MATCHDAY LIVE: AFC Bournemouth v Birmingham City

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  • AFC Bournemouth 0 Birmingham City 2 (Shinnie, 3, Zigic, 33)
  • Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Pugh, Arter, O’Kane, Surman, Ritchie, Grabban.
  • Subs: Harte, MacDonald, Fraser, Pitman, Rantie, Yennaris, Flahavan (g/k).
  • Blues: Randolph, Caddis, Bartley, Burn, Robinson, Burke, Lingard, Lee, Shinnie, Adeyemi, Zigic.
  • Subs: Mullins, Reilly, Brown, Bell, Gray, McLean, Doyle (g/k).
  • Referee: Michael Naylor (South Yorkshire)

4:55pm

0-2

4:55pm

Fraser shot and then Rantie header saved by Randolph.

4:53pm

Shinnie for a foul

4:51pm

Four minutes added time

4:51pm

Zigic playing for time pretending to be injured.

4:45pm

Game is petering out sadly

4:40pm

Grabban screws his shot horribly off target

4:39pm

Sub: Daniels off, Pitman on, 79 mins. Previous sub time was 75.

4:36pm

Sub: Lingard off, Reilly on 80 mins

4:32pm

20 minutes to go and it's still 2-0 to Blues

4:31pm

Adeyemi for taking out Fraser

4:30pm

Lino our side just saw a foul but didn't see the lad kick the ball away a few minutes ago. Hopeless

4:28pm

Attendance is 9256 including 1388 from Blues

4:27pm

Sub: Rantie on for Pugh

4:24pm

Lingard kicks ball away in front of ref and lino and neither did anything about it. Incredible incompetence from the officials.

4:24pm

Grabban glances a header over from Ritchie's cross

4:23pm

Ritchie for a foul on Lee

4:22pm

Sub: Burke off, McLean on 61 mins

4:20pm

Ritchie drills free-kick through wall but Randolph blocks

4:20pm

Burke

4:18pm

Free kick to Cherries in good spot

4:16pm

Francis cross falls to Pugh but Randolph again saves

4:14pm

4:13pm

Low shot from Ritchie clutched by Randolph

4:12pm

4:09pm

Fraser on right, Ritchie has come inside

4:07pm

Sub at half-time: Surman off, Fraser on

4:05pm

Teams coming back on to pitch

3:51pm

Cherries 0-2 Birmingham. Not sure how.

3:50pm

Elphick heads over from Ritchie's corner as the first half draws to a close

3:48pm

If it was a fight, it would have been stopped.

3:48pm

Pugh to Ritchie - his shot is straight at Randolph.

3:46pm

four minutes added time

3:45pm

Arter through to Grabban but his shot flashes narrowly past the post.

3:44pm

Cherries pressing hard for a goal before half-time but Blues defending stoutly

3:40pm

Home cowd gone quiet.

3:40pm

Saving tackle by Cook to deny Lingard going through

3:37pm

Second goal against the run of play. Cherries need a comeback of Millwall proportions now.

3:35pm

Jesse Lingard seized on error by Surman, fed Zigic and he finished coolly.

3:34pm

Zigic

3:33pm

Shots from Francis and Ritchie blocked by the same defender

3:32pm

Kyle Bartley for a trip on Daniels

3:29pm

Apart from the goal, it's all Cherries. They need to make pressure count

3:27pm

3:26pm

Blues denied a penalty when Francis handled Shinnie's cross. Looked a banker penalty from here.

3:25pm

3:24pm

3:24pm

Charlie Daniels in action for Cherries with pictures to follow of Pugh and Cook

3:23pm

3:23pm

Grabban's header from a Francis cross is clawed away by Randolph

3:22pm

Pugh back on

3:20pm

Pugh going off for treatment to a head injury

3:19pm

Cherries losing 1-0 to Shinnie's early goal but are making all the running.

3:17pm

It's corner after corner here for Cherries

3:16pm

again, it is cleared

3:15pm

Arter shot deflected for another corner

3:15pm

It comes to nothing

3:14pm

Pugh forces a corner, Ritchie to take...

3:14pm

Crowd trying to get behind Howe's team, still very quiet here though.

3:10pm

Paul Caddis for a foul on Pugh

3:09pm

Darren Randolph saves from Marc Pugh's shot.

3:08pm

Penalty appeal waved away for handball by Blues defender from Daniels cross.

3:06pm

Oliver Lee provided the cross for Shinnie to open the scoring after two minutes and 35 seconds.

3:04pm

Andrew Shinnie swept home a cross to give Lee Camp no chance.

3:04pm

Goal to Blues.

3:02pm

Good win in the air by Elphick on Zigic, confidence boost for Cherries skipper.

3:01pm

Cherries attacking Ted MacDougall Stand

3:01pm

We're off!

2:59pm

Blues have three giants in their team - Zigic, Burn and Bartley.

2:58pm

Reasonable sized crowd in but by no means full.

2:57pm

Teams taking to the pitch.

2:56pm

Teams are in the tunnel.

2:48pm

MANAGER'S COMMENTS - EDDIE HOWE

CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe has delivered a pre-Christmas message to his players and tasked them with establishing some consistency over the festive period.

Howe’s men, buoyed by a 2-1 win at Reading six days ago, will be bidding to register back-to-back Championship victories for the first time when they host Birmingham today.
“We have had a really good week’s training on the back of an excellent result which has given everyone a lift,” said Howe. “My message to the players has been that it is very much a case of one result in isolation. We need to back it up now with a consistent run.
“Although it is very difficult in this league, that is what we will be looking to achieve. It is incredibly tough but that is what we have to focus on during the next run of games. Everyone will make it difficult for you but there are surprise results if you lift you game to the best it can be.
“Our challenge is to try to find that consistency because I think we have shown we can perform really well in one-off games. I thought we were unfortunate at QPR where we played very well without getting our rewards but, thankfully, we did against Reading.”
Asked whether he would consider changing a winning team or formation against the Blues, Howe replied: “I never get too fixated with systems and formations because it is very much about the players. If you look at the Reading game, everyone played to their maximum level and there wasn’t a player I could fault.
“They were terrific as a group and as a team, hence why we got the win. Regardless of what system or formation you put out, it is all about players performing to their best of their ability.
“I don’t think it matters whether it’s one or three up front because we asked our midfielders and wide men to support the front man at Reading so, depending on where the ball was, it could have been viewed as a more attacking system than playing two up front.
“Every team I have picked this season has been difficult because we have a good squad. It is an even better one now with players returning from injury so it even more difficult to pick a team. It is a good problem to have.
“When you win a game, players have put themselves in with a good shout of keeping their place but I think every game is different and you have to pick a team to win that particular game.”
 

2:45pm

Steve Cook wins the supporters' player of the month award for November.

2:41pm

Birmingham are bidding to extend to six their unbeaten run in the Championship. There is no place in their 18-man squad for former Cherries star Wade Elliott.

Blues: Randolph, Caddis, Bartley, Burn, Robinson, Burke, Lingard, Lee, Shinnie, Adeyemi, Zigic.

Subs: Mullins, Reilly, Brown, Bell, Gray, McLean, Doyle (g/k).

2:40pm

Cherries are unchanged following their 2-1 win at Reading seven days ago.

Cherries: Camp, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Pugh, Arter, O’Kane, Surman, Ritchie, Grabban.

Subs: Harte, MacDonald, Fraser, Pitman, Rantie, Yennaris, Flahavan (g/k).

 

2:39pm

We will be providing updates from Cherries' Championship clash with Birmingham City.

2:38pm

Welcome to Dean Court for today's Matchday Live.

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3:54pm Sat 14 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

Howe mucks up again, where are the forwards?
Howe mucks up again, where are the forwards? holdinkæft

4:30pm Sat 14 Dec 13

smhinto says...

Here we go again, concede first and it is game over ENDEX. There are still a number of empty heads who still cannot see that we need a physical striker in. .
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It will not be long until Mr Howe will be called in for a little chat with Mr Denim.
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This is a results orientated business and Mr Howe is no exception to this.
Here we go again, concede first and it is game over ENDEX. There are still a number of empty heads who still cannot see that we need a physical striker in. . . It will not be long until Mr Howe will be called in for a little chat with Mr Denim. . This is a results orientated business and Mr Howe is no exception to this. smhinto

5:11pm Sat 14 Dec 13

holdinkæft says...

smhinto wrote:
Here we go again, concede first and it is game over ENDEX. There are still a number of empty heads who still cannot see that we need a physical striker in. .
.
It will not be long until Mr Howe will be called in for a little chat with Mr Denim.
.
This is a results orientated business and Mr Howe is no exception to this.
I really cant understand how Howe plays Pugh instead of Rantie, the man is blind, shows he doesnt have a clue.
we need to play 4-4-2 thro the middle, not down the wings.we have been sussed.
HOWE WAKE UP.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Here we go again, concede first and it is game over ENDEX. There are still a number of empty heads who still cannot see that we need a physical striker in. . . It will not be long until Mr Howe will be called in for a little chat with Mr Denim. . This is a results orientated business and Mr Howe is no exception to this.[/p][/quote]I really cant understand how Howe plays Pugh instead of Rantie, the man is blind, shows he doesnt have a clue. we need to play 4-4-2 thro the middle, not down the wings.we have been sussed. HOWE WAKE UP. holdinkæft

8:56pm Sat 14 Dec 13

nickynoodah says...

the team should form a rock group

call themselves
THE EASY BEATS
you know
the team should form a rock group call themselves THE EASY BEATS you know nickynoodah

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