AFC Bournemouth lost their unbeaten start to the 2018/19 campaign when they lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Many will look upon games like that as the bonus matches in the top flight of English football, should the Cherries really expect to take many points away from the “so-called” top six sides on a regular basis? Probably not, even the most Cherry tinted glasses fan would concede.
But when AFC Bournemouth had put in such a solid defensive display for the majority of the game and yet created chances to score, some will maybe look at things as a chance missed.
One great chance fell to striker Callum Wilson, who couldn’t quite latch on to a wonderfully whipped in ball from the left side from Diego Rico.
The other, from a corner, saw Nathan Ake, former Chelsea defender and current AFC Bournemouth player of the season miss from two yards.
Ake told the Daily Echo…
“To be honest, I didn’t even see the ball, It went through a few people and I just stuck out my leg.
“The ball hit my foot and it could have gone anywhere. I wanted it to go in the goal but it didn’t so I was disappointed with that.
“Callum’s chance was a hard one but also a very good chance. If you come to places like this, you need to take those chances if you are going to win and we know that.”
Chelsea deserved the win and thoroughly outplayed us. We didn’t take our 2 fairly easy opportunities when we got them, Wilson frustrates me he misses too many easy chances. Altogether we defended well and unlucky with the deflection 1st goal and a moment of world class magic from Hazard. We need to keep the ball better though against the big teams because we were chasing shadows against a very quick team. Lerma and Rico were solid enough on their debut. Some really good crosses from Rico and crunching tackles from Lerma.
We have pace in attack but didn’t show that quality today on the rare occasion we got a counter-attack, cautiousness led to us slowing down and giving the ball away far too much. Overall happy with the way we defended but must do more when we get the rare chances in attack against the big 6 because you will get punished. Wasn’t expecting anything today so at least we didn’t get thrashed. Chelsea are a very different team to last season and are now dominating possession in every game and playing quick exciting football.
We now have a chance to pick up more points and get on a good run and cement top half as we don’t play another big 6 team until November. – Join the conversation, click here.