Date: 17th March 2021 at 9:20am
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After the disappointing loss to Barnsley at the weekend AFC Bournemouth had to return to Dean Court to regroup against another one of the Championship promotion hopefuls in Swansea City.

Cherries manager Jonathan Woodgate was dealt a blow before kick-off, having previously lost Adam Smith to injury against Barnsley, Lloyd Kelly was also unavailable, leaving Woodgate without both of his preferred choice full-backs. In came Jack Stacey on the right and Diego Rico on the left, either side of the centre back pairing of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Steve Cook.

With Lewis Cook out injured, Woodgate went for a more like-for-like replacement for this game with the introduction of Jack Wilshere, alongside Jefferson Lerma with Philip Billing in the more advanced of the three, in a kind of number 10 role.

Dominic Solanke was up front with Junior Stanislas and Arnaut Danjuma on either side of him, until another injury blow, which saw Stanislas withdrawn for Rodrigo Riqulme.

After the match, Jonathan Woodgate told Sky Sports

“Every single player did well. Jack Wilshere basically ran the game for the 70 minutes he was on. I thought his was an outstanding performance and he gave us something we have not had in the last few games. They are a really good team and we did well. I thought we dominated.”

“Billing owed us one because his performance against Barnsley when he came on was not great. Hopefully he can push forward now and get in the Denmark squad for the Euros. That is his aim for the season and he is a player of exceptional quality.”

Man of the match against Swansea









Written by Garbo

Good to watch and some decent possession during the game…Asmir Begovic was superb…Jack Stacey so good at attacking…Cameron Carter-Vickers and Steve Cook solid…Diego Rico decent…Junior Stanislas okay…Jefferson Lerma good interceptions but awful passing at times!…Jack Wilshere classy….Arnaut Danjuma a more mature performance…Philip Billing active and magic goal…Dominic Solanke nuisance to them all night his feet look like they are on the wrong way round though.

Waz afcb wrote…

Nice to see we’ve started putting in a bit of effort. Too late though isn’t it. Not particularly shocking that now we have a mountain to climb to make the play-offs and the pressure is somewhat off, that our fragile team of superstars start to perform. The talent is definitely there, the mentality certainly isn’t. It’s why nobody should start getting excited. After a good performance, we’ll rock up to the next league game and expect to win just by turning up.

thegazzyb wrote…

How enjoyable was that ???!!!

Finally a 90 minute (!!!) performance! Loved everything about it!
I especially loved the way we just kept on playing the same way, even as we extended our lead. No change in attitude, no taking the foot off the gas or trying to defend the lead. No, we just kept on attacking, trying to get forward and create further chances.

I just knew that Simon Francis on Sky Sports banging on about how well Stanislas had done to stay available this season would jinx it! Why did he have to say that? Hopefully, it’s not a major strain and he can come back soon.

Fantastic performance from the lads tonight though, let’s keep this up from here on in please! This team continues to do my head in! Maybe an against the odds win against the Saints can finally elevate our confidence to a level in which we can maintain this sort of form until the season’s end.

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