Date: 15th February 2021 at 9:16am
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Jonathan Woodgate continued to pick the team as AFC Bournemouth caretaker manager for the trip to Nottingham Forest. His third game in charge following the dismissal of Jason Tindall.

Having previously beaten Birmingham in the Championship and Burnley in the FA Cup, momentum was building and the former Real Madrid defender was beginning to join the conversation regarding a permanent position.

If Woodgate was to be considered by AFC Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin, chief executive Neill Blake and technical director Richard Hughes, not only results but performances would have to improve.

Man of the match against Forest

Lerma

Lerma

Pearson

Pearson

Rico

Rico

Someone else

Someone else

Following this drab 0-0, which offered little in attacking threat from either side, Woodgate told Sky Sports

“Forest frustrated us, we could not break them down. They have not lost many games recently and we knew it was going to be tough. We could be better creatively. But I thought we were solid. We just did not manage to produce those moments of magic up the other end of the pitch.”

“We are undefeated in three games and this might be an important point going forward. I will be in charge for the Rotherham game on Wednesday, I am not thinking what will happen beyond that.”

Written by Fox27

We always seem to struggle to break down sides who show little ambition and just get players behind the ball. If we score early the game changes. I’ve seen written somewhere else that sides are happier to do that at home this season as they don’t have home fans baying for them to β€œhave a go”. Could you imagine the Forest fans being happy with them just setting up for a point and possible steal?

On Tuesday we fizzed the ball around better whereas today we looked way more pedestrian. I’m not sure I would have changed that side much for today. In the absence of Dom, I think Sam did enough to start and whilst I see him as being a long way from the finished article he does make himself a nuisance.

On the plus side, I was really worried when Cook went off so early, so a clean sheet was good. CCV continues to look like a player and Pearson looks like he can give us more steel.

On the plus-plus side, Murray didn’t score against us and the other es players weren’t given the chance to.

northstandmark wrote…

A great example of why we need fans back ASAP. 1500 away fans would not let the side get away with it taking 65 minutes for us to put any urgency into our play. Would not let the side get away with continually pulling out of challenges. The empty ground encourages us to go through the motions as we seemed today.

hba1 wrote…

Forest set up not to get beaten and we didn’t break them down but emerged with a point that might be important come the final mix.

Extremely disappointing that some players went missing in the game. As has been said poor full-back performances and one up at the top didn’t work. Midfield was good defensively but no spark going forward.

For all our alleged top quality players getting the right mix to make a side that works week in week out is the million $ question. – Join the conversation, click here.

 
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