23 mins | MARC PUGH | Bournemouth | 1-0
Wes Thomas headed towards goal and passed to the overlaying Scott Malone who headed towards the byline. He put in a low cross that evaded a couple of Wycombe defenders and the goalkeeper leaving Marc Pugh free at the back post to tap home from a yard out.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH TEAM
GOAL: D Flahavan
DEFENCE: S Cook | A Barrett | S Francis | W Cummings
MIDFIELD: S Purches | H Arter | S Malone | W Fogden | M Pugh
UP FRONT: W Thomas
ON THE BENCH: Jalal, Peters, Zubar, Sheringham, Symes
CHANGES: 83 Sheringham>Thomas, 87 Symes>Fogden
THE OFFICIAL VIEW
LEE BRADBURY gives his reaction:
“I asked for a clean sheet and we worked hard from front to back and got what we deserved,” Bradbury said. “I thought we kept the ball well in the right areas, as well as the defensive side of our game. We played when we could and it was a job well done.
“Going forward we’ve worked on the cut-back and getting in at the far post with the opposite winger, so it was good to get a goal from it.
“Wycombe played until the end and they made us defend deep, so the most pleasing thing was that we were a really strong unit defensively. I was delighted with the unity and their hunger to get the win.
“We’ve played this formation at home, and when we’ve played 4-4-2 we’ve not had such great results so we’ll stick with what works. If we do that week in, week out then we can open teams up and slowly we’re becoming a very good team.”
WYCOMBE manager Gary Waddock:
“When you continue to lose games, that’s hard. We’ve got to roll our sleeves up and keep going. There’s no magic fix, we’ve got to keep working hard.”
“I don’t think there were too many chances created by both sides. It’s just that cutting edge that’s missing at the moment.”
THE TFTSE VIEW
Another away victory combined with the first win at home in ages sees the Cherries put together a winning sequence of three matches and 9 points. This has seen the Cherries climb away from the relegation zone and head to within 6 points of the play-offs.
Wes Thomas spearheaded the usual away formation and the Cherries created chances early on. Wes Fogden was lively and went close and the Cherries superiority eventually paid off as Marc Pugh popped in the winner. Just over ten minutes later the home side got a dubious penalty decision which was stuck into Row Z. Wes Thomas headed against the bar late on, but a resolute defence ensured that 3 points was ours.
The team is obviosuly starting to gel and the defence is starting to look good(ish). Its still our weak point and with one more strong addition, left back, it could be a very solid unit, and ‘stumpy’ Flahavan kept a clean sheet (league matches only).
It wll be interesting to see who will actually get in the squad when most are fully fit. With over 30 players and only 16 places on match day, it seems inevitable that some familiar faces will be on thier way. Can’t see the legend known as Fletch backing back in the team, is it finally time ot retire? Obviously, a big squad is a good thing, as long as the players in the squad are good. Have we got that? Nearly, but not quite, another defender, striker and midfielder should complete the job and get us ready for the play-offs. We thought before the start of the season a top 3 finish was very achievable. Not so sure now, but play-offs are defintely a realistic proposition.