Date: 2nd February 2020 at 6:34am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told

“…The passion we showed in the game has to be a more consistent thing. For me, that’s been one of the key things that’s been missing for some of our performances this season…”

“…We have shown we are still alive and kicking and we’ve got points to prove. We have a long, long way to go before we can turn round and say we’ve done anything. There are some tough games to come and nothing has been decided today. We are in there fighting and showing we want to be in the Premier League.

“When we show the work rate, passion and belief, we are a different team. For me, that’s probably the thing that’s been missing in the games we’ve dipped below where we want to be and it’s been incredibly frustrating to see.

“But you saw it today and it changed our performance totally. Today, the Chelsea game, the game against Brighton, you saw a team fighting and scrapping for everything and that’s what we need to deliver again and again.”

Written by TCherry

My thoughts on today’s match.

Really nervous beforehand. Really big game for us, we needed to play really well.
Surprised no Steve Cook otherwise the team we’d expect Eddie Howe to pick.

Now I sit in the Main Stand, nice to see Eddie Howe having his picture taken with various fans before the match, looked pretty relaxed.

I thought I saw Charlie Daniels talking to someone from the Villa management team before the match, I hope he’s making progress with his injury.

Swapped end for the kickoff, as others have mentioned it worked well for the second half when we were under pressure.

We started really well, the Boscombe of old I think. Good pressing and high intensity.

Jefferson Lerma took one for the team when he brought down Grealish. He did make the most of it.

When we scored the first goal, Aaron Ramsdale, who was patrolling the edge of the penalty area went ballistic with his celebrations. Aren’t we lucky to have a great ‘keeper?

I’d like to see Jeff’s second yellow because to me it looked a fifty-fifty tussle for the ball. Can we appeal that?

It was a long 35 minutes to the end of the match.

I thought the ref and the near linesman were poor at protecting Callum Wilson, he was forever being held by the defenders.

It’s a shame Ryan Fraser missed the cross to make it 3-1 at the end.

A special mention to Simon Francis, I thought he was great. Diego Rico is a cool guy, he’s come on leaps and bounds this season.

A huddle between the team and management in front of the North Stand at the end.

I thought both sets of fans were brilliant.

Written by billythekid

The Players Were Up For It – The Fans Were Up For It

What an atmosphere at Dean Court today.

From the start you could tell the team were up for this game and that was reflected by our fans from all sides of the stadium.

At the end except for those that leave early every week, most fans were still in the stands and applauding the team, it was a scene you normally see when a side has won promotion.

Well done everybody, this will be a game and atmosphere our fans will remember for a long time.

AlGard wrote…

We were there from the off.
Attacking, pressing when we didn’t have the ball, it was a surprise it took us so long to take the lead.
Best 1st half of the season.

Jeff’s sending off was harsh. I have seen it 5 times now, and it was never a 2nd yellow, but he had trod the tightrope a bit, so the accumulation of offences swung the ref too easily.

Then the backs to the wall stuff.
The Villa goal bought back a habit I haven’t had for 45 years of biting my nails.

The 10 stood firm with courage.

Mention in dispatches for Rico, Wee Man, and Ake. They were everywhere.
And all who attended, you sang us home….for once.

There is a bit of light, but still, much to do.

Small steps!

SlowDownDerek added…

I just loved that. As others have said both halves were great for different reasons. Even if we’d have lost that we showed a lot of fight, enough to give us the faith we can turn our season around. Some of our recent performances have lacked any sort of positives – not today – it was full of positives. – Join the conversation, click here.

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