Date: 19th September 2021 at 9:08am
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AFC Bournemouth head coach Scott Parker took his undefeated Cherries to Wales on Saturday to face a tough trip to Cardiff City.

Due to the expected physical contest against a Mick McCarthy side, Parker opted to drop David Brooks out of the starting line-up, shifting Ryan Christie to the right-wing and bring in Ben Pearson to join Jefferson Lerma and Philip Billing in the midfield three, with the in-form Jaidon Anthony continuing down the left.

The back four of Adam Smith, Gary Cahill, Lloyd Kelly and Jordan Zemura continued in front of goalkeeper Ryan Travers.

Up front Dominic Solanke continued his fine work in the lone striker role.

Parker told Sky Sports

“I am delighted for Phil. We have been working hard on his game and there are unseen aspects that are now working very well. He has matured. In the past, I saw a player who could float in and out of games and maybe could go missing at times.

“Now, I think he is superb. We know what you get with him technically, but he also now ticks all the boxes when it comes to his defensive work and his understanding of the team dynamics. This was a massive result and it brought to an end a huge week for us with three wins. I thought we were superb today and looked every bit a top side. We were up against a big, physical side who deliver long throws and who can cause you massive problems. I asked my players to be brave and they were.”

Man of the match against Cardiff









Written by adam0102

Fantastic steak roll and good lager at a β€œNeighbourhood” place en route from the station

Excellent turnout from the south coast, numerous and noisy

Couldn’t believe how poor the Cardiff support was

First half, needed a pace injection and a better final ball, but Cahill and Pearson outstanding

Second half, the PhilBill show up front, could have had four. Some great play from him, JZ, JA and Dom as we regularly tore them to shreds but our finishing was poor apart from the sublime finish by Phil

The defence was superb all day, Trav only had two saves to make but both were as the offside flag went up

My MoM Cahill, but Pearlo and Jeff ran him close

Honourable mention particularly for Jeff for his play after he’d been booked.

Ref let play flow well and wasn’t falling for theatrics

Matt Stevenson added…

The first half looked a cagey affair with not much happening xGs of 0.03 for Cardiff and 0.13 for AFCB. Straight after the break, we had two big chances (reported as being in the same minute) with Solanke 0.36 and Billing 0.30. The goal itself, in the 54th minute, was rated 1 in 33 – I’ve seen this, and I’m presuming the keeper was unsighted as he didn’t move. No other good chances (> 1 in 10) were recorded, bar Phil Bill again in the 68th minute (1 in 5) and three from Cardiff, a 1 in 4 attempt from Collins in the 74th minute and in what I’m guessing was a penalty area scramble from a set play, attempts from Flint (1 in 6) and Morrison (1 in 10). Well done the Cherries defence – this was the lowest xG posted by Cardiff this season, and I think lots of teams will drop points to them.


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OOCC TDA wrote…

Just my annual visit to say that was a well deserved win for you yesterday. The Bluebirds are not going to do much this season, given the loss of a lot of experience and quality over the summer. The financial disaster that will surely emerge from the economic effects of Covid and the end of parachute payments will be seen to be largely responsible for that.

Mick McCarthy out of necessity is bringing youngsters through, which is a novel experience in itself, but it will take time for anything positive to come from that.

In the meantime, we will continue to bully teams where we can and most supporters will be content with a mid-table position come the end of the season.

Good luck to the Cherries! It’s anyone’s league this season. – Join the conversation, click here.

northstandmark added…

It was a knife-edge but in the end you’d say well managed.

We had our creative period and got the 1 when maybe it should have been 2 or 3, and then dropped off to invite Cardiff on. It gave us chances on the break but it tested our resolve at the back when maybe we could have carried more momentum forward and not needed to head and kick away so much.

On another day it goes 1-1 or on another day we’re more clinical with those late break-aways. As it was we got the job done.

Great support from the away end, if I may say! – Join the conversation, click here.

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