AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was disappointed with the Cherries first half performance against Premier League champions Chelsea.
AFC Bournemouth soaked up a lot of pressure during the first half performance against Chelsea and went in at the break goalless.
It could have been a different story however with Álvaro Morata missing a guilt edged chance before controversially having a goal disallowed for offside.
Chelsea would eventually get their goal when Morata’s ball over the top of Francis gave Hazard a chance to lash home past Asmir Begovic at his near post.
Following the game against Chelsea Francis told afcb.co.uk…
‘…We would have loved to make it three wins in a week (following wins over Stoke and Middlesbrough) or even get a draw tonight but it wasn`t to be.
“We`ve still come a long way against the top teams though. We`re more resilient and aren`t conceding so many times and I thought that was the story of tonight really.
“I think we were a bit passive off the ball and gave them a lot of possession in the first half and you can`t do that to the top teams, especially when were at home.
“We want to try and be more on the front foot and press them higher. I thought we did that really well in the second half, we certainly created a few more chances but it just wasn`t to be.”
We gave them too much respect…at least thats what I thought as they pulled us around the pitch in every direction so easier said than done.
We lack quality in numerous areas and games like this just bring it to the surface. However we don’t have games like this every week.
Forget it and move on, we have some fixtures coming up that should level things up slightly if those Injuries tonight to Stan and Afobe aren’t serious. – Join the conversation here.
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