Oct 18 AFC Bournemouth 1-0 Charlton Athletic Att: 10360

Last updated : 23 October 2014 By Ben Nesbitt

Charlton started the game as the only team unbeaten so far. Bournemouth started well pressing Charlton back. This caused a mistake from the Charlton midfielder Jackson setting Ritchie on the defence, with his shot just tipped round the post. From the corner Surman passed it out wide to Pugh who ran to the bye line and cut it back to Wilson who buried side footed under the keeper with only three minutes on the clock.

Bournemouth came close with a headed chance from Cook and shots from Surman and Arter. Charlton’s best chance came from a free kick just outside the box’s which was brilliantly tipped over by Boruc. Bournemouth should have scored a second but that never came which was a shame as they had had most of the game.

The second half brought more chances but it would have been harsh on the boys if Charlton had scored. Surprisingly Eddie didn’t make a substitution. Boruc tipped over one shot but overall he was underused and probably bored between the sticks. Charlton didn’t play their best game and didn’t live up to many Bournemouth fans expectations. Or maybe we just Eddie worked them out.

I think that both left and right pairings on the flanks worked well with the two full backs frequently overlapping Pugh and Ritchie. Wilson made a number of good runs only to be stopped by the pass which wasn’t always the best. Even though the sponsors man of the match was Man Of The MatchCallum Wilson, but  in my opinion I thought it should be Arter. He made a few mistakes but manly throughout the match he controlled the midfield and tackled back well and never stopped running as well as that he didn’t get booked.

AFCB: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter, Surman, Pugh, Pitman, Wilson
Subs: Camp, Harte, Smith, Stanislas, Fraser, Gosling, Rantie

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