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PREVIEW: Bradford (Home)

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2010 by hoare89

By Joshua Hoare

The Cherries head into a busy easter weekend of football where they will firstly host Former England manager Peter Taylor’s Bradford City tomorrow, before a daunting trip to runaway divison leaders Rochdale on Monday 5th April.

The division is as close as it has been all season, with just seven points separating second place and seventh. Eddie Howe’s men know any slips ups from now until the end of the season could see them miss out on automatic promotion and unthinkably even a play off place.

Captain Jason Pearce could make a return in defence for Saturday’s game, with Ryan Garry also close to match fitness after a lengthy spell on the sidelines. As I mentioned before in my previous blogs, it is Squeeky-bum time at the top and bottom of the table. Rochdale have pretty much sewn up the league title, their strikeforce of Chris Dagnall and Chris O’Grady has produced thirty-seven goals this season, and who said great strikeforce partnerships were finished in football? It is fair to say the top four premiership sides all prefer a 4-3-3 formation with one main striker al la Rooney, Drogba, Van Persie and Torres.

A nice gesture was made to Steve Fletcher in the week, when the Cherries announced they are to rename the North Stand after him. I wrote about the legend last week in this blog, and I am very pleased to see our all time record appearance holder rewarded for his loyalty and love for the club. So well done Bournemouth and of course Steve Fletcher. It just goes to show nice guys do sometimes finish first, wouldn’t it be nice for Fletch and the young side to end the season with promotion?

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3pm, Jeff Goulding is still suspended following his red card at Grimsby, he will sit out the second of his three game ban.

Let’s hope for three points and a point away on Monday would do very nicely 🙂

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Automatic Anton: Cherries on course for promotion after win

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by hoare89

Matchwinner: Anton Robinson nets the only goal

By Joshua Hoare

Anton Robinson marked his 50th football league appearance for Bournemouth with a goal to beat Morecambe 1-0 on Saturday at Dean Court. The win ensured the Cherries remain in the trio at the top for automatic promotion.

On a weekend of major awards and accolades, how fitting it was that the reds put in a golden performance to convince the critics, they can stay in the hunt as the season draws to an end. I must admit I have been following Josh McQuoid’s breakthrough this season and as a good namesake goes, he hasnt disappointed. The U21s Northern Ireland midfielder had a brilliant game and on another day could well have helped himself to a hat trick.

We don’t play now till Notts County on the 15th March, a game which could effectively decide whether we go up or not, as County themselves have rediscovered their form after a turbulent season on and off the field.

But take nothing away from the lads and Eddie Howe, who has worked wonders with this side, and I have said before on a shoe string budget, so fair play. The news that Goalkeeper Shwan Jalal has signed a new two year deal today is also a great step forward for the club, tying players down has been a particular issue in the past, when the likes of Elliott, Hayter and O’Connor left on frees, it lost the club around £3m in transfer income. So full marks go to the board, even though HMS Revenues want £300,000 by the end of the month!

New Contract: Shwan Jalal signs two-year deal

I think its fair to say anyone of five teams, (us, Chesterfield, Notts County, Bury and Rotherham) can go up this season, it says a lot for the competiveness of League Two! Home form from now on and in, is going to be absolutely crucial, keeping Pittman, Pearce and Feeney fit will also help.

With home games against Accrington, Hereford, Darlington, Bradford and Port Vale, we must take at least 12 points from these games to have any chance. All these teams are in the middle or bottom half of the table so they are win-able. Trips to Rochdale and Chesterfield (last game of the season) are going to be decisive.

It always appears to end up being a nail biting end to the season for us, for once a positive outcome may be achieved, however we never make things easy for ourselves, but than would you want it any other way?

Keep reading for more features this week on Bournemouth ‘legends’ and enjoy the Blog!  🙂