Wednesday night at Dean Court will probably prove to be a night not easily forgotten at Chelsea.
Their biggest defeat in over a decade in the Premier League, a capitulation of embarrassing proportions.
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— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) January 30, 2019
Chelsea without the ball during the first half was one of the best, if not the best, side to come to Dean Court this season. Their pressing, their movement everything was impressive. Tactically they were a joy to watch, even as a neutral or an AFC Bournemouth supporter.
The Cherries gave up possession a lot during that opening 45 minutes, but credit has to go to Chelsea as they pressed quick and forced AFC Bournemouth to play it quicker than they ultimately wanted to and that forced the errors.
With the ball in the final third Chelsea struggled, as AFC Bournemouth played out their game plan perfectly of dropping to the edge of their box with two banks of players for Chelsea to play through.
The visitors simply couldn’t create anything, whilst all the best chances fell to the Cherries on the counter-attack.
David Brooks and Junior Stanislas with the best of the chances during the first half.
Second half and within two minutes Chelsea were chasing shadows, Ryan Fraser with a dinked pass to David Brooks who cut it back for Joshua King to slam the ball home.
From that point onward, AFC Bournemouth was rampant on the counter, King and Brooks combining again for the second with a composed finish for the 21-year-old Brooks.
Number three came with a sensationally weighting pass from Clyne on to Stanislas who poked it through for King.
Number four, with the AFC Bournemouth fans chanting “It’s happening again, it’s happening again, 3-0 to Bournemouth, it’s happening again – we want four, we want four”, Charlie Daniels responded with a looping header.
— charlie daniels (@chazdaniels13) January 31, 2019
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“It’s up there with our special performances in the Premier League. I don’t know where it ranks, but I just like to enjoy the brief feeling you get from winning. It was a tough night and a tough game.
“The first half was a real examination of us defensively and thankfully we stood up to that. The message at half-time was not to worry if we didn’t have the ball. I haven’t said that many times while managing Bournemouth!
“We were never going to dominate possession in that game and I felt we were okay without the ball. We were a lot better in our mindset in the second half and that helped us to counter-attack and score some great goals on the transitions.
One of our best performances at Dean Court
That was a match to remember.
Great first half performance when Chelsea was dictating the play, especially Hazard.
Our lads kept their concentration, Boruc just doesn’t look bothered by anything and made a great save.
Second half we saw some great moves leading up to the goals.
What a fantastic performance by all our players tonight.
This without Wilson and Lerma.
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