Date: 1st September 2020 at 10:30am
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AFC Bournemouth kicked off the new Tindall era with their first pre-season friendly of 2020 with a friendly against Portuguese giants Benfica.

Tindall’s first match in charge of the Cherries ended in a 2-1 defeat with Danjuma scoring AFC Bournemouth’s only goal.

Tindall’s first-team selection saw the side line up in a 4-4-2 with Asmir Begovic returning between the sticks, behind a defence of Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Lloyd Kelly and Diego Rico. The midfield four saw Junior Stanislas and Danjuma wide with Jefferson Lerma and Lewis Cook in midfield. The front two was Dominic Solanke and Sam Surridge.

David Brooks and Callum Wilson missed out through injury, whilst Joshua King has not yet returned to training with AFC Bournemouth since the end of last season.

Following the match AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall as quoted by the Daily Echo said…

“You don’t really think of it too much but it’s a great honour to manage such a great club, a club that’s very close to my heart.

“I’ve been here for a long time as assistant manager, but to be there leading the team was a great honour and a very proud moment for me.”

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For all the doom-mongers it might be an idea to watch the interview with Danjuma on COWS which I thought was very positive. He says that Jason Tindall has a slightly different way he wants them to play, he has discussed it with the players and they all like the plan. Danjuma says that now they are working on executing it to perfection. Really glad for Arnaut to get his goal and a cameo as a striker, such a shame he missed almost all of his first season with us.

In his own interview, JT (Tindall) mentioned that they have a very good team spirit within the squad, which is also very good to hear. I would hope that we will do everything to maintain that and that JT will quickly weed out any big-time Charlies before they can rock the boat. Hopefully, the lesson of the Ryan Fraser saga has been taken onboard.

So although I still have my doubts about JT’s ability to not just start well with the squad he inherited but to maintain a promotion challenge, I’m reassured that he does at least have a plan, the players understand it and are determined to carry it through. Add to that a decent spirit within the camp and we seem to have the basis to have a good chance of being successful.

If we survive the transfer window without too much collateral damage then I am fairly optimistic that we will at least have a decent start to the season. After that, it will be a question of our having the staying power to stay in the fight until season’s end. A few of the squad might find that hard going, the Championship is a long old grind.

Go Danjuma! Hope you have the season you deserve! – Join the conversation, click here.

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Def_II_Royalz wrote…

We looked alright. Benfica would have been a very stern challenge even during our pomp 3-4 seasons ago. I don’t think we’ll have a clear picture of what the new coaching team’s philosophy is going to be until late September, but that wasn’t a bad first game back by any stretch. All I want to see is the players giving a toss under Tindall and so far that looks to be the case.

It’s hard to read anything into friendlies, especially now. Last season we utterly spanked a team that reached the Champion’s League semi-finals and I was stupidly convinced we’d finish top ten and look what happened! – Join the conversation, click here.

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