Date: 29th October 2020 at 1:00pm
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AFC Bournemouth returned to Dean Court to face Bristol City for the first time since 2006.

The headline team news was that David Brooks missed out yet again, whilst Diego Rico who had impressed at both left-sided centre back and left wing-back, was left out with Cherries manager Jason Tindall preferring Lloyd Kelly and the returning Adam Smith.

Dan Gosling and Lewis Cook operated the midfield in the absence of Jefferson Lerma, with a front two of Joshua King and Dominic Solanke supported by Junior Stanislas playing in the hole.

AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo after the game…

“…We knew how important this game was, we knew how tough a challenge it was going to be.

“Bristol City are a very good side who have started the season exceptionally well. We knew what challenges we were going to face.

“But it was important that we did win the game and we turned one point into three points and thankfully we managed to do that.”

“I felt we didnโ€™t show enough calmness in the first half. On the ball I felt we made some bad decisions.

“We just needed to settle down and show a little bit of calmness, find the pass when we were under pressure and we needed to play with a little bit more purpose.

“We needed to attack a little bit more. We needed to get our strikers good quality ball and I felt second half we came out with a real purpose, a real intensity and I felt we were the dominant side in the second half.

“I felt we were going to score with the sustained pressure that we had.”

Man of the match against Bristol City

Smith

Smith

S. Cook

S. Cook

Kelly

Kelly

Someone else

Someone else

Written by fritter…

I thought Joshua King played well second half. The commitment overall was impressive second half. Far too many errors all round.

But, the quality we have seen so far isnโ€™t great. Bristol City looked well organised and had a great first half, and lost.

We havenโ€™t played well so far this season, weโ€™re second.

The chopping and changing of the team may be necessary, but it doesnโ€™t help. The key will be partnerships, like it always is. Need a clear strong spine through the team. So far it looks like Asmir Begovic, Steve Cook, Jefferson Lerma and Dominic Solanke. Keep that spine and build around it.

Canโ€™t wait for Reading.

Monmouthred wrote…

Up front we have that extra quality generally. Solanke frustrates me, but has laid off perfectly weighted balls that led to 3 key goals. David Brooks in the one half he really played this season, produced a number of 1-2s before unleashing a shot that was unbelievably saved. If and when he is back, he should tear it up at this level. King is getting back to match fitness. Junior Stanislas was poor last night, but unlocks defences for fun, after a run of a few games etc etc

In summary, we will always have hope in 0-0 games, that someone will produce the extra quality that makes the difference, often it will be 2/3 players suddenly clicking to create the chance.

With a solid defence (and by the way well done Begovic (humble pie from me)), we will generally be in most games, to allow that to happen.

We all know, in any league that is the foundation to success.

We have also played a harder set of fixtures than most, so to be unbeaten, is pretty impressive. – Join the conversation, click here.

 
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