The Cherries travelled to Manchester City, the holders of the cup for the past three seasons, for the third round of the Football League Cup.
Tindall opted to make a number of changes for the game with the headline selections being David Brooks playing in the number 10 role behind Sam Surridge, with Dominic Solanke, Junior Stanislas and Danjuma all left out of the squad.
Mark Travers replaced Asmir Begovic in goal, whilst the defence was led by Lloyd Kelly, who worryingly left the game after less than half an hour with a hamstring injury.
After the narrow defeat AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo…
“I was very pleased with the performance tonight. I thought the lads executed the tactical game plan very well and were very brave in winning possession.
“I felt we caused Manchester City a few problems. Ultimately, disappointed that we’ve gone out of the cup but overall very pleased with the performance.”
“I think it was a testament to how well we were doing in the game that they brought on the likes of De Bruyne and Sterling.
“But I didn’t really feel we were in too much danger. I didn’t really think they created too many clear cut opportunities.
“I felt we were a threat all night long as well.”
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The gaffer's thoughts on tonight's performance against @ManCity.
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Our academy products last night:
7⃣ in the squad
6⃣ ending the game
1⃣ on the scoresheet
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Man of the Match against Man City?
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Decided to pay the tenner and watch the official feed, was very good quality.
The City team, even at the start, was more experienced than I had expected. And pretty sure towards the end of the game, had a more experienced team on the pitch than we did. The winning goal a lucky scuff, fairly sure if he had hit that true, Travers would have had a decent chance of saving it.
But I remain impressed by our youngsters, they show no fear and I would have no issues with Zemura and Oforborh getting starts, Surridge also.
I do have to question Billing tonight though sadly, I bear no grudges against him as a rule but aside from a few moments, was lacking in the tackle. He seemed to be really blowing hard near the end, which makes me think he did run a fair way but his size, he needs to be winning the 50/50s far more.
Overall, I am not too disappointed to miss a midweek trek for the players to Burnley next week. And maybe Jase can get a player or two from Pep to bring home with him. Delap looks like a bit of a beast!
Waz afcb wrote…
Thought the lads but in a very good shift, no complaints. Man City still had some real quality out on the pitch, we always looked a threat on the break:
-Travers was solid, had no chance with the goals and made a couple of good saves.
-Simpson had a decent game, made several good tackles and interceptions.
-Ofoborh was brilliant and our best player for me, reading of the game was on point and looks very comfortable on the ball playing out. Think we have a very good player on our hands here.
-Zemura given his lack of senior minutes was also impressive, did not look out of place at all and seems to have an ability to turn and accelerate with the ball out of tight spaces.
-All centre mids put in a shift. Towards the end Billing looked very casual in many situations which I’m sure many will pick up on, but I think that tonight he deserves a break because he put in a hell of a shift.
-Brooks was impressive, looks like he is slowly getting back to his best. Good signs.
-Surridge led the line very well, one very clinical finish and always willing to run in behind. Also seems to have an ability to hold the ball up.
-Kelly injury. Don’t need to say any more. Squad paper-thin.
– The amount of big club bias displayed by the commentator almost made me physically sick.
-We don’t get to go to Burnley next week.
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