Date: 12th January 2020 at 7:32pm
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AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told the BBC

“Tough game, we battled and stuck to the game in the first half. It wasn’t a great performance from either team before half-time but the goal sucked the life out of us and gave them a boost.

“We needed to do better. We weren’t creative enough, similar to recent weeks, and the first goal is a hammer blow for us. It is a team thing and we didn’t execute what we wanted, put ourselves under pressure and conceded a poor goal.

“We all learn from those moments and the team has to take responsibility. It was difficult for us today, we had a strong team, good balance, so it’s disappointing. We are always concerned when we don’t win. We were desperate to do well. The first goal damaged us mentally and we didn’t recover. We are in a difficult moment and need to lift ourselves.”

Written by afcb.czech

My biggest gripe is that we continue to persist with creative, flair players hugging the lines and in the middle only the hopeless Dominic Solanke. I really wouldn’t have thought that Solanke is so bad, but unfortunately, he is. And it’s every week. Jordon Ibe would be at least 10 times more effective. Solanke literally consistently screws up everything.

Then another thing. Boruc is on the bench for absolutely every Premier League game. Ramsdale is injured, so logically Travers is selected. So why isn’t Travers on the bench every week? Today the decision to play Travers was a factor that probably cost us the game.

Smith and Aké should not have played today. Both were obviously passengers. So in a relegation fight, Eddie Howe priorities injured players with awful form over youngsters.

Basically, the only player to come out of the Luton game with a shout was Andrew Surman. Naturally 4 other central midfielders, none of whom are playing well lately make the pitch, but not Surman.

Sure the players aren’t pulling their weight. But Eddie Howe has totally lost the plot. He’s going against his own philosophies and as a man-manager has shot himself in the foot with his double standards, some players are dropped for nothing whereas others apparently can do no wrong. He’s almost lost the fan base (something that was basically impossible) and I’d be amazed if he hasn’t lost the dressing room.

I was under the impression that Eddie Howe will always produce fast, attacking, entertaining football. Over the last several seasons the quality and style have declined so much that we are completely unrecognisable. And it’s dismal to watch. – Join the conversation, click here.

AlGard wrote…

From the heart

It’s tough right now, isn’t it?
But here we are in our 5th season at the apex of English football, and to be honest,
we have not disgraced ourselves in any way.

I bet a lot of you have your Fathers, Grandfathers, who supported the club from the year dot.
I know I have. My Grandad was there for the first league game in 1923 at Swindon. He proudly told me that many a time.

We were at the League 3 level till 1970. An unbroken run of 47 years of nothingness.

So, many of us on here have seen every relegation we have ever had, and on the bright side, every promotion. (I am saying anyone born pre 1962 ish will remember it all)

Here we are today, all depressed because we are in the relegation zone of the toughest league in the world.

I expect we all feel different. If we get relegated, to me in the Championship, we are still batting well above our average.

To the new fans (with all their points for tickets) they will feel we are batting below our average.

I will not mourn if we are relegated. I was alive when the impossible happened.
I wish my Father was here to see what we have achieved.

But, let us put it all into perspective….16 games to go…48 points…Let’s fight for every one of them! – Join the conversation, click here.

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