AFC Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings believes the Cherries players selected to face Millwall failed to take their opportunity.
Cherries manager Eddie Howe opted to make a full 11 changes for the FA Cup tie against third tier Millwall.
Howe is widely known to make sweeping changes for cup matches in both the EFL Cup (formally League Cup) and the FA Cup and in past seasons this has brought great success.
However this season, with the defeat to Preston North End in the EFL Cup at Dean Court and the 3-0 defeat to Millwall in the FA Cup, Howe has received some criticism from some sections of the supporter base.
Adam Federici returned in goal to replace Artur Boruc.
AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was suspended and he was replaced at right back by development squad player Jordan Lee.
Brad Smith replaced Charlie Daniels at left back and Marc Wilson and Tyrone Mings, who had a combined playing time of 241 minutes thus far this season, came in for Steve Cook and Nathan Ake.
In midfield Andrew Surman was partnered with Emerson Hyndman, who had previously played just 2 minutes of EFL Cup football in the centre of midfield with Jordon Ibe and Marc Pugh on the wings.
Up front, Lewis Grabban made his first appearance since September alongside Lys Mousset, who was handed a chance to add to his 81 minutes of game time this season.
Mings told afcb.co.uk…
‘It`s difficult but at the same time we are signed to a Premier League team, we train every day as a squad, we do different passing drills and matchday situations as a team, We should be able to put together a performance capable of – no disrespect – beating a League One team. That`s based on the faith that the manager has in us and individual abilities…’
‘…We were very flat, we weren`t patient enough in the final third. We didn`t stretch them enough and we rushed things. It was a mixture of things.
“The manager obviously wasn`t happy because he gave us an opportunity to go out and play, and all of us didn`t take it…’
Mings to start in the next game?
No Francis or Ake and according to those who saw the match on here, the only player to come out of (the game) with any credit.
Fingers crossed he can make the step up. Good luck to him, it’s been a long road back! I’m very pleased for him at least. – Join the conversation here.
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