Date: 29th August 2019 at 3:09pm
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told

“It was a very tough game and full credit to Forest Green. They defended well, they made it difficult for us, they got bodies behind the ball and their goalkeeper played well.

“But we were kicking ourselves. We should have won the game comfortably, we had enough chances to do it but we weren’t clinical in front of goal.

“I thought we were pretty good between both boxes but, when we really needed to show the quality and composure to get the final bit right, we panicked a little and that was the big frustration…”

Written by GaryRB

As soon as we had the ball Forest Green Rovers sat back with a deep 4-5-1 , which we just couldn’t easily get through.
When we did, our shooting was awful (blazing over the bar twice first half, Josh King should have buried 2nd half chance). Put 1 chance away opens up the game.
Jordon Ibe as always tried, didn’t shy away but lacks the quality when needed. Bit of urgency when Ryan Fraser and King came on, but King in front of goal was awful, as was Callum Wilson.
Back 4 did some good stuff, Chris Mepham seemed to take the senior role directing positioning and did ok, but let’s remember they had chances too, if we really played like a Premier League team they shouldn’t have had so many.
Last few minutes could have been very embarrassing.
Thankfully we had a keeper who saves penalties.
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Red_till_im_ded wrote…

Perhaps they struggle to motivate themselves for these sort of matches. No disrespect to Forest Green Rovers but it was Manchester City 5 days ago. Perhaps just lacking a bit of professionalism.

Callum has these barren spells and Dominic Solanke has yet to prove his large transfer fee was justified. It wasn’t a great performance by any stretch but it’s a results business and we got through to the next round. However, these games do highlight certain players . Mark Travers for example showing that we have a good keeper in the making, a positive, Ibe showing that he is not a top level player. C’mon hands up who just knew he’d be the one to miss his penalty. It was an opportunity to play fringe players which can back fire, as we know all too well in cup competitions. – Join the conversation, click here.

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