Date: 29th August 2021 at 9:16am
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AFC Bournemouth travelled to Hull on Saturday for the final fixture before the international break.

The game saw Cherries head coach Scott Parker’s first opportunity to select Jefferson Lerma following his six-game suspension and the Colombia international was thrown straight into the heart of the Cherries midfield alongside Ben Pearson.

Jack Stacey also made a welcome return to right-back, enabling Chris Mepham to slide across into more familiar territory at centre-back alongside Lloyd Kelly.

Neither side was able to find a breakthrough, giving some Cherries supporters a chance to bemoan our lack of goals in recent games or take the positive spin of remaining unbeaten in five games.

After the match, Parker told Sky Sports

“We huffed and puffed and had big chances. I thought we defended very well. We just didn’t get our noses in front – it’s a game we created enough to win it, but it was not to be. We did enough to win the game. Massive chances in there and they should be put away. Just wasn’t meant to be today.

“We altered the midfield a little bit as the game went on. Endeavour was there, clean sheet is a positive – considering where we are, onwards and upwards hopefully”.

Man of the match against Hull?

Zemura

Zemura

Stacey

Stacey

Mepham

Mepham

Kelly

Kelly

Written by Waz afcb

Not good enough. The squad has been dismantled and barely a penny spent on reinforcements.

Fed up with this talk about promotion coming out of the club. You will not get promoted operating like this. We’ve sold a 17 goal wide man and replaced him with a 19-year-old winger on loan who has never played at this level. It’s all good talking about a project but when you are signing/looking to sign mainly loans then what exactly are we building?

With two years left on their contracts, it is certain that Dominic Solanke, Philip Billing, David Brooks, Jack Stacey, Chris Mepham and Lloyd Kelly will be sold next summer. Lewis Cook and Steve Cook are out of contract. Loan players will return. We are going to be left with just the under 23s along with Ben Pearson, Emiliano Marcondes, Adam Smith and Junior Stanislas next summer.

With the club not prepared to spend a penny on transfers we are going to have to rebuild an entire squad with loans and frees. You can see this coming a mile away. There is a need to get promoted this season or else we are going to drop like a stone.

Your say…

NWCherries98 wrote…

Kelly, Mepham, Nyland, Solanke and Pearson were fine I guess, not great.

Stacey, Brooks, Lerma and Marcondes were awful.

Anthony was ineffective but the first time he’s looked this way. Still tracking back and trying to be a nuisance. Zemura had a good game imo.

Generally pants display; on this performance, it seems like the more of the “regular” performers we get back, the more we see the regular performances of the last 2 years.

Druss_the_Legend wrote…

We went away from home., created all the chances and dominated possession. Several good chances that could have gone in. Dom could/should have done better but we created our best moments through him as well in that first half.

The biggest negative for me was the subs and formation changes at the end that actually made us worse, not better.

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