Date: 18th July 2018 at 7:14am
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AFC Bournemouth kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw with Sevilla on Saturday evening.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe named a starting XI, using a 3-4-3 formation which was commonly used during the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

New £10million signing David Brooks made his first appearance in an AFC Bournemouth shirt following his summer move from Championship side Sheffield United.

The Cherries initially fell behind when former Manchester City attacker Nolito set up Ben Yedder after 25 minutes.

That lead was taken into the half-time interval where AFC Bournemouth, as expected made sweeping changes.

The Cherries were level after 70minutes when Jordon Ibe scored after an assist from Lys Mousset.

The game ended 1-1, which considering the level of the opposition and that they are further along in their pre-season preparations is a good result for AFC Bournemouth.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe certainly believed so and was very pleased with the result and in particular the performance from the second half XI.

Howe told afcb.co.uk

“It got quite tense at the end with a lot of tackles but I think the will to win is really good within the squad, so I was really pleased to see that element of it come out,”

“We’ve developed the group in such a way where everything we do in training is geared to winning and, for me, that is such an important thing – you cannot switch it on and off.

“So when you come into a game, although there were no points at stake, there is still pride at stake and everyone vying for positions to get into the team.

“We are trying to create a winning mentality and that was evident. The way we came back from a difficult position was impressive, and the second half display was everything I want to see from this team.”

Highlights of the game are now available on the official website. Just follow the link below.

Your say…

adam0102 wrote…

Reasons to be cheerful

Brooks looks a real prospect
Josh looks bigger, stronger and quicker
Simpson looks like he’s been playing first team back three for ages
Ake still looks brilliant in the tackle and in the air
Hyndman showed some nice touches

I’ve done reasons to be cheerful, now reasons for concern (albeit early in pre-season)
Arter – ineffective, gobby, a walking booking
Gosling (or Daz Gonling as he was announced) – didn’t impress
Pugh – looked slow and out of the game
Callum – seemed slightly off the pace

But, to finish on a high….
Ibe – great finish and lively throughout
Mousset – he was superb tonight
Surman – could do a job at CB, very organised, although lacks a bit of height
Franno – very good defensively and pushing up to midfield

And again:

Mings – what a player he will be if he stays fit, he was awesome. I was sitting next to two Rangers supporters and they couldn’t believe how good he was – Join the conversation, click here.

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