Date: 25th July 2016 at 7:32am
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AFC Bournemouth drew 3-3 with League Two side Portsmouth on Saturday, in the Cherries first pre-season friendly in England this summer.

Having just returned from a 10 day training session in Chicago and 4-0 victory over Minnesota United, the Cherries travelled along the south coast for Alan McLoughlin`s benefit match.

Due to a number of niggly injuries the Cherries forced to field a make shift side.

Adam Federici took his place in goal, with a back four that compromised of midfielder Eunan O’Kane at right back, predominantly right back Simon Francis at centre back, left back Charlie Daniels at centre back with Rhoys Wiggins stepping into the left back role.

In midfield it was Ryan Fraser, Lewis Cook, Harry Arter and Marc Pugh, with Lewis Grabban and Callum Wilson up front.

The Cherries fell behind almost immediately after kick off, Baker played a ball through to Roberts, who nipped past Francis in the area before to slotting the ball past Federici from ten yards out.

On 24 minutes AFC Bournemouth equalised, excellent work from Fraser out wide cut the ball back for Grabban to tap in.

But the lead was short lived as Portsmouth restored their lead, despite calls for offside when Smith tapped the ball home from close range.

Ten minutes later and AFC Bournemouth had a penalty appeal waved away when Fraser was brought down inside the box and that was the final action of the half.

At half time Shaun MacDonald came in for Fraser, Dan Gosling came on for Cook and Jordon Ibe came on for Pugh with Lys Mousset coming on for Grabban and Joshua King on for Wilson.

On 70 minutes AFC Bournemouth were back level, new record signing Jordon Ibe cut inside the box before unleashing a left foot drive into the bottom corner.

Seven minutes later and the Cherries took the lead for the first time in the game, with Rhoys Wiggins combining with Lewis Grabban to make it 3-2.

But in the final stages a deflected effort from May found it’s way into the back of the net for the game to finish 3-3.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told

‘It was definitely a good game for the neutrals, Not so much for the managers though, I don’t think. We weren’t at our very best. Portsmouth made it difficult for us, as we knew they would.

‘It was a good test for us at this early stage, though – there are certainly things for us to work on.

‘We’ve got three weeks to go now – the countdown is on. We’re excited by the new campaign, but we have to make sure we are ready.’

Your Say…

AlGard said…

A good work out with 20 players getting pitch time.

Would like to see defenders come in sooner than later, so they can get some friendly time as well.

Hope you all enjoyed your day in Pompey.
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