Date: 22nd April 2021 at 9:22am
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AFC Bournemouth travelled to London on Wednesday night to face Millwall, on the back of six consecutive victories which had propelled the Cherries back into contention for the Championship play-off places.

A win for the Cherries against Millwall and Reading slipping up against Luton Town would be enough to secure a top-six finish with three games remaining.

AFC Bournemouth manager Jonathan Woodgate made just one change to his side, dropping Adam Smith from right-back to slot in Jack Stacey in a like-for-like change alongside the remaining defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers, Steve Cook and Lloyd Kelly, the latter being forced off during the second half with an ankle injury to be replaced by Diego Rico.

Ben Pearson and Jefferson Lerma continued to marshall the central midfield enabling Philip Billing to continue his fine form as part of AFC Bournemouth’s free-flowing goalscoring front four.

Once again it was David Brooks and Arnaut Danjuma in the wide roles with Dominic Solanke leading the line.

After the match, Jonathan Woodgate told Sky Sports

“I’m really happy – it was a good performance, especially without the ball. We did play some exceptional football but let’s not get over-confident because there is still a long way to go, and you know what football is like. We need to stick to what we’re doing and the game plan.

“We know coming away to Millwall is a difficult place to come and it was a really professional performance. We pressed high up the pitch, the front four not letting their centre halves deliver long balls which is where they’re dangerous. Brooksy had his best performance since I’ve been here. I thought he was unbelievable, but it was his out of possession work that caught my eye because his talent has never been in doubt. Overall, it was a really good night.”

Man of the match against Millwall

Billing

Billing

Solanke

Solanke

Brooks

Brooks

Danjuma

Danjuma

Written by red_house

Great performance and credit to Jonathan Woodgate. I’m trying to think of anything approaching that performance in the last few years confidence-wise and I’m struggling but accept different leagues. Definitely the best of the season.

Everyone had a real ‘bounce’ and swagger, even Rico, Stanislas and Smith looked like kids on Jelly beans when they came on.

Good times, take each game as it comes, nothing is guaranteed even the play-offs…however for the first time this season, I saw a team and performance that might just hold their own. Fingers crossed but hell what a performance.

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