AFC Bournemouth headed into the game at Dean Court with Derby County as the only remaining undefeated club in the top four divisions of English football.
Headline selection news from Cherries manager Jason Tindall saw Lloyd Kelly drop out of the starting XI and matchday squad, with Diego Rico returning to the left-sided centre back role.
Joshua King dropped to the bench in favour of a front three of Dominic Solanke supported by Arnaut Danjuma and Junior Stanislas.
But it was substitute Rodrigo Riquelme who turned out to make the difference for the Cherries securing a point and maintaining that unbeaten run.
AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo after the game…
“…You could see Derby came here to get everybody behind the ball, defend and not really look to win the game – maybe just try to protect and hit us on the counter-attack.
“I felt they did that at times in the first half but I felt that was due to our poor play.
“Whether the quick turnaround in games, our minds weren’t as sharp as they should have been or what was expected – we certainly deserved to be 1-0 down at the time Derby scored…”
“…We needed to get better second half and I felt for 45 minutes Derby were camped and defending in their defensive third.
“We created some very good opportunities and thankfully we did get something from the game at the end.”
Man of the match against Derby
"We were very disappointed with our first-half performance and that cost us the three points."
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— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) October 31, 2020
Tough game. Still unbeaten. Dust down and make it happen next week. The only way is forward ✊🏽 pic.twitter.com/ouTeVV8Lka
— Arnaut Danjuma (@ArnautDanjuma) October 31, 2020
Happy to score my first professional goal! ⚽️ 🥅
Let’s go lads! pic.twitter.com/Bkw61UMDcG
— roroRiquelme (@rororiquelme10) October 31, 2020
— Richard Crease (@RichardCrease) October 31, 2020
Written by SteveJonesLegend
I just don’t think we’re that convincing at the moment in general…
Taking aside the CoventryCity game we’ve not had a complete performance yet… second half seems to be our stronger part of the game but we are too prone to being poor at the moment…
Not bashing AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall at all as he’s done very little to suggest an issue, but you do start to wonder if this is the Lee Bradbury scenario again, with players that can play to a level with little management etc… for a time… but sooner or later you get found out if you don’t have a quality manager keeping the players inventive…
We talk of Reading being in a false position at the moment, but if you’ve watched our games, we won’t be in the top 6 much longer unless we pick up our performances a bit…
Good to get a point when we were so poor – that bodes well.
One of those days where stringing two passes together seemed a big ask.
Awful playing out from the back, at times cringe-worthy.
I guess Steve Cook, Dominic Solanke and Adam Smith were the best of the bunch.
Seemed poor concentration from several players.
Extra homework for Diego Rico and Philip Billing.
Brighter from David Brooks and Rodrigo Riquelme; Joshua King a bit lacklustre.
Not a disaster, forget it and move on – hopefully, Jefferson Lerma back shortly. – Join the conversation, click here.