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Bournemouth (h) 2013/14

Wake me up when September ends as the song goes. Not a big GD Fan but that line always brings football to mind. So for the first time this season I get excited about a game. Bournemouth at home on a Tuesday night, the season has truly started.

MDM drove us as we anticipated the crowd. Might not make 20 we agreed. Both agreed we have a good manager and things seem to be turning very very slowly in the right direction.

Bournemouth opted to attack the kop to  the derision from the home crowd. It's never mattered to me, especially if the South Stand make some noise. Quick passing and movement from both sides commenced and the game skimmed from third to third. Tonge tried the first incision but his inside pass was intercepted. My first sighting I think of the young lad Mowatt. He made an excellent first impression chasing and closing down his opposition. Ross collected the loose ball but was caught between a pass, cross and shot. Tonge asked a lot of Warnock with a short pass to the latter before we were caught offside, not for the first time. It wouldn't be so bad if we were getting caught at the end of quick breaks and movement but too many just come from carelessness and wrong decision making on our part.

Paddy saved well from the next Bournemouth attack and both Austin and Tonge responded with good possession as well as Hunt who was working across the line. Sadly no end product looked likely. Ross spun wide to receive a pass but the break lost momentum as the pass went too wide

Bournemouth were also probing our last third until we broke with Mowatt bringing it forward with purpose until he was fouled. Tonge had a shot blocked for a corner as the game became a balanced contest and slowed down a little after a fairly fast 15 minutes. Both sides committed a few little fouls  but it was Bournemouth who pressed taking advantage of some clumsy clearances. After 3 corners Paddy finally fell onto the ball and relieved a little spell of angst.

Warnock by now was beginning to use the vast amounts of space Bournemouth were seemingly content to leave and that was before the sending off. He swung in a cross that was blocked for a corner. Again Warnock made a surge down the left but this time Bournemouth broke back after gaining possession. Tom Lees was on hand to cover for the advanced full back. Peltier produced the first slight groans from the crowd as he sent an attempted curling pass for Austen into touch.

All our probing ended tamely until Ross suddenly found himself with the ball on goal. He must have been as surprised as we were as he wasted the good chance and was called off side when the ball came back to him moments later . It led to some decent initiative to us as we built again and Bournemouth dropped deeper. We had no way through the middle but got into good wide positions but time after time we delivered a lofted tame ball into the box with absolutely zero intent or purpose in the box to attack the crosses. If we are going to play this way with no obvious target man in the box we have got to start producing late runs into the box and get the ball in lower faster and deeper. Otherwise it is just meat and drink to decent defenders.

Nonetheless Hunt did pounce onto a ball in the box and just rounded the keeper who brought him down. It was harsh on the keeper as he took the red card and departed, even harsher on us and Hunt when Ross had his lame penalty saved comfortably. Austen followed up immediately with the next speculative shot before playing a nice 1-2 with Hunt gaining a corner. We continued to pass and probe using the extra man as Bournemouth defended resolutely.

Warnock again was on the surge this time getting into the box after a sweet outside of the foot "im a good player me" pass from Mowatt. His fall didn't warrant  another penalty as the ref rightly waved play on. More pressure on the Bournemouth goal came as we tried to pass the ball into the net and generally got in each other's way. Yet another opportunity arose, this time even easier as we managed to put the ball over the bar from what looked like two inches away from goal. Another bout of penalty box pin ball ensued as Bournemouth managed to scramble clear and that was the half over.

Half time saw one of the best penalties you'll see this season, almost Germanic in its execution as the lad hammered it into the top corner in the competition. The rest were rubbish though.

The second half commenced with a half hearted penalty appeal from the South Stand as we continued the initiative. Bournemouth had 8 men behind the ball at all times as we passed it about patiently. The goal came as we moved out of our own defence quickly. Mowatt fed Warnock in acres of space who raced up field and sent a delicious low curling cross in for Ross to meet  and put us  1-0 up. Under normal circumstances that should have been game over. Of course nothing is normal with us is it?. Bournemouth immediately went on the attack and had two very useful front players to worry us constantly . The game opened up as expected but we had some defending to do. Pearce broke up one attack as a voice behind us bellowed "what we doing at this end?"

We were restricted to some lame shots especially from Rudy. Hunt continued to spin wide and work but nothing was happening for him. Another potential one on one on the keeper came but this time the deputy keeper was  out well as Paddy applauded him in front of us. Paddy cemented the mutual keepers appreciation society with a save for the cameras stopping a swerving Bournemouth shot that was heading goalward. A crowd of 21749 was announced greeted favourably by the crowd and another left wing attack from the whites ended with a shot over the bar. Tom Lees was in well to break up the response from the visitors who were beginning to look more and more dangerous.

On 71 minutes Hunt went off to respectful applause and Polean came on. A second goal for us seemed more and more important as a loose ball dropped into our box. It was  met with precision for the equaliser and Poleans first job was to line up for the restart amongst a subdued crowd majority.

Peltier responded with a terrific cross in from the right followed by a dreadful one from Warnock. Again we got caught brainlessly off side but Polean seemed to bring some forward urgency to our possession. Their keeper made a terrific save following a cross from our left and it looked like we could get back on top as we moved further upfield. So much so that Paddy acting as sweeper collected and passed to the left. The cross was met at the far post and Polean was on hand to knock in the header to him with a sweet measured strike and restore the lead. Paddy was suitably pleased with the team and himself.

Bournemouth came back, Hartey getting some appreciation as he took the corner. Poleon took a booking halting a  Bournemouth  surge, a little harshly I thought but Hartey's potentially dangerous free kick came to nothing. By now Rudy was slowing down to almost a stop and got caught in possession but the game was coming to an end. 5 Minutes of added time were dealt with fairly comfortably as we kept corner possession and over elaborated a little.

Nonetheless it was a win, a much needed win. Not pretty or routine and we had some nervy periods but we could and should have had at least one more goal. The young lad Mowatt had possibly an easier game than expected but he is obviously a class young lad. For a club that has supposed to have destroyed its development infrastructure we seem to produce some talent. He collected balls used them well and generally produced a mature composed productive mid field display.

Right, now i'm awake.
fartcatcher

thanks for the report LD. We seem to miss a lot of penalties. Saw McCormack's on Youtube and it was terrible.

Encouraging that Warnock is getting forward. As many of our forwards (Smith excluded) are of diminuitive stature, they are more likely to get to a crossed ball than one hoofed from just outside our penalty area.

I live in hope of seeing a decent game next time i visit ER.
Frazier Cranium

The Millwall defeat was unacceptable but aside from that, Leeds were possibly unlucky not to get a point v QPR and v Burnley so I haven't been too despondent about the defeats.  We deserved to win v Bournemouth but made hard work of it, it seemed there were two chances harder to miss than score, and the penalty miss was abysmal.

Nice to see Ian Harte get a good reception.

Mowatt looking v promising.  Thanks for report LD, and good to see you of course, you did look tired I thought
Dock

Frazier Cranium wrote:
The Millwall defeat was unacceptable but aside from that, Leeds were possibly unlucky not to get a point v QPR and v Burnley so I haven't been too despondent about the defeats.  We deserved to win v Bournemouth but made hard work of it, it seemed there were two chances harder to miss than score, and the penalty miss was abysmal.

Nice to see Ian Harte get a good reception.

Mowatt looking v promising.  Thanks for report LD, and good to see you of course, you did look tired I thought


He always looks tired. You can't run from old age.
Grind

Think I'm getting Tom Lees' shirt from this game as my "home" m/w shirt for the season.

Did he do alright?
Late Doors

Hmm, so so, did a few good things but prone to taking his eye off the ball and losing the total concentration that a center half needs. They need to work in pairs. He's got the ability just doesnt seem to dovetail with others. Thats a common criticism of lots of them i have though so what do others think?
Frazier Cranium

We do seem to lack the archetypal 'intelligent' defender don't we?
fartcatcher

Frazier Cranium wrote:
We do seem to lack the archetypal 'intelligent' defender don't we?


and have done for years.

Bring back Naylor and Paddy. Best combo we've had. imo.
Kingmaker of Lilliput

Re defending, just a quick comment to point out that with an average goals against rate of 1.1 in our first 11 league games, which include the 3 disasters against Derby our defense is statistically the best it has been since O'L and most definitely the best since our return to D2.

2010-11: Grayson. first 11 league games: GA19.

2011-12: Grayson.  first 11 league games: GA16.

2012-13: Warnock.  first 11 league games: GA17.

2013-14: McDermott.  first 11 league games: GA13.

Apologies for bringing facts into play.

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