AFC Bournemouth: Coulibaly continues comeback in development squad stalemate

Bournemouth Echo: COMEBACK: AFC Bournemouth's Mohamed Coulibaly COMEBACK: AFC Bournemouth's Mohamed Coulibaly

FIVE first-team players gained valuable game time as Cherries played out a 0-0 draw with Brighton in today’s development squad friendly.

Goalkeeper Ryan Allsop enjoyed a full 90-minute run-out, while new signing Adam Smith clocked up more than 70 minutes at right-back.

Winger Mohamed Coulibaly continued his comeback from Achilles and calf problems by playing for an hour with Shaun MacDonald and Ryan Fraser also making appearances.

Cherries created a number of chances but were unable to break down their purposeful visitors as boss Eddie Howe and assistant Jason Tindall looked on.

Summing up the action, Purches told the Daily Echo: “Brighton had a good, young team and both sides tried to get it down and play the right way.

"We passed the ball about well but didn’t quite have the cutting edge. We had some good opportunities but could not quite finish them off.”

Young defender Jonathan Muleba, a recent signing from Chelsea’s academy, partnered Baily Cargill at centre-half throughout, while fellow new boys Josh O’Hanlon and Ben Whitfield came on as second-half substitutes.

“All three youngsters adapted well,” added Purches. “Jonathan and Baily looked a good partnership, while Ben linked up well with Josh.”

Meanwhile, Josh Carmichael has joined Gosport Borough on a month-long loan while Jordan Chiedozie will stay with Poole Town for a third and final month.

Cherries: Allsop, Smith (Lindsay, 72), Muleba, Cargill, Bihmoutine, Wakefield, MacDonald (Gilkes, 72), Coulibaly (O’Hanlon, 60), Cornick, Goodship (Whitfield, 70), Fraser (Bassele, 72).

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7:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

north dorset AFCB says...

Keep up the good work Mohamed it wont be long before you are back in the first team.
Well done to all our young and back up players ,the club is moving onwards and UPWARDS.
Keep up the good work Mohamed it wont be long before you are back in the first team. Well done to all our young and back up players ,the club is moving onwards and UPWARDS. north dorset AFCB

1:26pm Tue 11 Feb 14

wintonCheryl says...

Are these development squad games open to the public?
Are these development squad games open to the public? wintonCheryl

3:21pm Wed 12 Feb 14

devon fan says...

having just read that Exeter City under 21s have reached the premier league under 21 cup quarter finals, prompts me to ask why is AFCB under 21 side not entered in this competition, our development system appears to need a complete overhaul we build up a promising looking squad and then send most of them out on loan we appear to play very few matches, I know we entered into the Hampshire senior cup but did not approach this in the right manner, going out to Gosport by sending the youth team, no disrespect to the under 18s but this was the county senior cup competition and should have approached as such
having just read that Exeter City under 21s have reached the premier league under 21 cup quarter finals, prompts me to ask why is AFCB under 21 side not entered in this competition, our development system appears to need a complete overhaul we build up a promising looking squad and then send most of them out on loan we appear to play very few matches, I know we entered into the Hampshire senior cup but did not approach this in the right manner, going out to Gosport by sending the youth team, no disrespect to the under 18s but this was the county senior cup competition and should have approached as such devon fan

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