AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall handed Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme his first start since joining the Cherries on a season-long loan deal. Riquelme took up a left-wing role, with David Brooks on the right and a more central role for Junior Stanislas, supporting lone striker Dominic Solanke.
In central midfield, Lewis Cook returned alongside Jefferson Lerma, with a back four of Adam Smith, Steve Cook, Chris Mepham and Diego Rico.
Asmir Begovic continued in goal after a flurry of impressive saves in recent games.
After the game, Cherries manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo…
“We certainly gave ourselves a mountain to climb, being 3-0 down.
“I was disappointed by the manner of the goals we conceded. The first one has come from our own free-kick, we switched off dealing with the breakaway from that.
“The second one came from a good chance from us at one end and a miscommunication from the guys at the back – to be fair to Sinclair it was a great finish from some distance.
“Then the third one came from switching off from their set play.
“When you give a team a one-goal advantage I think it’s tough but when you give a team a three-goal advantage, home or away, you give yourself a mountain to climb.
Man of the match against Preston
The boss' post-match reaction after our first home defeat of the season.#afcb 🍒
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It might not have been the result we wanted…
…but Jaidon Anthony has had a 21st birthday to remember 👏
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Sam Surridge is hoping his goal against Preston will see him given more minutes on the pitch for Bournemouth
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Bournemouth have lost just 2️⃣ of their last 25 Championship games at Vitality Stadium…
Alex Neil the manager to mastermind both wins. 🧠
Tonight’s result ended a 17-game unbeaten run in the second tier. pic.twitter.com/H8vNYAqAPo
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Written by dragonm8
Was definitely a tactical decision that made Riquelme look rubbish I feel, and on his first start too.
He probably isn’t the sort of player you play out of position trying to hold the ball up on the wing and pass backwards on his wrong foot because nobody can play a ball in front of him.
I really fear we might not make the top 6.
Beaten by Sheffield Wednesday who were second bottom at the time, and almost humiliated by a Preston team who had shipped a lot of goals in their last two heavy defeats.
We, as the opposition are everyone else’s cup final, given we were Premier League last season.
We think we are still Premier League and we aren’t.
As soon as Tindall makes the players aware of the fact, we may well be competitive in a match, hopefully for the full 90.
Not the second half, or the last 20 mins.
The FULL GAME.
It’s an attitude problem.
We do seem to have an attitude problem as we think we can just turn up and beat the opposition because we were in the Premier League.
Jason has work to do in that area
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