AFC Bournemouth: Cherries beaten by Lloyd's header on pristine pitch

ON THE BALL: Marc Pugh can't find a way past Saints' defence

ON THE BALL: Marc Pugh can't find a way past Saints' defence

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SOUTHAMPTON found Cherries’ new pitch to their liking as Eddie Howe’s men were condemned to their first defeat of pre-season tonight.

Lloyd Isgrove’s first-half header settled the issue 1-0 in favour of the visitors as the two teams christened the pristine playing surface at Dean Court.

Laid – together with two new training pitches – at a cost of around £750,000, it looked lush and should prove conducive to Cherries’ slick style of passing football.

Premier League Saints enjoyed long periods of possession throughout the contest with their well-drilled defence ensuring chances were at a premium for Cherries.

Maya Yoshida wasted a glorious opportunity to test Benji Buchel, the defender failing to meet James Ward-Prowse’s seventh-minute corner after arriving unmarked at the near post.

Yann Kermorgant required treatment following a heavy challenge from Jose Fonte, the striker clearly unhappy with the tackle and remonstrated with referee Andy Davies after he had returned to the pitch.

Adam Smith nipped in front of Lloyd Isgrove to clear a dangerous cross before Gaston Ramirez’s thunderous drive from the edge of the box flew narrowly over the crossbar.

Isgrove opened the scoring with a well-directed diving header after 20 minutes, the midfielder squeezing a cross from Nathaniel Clyne past the despairing dive of Buchel and into the bottom corner.

Saints’ new signing Graziano Pelle, a summer recruit from Feyenoord, was denied a second goal just three minutes later when Buchel raced off his line and saved low down from the Italian.

Cherries’ appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears after Callum Wilson’s pass had struck Ward-Prowse before the Saints midfielder was quickly involved at the opposite end.

Buchel appeared to have Ward-Prowse’s powerful long-range drive covered, only for the goalkeeper’s handling to betray him as it squirmed through his grasp. The Lichtenstein international was fortunate to have done enough to stop it crossing the line though.

Although Cherries found chances hard to come by during the opening period, Saints goalkeeper Artur Boruc was pressed into action twice as the first half drew to a close.

Firstly, the big Polish stopper scrambled across his line to push away a cross from Josh McQuoid which had taken a wicked deflection off Matt Targett.

And after the loose ball had found its way to Charlie Daniels on the edge of the box, Boruc pulled off a smart save to turn the defender’s stinging drive past the post.

Matt Ritchie, on as a half-time substitute for Wilson, let fly with a blistering left-foot effort, his shot flashing narrowly past the upright three minutes after the interval.

A raft of changes after 70 minutes saw Simon Francis, Harry Arter, Brett Pitman, Ian Harte, Junior Stanislas and Baily Cargill come off the bench for Cherries.

Stanislas looked to send Pitman through on goal, only for his pass to be cut out by Clyne before Buchel watched a speculative effort from Emmanuel Mayuka sail over the crossbar.

Sam McQueen side-stepped two challenges and saw his left-foot strike deflected over the crossbar before a free-kick from Harte was glanced into the back of the net by Pitman, only for the effort to be ruled out for offside.

Deep into stoppage time, a low, driven cross from the right by Clyne was diverted towards goal by Arter where Buchel was on hand to snaffle.

Cherries: Buchel, Smith (Francis, 70), Cook (Cargill, 70), Elphick, Daniels (Harte, 70), Pugh (Pitman, 70), Gosling (Whitfield, 81), O’Kane (Matthews, 81), McQuoid (Arter, 70), Kermorgant (Stanislas, 70), Wilson (Ritchie, h-t).

Saints: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida (Hooiveld, 60), Fonte, Davis (Reed, 60), Ramirez (Cork, h-t), Tadic (McQueen, 60), Ward-Prowse (Stephens, 75), Pelle (Gallagher, 75), Isgrove (Mayuka, 75), Targett.

Referee: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

Attendance: 7,421 (including 1,382 away supporters).

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11:25pm Fri 25 Jul 14

YafcbY says...

Feel so sorry for Southampton.
This will be their only win for the next few months!!!!
Feel so sorry for Southampton. This will be their only win for the next few months!!!! YafcbY
  • Score: 5

11:30pm Fri 25 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

A good effort from Brett Pitman although it was disallowed. . . . . . . IT was a far to comfortable win for the Saints team. . . They were slicker than us in most departments. . . . . . STILL , we were playing the cream of the bottom half of The Premiership.
A good effort from Brett Pitman although it was disallowed. . . . . . . IT was a far to comfortable win for the Saints team. . . They were slicker than us in most departments. . . . . . STILL , we were playing the cream of the bottom half of The Premiership. RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 8

11:36pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Loyal2AFCB says...

I wonder which clubs corner the so called Bournemouth Echo were in?
I wonder which clubs corner the so called Bournemouth Echo were in? Loyal2AFCB
  • Score: 0

11:52pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Put it in the mixer says...

They pressed really well and gave no time or space to our players. They looked fitter. Apart from that, no real difference. Thought Wilson looked sharp, will be more of an out an out frontman than Grabban. Mcquoid and Pugh struggled, first touch poor. Early days and good test, we will get better.
They pressed really well and gave no time or space to our players. They looked fitter. Apart from that, no real difference. Thought Wilson looked sharp, will be more of an out an out frontman than Grabban. Mcquoid and Pugh struggled, first touch poor. Early days and good test, we will get better. Put it in the mixer
  • Score: 4

6:23am Sat 26 Jul 14

Wilkie says...

Was hoping that one of the new or non first team players would catch the eye. Wilson is obviously quick, Gosling's second touch let him down a
few times, particularly in the first half. I felt uncomfortable every time Mcquoid received the ball, he is still low on confidence, what on earth did Millwall do to him. Harry Arter injected a bit of energy amongst the confusion post 10 substitutions. Overall though, I didn't learn a great deal, which, I suppose, is to be expected from friendlies.
Was hoping that one of the new or non first team players would catch the eye. Wilson is obviously quick, Gosling's second touch let him down a few times, particularly in the first half. I felt uncomfortable every time Mcquoid received the ball, he is still low on confidence, what on earth did Millwall do to him. Harry Arter injected a bit of energy amongst the confusion post 10 substitutions. Overall though, I didn't learn a great deal, which, I suppose, is to be expected from friendlies. Wilkie
  • Score: 1

6:45am Sat 26 Jul 14

bobsworthforever says...

Typical stuff from Sporting Koeman heavy challenges especially on Yann its supposed to be a friendly Gosling looks outstanding nice to see a few development players Cargill looked aprospect if no long term injuries all OK.No disrespect to the young kèeperr but we need Camp back urgent
Typical stuff from Sporting Koeman heavy challenges especially on Yann its supposed to be a friendly Gosling looks outstanding nice to see a few development players Cargill looked aprospect if no long term injuries all OK.No disrespect to the young kèeperr but we need Camp back urgent bobsworthforever
  • Score: -1

7:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

A good workout for both sides and if the Saints can stop the haemorrhage of players ( and with another four said to be on their way, that sems unlikely ) should have enough to avoid trouble. As for us, I still have concerns that we will have difficulty in scoring against tight defensive teams and hope that the one more player Eddie wants to sign , is a decent striker. Suspect though that we will have the better Season of the two.
A good workout for both sides and if the Saints can stop the haemorrhage of players ( and with another four said to be on their way, that sems unlikely ) should have enough to avoid trouble. As for us, I still have concerns that we will have difficulty in scoring against tight defensive teams and hope that the one more player Eddie wants to sign , is a decent striker. Suspect though that we will have the better Season of the two. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 4

7:33am Sat 26 Jul 14

susi.m says...

I wasnt impressed. Too much passing and playing at the back. Lack of scoring chances. Dan looked promising. Defence good again but Smith weak. From where I was sitting in the North it looked like his mistake was responsible for the goal.
I wasnt impressed. Too much passing and playing at the back. Lack of scoring chances. Dan looked promising. Defence good again but Smith weak. From where I was sitting in the North it looked like his mistake was responsible for the goal. susi.m
  • Score: 3

8:06am Sat 26 Jul 14

miltonarcher says...

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day , I got a wonderful feeling everything's goin my way. Thanks to Rogers &Hammerstein.
Regards
T
Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day , I got a wonderful feeling everything's goin my way. Thanks to Rogers &Hammerstein. Regards T miltonarcher
  • Score: -9

8:07am Sat 26 Jul 14

miltonarcher says...

YafcbY wrote:
Feel so sorry for Southampton.
This will be their only win for the next few months!!!!
Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months
[quote][p][bold]YafcbY[/bold] wrote: Feel so sorry for Southampton. This will be their only win for the next few months!!!![/p][/quote]Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months miltonarcher
  • Score: -21

9:06am Sat 26 Jul 14

cherryexe says...

miltonarcher wrote:
YafcbY wrote:
Feel so sorry for Southampton.
This will be their only win for the next few months!!!!
Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months
Well well well how did guess that little mincing arser would be out to play today. Funny we not heard from you in weeks.
still I suppose we'll only have put up with you for another couple weeks once premier league starts and you lot our rock bottom you're disappear again just like last few weeks when you sold lambert and Co.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YafcbY[/bold] wrote: Feel so sorry for Southampton. This will be their only win for the next few months!!!![/p][/quote]Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months[/p][/quote]Well well well how did guess that little mincing arser would be out to play today. Funny we not heard from you in weeks. still I suppose we'll only have put up with you for another couple weeks once premier league starts and you lot our rock bottom you're disappear again just like last few weeks when you sold lambert and Co. cherryexe
  • Score: 8

9:09am Sat 26 Jul 14

miltonarcher says...

cherryexe wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
YafcbY wrote:
Feel so sorry for Southampton.
This will be their only win for the next few months!!!!
Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months
Well well well how did guess that little mincing arser would be out to play today. Funny we not heard from you in weeks.
still I suppose we'll only have put up with you for another couple weeks once premier league starts and you lot our rock bottom you're disappear again just like last few weeks when you sold lambert and Co.
Our reserves still way too good for your boys, good luck for the coming season.
[quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YafcbY[/bold] wrote: Feel so sorry for Southampton. This will be their only win for the next few months!!!![/p][/quote]Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months[/p][/quote]Well well well how did guess that little mincing arser would be out to play today. Funny we not heard from you in weeks. still I suppose we'll only have put up with you for another couple weeks once premier league starts and you lot our rock bottom you're disappear again just like last few weeks when you sold lambert and Co.[/p][/quote]Our reserves still way too good for your boys, good luck for the coming season. miltonarcher
  • Score: -10

9:33am Sat 26 Jul 14

cherryexe says...

miltonarcher wrote:
cherryexe wrote:
miltonarcher wrote:
YafcbY wrote:
Feel so sorry for Southampton.
This will be their only win for the next few months!!!!
Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months
Well well well how did guess that little mincing arser would be out to play today. Funny we not heard from you in weeks.
still I suppose we'll only have put up with you for another couple weeks once premier league starts and you lot our rock bottom you're disappear again just like last few weeks when you sold lambert and Co.
Our reserves still way too good for your boys, good luck for the coming season.
From what I see and hear you're the ones who need luck send my regards to you're boyfriend Dorset blue
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cherryexe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]YafcbY[/bold] wrote: Feel so sorry for Southampton. This will be their only win for the next few months!!!![/p][/quote]Feel so sorry for afcb, this will be the first of many defeats in the next few months[/p][/quote]Well well well how did guess that little mincing arser would be out to play today. Funny we not heard from you in weeks. still I suppose we'll only have put up with you for another couple weeks once premier league starts and you lot our rock bottom you're disappear again just like last few weeks when you sold lambert and Co.[/p][/quote]Our reserves still way too good for your boys, good luck for the coming season.[/p][/quote]From what I see and hear you're the ones who need luck send my regards to you're boyfriend Dorset blue cherryexe
  • Score: 5

10:45am Sat 26 Jul 14

smhinto says...

There are far more important issues at stake. For example. when are we going to address the problem we have i.e. both first choice keepers injured with llttle time to get them match fit even if they played in the next two matches!!!
.
It seems to me that people on here are not realising how serious this problem is.
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We cannot go away from home with young Buchel in goal in the Championship and expect to get any kind of result.
.
Rgards
There are far more important issues at stake. For example. when are we going to address the problem we have i.e. both first choice keepers injured with llttle time to get them match fit even if they played in the next two matches!!! . It seems to me that people on here are not realising how serious this problem is. . We cannot go away from home with young Buchel in goal in the Championship and expect to get any kind of result. . Rgards smhinto
  • Score: -8

10:47am Sat 26 Jul 14

devon fan says...

normally I do not expect too much from pre season matches but looking at last nights game it looked like exercise in passing in midfoeld with very little sign that we will be a threat going forward, if this had been a league match this would not have been acceptable, the absent players are doing nothing to help the manager shape his final team, either Lee Camp is fit or he is unfit, if he is fit then please do not with banal statements like we wont play him to protect him, the number of injuries we pick up in training prompts me to say again maybe we need to review our training methods
normally I do not expect too much from pre season matches but looking at last nights game it looked like exercise in passing in midfoeld with very little sign that we will be a threat going forward, if this had been a league match this would not have been acceptable, the absent players are doing nothing to help the manager shape his final team, either Lee Camp is fit or he is unfit, if he is fit then please do not with banal statements like we wont play him to protect him, the number of injuries we pick up in training prompts me to say again maybe we need to review our training methods devon fan
  • Score: 4

6:00pm Sat 26 Jul 14

mark.s says...

Milton putting a brace face on yet another embarrassing sale for saints. Just the other day one of them at work was feeling me that Chambers would restore their pride this coming season. Oh...

It's starting to look more and more like asset stripping up there. Not even Mr archer can put a positive spin on that.
Milton putting a brace face on yet another embarrassing sale for saints. Just the other day one of them at work was feeling me that Chambers would restore their pride this coming season. Oh... It's starting to look more and more like asset stripping up there. Not even Mr archer can put a positive spin on that. mark.s
  • Score: 4

8:27pm Sat 26 Jul 14

gtd says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
A good effort from Brett Pitman although it was disallowed. . . . . . . IT was a far to comfortable win for the Saints team. . . They were slicker than us in most departments. . . . . . STILL , we were playing the cream of the bottom half of The Premiership.
Yes - had Brett started we might have got a few; why does he only get 30 minutes? A proven goalscorer: season before last 19 goals in 23, better than Grabban........We lack a bit of punch up front.
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: A good effort from Brett Pitman although it was disallowed. . . . . . . IT was a far to comfortable win for the Saints team. . . They were slicker than us in most departments. . . . . . STILL , we were playing the cream of the bottom half of The Premiership.[/p][/quote]Yes - had Brett started we might have got a few; why does he only get 30 minutes? A proven goalscorer: season before last 19 goals in 23, better than Grabban........We lack a bit of punch up front. gtd
  • Score: -2

10:38pm Sat 26 Jul 14

joetheman says...

i dont know what game some of the posters were at last night,as saints fan chanted dodgy keeper i had to agree, okane not at the game, mcquoid not even worth a mention, pugh man of the match? the only plus was i think cherries are more likely to go up then saints staying up, Give us a wave miltonarser as we pass you .
i dont know what game some of the posters were at last night,as saints fan chanted dodgy keeper i had to agree, okane not at the game, mcquoid not even worth a mention, pugh man of the match? the only plus was i think cherries are more likely to go up then saints staying up, Give us a wave miltonarser as we pass you . joetheman
  • Score: -2

10:42pm Sat 26 Jul 14

stjxf12 says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day , I got a wonderful feeling everything's goin my way. Thanks to Rogers &Hammerstein.
Regards
T
Exactly what I sang when two more of your loyal players departed the stinking ship. My count is five gone . Wow we have been there seen it and done it but never ever bragged about it. Try winding your neck in .PS Good luck at Liverhampton you will surely need it. Lambert hat -rick. Well done Adam a true Bournemouth LEGEND. Departed you lot and and gave us loads a money .Timed to perfection Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day , I got a wonderful feeling everything's goin my way. Thanks to Rogers &Hammerstein. Regards T[/p][/quote]Exactly what I sang when two more of your loyal players departed the stinking ship. My count is five gone . Wow we have been there seen it and done it but never ever bragged about it. Try winding your neck in .PS Good luck at Liverhampton you will surely need it. Lambert hat -rick. Well done Adam a true Bournemouth LEGEND. Departed you lot and and gave us loads a money .Timed to perfection Thank you. stjxf12
  • Score: 0

1:47am Sun 27 Jul 14

Noel. says...

I thought we missed Francis defensively and also with his attacking overlaps for the first 70 minutes.

I thought McQuoid was lazy and didn't chase the defenders or put the goalie under presssure. Yann did more than his fair share of that.

I'm also concerned by the new pitch. In the section in front of me near the score board there were a couple of times a fair sized chunk came up and had to be stamped back by a player and one of the groundsmen seemed to be digging his fork in to a hole by the corner flag before the match started. £250,000 per pitch is a lot and I hope the divots are only because the grass hasn't fully rooted in to the under soil yet.
I thought we missed Francis defensively and also with his attacking overlaps for the first 70 minutes. I thought McQuoid was lazy and didn't chase the defenders or put the goalie under presssure. Yann did more than his fair share of that. I'm also concerned by the new pitch. In the section in front of me near the score board there were a couple of times a fair sized chunk came up and had to be stamped back by a player and one of the groundsmen seemed to be digging his fork in to a hole by the corner flag before the match started. £250,000 per pitch is a lot and I hope the divots are only because the grass hasn't fully rooted in to the under soil yet. Noel.
  • Score: 0

10:03am Sun 27 Jul 14

CC C-siders says...

miltonarcher wrote:
Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day , I got a wonderful feeling everything's goin my way. Thanks to Rogers &Hammerstein.
Regards
T
Fair play to your team, they put in a huge effort to impress Eddie and I can see one or two that might fit into our squad - the right back for example. As it's Sale time at SFC it might be worth trying him in the development squad?

Interesting to see that they haven't bothered to put names on their shirts - which is understandable but nonetheless frustrating for their fans who turned out in good numbers and put a brave face on it. They really will miss the skills on Lallana to brighten their lives.
[quote][p][bold]miltonarcher[/bold] wrote: Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day , I got a wonderful feeling everything's goin my way. Thanks to Rogers &Hammerstein. Regards T[/p][/quote]Fair play to your team, they put in a huge effort to impress Eddie and I can see one or two that might fit into our squad - the right back for example. As it's Sale time at SFC it might be worth trying him in the development squad? Interesting to see that they haven't bothered to put names on their shirts - which is understandable but nonetheless frustrating for their fans who turned out in good numbers and put a brave face on it. They really will miss the skills on Lallana to brighten their lives. CC C-siders
  • Score: 0

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