Date: 4th January 2007 at 11:03am
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The Cherries couldn’t have had a better start to 2007 with a 1 – 0 victory over local rivals Brighton. Brett Pitmans 93rd minute winner sealing the victory with virtually the last kick of the game. The victory saw the Cherries rise 2 places in the table to 21st with 25 points.

Brentford meanwhile continued their miserable run of form on New Years day losing 2 – 0 away to Swansea. They remain rooted to the bottom of the table with 21 points.

Brentford supporters have set up a fighting fund to try and help them sign some players similar to our playershare scheme.

Vital Quotes:

Bond said after the victory over Brighton ‘If we end up getting beaten on Saturday this isn’t worth anything so we’ve got to build on today’s win and claw ourselves out of trouble.’

AFC Bournemouth Team News:

Steve Claridge, Simon Gillett and Matthew Connolly have all now left the club. Claridge having signed a one month contract, which will not be renewed. Gillett and Connolly have returned to Southampton and Arsenal respectively following loan spells. Aidan Sainsbury is the latest Youth team player to have been promoted to the first team squad. Callum Hart is out for at least 6 weeks with a thigh injury.

Player to watch: Brett Pitman

Brett Pitman is one of the former Youth team players promoted to the first team squad. Brett who turns 19 later this month is an exciting young prospect. He has developed through the youth set up and made his first team debut against Torquay in the Carling Cup on 24th Aug 2005. Brett kept his nerve in the penalty shoot out and scored his first senior goal in a Cherries win.

So far this season Brett has been involved in 15 games, scoring 4 goals and receiving 1 yellow card. Brett teams up well with Sam Vokes, his ex youth team partner. They are both very lively and likely to score goals.

Brentford Team News:

Brentford have made 3 signings so far in the January transfer window, having signed David Partridge on loan from Bristol City, 28 year old left sided midfielder Joe Keith from Leyton Orient on a five month contract from 4th January to 4th June and 23 year old Michael Leary joines The Bees on loan for a month from Luton Town. They have also resigned goalkeeper Nathan Abbey for another seven days under the emergency loan facility.

Player to watch: Simon Cox

Attacking midfielder currently on loan from Reading. He has made 13 appearances for the Bees so far this season. He has not scored any goals but has been booked 3 times.

Match Facts & Stats

Head to Head

Bournemouth wins – 34

Brentford wins – 34

Draws – 28.

The last time the 2 clubs met was on 16th September 2006, at Griffin park. The match ended 0 – 0.

Courtesy of Soccerbase

Ref Watch:

The referee for the match is Mr Paul Armstrong from Berkshire.

The assistant referees are Ashley Slaughter from Sussex and Andrew Turner from Devon. The fourth official is Andrew Rodda from Devon.

Mr Armstrong has been in charge of 16 games so far this season handing out 40 yellow cards and 3 red cards.

The last time Mr Armstrong officiated a Bournemouth game was 2 years ago when the Cherries lost 2 – 1 at home to Chesterfield, and was a game where judging by his statistics he unusually handed out no cards!

Courtesy of Soccerbase

Match Prediction:

betting

Bournemouth win – 10/11

Brentford win – 13/5

Draw – 9/4

Next Fixtures:

Bournemouth are away to Crewe in FL1 on 13th January 2007. Kick off 3pm.