Written by billythekid
The Cherries notched up their first win since they beat Swansea City at Dean Court in November coming away with all three deserved points. It was a good all-round team display against Queens Park Rangers winning with the only goal of the game, but what a great goal it was coming off the head of our leading scorer Dominic Solanke with his 17th Championship goal of the season and MOM against QPR.
Our next game is at home against another Welsh club, Cardiff City on Thursday at 7.45 pm.
When we last played Cardiff City in Wales, their manager was Mick McCarthy.
After our win there (which was the second game of 8 defeats in a row for McCarthy’s team ). His style of football had proved successful when he first joined Cardiff City, but had basically been found out and dealt with by the opposition in the Championship. After their 0-2 home defeat the 8th in a row against Middlesbrough, which was the worst run in the club’s history, McCarthy left Cardiff City and was replaced from within the club by Steve Morrison who had been in charge of the under 23’s. At the time after 14 games, Cardiff City were in 21st position with 11 points.
He immediately changed the Bluebird’s style of play and stopped the rot with a 3-3 draw away at Stoke. Then in Morrison’s first home game, his side lost 0-1 to QPR (our last opponents). In his next two games, his side won 2-1 at home against Huddersfield Town and then won by the same score away at Preston. Back at home they lost 0-1 to Hull City but got back to winning ways 1-2 away at Luton. Again they lost at home, this time 2-3 against Sheffield United. Their most recent game was a 2-2 draw away against Birmingham City. The Boxing Day game home against Coventry City was called off due to COVID in the Cardiff camp.
The last time we played Cardiff City at Dean Court in February this year we lost 1-2. Cardiff City were 0-2 up at half-time with goals from Sean Morrison and a Kieffer Moore penalty. In the second have Shane Long pulled a goal back for the Cherries, but the home team couldn’t find an equaliser and the Welsh club left Dean Court with all 3 points.
In our home games against Cardiff City, AFCB have W 11, D 3, L 4.
In all competitions, AFCB have W 19, D 12, L 15.
AFCB v Cardiff
AFCB Team News
Junior Stanislas picked up a shoulder injury during the game at QPR, but after treatment continued playing, until being substituted in the second half, hopefully, he will be ok for Thursday. Lloyd Kelly could be back in contention after missing the last game due to Covid. Steve Cook was left out of QPR because of transfer links.
AFCB Player To Watch
Our team all played well against QPR. Jefferson Lerma made a difference back in the team. Dominic Solanke had a good game tirelessly working away and after another missed headed chance, made up for it with a great headed goal, this will give him a big boost going into the next game.
Cardiff City Team News
After the press conference from the Cardiff City manager ahead of the game on Thursday, it seems no players with injuries was mentioned and they have all their players now available after their COVID outbreak.
Cardiff City Player To Watch
Kieffer Moore, the big striker is always a handful and is their leading scorer with 5 goals, also has 2 assists to his name. In midfield and leading with 9 assists is Ryan Giles, also joint top with assists in the Championship.
James Linington is the man in charge of this game.
He was in charge of the home game against Barnsley in September.
Good to have another game so quickly after that good performance and win on Monday, hopefully, the boys are still buzzing!
The only concern is that it looked like Dom picked up a knock in the last 30min against QPR, anyone else see him trying to run something off for 10 minutes? And fook me did he do some running!! – Join the conversation, click here.