Date: 30th November 2020 at 8:58am
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AFC Bournemouth travelled to Rotherham United without full-back Jack Stacey who is set to see a specialist for his recent knee injury.

There was also a change in midfield which saw Arnaut Danjuma stay at home due to a hamstring injury. Cherries manager Jason Tindall shuffled his pack with Danjuma unavailable, in came Philip Billing into central midfield and Junior Stanislas moved slightly further wide.

Lewis Cook was also missing due to an infection in the cut he received against Nottingham Forest. He was replaced by Dan Gosling.

After the match, AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told Sky Sports

“I am disappointed we haven’t won the game. This is always a difficult place to come with their style of play. You are going to face a lot of long balls and a lot of direct play. It was an ugly game, to be honest.

“We had to stand up and do all the ugly stuff well. For large parts of the game we did that. We will take the point and move on. We dust ourselves down and look forward to Tuesday.”

Man of the match against Rotherham

Stanislas

Stanislas

Solanke

Solanke

Begovic

Begovic

Billing

Billing

Written by Waz afcb

The verdict is that there were numerous occasions in the game where our back four/defensive players made criminal basic errors which held us back today. Against a direct side like this, it’s pivotal that the basics are done right. A few instances:
-The marking for the first goal. Not at ANY level should a forward be in that much space six yards out in the centre of goal. I know it’s unfashionable to knock him but Steve Cook is our captain, he needs to be organising the backline so that doesn’t happen.
-Smiths ‘attempt’ to put in a block for the second was half-arsed to say the least. Again not acceptable. If we want to get promoted we can’t be giving away goals like that on a regular basis.
-that not even to mention the time we allowed a Rotherham player to take down a long throw, flick it up and get a clean scissor kick in on goal. At this point, we had three centre backs on the pitch, what on earth is the point if we’re going to let that happen?
very frustrating as all we had to do today was get the basics right and our quality would have shone through. It’s only due to the individual brilliance of Solanke and Begovic that we picked up an undeserved point.

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AFCBade wrote…

Tough to play our football against teams like this. Weak defensively from a long ball threat. Dreadful goals to concede – minimal challenge for either goal.

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