Date: 23rd November 2020 at 9:00am
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AFC Bournemouth returned after the international break without Joshua King, the striker had joined up with the Norway squad, only to return to test positive to the Coronavirus. Cherries team-mates Adam Smith and Philip Billing were left out of the squad as a precaution.

AFC Bournemouth captain Steve Cook returned to the back four alongside Lloyd Kelly, before a half time switch saw him partner Chris Mepham, with Kelly at left-back.

AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Sky Sports after the match…

“In the second half we came out and played with more intent, more purpose, more intensity and like a team that wanted to win the game and like a team that wanted to show everybody what they’re all about and wanted to go top of the league for a short period of time. We came out and delivered a performance which justified that in the second half.

“I don’t think it would be right to share what I said at half-time, but I certainly wasn’t happy with what I saw and I certainly wasn’t happy especially the way we started the game.

“It wasn’t a team that needed to win the game and it wasn’t a team that we wanted to show everybody that’s what we’re about. In the second half we came out and I think you see the true Bournemouth and you see a team that I’m proud to manage.”

Man of the match against Reading

L Cook

L Cook

Solanke

Solanke

Danjuma

Danjuma

Brooks

Brooks

Written by AlGard

Usual slow start.
Shockingly timid defending to give them a penalty.
Reading continued to find gaps when attacking.
A better mid half, but huff and puff with loads of guff.
Quality 2nd for Reading, slicing through the static gaps.

Half time genius from Jason Tindall.
David Brooks moves inside, and suddenly it’s a threatening side again.
Boom! Boom! Suddenly level with great goals.
Controlling from then on
Lewis Cook, if I have to wait another 4 years for one of your goals, I will, if it’s like that worldy.
Fabulous Asmir Begovic save on the line.
Clown Reading goalkeeping. “Deadly Dom’s Delicious Double.”
19 years of hurt continues for the broken biscuits.
We only need to turn up for the 2nd half to win games.
Strange isn’t it.

A real help yourself all you can eat Chinese Buffet of a game, which we didn’t start to the 2nd course. – Join the conversation, click here.

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billythekid wrote…

When they mention a game of two halves this one fits that bill.

All started with the substitution of Rico bringing Mepham on and switching Kelly to left-back.

Then Solanke scored a brace and really deserved his second goal with his determination to win the ball off their goalkeeper.

David Brooks defence-splitting pass to Danjuma who put it away well.

The icing on the cake was the superb goal from Lewis Cook after a pass from man of the match, David Brooks.

We have knocked Reading off the top of the perch and taken their place depending on later results. – Join the conversation, click here.

 
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