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Tale of ‘two’ little too late

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , on March 21, 2010 by hoare89

Mixed week: Jeff Goulding has been in the thick of things for the Cherries

Its been a tale of two for the Cherries this week, with dramatic late goals either side, providing joy and despair. Monday night saw Jeff Goulding snatch an added on time equaliser at Meadow Lane, while former Leicester City reject Ashley Chambers gave the Cherries a taste of their own medicine with his winner for Grimsby on Saturday.

Jeff Goulding on the other hand went from hero to zero; from his late goal at Notts County to a red card yesterday. Eddie Howe must now question how serious this side is about promotion. If you asked any Bournemouth fan at the start of the season where we would finish? Few would have tipped us to be up amongst the leading pack, so of course expectation has risen and now with just nine games to go, concentration at the end of our games will be decisive to who goes up.

Of the one thousand one hundred and fifty four (1154) scored in League Two this season, a staggering 23% yes thats 260 goals to those who know their maths!; have been scored in the last quarter of games (76mins – 90mins).

This stat highlights how concentration late on in games can determine one’s season. Bournemouth have taken great advantage of other sides lack of focus, scoring thirteen times in this period whilst conceding just four before Chamber’s first goal of the season put a dent to our promotion hopes at Blundell Park.

Eddie Howe will try and windowdress Saturday’s defeat, but in all honesty, teams such as Grimsby at the foot of the table should be beaten. Yesterday was just their second win in twenty-eight games!

So its Accrington Stanley next at home on Saturday 27th March…….and in a week which has seen Bournemouth reap the benefits of added on time as well as become victims of it, few could argue Squeeky-bum time is in full force from now on in.

Keep reading for more Reviews, Previews and thoughts on The Cherries til the end of the season 🙂

Have a good day!

PREVIEW:Notts County (Away) 15/03

Posted in Bournemouth Blog with tags , , , , on March 14, 2010 by hoare89

By Joshua Hoare

A Former Cherries favourite will be looking to get one over his former side, when Bournemouth travel to Meadow lane tomorrow evening. The current Notts County boss Steve Cotterill made over forty-five appearances, scoring fifth teen goals during a three year stint at Dean Court (1993-1996) and has taken his resurgent County side to fourth in the table, just three points behind the Cherries.

Former Cherry: Notts County boss Steve Cotterill scored 15 goals for Bournemouth

All eyes will be on the televised match tomorrow evening as two former teammates battle it out for the automatic promotion spots. Both sides will be happy with how Saturday’s results in League Two went as both Bury (2nd) and Chesterfield (5th) lost respectively.

However Cherries boss Eddie Howe, who played with Cotterill during the 90s says the team must concentrate on their own performances: ‘It didn’t matter what the results were like yesterday, as Monday’s game was always going to be huge. For me, I don’t look too much at the table or how other teams fared; I would rather just concentrate on ourselves.’

The Cherries’ form has been rather erratic in recent weeks, with the side picking up just nine points from a possible eighteen, but the extended nine day break since the home win against Morecambe has given the side a chance to get players fit again. Howe admitted the team have enjoyed the time off after a gruelling fixture list, which saw his side play eight games in twenty one days. “We’ve had a good week, with extra time for certain players to get over a few knocks. There are a lot of lads who have played most minutes of most games, so there are some weary bodies, but the rest has come very handy indeed.”

It will certainly be an intriguing encounter between two former pals, and the game could pave the way for one side to take a stranglehold on the one of the three automatic places.

Tomorrow evening’s match kicks off at 7.45pm and is live on Sky Sports 1