With the news of Lewis Cook’s devastating knee injury prognosis, ruling him out for at least the remainder of the season, AFC Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate had to look at at least one change going into the game with Barnsley.
Seen by many as a must-win game if any hopes of a Championship play-off place was still up for grabs, would he go like-for-like and bring in Jack Wilshere? The answer was no, a complete change to the system saw Shane Long come in alongside Dominic Solanke up front.
At times the Cherries clicked and put together some good attacking passages. But their lack of cohesion for prolonged periods and an inability to defend crosses saw the Cherries snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
After the match, AFC Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate told Sky Sports…
“It was two different Bournemouth teams. One in the first half that wanted to fight and one in the second half that did not want to do it. That is not acceptable. Games are not for 45 minutes, they are for 90 minutes. They wanted it more than us.
“With 10 games to go, we need to start winning and the players need to lift themselves. Barnsley are on a good run but that won’t go on forever. There are plenty of twists and turns to come. What I would say is that we need to match Barnsley’s effort and intensity.”
— Richard Crease (@RichardCrease) March 13, 2021
Man of the match against Barnsley
Once again unwilling or unable to change anything when we’re coming under pressure. It was clear that the direct approach from the first half wasn’t working, switch it up, we’ve got players to so it. Clear we needed to get on the ball more and all three subs have been terrible. Philip Billing will get the grief but Jack Stacey has had an absolute shocker and Sam Surridge offered nothing. A game we should’ve won but one we absolutely didn’t deserve to.
You get what you deserve when you mess about with managers.
Tindall should never have been given the job.
Tindall was then sacked without us having any kind of replacement lined up.
Woodgate should never have been appointed.
End of story, end of the season.
What the heck is going on?
Eddie Howe loves this club, all he wanted was some promises kept in the shape of a new training centre where he could bring through decent youngsters, then to probably end up selling them higher up the food chain for decent money.
Where is he now? Sat in a TV studio talking about Crystal blooming Palace!!!
Sincere thanks to our directors for that.
Season over and I fear that’s our shot at getting back into the Premier League over. We are an embarrassment of a club top to bottom. Amateur management, lack of ambition and players with absolutely zero fight. Woodgate was never the answer but hey, at least we saved ourselves a few quid. Can’t believe this club has gone so quickly from having a vision, plan and purpose to just making it up (badly) as we go along. – Join the conversation, click here.
Jonathan Woodgate's thoughts following this afternoon's defeat.#afcb 🍒
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