AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis will not dwell on the mistake that gifted Manchester United the opening goal of the game.
The Cherries had looked bright in the early stages of the first half on Sunday, enjoying good possession and putting pressure on the Manchester United defence.
But with five minutes remaining in the first half Simon Francis played a short back pass which Juan Mata jumped upon, Artur Boruc looked to have briefly saved the Cherries, but a ricochet fell kindly for Mata to score the opener.
Two quick goals around the hour mark, saw Manchester United’s lead turn from 1 to 3 with goals from Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Five minutes later and AFC Bournemouth earned a consolation, a clever ball from Lewis Grabban fed Adam Smith who scored with his left foot into the top corner.
Francis told the Daily Echo…
‘Personally, I was disappointed with the back-pass. It was a routine back-pass that I should have dealt with better…’
‘…Artur did brilliantly to come off his line and I think Mata might have tried to dink it over him. Artur cleared the ball but it hit me and fell into Mata’s path.
‘When luck is against you, things can turn in a matter of seconds. It was disappointing because it changed the team talk at half-time. We had to come out and try and go for it.
‘I’m not going to dwell on it. I’m old enough and wise enough to know what happened and how to change that in the future. I can move on from it and not let it happen again.’
Neil Dawson said…
Bournemouth were getting further and further forwards and starting to knock on the door while looking very comfortable defending any threat. Then the obligatory ‘moment’ happened. Francis was running back onto a very hopeful punt forwards by Herrera, Mata chasing. The skipper just had to put it out or firmly find Boruc. He did nothing and rolled the ball short. Boruc made a brilliant save from MATA’S shot but the ball came back, hit Francis again and rolled back into the path of the little Spaniard for another comedy of errors goal. – Join the conversation here.
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