AFC Bournemouth returned to action in the Championship at Dean Court on Tuesday night, to face Millwall, our opponents from the postponed Boxing Day fixture.
Dan Gosling was missing from the squad having picked up an injury against Oldham Athletic in the FA Cup.
Asmir Begovic returned in goal, with Steve Cook, Jack Simpson, Lloyd Kelly, Adam Smith and Diego Rico in the defensive positions. A central midfield of Jefferson Lerma and Lewis Cook supported the front three of David Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Dominic Solanke.
The latter two combining again to find the Cherries goal. It was Stanislas’ third assist of the season, adding to his seven goals. Whilst Solanke netted his tenth goal (four assists).
After the match AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo…
“I just said to the guys there, the frustrating thing from my point of view is, when we’ve played a three at the back, the last goal we conceded in open play was Watford away (in October), which was a long time ago,”
“Every other goal we’ve conceded when we’ve played with three defenders has been from a restart, whether that be a throw-in or a corner or a free-kick. So that’s been the frustration.
“For us to do well and to be successful, you need to defend those moments a little bit better and that was the most frustrating thing from me today. We didn’t defend that moment as we should’ve done and ultimately that’s ended up costing us the three points.”
Man of the match against Millwall?
"I'm frustrated that we didn't defend the free-kick well enough for the goal."
The boss on tonight's draw 👇#afcb 🍒
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) January 12, 2021
Dom Solanke says the Bournemouth players aren't happy with their point against Millwall and has vowed to work on defending set-pieces
— BBC Radio Solent Sport (@solentsport) January 12, 2021
Written by Waz afcb
Tindall is not the right man for the job.
Yes, we may be third in the league, but how many times have we actually played well this season?
I was willing to give him a chance but Tuesday night did it for me, his football in the main is incredibly negative and is not enjoyable to watch. The least I expect from a Bournemouth manager is to play front foot attacking football, Jason’s style is clearly to keep things tight and try to nick a goal. And yes I know there have been a few outliers Barnsley, Huddersfield etc, but how often can you actually say that we’ve been exciting to watch this season?
The guy has the calibre of squad that most managers at this level couldn’t even dream of, yet more often than not we look the inferior team. Now before I get accused of being a knee jerk bed wetting no dry sheets etc, I have waited half the season to see how the performances develop before coming to this conclusion. Did we not spend virtually the whole Premier League era saying that we’d rather go down playing exciting football than stay up playing boring negative football? Well, why should this be any different? I’m sorry but he’s being carried by the individual quality of certain players, we are not a good team under him.
The same could have been said for the past couple of seasons with former AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, when we started trading hungry, adventurous, but somewhat naive footballers for big-ego solid, safe players, and it ultimately got us relegated.
But the Original Poster is right in the sense that the entertainment factor of the football brand being displayed this season is more obviously negative, lacking in pace and chemistry. You could argue that 8 of our 11 on the pitch were more defensively minded players.
I mean, we’re currently 1 point off the automatic places, lost 3 all season and he’s had 23 games in charge!
I’m not a fan of some of his setup – 5 at the back etc
But I’d still say the football is better than the 18 months that went before. I’m happy for us to give one of our own a good chance at it.
Give him a B grade so far.
King situation hasn’t helped and Brooks has had a poor season for the majority of it.
Sorry Waz… But the only thing in your post I agree with is you mentioning we’re 3rd…
You should have stopped there and thought more about what you were about to say…
So tonight wasn’t great but why do you feel every team should let us play attacking football and beat them into the ground…
We’re doing ok and JT is still learning in his new role. The football and movement at times is incredible… I assume you missed the passage of play where we played it from our own corner flag, out of tight positions, all over the park, broke away and almost made it 1-0…? – Join the conversation, click here.