From the day the Premier League fixtures came out, AFC Bournemouth fans have been looking forward to two particular spells of the 2018/19 campaign.
The opening few months of the season and the final couple of months of the season.
The fixture computer had handed the Cherries a very difficult spell of fixtures slap bang in the middle of the campaign, just as the fixtures pile up around the festive period and often injuries too.
That was certainly the case for AFC Bournemouth, in particular away from home which saw Eddie Howe’s side slump to nine consecutive defeats.
But with the turn of the month came a turn of optimism.
Whilst Simon Francis, Lewis Cook and now Steve Cook look set to miss the remainder of the season, David Brooks and Callum Wilson returned from injury.
Just in time for a trip to bottom of the table Huddersfield Town.
The Cherries buoyed by Wilson and Brooks, along with Joshua King and Ryan Fraser created some excellent attacking play, whilst new signing Chris Mepham alongside Nathan Ake continued to impress in defence.
The result a convincing 2-0 victory, ending a torrid away run and acting as a springboard heading into a period which could see a big points haul.
AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told afcb.co.uk…
“…We really felt for the supporters in that time without an away win so we’re really pleased for them. They had a long journey, left early and we rewarded them with a good clinical performance.
“We were good in attack and solid in defence so it’s a really good day.
“We didn’t do anything different tactically, we performed well defensively – young Chris Mepham was very good for us particularly as he’s only just joined us.
“I was pleased with the back four and the clean sheet was massive, that win is a confidence lift for the players.”
Really good away performance; think 0-2 flattered them a bit.
Thought we actually should have had a penalty in that goalmouth scramble; King got to the ball before Stankovic (Who should’ve been off) who just clattered into him and didn’t get any of the ball.
Standout performers…everyone played well, but I thought Mepham, King and Lerma had outstanding games, and Wilson and Fraser linking up really well once again. Fraser and King look like new players with Wilson. – Join the conversation, click here.