Date: 26th September 2021 at 8:57am
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It was a case of continuing where you left off for AFC Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker as he kept with the same team that had taken the Cherries to the top of the Championship last weekend.

Mark Travers remained in goal, with Adam Smith, Gary Cahill, Lloyd Kelly and Jordan Zemura the back four.

Ben Pearson and Jefferson Lerma played the deeper of the midfield trio, with Philip Billing pushed on slightly. Out wide and it remained Jaidon Anthony down the left-wing and Ryan Christie, keeping David Brooks out of the side on the right-wing.

Up front was Dominic Solanke.

Billing and Solanke scored their fifth and seventh goals respectively of the season to secure the points and the Cherries place at the top of the Championship table.

After the game, Parker told the Daily Echo

“…First half I thought we were fantastic, I thought we were really good. We weathered it a little bit early on, they came out the traps, which I think we knew.

“Difficult team to face and I think they’ve proven that this season in terms of the results they’ve got. They put you under pressure…”

“…We want to control the game a little bit better in terms of with the ball and try and assert ourselves back into the game and get some control in those moments.

“We didn’t manage to do that today. At that point, when you soon realise that, it’s about character, it’s about mentality, it’s about nous, it’s about defending your goal and doing the real basics at a world class level and I felt we did that.

“That’s why we got the result and that’s what’s key. What’s key is that we come out with a result.”

Man of the match against Luton

Christie

Christie

Billing

Billing

Solanke

Solanke

Kelly

Kelly

Written by billythekid

Game of two halves, we were better in the first half and took a 2-0 lead, though earlier we could have been 0-1 down or even 0-2.

Nearly an error by Travers but recovered and got the ball, the other their player missed an open goal.

Second half they came back with a goal, but we knew that would happen after their previous away games at West Brom and Blackburn.

Job done, top of the league, can’t be much better.

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northstandmark wrote…

That was hard work. Panicked at times more than I’ve seen us panic in defending leads lately. Never really held the ball up for a moment’s rest. Still, it’s another 3 points when not playing overly well. – Join the conversation, click here.

 
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