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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)
Fraser shot and then Rantie header saved by Randolph.
Shinnie for a foul
Four minutes added time
Zigic playing for time pretending to be injured.
Game is petering out sadly
Grabban screws his shot horribly off target
Sub: Daniels off, Pitman on, 79 mins. Previous sub time was 75.
Sub: Lingard off, Reilly on 80 mins
20 minutes to go and it's still 2-0 to Blues
Adeyemi for taking out Fraser
Lino our side just saw a foul but didn't see the lad kick the ball away a few minutes ago. Hopeless
Attendance is 9256 including 1388 from Blues
Sub: Rantie on for Pugh
Lingard kicks ball away in front of ref and lino and neither did anything about it. Incredible incompetence from the officials.
Grabban glances a header over from Ritchie's cross
Ritchie for a foul on Lee
Sub: Burke off, McLean on 61 mins
Ritchie drills free-kick through wall but Randolph blocks
Free kick to Cherries in good spot
Francis cross falls to Pugh but Randolph again saves
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Low shot from Ritchie clutched by Randolph
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Fraser on right, Ritchie has come inside
Sub at half-time: Surman off, Fraser on
Teams coming back on to pitch
Cherries 0-2 Birmingham. Not sure how.
Elphick heads over from Ritchie's corner as the first half draws to a close
If it was a fight, it would have been stopped.
Pugh to Ritchie - his shot is straight at Randolph.
four minutes added time
Arter through to Grabban but his shot flashes narrowly past the post.
Cherries pressing hard for a goal before half-time but Blues defending stoutly
Home cowd gone quiet.
Saving tackle by Cook to deny Lingard going through
Second goal against the run of play. Cherries need a comeback of Millwall proportions now.
Jesse Lingard seized on error by Surman, fed Zigic and he finished coolly.
Shots from Francis and Ritchie blocked by the same defender
Kyle Bartley for a trip on Daniels
Apart from the goal, it's all Cherries. They need to make pressure count
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Blues denied a penalty when Francis handled Shinnie's cross. Looked a banker penalty from here.
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Charlie Daniels in action for Cherries with pictures to follow of Pugh and Cook
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Grabban's header from a Francis cross is clawed away by Randolph
Pugh back on
Pugh going off for treatment to a head injury
Cherries losing 1-0 to Shinnie's early goal but are making all the running.
It's corner after corner here for Cherries
again, it is cleared
Arter shot deflected for another corner
It comes to nothing
Pugh forces a corner, Ritchie to take...
Crowd trying to get behind Howe's team, still very quiet here though.
Paul Caddis for a foul on Pugh
Darren Randolph saves from Marc Pugh's shot.
Penalty appeal waved away for handball by Blues defender from Daniels cross.
Oliver Lee provided the cross for Shinnie to open the scoring after two minutes and 35 seconds.
Andrew Shinnie swept home a cross to give Lee Camp no chance.
Goal to Blues.
Good win in the air by Elphick on Zigic, confidence boost for Cherries skipper.
Cherries attacking Ted MacDougall Stand
Blues have three giants in their team - Zigic, Burn and Bartley.
Reasonable sized crowd in but by no means full.
Teams taking to the pitch.
Teams are in the tunnel.
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.”
Steve Cook wins the supporters' player of the month award for November.
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).
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).
We will be providing updates from Cherries' Championship clash with Birmingham City.
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