Eddie Howe declined to reveal the identity of the player who broke down following the Aldershot clash. Our first guess is that its Liam Feeney, however, we hope we are wrong. How would the Cherries line up without him?
Assuming that the 13 fit players are the ones we think this is how we think the Cherries should line-up for Crewe.
Defender: (left) Robinson (centre) Garry, Pearce (right) Bartley
Midfielders: (left) McQuoid (centre) Hollands, Bradbury (right) Connell
Strikers: Pitman, Fletcher
This would give the Cherries more pace in defence. Bartley is good at tracking back and quicker than Bradbury. Robinson is used to playing a defensive role and would give good cover for the inexperienced McQuoid. Plus, Bartley and Robinson could swap sides to mix up the formation. Hollands and Bartley would effectively be holding midfielders breaking up play and Hollands or Bradbury getting forward when attacking.
Playing Connell out on the right is simply filling a position, while not a defensive midfielder he would be trying to get in the box and could supply balls to Pitman’s feet. McQuoid has pace but lacks a finishing cross, so again he could combine crosses and playing to feet. Long balls should come from defence or Hollands or Bradbury with anyone of McQuoid, Connell and Pitman looking to pick up Fletcher’s knock downs, though not all at the same time.
We know most of you won’t agree, but we will see what Mr Eddie Howe comes up with on Saturday.