Date: 16th September 2019 at 7:05am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports

“It was hard work – a tough day, a hot day. We asked our guys to put in a real physical effort today and they did it superbly. It was a day where hard work gets you the win.

“It’s a huge win for us psychologically for us – we need to win games at home. The feeling around the ground only improves by winning. We knew today was a huge moment in our season. Hopefully we can use today as a launchpad for the remainder of the season.”

Written by NWCherries98

Diego Rico had a good game in my opinion; he made several good blocks and interceptions (including a fantastic acrobatic one denying a certain goal), great set-piece delivery, bagged an assist, a couple of loose moments on the ball but otherwise, he was pretty damn good. And if you hadn’t noticed, his “poor positioning” seems a tactical choice from Eddie Howe, our Left Backs always seem to be either high up the pitch or tucked in more centrally: Charlie Daniels constantly does the same thing.

Sorry, but I’m not having comments on here that he had a terrible game. The fact that Eddie Howe took off him right at the end for some applause surely proves that he had a good game??

We look so much better with 4 at the back. Nathan Ake was immense, Steve Cook looked slow and seems injured still? Jack Stacey, for his first Premier League start, played well. Aaron Ramsdale was awesome, very quick off his line and might have actually saved us the game at times.

Harry Wilson anonymous again, fantastic to see Lewis Cook back, really missed his driving performances and range of passing. Philip Billing much more than a midfield destroyer. Joshua King looked mostly back to his best, Callum Wilson back to being clinical, and Dominic Solanke was a great foil for them both.

All in all, a great result against a team in good form. We played a formation that mostly got the best out of a lot of our players (in both defence and attack) and that also gave us a much stronger bench, with the likes of Ryan Fraser and Jefferson Lerma able to come on. And for once, can’t disagree with any of Eddie Howe’s choices and decisions.

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Waz afcb wrote…

A few thoughts…
-Aaron Ramsdale was fantastic again. In all my time supporting the club, I’ve never known us to have such a proactive goalkeeper. The polar opposite to Asmir Begovic.
-Steve Cook in the most part had a great game. A couple of iffy moments of poor positional play (due to filling the gap left by Jack Stacey) in the first half left us exposed. Not going to criticise him for the goal because frankly he was being climbed on so not sure what he can do in that situation. An iffy back pass aside very solid.
-Nathan Ake had a good game as usual. Solid and steady.
-Diego Rico was very good, regardless of what some will say. He was caught high up the pitch during transitions at times but that is the way that Eddie Howe wants his fullbacks to play! Very solid defensively and good use of the ball.
-Stacey, all things considered, had an encouraging debut. He struggled with the pace of the game at first and got caught on the ball a few times but this is to be expected. The guy hasn’t even played in the championship before and he will adapt.
-Lewis Cook outstanding. Covered every blade and has an ability to beat a man and carry the ball up the pitch.
-Philip Billing good again. Interceptions, tackling and winning headers. Does the ugly stuff very well and hugely impressive.
-Harry Wilson was disappointing I thought to be honest. Offered virtually nothing in open play. Barely noticed he was playing and doesn’t provide any real protection to his full-back. Understand that he is a luxury player but in this system, we can’t really afford to have a luxury player out wide.
-Joshua King is so much better out wide than as a ten. Utilising his strengths which are running at the opposition with the ball. Keep him there!
-Dominic Solanke was very important today I felt. A good foil for Callum Wilson used the ball well and looked far more comfortable than Kingy dropping into that number 10 slot.
-Callum worked hard. Fairly quiet but absolutely clinical which I will take all day long. He’s there to put the ball in the net and today his finishes were sublime.
-Ryan Fraser did very well when he came on, a lot better showing from him. Added much-needed energy at a pivotal time, I like the idea of him coming off the bench as a super-sub to run at tiring defenders. Would personally give him this role this season. – Join the conversation, click here.

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