Date: 6th September 2020 at 11:55am
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AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has lifted a trophy in only his second game in charge of the club. It took Eddie Howe, two spells and five years to lift a trophy during his time as manager…

OK so it wasn’t exactly the Championship trophy, on the back of two other promotions and the greatest escape, but you can only win the games in front of you as they say.

AFC Bournemouth travelled to London on Saturday, one week before the new 2020/21 season kicks off at Dean Court against Blackburn Rovers.

The Cherries faced Premier League side West Ham United, who were hosting the Betway Cup, a pre-season friendly competition which was founded in 2015.

German side Werder Bremen have won the trophy twice, Italian side Juventus once, West Ham once and Spanish side Athletic Bilbao the current holders.

Jason Tindall was without Mark Travers, Lloyd Kelly, David Brooks and Joshua King who were away on international duty with Republic of Ireland, England Under-21, Wales and Norway respectively.

Steve Cook was also out injured with Asmir Begovic not involved, whilst Tindall added former winger Marc Pugh and goalkeeper Jordan Archer into the squad, who have been training with the club this week.

The game was won 5-3, Arnaut Danjuma and Dominic Solanke scored AFC Bournemouth first two goals as the away side took a 2-0 lead. The home side pegged back the Cherries before goals from Dan Gosling, Adam Smith and Jaidon Anthony sealed the victory.

AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall told the Daily Echo

โ€œI thought it was a very good performance. The most pleasing thing for me was, first and foremost, the attitude and togetherness of the group was excellent.

โ€œAnd to see the hard work that has been going on, on the training ground come out, and deliver the kind of performance that we did today…”

“…You want to win football matches, whether it be pre-season or not.

โ€œWith a trophy at stake, it was always nice to make sure we were the ones that were lifting it at the end of the game.

โ€œBut that wasnโ€™t the most important thing. The most important thing was coming through the game physically with no injuries, delivering the performance we had asked and to see the work that has been done on the training ground.โ€

Written by thegazzyb

We were excellent, so much better in possession and we often got the ball back quickly when we lost it. Some of the play in the build-up to the goals was champagne football. If we can keep these levels all season I seriously fancy us to go straight back up.

Big respect to all involved, a marked improvement on the last game and very little to criticise. Maybe we could do better with free kicks and corners but plenty of sessions left to work on those.

We need a bigger trophy cabinet!

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Waz afcb wrote…

Wow. I know itโ€™s only a friendly but we genuinely looked a class above them today. Three flattered them and we could have easily had more. The most pleasing thing was that it wasnโ€™t down to the individual brilliance of any player, the team just functioned incredibly effectively as a unit. Even when we made subs they fitted in seamlessly. The movement off the ball was a joy to watch and every time one of our players had the ball they had numerous options to pass to. I know itโ€™s only a friendly etc but that really was the polar opposite of how we played last season. And as an added note how good does this Jaidon Anthony guy look? – Join the conversation, click here.

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