Written by langham
The Football League Cup match between AFC Bournemouth and Blackburn Rovers was a chance for many of the squad players to impress Eddie Howe.
It proved to be a strange game – the Cherries should have won this comfortably but neither Lys Mousset nor Jermain Defoe looked sharp enough to take any of the many first-half chances.
Tyrone Mings was pedestrian – did he make a single move upfield? Jefferson Lerma less good than earlier performances and surrendered the ball for Blackburn Rovers first goal. Jack Simpson seems almost completely dependent on his left and looks panicky at right Centre Back.
Lewis Cook pretty good, though not outstanding in my opinion.
But Junior Stanislas looked excellent until he tired and Callum Wilson was lively.
Negatives – we’ve conceded eight goals in three games, two of them penalties. Positives – the B team finally won through, even if with three forward substitutions. Crystal Palace in the Premier League will be a different challenge.
Finally – a strange atmosphere, very passive crowd until the last few minutes. Credit to Blackburn – they played the ball around, showed patience and kept us all quiet.
None of the defenders covered themselves in glory. Felt Mings missed an opportunity to go above Franno in the pecking order. Simpson looks extremely uncomfortable on the right of the back 2 which is a concern for his future progress given our squad balance.
I feel Cook and Lerma took a while to get used to each other’s game, but after 20 minutes did show signs of forming a good partnership. Lerma made an individual error for the first goal but don’t let that mislead you into thinking he had an overall bad game.
Of the attacking players, Stanislas was the clear standout. I think he’s played his way into the Crystal Palace starting XI. This means an attacking trio of Fraser, Brooks and Stan behind Callum – Join the conversation, click here.