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Barclays Premier League
Venue: Dean Court, Bournemouth
Goals: Wilson 4’, Ritchie 9’
Red Card: Kaboul 74’
Last week, Sunderland lost 1-0 to Tottenham Hotspur. We lost the game but we went down fighting. A hell of an improvement considering our early encounters against Leicester and Norwich. A lot of positives were on show, and it gave us confidence going into this game against Premier League new-boys, Bournemouth.
Normal service resumed as Sunderland rolled over to Bournemouth.
The same AFC Bournemouth who went into administration in the 2008/2009 season. It was also in that very same season that Bournemouth avoided liquidation and relegation into the conference league. The following season they were promoted to the League One.
They’ve been on a roll since then and six years later they find themselves playing the Premier League. I don’t mean to sound disrespectful or come across as sour grapes but we should be battering teams like these. In all honesty, I’m pleased with what Bournemouth have achieved in six years. Eddie Howe is one for the future and deserves all the praise for the job that he’s done for the cherries. I hope they stay up but it’s going to be difficult for them as it will be for us.
Back to the game, I’ve got to admit that Wilson’s goal was fantastic. Kaboul, who was standing in as captain for the ill John O’Shea, should have done better. He’s going to have a serious effect on our goal difference come May next year. Abysmal defending.
Once the 2nd goal went in I had my head in my hands that that point. 2-0 down in the opening 10 minutes to a team who were promoted from the Championship last season. It’s Leicester City all over again! One step forward, fives steps back as per usual.
Why do we constantly pass back to a keeper who cannot kick a football in a straight line? This isn’t even pub league stuff, it isn’t even school boy stuff! The Kaboul/Coates partnership reminded me so much of Nosworthy and McShane. What was up with Lens? He was knackered. We cannot work the ball forward, we just hoof the ball up field and hope someone gets on the end of it. I’m sick to fucking death of constantly back passing the ball to the keeper at every opportunity. Every freekick we get was a back pass. Why??
Remember when Jermaine Defoe was a deadly finisher of the ball? Nowadays he can’t even finish his tea let alone put the ball into the back of the net!
I’ve praised Toivonen a lot since his arrival to the club, and he deserves the praise, but he needs to drop back and present himself for the pass in midfield. He’s far too high up the pitch at times and we need players available to get on the ball otherwise the defenders will just continue with no option other than booting the ball up the pitch.
Sunderland had a goal ruled offside in the second half but on closer inspection it wasn’t. It was clearly onside believe me. That one decision could be the difference between survival and relegation. Could of turned the game on its head had it counted. Replay technology needs to be introduced asap. I know for a fact that I’m not alone when I say that.
Kaboul received his marching orders for a stupid challenge. At least he’ll miss the next game though. No wonder Spurs fans were punching the air in delight when he packed his bags. Do you guys what him back?
The commentator summed it up perfectly, “Bournemouth must surely have had tougher half hours in the Championship”. Kick us while we’re down, mate. Another alarming statistic is that for the third season running we’ve failed to get a win in our opening six games. Doesn’t that say something about us?
I feel sorry for all those supporters who’ve spent their hard earned money and for what? Getting whipped off a newly promoted side? It’s a disgrace.
It pains me to say this but I’m starting to second guess whether Dick Advocatt is up for the job. Has he underestimated the task in hand? He just doesn’t seem to be able to motivate the team and his tactical decisions are worrying.
Last week against Spurs I was optimistic despite defeat, all that optimism has vanished and I’m preparing myself for a long, hard, disappointing season.
Will we avoid relegation? I’m preparing myself for the worst truth be told.
Current league position (out of 20): 20th
Rif’s Man of the Match: Sylvain Distin- AFC Bournemouth: The former Newcastle, Man City and Everton man never put a foot out of place. His experience is key for the Cherries this season.
Next game: Manchester City @ The Stadium of Light, Sunderland (Capital One Cup)