Date: 12th September 2021 at 10:26am
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AFC Bournemouth returned to Dean Court on Saturday following the small break for the international window.

The transfer window has also closed in recent weeks and Cherries head coach Scott Parker was able to add Gary Cahill, Ryan Christie, and Jamal Lowe to the squad for the first time, although only the former made it into the starting line-up joining Lloyd Kelly in heart of the home sides defence. They were joined by Adam Smith and Jordan Zemura at right and left-back respectively.

In midfield, Ben Pearson played the anchor role with Philip Billing and Jefferson Lerma slightly more advanced with David Brooks and Jaidon Anthony on the flanks supporter Dominic Solanke upfront.

Two goals from Zemura sandwiched a Solanke goal in a very dominant display, where five or six goals would not have flattered the hosts.

Following the game, Parker told Sky Sports

“I’m really pleased with that performance and with all facets of our game. We kept a clean sheet and for the second game in a row stopped the other team from getting a shot on target. We were worthy of more goals. We had some massive opportunities and if we had put the finishing on a couple of moves then it would have been a delightful score.

“But trying to get out of this division comes from one thing and that is looking back tomorrow morning and sitting in front of a screen and learning where we can grow and get better. I know for sure that if that’s our outlook we will be successful.”

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Written by Waz afcb

-That was pretty much as dominant display as you could expect to see at this level. The way we functioned as a team both with and without the ball was a joy to watch. The moment we surrendered possession we pressed aggressively and in packs, everybody seems to be buying into the project and it’s very pleasing to see. We moved the ball around incredibly crisply and carved out a number of opportunities, it could quite easily have been at least double three. Everybody played well but some honourable mentions:
-Gary Cahill: absolutely oozed class. Read the game so well and was constantly barking orders at his teammates and helping them through the game. A clear upgrade on Cook.
-Zemura: best-attacking full-back performance since Franno in 14/15. It was ridiculous just how good he was today. He has it all for a modern-day full back. NEEDS a new contract now. So silky on the ball, he is also pretty good defensively.
-Lerma: that is the Jeff I wanted to see last season. I was very critical of his performances last year but today he was immense, box to box it was like having a number six and s number eight in one, literally played 2 roles. The number of times he won the ball back today was very impressive.
-Pearson- very very classy. Offered a superb shield to the back four, some of his passing was also very impressive. – Join the conversation, click here.

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The key chances were (I didn’t see the game, so am just reporting it)

First half – Zemora’s goal (45%, it was preceded by an 8% shot). Solanke in the 44 min (22%) and in injury time (44%)

Second half – Solanke in the 46th min (60%), Christie 82nd minute (27%) and Zemura 82nd minute (54%).

So we had six shots that were deemed to be better than 1 in 5 of scoring.

All of the dangerous crosses that sounded as they were just in front of Dom wouldn’t have registered. It depends how many of those you count in the 6 or 7 we could have had. Fans count them but xG doesn’t. – Join the conversation, click here.

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