CHAMPIONSHIP | 11.01.2014 | ATT: 12709 | REF: ELTRINGHAM
Elliott WARD (OG)
WHERE ARE WE IN THE LEAGUE: 16th
SOME YOU WIN, SOME YOU LOSE
The last time AFC Bournemouth played Wigan the Cherries were on a high and dreaming of the play-offs (well we were) and the Premiership. The return fixture has seen a reversal of fortunes with the Latics heading to the play-offs and the Cherries stuck in mid-table.
The game is almost an aside, as Eddie Howe said, ” “We weren’t at our best today, I think that was pretty clear. We didn’t start the game very well – the real Bournemouth didn’t turn up to play.”
The performance is reflected in the score, but you still have to give credit to Wigan. There first and last goal were excellent finishes, the defending could have been better, but lets not deflect from the goals. The killer goal, or the second, took a wicked deflection off Ward and gave Camp no chance.
Every team is going to have bad days and the Wigan game was one of those days. The AFC Bournemouth alarm once again didn’t go off in time and it only took the Latics a mere five minutes to score, better than the Birmingham game, by 2 minutes. A killer blow that the Cherries never recovered from. What exactly so the players do the night before a game? Stay up to 4 o’clock in the morning recreating the match on FIFA 14 and wake up believing the job has been done. Or, do they all have an early night and feel even worse for it.
The Cherries managed to hold out to half time but never really came to life until Wigan had scored their second. Eddie Howe brought on Pugh for Fraser in the 58th minute, Rantie for Arter in the 64th minute and Pitman for Ritchie in the 73rd minute. However, a goal could not be found and the second half and the match in general was summed up by the Vital Wigan report, “Bournemouth enjoyed a little more possession in the second period, Lewis Grabban looking lively and Al Habsi pulled off a couple of good saves, but in all honesty the result was never in doubt”.
Thankfully, less than 300 turned up to see such a woeful performance (apologies to whose who made the trip). What happened to the thousands that went to the FA Cup game? The tweet below reveals the masses who made the journey.
— Peter Charles (@peter27afcb) January 12, 2014
After the game the team got a bit of a battering on Twitter, but there were a host of reasoned tweets. However, our favourite has to come from Rantie’s homleand (see below). If its going to work he needs to take action and get the necessary done.
Rantie is unlucky maybe he needs to come back home and slaughter a goat to remove bad luck. Form is temporary but class is permanent #AFCB
At least it wasn’t a knockout competition like the FA CUP. This poor performance will remind the team what is needed for the very next game. Lets look forward to Tuesday night and hope Rantie has performed the necessary ritual and is ready to score a hatful of goals.