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The Cherry topping awaits…

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , , , on April 18, 2010 by hoare89
 BY Joshua Hoare

WELL confidence is a marvelous thing in football, and how the Cherries and especially Brett Pittman are reveling in it this season. After securing our 15th and now 6th consecutive home win of the season, it would take an almighty turn of bad fortune for the reds to not gain promotion next weekend at Burton Albion.

Star man: Brett Pitman celebrates one of his twenty-six goals

Brett Pitman scored his 26th goal of the season and as I have mentioned before in this blog, the man has simply been in irresistible form for the cherries of late. You cannot fault his work rate and endeavour, his goal against Hereford last Tuesday typified this. He has often played alone upfront this season, with Liam Feeney and Anton Robinson offering the width, which I feel at home in the formation of 4-3-3 has really reaped the benefits, but our away form has been another matter. With just 8 wins all season, its easy to see why there has been a few nervous faces come the end of season.

But 15 home wins is the most in League Two this season, neither Notts County (1st) or Rochdale (2nd) have achieved more as of yet, which does pay compliment that Dean Court has become a real fortress for us. There can be no promotion party as of yet, as the boys still need to remain professional for next week’s game, against a tricky Burton side and by all means we were made to wait against Darlington on Saturday before securing three big points.

I can’t commend Eddie Howe much more for the work he has done this season. He has rejuvenated the football club in astronomical measures, there appears to be a buzz around the place now, with the crowds improving and confidence reassured.

Howe has he done it? Eddie Howe has sparked a revival in the Cherries fortunes this season

It’s exciting to think we could have a few derbies to look forward to as well next season, with both Southampton and Yeovil. Furthermore, a trip to St.Marys is certainly one not to miss. But one can only hope both Howe and Pitman remain at the club, to help push for survival in League One next season, who knows even dare I say ‘promotion’….

One thing is for sure, Howe, Pittman and the fantastic cherries support has helped give our troubled club the platform to build a positive future upon and as a lifelong fan its tremendous to see…. 🙂 What a way come 5.45pm on Saturday 24th April for the cherries to make life sweeter by putting a ‘cherry’ on top of the cake in gaining promotion with two games to spare.


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!  🙂