubar | S Francis | W Cummings
MIDFIELD: H Arter | W Fogden | S Gregory | M Pugh
UP FRONT: M Symes | W Thomas
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Baudry, Purches, Taylor, Fletcher
CHANGES: 46 Purches>Gregory, 74 Fletcher>Symes, 85 Taylor>Arter
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“He’s been with the club about 20 years with only 18 months away and he’s a legend.
“We didn’t turn up in the first half and I told the lads at half-time we had got to match Walsall work-wise and be more determined and we were fantastic in the second half.”
CHERRIES legend Steve Fletcher:
“I usually pull off to the back post and try to head them down for people, but I took a bit of a gamble and got a run on Manny Smith, the centre-half, and it came off the new haircut and straight into the roof of the net!
WALSALL manager Dean Smith:
“Naivety cost us the game. It’s two points lost and the lads know that. They are frustrated and it’s sickening. A few weeks ago we did it to Sheffield Wednesday and scored two goals in the last minute but it’s sickening when you concede so late. We should have won the game because we were the better team.
“Claude (Gnakpa) got the ball and lost it and Steve Fletcher did what he’s done all of his career – it was a good header.”
THE TFTSE VIEW
There is only one man who can grab the headlines and plaudits like Steve FGletcher and that’s Steve Fletcher. The legend came up trumps again and made another vital contribution with his first goal of the season extending the Cherries away record to unbeaten in 11. He may be approaching his 40th birthday and 20 years with the Cherries, but he is still capapble of making a telling contribution. Will he ever retire? We hope not, but one day, he will have nothing to offer on the pitch adn when we are in the Premiership he simply wont be good enough.
The first half performance was poor and some very poor defending for both goals. Note that Daniels wasn’t playing, but a certain Mr Cummings was, so make your own mind up.