AFC Bournemouth returned from the international break to host Queens Park Rangers in the Sky Bet Championship at Dean Court on Saturday.
Cherries manager Jason Tindall left Joshua King out of the squad after he failed to secure a move away from the south coast following the “worst two months” of his life.
Atletico Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme, who joined the Cherries on loan for the season ahead of the international transfer window closing, was also left out.
Neither side could find a break through in a somewhat dull match where only two shoots on target were registered, both coming from the visitors.
Man of the match against QPR
AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told Sky Sports…
“We were well below the standard that we set against Coventry. We didn’t create too many chances today which was disappointing. We take the positives. We kept the clean sheet, we’re still unbeaten and we’re third in the league.
“I think we had a few tired bodies after the international break and only got the group back together for the first time yesterday. We had some good moments today without the right decision at the right time. When you’re not at your attacking best then it’s important that you don’t concede goals.”
Looking to take the positives ⬆️
The boss admitted we weren't at our best today but was pleased with aspects of what he saw.#afcb 🍒
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) October 17, 2020
Nowhere near good enough today but we’re still unbeaten and a nice clean sheet. Onto a tough away day on Wednesday 🍒💪🏼 pic.twitter.com/734HWtMtMP
— Steve Cook (@SteveCook28) October 17, 2020
A man of the match performance from @asmir1 today 👏
— BBC Radio Solent Sport (@solentsport) October 17, 2020
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First half boring, second half slightly better in places. Definite pro is Begovic looks solid which is a bonus having that settled for now. Defence looked solid too just silly passes putting us in trouble occasionally.
For me we have too much forward talent to be play 3 centre backs and 3 centre mids. It’s one or the other unless you are just playing to be solid and not get beat. It puts a lot of pressure on the wing backs to provide which they struggled with today (two right footers another question with balance). Which leave two strikers with not a lot to feed off of.
Lets get a front 3 out there and pick to load up either defence or midfield you can’t do both. – Join the conversation, click here.