Cherries: Supersub Matt finds a way past star stopper

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MATT Tubbs came off the bench to earn a share of the spoils for Cherries – with an inspired display from Stevenage goalkeeper Steve Arnold denying Eddie Howe’s men all three points in a 1-1 draw.

Tubbs, a half-time replacement for Lee Barnard, headed home a Lewis Grabban cross in the 74th minute to cancel out Greg Tansey’s first-half opener for the visitors.

And a string of fine saves from Arnold, including a wondrous last-gasp stop from Grabban, ensured Stevenage would leave with a point their heroic defensive efforts merited.

Boss Howe had the luxury of being able to name an unchanged starting line-up as Cherries went in search of a fifth league win in succession.

Fifth-placed Stevenage arrived at Goldsands Stadium looking to bounce back after suffering consecutive 4-1 defeats at the hands of Preston and Sheffield United.

Visiting defender Bondz N’Gala’s tame header was saved comfortably by Cherries goalkeeper David James before Marc Pugh’s driven free-kick cannoned off a defender and sailed over the crossbar.

Cherries created a glorious chance following a 13th-minute short corner, only for Barnard to see his effort from point-blank range saved by Boro goalkeeper Arnold.

Arnold again distinguished himself when he dived full length to his left to claw away Grabban’s header, the striker meeting a Charlie Daniels cross in the 26th minute.

Cherries were rocked just a minute later when Stevenage opened the scoring though Tansey, the former Inverness Caledonian Thistle man’s ferocious strike giving James no chance.

Tansey converted via the underside of the crossbar from just inside the 18-yard box after good work from Marcus Haber down the right flank had created the opportunity.

Barnard was thwarted by a series of blocks, the Southampton loan man continuing to try his luck from range before a Daniels volley was snaffled by Arnold on the stroke of half-time.

A switch at the break saw Tubbs replace Barnard, the Verwood-raised striker tasked with helping Cherries overturn their interval deficit.

Shaun MacDonald clashed heads with Stevenage defender David Gray as he climbed to nod a cross from Simon Francis narrowly off target.

Grabban went close to levelling when he arrived at the far post to meet Pugh’s hanging cross, the striker, who was stretching, lifting his effort over the crossbar.

Daniels slalomed his way into the 18-yard box, only to poke his shot wide of the upright, before Grabban blazed into the crowd when a cross seemed a better option.

Tubbs was Johnny on the spot to equalise for Cherries, the substitute showing all his predatory instincts to nod home Grabban’s precision centre from inside the six-yard box after 74 minutes, amid furious offside protests from the visitors.

Miles Addison wasted a gilt-edged opportunity to put Cherries in front when he headed wide with the goal at his mercy from a Daniels cross 11 minutes from time.

And as chances came thick and fast for Cherries, Grabban was also errant when he skied a shot into the North Stand after Pugh’s low cross had found him 12 yards out.

As Cherries poured forward in the closing stages, Arnold pawed Addison’s header around the post before Grabban fired straight at James Dunne who was positioned on the line.

Stevenage went close to snatching a late winner with James saving low down after Robbie Rogers had let fly from 25 yards.

Former Eastleigh goalkeeper Arnold saved his best until last, his top-drawer block keeping out Grabban’s fierce drive deep into injury-time.

Cherries: James 7, Francis 7, Addison 7, Elphick 7, Daniels 7.5, McQuoid 6.5 (Fletcher, 84), MacDonald 7.5, Arter 7.5, Pugh 7.5, Barnard 6.5 (Tubbs, h-t, 7), Grabban 7.

Unused subs: Cook, Fogden, O’Kane, McDermott, Jalal (g/k).

Stevenage: Arnold, Gray, Roberts, N’Gala, Charles, Akins, Dunne, Grant, Hills (Rogers, 67), Tansey (Shroot, 82), Haber (Agyemang, 72).

Unused subs: Iro, Comminges, Risser, Day (g/k).

Booked: Akins, Gray.

Attendance: 5,504 (including 136 visiting supporters).

Referee: Tim Robinson (Sussex).

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11:02pm Tue 20 Nov 12

Mike Oxbig says...

So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'?
So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'? Mike Oxbig
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11:13pm Tue 20 Nov 12

West moors 1 says...

Great game tonight and EH has turned our team into a team that can compete with the high flyers in the league. Good to see Tubbs get a decent amount of time on the pitch and he came to our rescue. Confidence is high that's to the manager and coach, we were unlucky the Stevenage keeper had probably his best game of the season. Up the cherries!
Great game tonight and EH has turned our team into a team that can compete with the high flyers in the league. Good to see Tubbs get a decent amount of time on the pitch and he came to our rescue. Confidence is high that's to the manager and coach, we were unlucky the Stevenage keeper had probably his best game of the season. Up the cherries! West moors 1
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11:46pm Tue 20 Nov 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'?
No, the all important question is why you are so full of (ahem) crap.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'?[/p][/quote]No, the all important question is why you are so full of (ahem) crap. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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7:15am Wed 21 Nov 12

nonnogeppetto says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Mike Oxbig wrote:
So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'?
No, the all important question is why you are so full of (ahem) crap.
Why do people have to be so churlish. An act of kindness should be applauded and not treated in this way. Grow up whoever you are
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'?[/p][/quote]No, the all important question is why you are so full of (ahem) crap.[/p][/quote]Why do people have to be so churlish. An act of kindness should be applauded and not treated in this way. Grow up whoever you are nonnogeppetto
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7:16am Wed 21 Nov 12

oxoncherry2 says...

West moors 1 wrote:
Great game tonight and EH has turned our team into a team that can compete with the high flyers in the league. Good to see Tubbs get a decent amount of time on the pitch and he came to our rescue. Confidence is high that's to the manager and coach, we were unlucky the Stevenage keeper had probably his best game of the season. Up the cherries!
Well done Tubbsy. I am wondering what the plans are for him, with Brett now making our squad up to 9 forwards.
[quote][p][bold]West moors 1[/bold] wrote: Great game tonight and EH has turned our team into a team that can compete with the high flyers in the league. Good to see Tubbs get a decent amount of time on the pitch and he came to our rescue. Confidence is high that's to the manager and coach, we were unlucky the Stevenage keeper had probably his best game of the season. Up the cherries![/p][/quote]Well done Tubbsy. I am wondering what the plans are for him, with Brett now making our squad up to 9 forwards. oxoncherry2
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7:56am Wed 21 Nov 12

dc addict says...

Their keeper was excellent and I suppose he deserved the great slice of good fortune when, standing on his line, a shot came in and literally cannoned off his knee. He wasn't "standing tall" or positioning himself well. It was just luck.
I have to say that the disappointment of a draw was tempered by the sheer quality of our football. Make no mistake, Stevenage would have been delighted to have survived the Alamo. 3 goal efforts and 1 goal. Not a bad return. Would BP have missed the chances spurned by our lads, particularly Lewis Grabban? Im also still trying to work out how Miles Addison headed wide from 2 yards. And I don't think it was Addison's header that their keeper pawed away, as stated above.
Their keeper was excellent and I suppose he deserved the great slice of good fortune when, standing on his line, a shot came in and literally cannoned off his knee. He wasn't "standing tall" or positioning himself well. It was just luck. I have to say that the disappointment of a draw was tempered by the sheer quality of our football. Make no mistake, Stevenage would have been delighted to have survived the Alamo. 3 goal efforts and 1 goal. Not a bad return. Would BP have missed the chances spurned by our lads, particularly Lewis Grabban? Im also still trying to work out how Miles Addison headed wide from 2 yards. And I don't think it was Addison's header that their keeper pawed away, as stated above. dc addict
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8:56am Wed 21 Nov 12

onetimeapathetic says...

Went to the game last night as an 'independent' and it was most enjoyable. Not quite sure about some of the deluded comments though about Bournemouths football. The Stevenage midfield totally dominated the first half and Bournemouth didnt really have an answer to that.
Footballers need to develop their brains. You cant just depend on Arter to be creative. Too often the defence (particularly central) had the ball and tried to find him. Instead they should have the confidence to draw their man then play the ball, this then removes an opposition player from the game and creates more to attack with. Coaches been watching too much Premier League and their creative midfielders.
Still enjoyed the whole game and its nice to go when you can appreciate what the opposition do as well
Went to the game last night as an 'independent' and it was most enjoyable. Not quite sure about some of the deluded comments though about Bournemouths football. The Stevenage midfield totally dominated the first half and Bournemouth didnt really have an answer to that. Footballers need to develop their brains. You cant just depend on Arter to be creative. Too often the defence (particularly central) had the ball and tried to find him. Instead they should have the confidence to draw their man then play the ball, this then removes an opposition player from the game and creates more to attack with. Coaches been watching too much Premier League and their creative midfielders. Still enjoyed the whole game and its nice to go when you can appreciate what the opposition do as well onetimeapathetic
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9:27am Wed 21 Nov 12

Piston_Broke says...

Wonder what the odds would have been for no home wins in the 12 L1 fixtures last night. A very strange set of results mean there have now been almost exactly the same number of away wins as home wins in total in L1, Shame we didn't really make up any ground on anyone though. Quite surprised by Stevenage - was expecting far more long-ball stuff.
Wonder what the odds would have been for no home wins in the 12 L1 fixtures last night. A very strange set of results mean there have now been almost exactly the same number of away wins as home wins in total in L1, Shame we didn't really make up any ground on anyone though. Quite surprised by Stevenage - was expecting far more long-ball stuff. Piston_Broke
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9:43am Wed 21 Nov 12

Afcbpete says...

Firstly, a BIG thank you to Steady Eddie, Top Man!! I thought Stevenage came to do a job on us and did that to a large extent, certainly the 1st half. But they packed players behind the ball making it very difficult to get through, although we did on several occasions and could/should of won the game. Delighted for Tubbs, I really hope he can keep his place in the team, especially now Brett's back. We're never going to win every game, although slightly disappointed not to of won, but that shows how far we've come in a very short space of time, and I'm sure last nights performance will help Eddie/Jason in their decisions making regarding the squad... UTCIAD
Firstly, a BIG thank you to Steady Eddie, Top Man!! I thought Stevenage came to do a job on us and did that to a large extent, certainly the 1st half. But they packed players behind the ball making it very difficult to get through, although we did on several occasions and could/should of won the game. Delighted for Tubbs, I really hope he can keep his place in the team, especially now Brett's back. We're never going to win every game, although slightly disappointed not to of won, but that shows how far we've come in a very short space of time, and I'm sure last nights performance will help Eddie/Jason in their decisions making regarding the squad... UTCIAD Afcbpete
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10:38am Wed 21 Nov 12

horsted says...

its time to pair Cook and Elphick together, they are a more mobile pairing than Miles, but I am sure EH can see it
its time to pair Cook and Elphick together, they are a more mobile pairing than Miles, but I am sure EH can see it horsted
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11:45am Wed 21 Nov 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
Mike Oxbig wrote:
So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'?
No, the all important question is why you are so full of (ahem) crap.
Why do people have to be so churlish. An act of kindness should be applauded and not treated in this way. Grow up whoever you are
Dont worry nonno, some people simply have "no class" so show ignorance instead.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: So. The all important question. Did Pete go back to Eddies for (ahem) 'coffee'?[/p][/quote]No, the all important question is why you are so full of (ahem) crap.[/p][/quote]Why do people have to be so churlish. An act of kindness should be applauded and not treated in this way. Grow up whoever you are[/p][/quote]Dont worry nonno, some people simply have "no class" so show ignorance instead. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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11:46am Wed 21 Nov 12

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

I really enjoyed last night, a proper top of the table match, we could have won it but I am very pleased with the point! Our midfiled is fast becoming one of the best we have had, some of the passing was world class let alone league one class!! Keep this up and we will be heading up!!
I really enjoyed last night, a proper top of the table match, we could have won it but I am very pleased with the point! Our midfiled is fast becoming one of the best we have had, some of the passing was world class let alone league one class!! Keep this up and we will be heading up!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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11:54am Wed 21 Nov 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Frankiesbackfromholl
ywood
wrote:
I really enjoyed last night, a proper top of the table match, we could have won it but I am very pleased with the point! Our midfiled is fast becoming one of the best we have had, some of the passing was world class let alone league one class!! Keep this up and we will be heading up!!
We were virtually camped in their half in the second half and but for some dogged (sometimes lucky) defending & an inspired keeper, we would have tonked them.
[quote][p][bold]Frankiesbackfromholl ywood[/bold] wrote: I really enjoyed last night, a proper top of the table match, we could have won it but I am very pleased with the point! Our midfiled is fast becoming one of the best we have had, some of the passing was world class let alone league one class!! Keep this up and we will be heading up!![/p][/quote]We were virtually camped in their half in the second half and but for some dogged (sometimes lucky) defending & an inspired keeper, we would have tonked them. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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7:08pm Wed 21 Nov 12

rogthedodge123 says...

Play-offs by Christmas and top by Easter and the only thing that could stop us storming this league is a disgruntled squad but come january EH will have that sorted,I have total faith in this team and their ability and we are simply the best-in this league by a country mile-Premiership here we come as anything blackpool can do we can do.
Play-offs by Christmas and top by Easter and the only thing that could stop us storming this league is a disgruntled squad but come january EH will have that sorted,I have total faith in this team and their ability and we are simply the best-in this league by a country mile-Premiership here we come as anything blackpool can do we can do. rogthedodge123
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