Cherries: Grabban goal keeps promotion push on track

WINNER: Cherries striker Lewis Grabban hits his ninth goal of the season (Pictures: Sally Adams)

CLINICAL: Lewis Grabban celebrates his match-winning strike

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

LEWIS Grabban struck his ninth goal of the season as Cherries made it 13 matches unbeaten with a 1-0 success over Colchester at Dean Court.

The in-form frontman hit the winner on 41 minutes as Cherries registered their first home victory over the U’s since 1999 in a closely-fought contest this afternoon.

After Wes Fogden, Steve Cook and Brett Pitman had all gone close, Grabban converted clinically with his left foot following a lovely pass from the lively Eunan O’Kane.

Cherries were hit by an injury setback when midfielder Shaun MacDonald was carried off on a stretcher with an ankle problem just before the break.

And the depleted visitors improved dramatically following the restart to test Cherries' resolve.

Josh Thompson and Jabo Ibehre both had efforts blocked while Pitman twice came close at the other end.

But promotion-chasing Cherries moved to within just two points of the play-off zone as their remarkable run under November League One manager of the month Eddie Howe remained on track.

Unsurprisingly given Cherries’ form, Howe kept faith with the team which claimed a 2-1 win at Scunthorpe last time out, with fit-again midfielder Harry Arter replacing Frank Demouge on the bench.

In stark contrast to their hosts, Colchester arrived in Dorset with depleted numbers and on the back of a woeful run of six defeats in their past seven games.

Although boosted by the return of club captain Kem Izzet, U’s boss Joe Dunne admitted he was “down to the bare bones” without the suspended trio of Marcus Bean, Gavin Massey and Magnus Okuonghae.

Pitman, in his first home appearance since rejoining Cherries last month, stung the palms of Mark Cousins as he let fly with the first meaningful effort of the contest on 14 minutes.

Despite plenty of possession, clear-cut chances were proving few and far between for Cherries as Colchester opted to pack the midfield behind lone frontman Ibehre.

And when wing wizard Marc Pugh did manage to provide a glorious opportunity in the 22nd minute, Fogden could only manage to head over from the Lancastrian’s pinpoint delivery.

Cook also found the roof of the net when he rose highest to meet an inswinging corner from Daniels.

Keeper Cousins produced an acrobatic save in the 40th minute after Pitman had diverted a powerful Daniels free-kick towards the corner with an inventive flick header.

But Cousins was left with no chance moments later when Grabban hammered Cherries into the lead. Latching on to a clever pass from O’Kane, Grabban thumped home left-footed from 15 yards.

However, the opening period ended on a sour note for Cherries as MacDonald, an influential midfield performer during the unbeaten run, was carried off on a stretcher to be replaced by Arter.

In a bid to get back into the contest, Colchester boss Dunne made two half-time substitutions and introduced Clinton Morrison to form a two-man attack with Ibehre.

And a much more lively Colchester twice came close to levelling within minutes of the restart. Portsmouth loan defender Thompson, making his full debut, saw a close-range header blocked before Cook threw himself in front of an Ibehre effort as two corners caused problems in the Cherries penalty area.

Pitman’s header was comfortably saved by Cousins before Anthony Wordsworth volleyed straight at David James.

Pitman came agonisingly close to marking his return with a goal when his 64th-minute shot from Pugh’s square pass went narrowly wide.

James saved well from an Ibehre header before Pitman saw his close-range drive blocked on the line.

With the action now end to end, Freddie Sears lashed wide from 20 yards following a forceful run as Colchester upped the ante in their search for an equaliser.

In the closing moments, James got down well to save from Thompson after loud penalty appeals from the visitors had been waved away following Fogden's lunging challenge on Drey Wright.

Cherries: (4-4-2) James; Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels; Fogden (Partington, 90), MacDonald (Arter, 45), O’Kane, Pugh; Grabban, Pitman (McQuoid, 86). Unused subs: Fletcher, McDermott, Tubbs, Buchel (g/k).

Colchester: (4-5-1) Cousins; White, Eastman, Thompson, Potts (Wright, h-t); Sears, O’Toole (Morrison, h-t), Izzet (Bond, 68), Wordsworth, Rose; Ibehre. Unused subs: Duguid, Olufemi, Henderson, Pentney (g/k).

Booked: Wordsworth, Ibehre

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire)

Attendance: 6,145 (including 155 supporters)

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5:13pm Sat 15 Dec 12

socoolmichael says...

Another day, another win under our fantastc managerial team. Well done you Cherries, you are starting to really fulfil our dreams. Thank you also to the board for managing to get Eddie Howe back home. The results of your actions are nothing short of amazing!
Another day, another win under our fantastc managerial team. Well done you Cherries, you are starting to really fulfil our dreams. Thank you also to the board for managing to get Eddie Howe back home. The results of your actions are nothing short of amazing! socoolmichael
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5:20pm Sat 15 Dec 12

alasdair1967 says...

Well done to the team and management how many times in the past have we coincided a late goal ,and thank god the curse of manager of the month did not rear it's ugly head UTCIAD
Well done to the team and management how many times in the past have we coincided a late goal ,and thank god the curse of manager of the month did not rear it's ugly head UTCIAD alasdair1967
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5:23pm Sat 15 Dec 12

nonnogeppetto says...

Another win and three more points in the bag well done to all concerned. The bits of commentary I head sounded good I confess I did not hear the full game. UTCIAD
Another win and three more points in the bag well done to all concerned. The bits of commentary I head sounded good I confess I did not hear the full game. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
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5:29pm Sat 15 Dec 12

alasdair1967 says...

And only 6 points from the automatic promotion places maybe just maybe my Xmas wish may come true auto spot during Xmas period
And only 6 points from the automatic promotion places maybe just maybe my Xmas wish may come true auto spot during Xmas period alasdair1967
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5:35pm Sat 15 Dec 12

The Renegade Master says...

Not the best performance to be honest, but every team parks the bus against us at Dean Court these days, not wanting to get beaten by three or four goals. But another win and another three points will do for me on a cold miserable December afternoon so well done to the team and management!
Only two points off the play off places now and the teams above are looking over their shoulders and quaking in their boots!! A tricky tie at Crewe next. I'd be happy with a draw there as they're on a good run.
Hope Shaun Mac's injury is not too bad. Fingers crossed.
UTCIAD!
Not the best performance to be honest, but every team parks the bus against us at Dean Court these days, not wanting to get beaten by three or four goals. But another win and another three points will do for me on a cold miserable December afternoon so well done to the team and management! Only two points off the play off places now and the teams above are looking over their shoulders and quaking in their boots!! A tricky tie at Crewe next. I'd be happy with a draw there as they're on a good run. Hope Shaun Mac's injury is not too bad. Fingers crossed. UTCIAD! The Renegade Master
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5:46pm Sat 15 Dec 12

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Always seem to struggle against Colchester, so a welcome 3 points in the bag. Very nervous towards the end but the run goes on, hopfully 13 (unbeaten) will not be an unlucky number for us. UTCIAD
Always seem to struggle against Colchester, so a welcome 3 points in the bag. Very nervous towards the end but the run goes on, hopfully 13 (unbeaten) will not be an unlucky number for us. UTCIAD STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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5:54pm Sat 15 Dec 12

abc100 says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
Not the best performance to be honest, but every team parks the bus against us at Dean Court these days, not wanting to get beaten by three or four goals. But another win and another three points will do for me on a cold miserable December afternoon so well done to the team and management!
Only two points off the play off places now and the teams above are looking over their shoulders and quaking in their boots!! A tricky tie at Crewe next. I'd be happy with a draw there as they're on a good run.
Hope Shaun Mac's injury is not too bad. Fingers crossed.
UTCIAD!
Absolutely not our best performance but maybe at the end of the season these are the games we remember when hopefully we are celebrating. Did you go today cos I seem to recall you saying that you have not been to DC for a while as you don't like sitting down, if not what was willo saying on the radio
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: Not the best performance to be honest, but every team parks the bus against us at Dean Court these days, not wanting to get beaten by three or four goals. But another win and another three points will do for me on a cold miserable December afternoon so well done to the team and management! Only two points off the play off places now and the teams above are looking over their shoulders and quaking in their boots!! A tricky tie at Crewe next. I'd be happy with a draw there as they're on a good run. Hope Shaun Mac's injury is not too bad. Fingers crossed. UTCIAD![/p][/quote]Absolutely not our best performance but maybe at the end of the season these are the games we remember when hopefully we are celebrating. Did you go today cos I seem to recall you saying that you have not been to DC for a while as you don't like sitting down, if not what was willo saying on the radio abc100
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6:08pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Mike Oxbig says...

Poor performance. We were lucky that Colchester were even worse than us. Frightful miss by Pitman in the second half. Can Tubbs really be that poor in training for him not to be given an opportunity to start? We won't be beating our play off rivals unless we up our game qute considerably. That's three wins in a row where we only won not because we payed well, but because the opposition played badly.
Poor performance. We were lucky that Colchester were even worse than us. Frightful miss by Pitman in the second half. Can Tubbs really be that poor in training for him not to be given an opportunity to start? We won't be beating our play off rivals unless we up our game qute considerably. That's three wins in a row where we only won not because we payed well, but because the opposition played badly. Mike Oxbig
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6:13pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Tom Griffiths of Bransgore says...

6,145 turned out on a wet and windy, Christmas shopping afternoon, which proves the team are playing the game with style,
that supporters will turn up to see. A continuing wonderful effort from all concerned, giving a real opportunity to achieve a promotion place this season.Ninth place, in excellent form, with half the season still to play. Me thinks I will have an early night for the chance to dream about it.
Hearty congratulations to Eddie on his award,richly deserved, for the pleasure he and his team have given us.
6,145 turned out on a wet and windy, Christmas shopping afternoon, which proves the team are playing the game with style, that supporters will turn up to see. A continuing wonderful effort from all concerned, giving a real opportunity to achieve a promotion place this season.Ninth place, in excellent form, with half the season still to play. Me thinks I will have an early night for the chance to dream about it. Hearty congratulations to Eddie on his award,richly deserved, for the pleasure he and his team have given us. Tom Griffiths of Bransgore
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6:15pm Sat 15 Dec 12

redboob says...

"Can Tubbs really be that poor in training for him not to be given an opportunity to start?"

you'd start tubbs ahead of pitman and the prolific grabban?
"Can Tubbs really be that poor in training for him not to be given an opportunity to start?" you'd start tubbs ahead of pitman and the prolific grabban? redboob
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6:18pm Sat 15 Dec 12

West moors 1 says...

Brilliant first half and a well fought second. Hope our unsung hero, McDonald recovers soon because we clearly miss him when he's not controlling/patrolli
ng midfield. Well done boys! Up the cherries!!
Brilliant first half and a well fought second. Hope our unsung hero, McDonald recovers soon because we clearly miss him when he's not controlling/patrolli ng midfield. Well done boys! Up the cherries!! West moors 1
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6:37pm Sat 15 Dec 12

alasdair1967 says...

Mike Oxbig wrote:
Poor performance. We were lucky that Colchester were even worse than us. Frightful miss by Pitman in the second half. Can Tubbs really be that poor in training for him not to be given an opportunity to start? We won't be beating our play off rivals unless we up our game qute considerably. That's three wins in a row where we only won not because we payed well, but because the opposition played badly.
But in the past even under Eddie Howe these where the games we where losing against out of form sides ,I did post earlier today on the match day live link how bitter our first defeat will be after all this success when that day comes it will be interesting to see how the players responding the following match I hope we can go on undefeated but that is a huge dream to have the beer will taste sweet tonight
[quote][p][bold]Mike Oxbig[/bold] wrote: Poor performance. We were lucky that Colchester were even worse than us. Frightful miss by Pitman in the second half. Can Tubbs really be that poor in training for him not to be given an opportunity to start? We won't be beating our play off rivals unless we up our game qute considerably. That's three wins in a row where we only won not because we payed well, but because the opposition played badly.[/p][/quote]But in the past even under Eddie Howe these where the games we where losing against out of form sides ,I did post earlier today on the match day live link how bitter our first defeat will be after all this success when that day comes it will be interesting to see how the players responding the following match I hope we can go on undefeated but that is a huge dream to have the beer will taste sweet tonight alasdair1967
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6:54pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Wilkie says...

Redboob. pitman is in the side because he instinctively knows where to position himself and can finish. i will give him the benefit of the doubt that his perceived lack of effort on occasions is down to his not being the most agile/athletic, frustrating though it is to see. pitman or tubbs is a difficult call, as to many of us it appear as a minimum that tubbs hasn't been given a chance to prove himself. certainly, from what i have seen in the home games he has acquitted himself well and can therefore feel hard done by to see pitman ahead of him in the pecking order.
Redboob. pitman is in the side because he instinctively knows where to position himself and can finish. i will give him the benefit of the doubt that his perceived lack of effort on occasions is down to his not being the most agile/athletic, frustrating though it is to see. pitman or tubbs is a difficult call, as to many of us it appear as a minimum that tubbs hasn't been given a chance to prove himself. certainly, from what i have seen in the home games he has acquitted himself well and can therefore feel hard done by to see pitman ahead of him in the pecking order. Wilkie
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7:04pm Sat 15 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

First visit for a long time,very disappointed,as others have said good job colchester were worse.MoM for me was James.Very surprised to be told that although i have Blue Badge,i could not use disabled places without applying for permission.Why was this not made clear in echo,makes me wonder why i came back.Some xmas greeting !.
First visit for a long time,very disappointed,as others have said good job colchester were worse.MoM for me was James.Very surprised to be told that although i have Blue Badge,i could not use disabled places without applying for permission.Why was this not made clear in echo,makes me wonder why i came back.Some xmas greeting !. pete woodley
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7:12pm Sat 15 Dec 12

djd says...

pete woodley wrote:
First visit for a long time,very disappointed,as others have said good job colchester were worse.MoM for me was James.Very surprised to be told that although i have Blue Badge,i could not use disabled places without applying for permission.Why was this not made clear in echo,makes me wonder why i came back.Some xmas greeting !.
Go into the lorry park and use the row nearest the stadium, supposed to be reserved for blue badge holders, short walk from there to the Family Stand. Once the car park is finished it will be better.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: First visit for a long time,very disappointed,as others have said good job colchester were worse.MoM for me was James.Very surprised to be told that although i have Blue Badge,i could not use disabled places without applying for permission.Why was this not made clear in echo,makes me wonder why i came back.Some xmas greeting !.[/p][/quote]Go into the lorry park and use the row nearest the stadium, supposed to be reserved for blue badge holders, short walk from there to the Family Stand. Once the car park is finished it will be better. djd
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7:13pm Sat 15 Dec 12

bobsworthforever says...

Not the best of games but Colchester clearly dont have our resources wernt allowed to play even when they tried to our front two look extremely dangerous Lewis looks a bit of a star buy to me.As for Tubbs like to keep him as first reserve but hardly up to these two as i think Eddies realised.
Not the best of games but Colchester clearly dont have our resources wernt allowed to play even when they tried to our front two look extremely dangerous Lewis looks a bit of a star buy to me.As for Tubbs like to keep him as first reserve but hardly up to these two as i think Eddies realised. bobsworthforever
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7:13pm Sat 15 Dec 12

RedhillPete says...

Not our best performance, particularly second half after MacDonald went off & they had Morrison on the pitch.

Eddie said MacD badly injured ankle & out couple of months at least. Didnt see what happened - did he slide into the hordings?

He had made that position his own, needs a good holding midfielder as a his replacement for balance of the side. Partington or even Davids, assuming Hughes nowhere near being fit?

Thought crowd was bigger, although they unsurprisingly only brought a minibus load!

Also nice to walk back across the car park without having to dodge the puddles!
Not our best performance, particularly second half after MacDonald went off & they had Morrison on the pitch. Eddie said MacD badly injured ankle & out couple of months at least. Didnt see what happened - did he slide into the hordings? He had made that position his own, needs a good holding midfielder as a his replacement for balance of the side. Partington or even Davids, assuming Hughes nowhere near being fit? Thought crowd was bigger, although they unsurprisingly only brought a minibus load! Also nice to walk back across the car park without having to dodge the puddles! RedhillPete
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7:21pm Sat 15 Dec 12

AFCBade says...

All felt a bit flat today with little sparkle but a deserved three points keeps the run going. Always felt there was a match winner out of a number of players. Pleased with cook and james at the back again
All felt a bit flat today with little sparkle but a deserved three points keeps the run going. Always felt there was a match winner out of a number of players. Pleased with cook and james at the back again AFCBade
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7:57pm Sat 15 Dec 12

pete woodley says...

djd wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
First visit for a long time,very disappointed,as others have said good job colchester were worse.MoM for me was James.Very surprised to be told that although i have Blue Badge,i could not use disabled places without applying for permission.Why was this not made clear in echo,makes me wonder why i came back.Some xmas greeting !.
Go into the lorry park and use the row nearest the stadium, supposed to be reserved for blue badge holders, short walk from there to the Family Stand. Once the car park is finished it will be better.
Thanks djd.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: First visit for a long time,very disappointed,as others have said good job colchester were worse.MoM for me was James.Very surprised to be told that although i have Blue Badge,i could not use disabled places without applying for permission.Why was this not made clear in echo,makes me wonder why i came back.Some xmas greeting !.[/p][/quote]Go into the lorry park and use the row nearest the stadium, supposed to be reserved for blue badge holders, short walk from there to the Family Stand. Once the car park is finished it will be better.[/p][/quote]Thanks djd. pete woodley
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8:00pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Julian1963 says...

Not the best,but their dug in and the lads are a different team to what their were like a few months ago,i think we could go for 2nd place by end of the year,but we still have such a long way to go,however these boys are full of postive thinking which is much needed.
Not the best,but their dug in and the lads are a different team to what their were like a few months ago,i think we could go for 2nd place by end of the year,but we still have such a long way to go,however these boys are full of postive thinking which is much needed. Julian1963
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10:25am Sun 16 Dec 12

devon fan says...

a good result, only fault I could find is that once again there was a possible penalty shout against us. we must stop giving the opposition the chance to get back into the game
a good result, only fault I could find is that once again there was a possible penalty shout against us. we must stop giving the opposition the chance to get back into the game devon fan
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10:28am Sun 16 Dec 12

Square Old Codger says...

A difficult game and we missed McDonald after his injury, hope that he hasn't broken his ankle. he will be missed over the tough Christmas period..Thought that Colchester had a good penalty shout too denied them. But we got the points when not at our best and that has to be good.
A difficult game and we missed McDonald after his injury, hope that he hasn't broken his ankle. he will be missed over the tough Christmas period..Thought that Colchester had a good penalty shout too denied them. But we got the points when not at our best and that has to be good. Square Old Codger
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11:16am Sun 16 Dec 12

afcb36 says...

totally agree with u soc maybe young carmichael will get a look in again as he has always put in a good shift in the past and is more than capable of playing at this level if not higher with the recent performances he has put in with the developement/reserve team best player on the park out of parts,davids by a country mile
totally agree with u soc maybe young carmichael will get a look in again as he has always put in a good shift in the past and is more than capable of playing at this level if not higher with the recent performances he has put in with the developement/reserve team best player on the park out of parts,davids by a country mile afcb36
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1:01pm Sun 16 Dec 12

longlostcherry says...

Cracking result again. Shame about the injury to MacDonald. Just for England to win the cricket here in India would be just right for me. ejw
Cracking result again. Shame about the injury to MacDonald. Just for England to win the cricket here in India would be just right for me. ejw longlostcherry
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1:39pm Sun 16 Dec 12

stevobath says...

Playing badly or not, a wins a win.I'll take 'Lucky' 1-0 wins for the rest of the season if it means promotion.

Must admit to having ome nervy moments yesterday though!UTC
Playing badly or not, a wins a win.I'll take 'Lucky' 1-0 wins for the rest of the season if it means promotion. Must admit to having ome nervy moments yesterday though!UTC stevobath
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4:42pm Sun 16 Dec 12

ducky24 says...

Not a great game to watch yesterday but as a lot of you have already said - A win is a win! We won ugly. Josh looked sharp when he came on near the end. Wonder who Eddie Howe will bring in next month ? Bartley ? How about getting David McGoldrick?
Not a great game to watch yesterday but as a lot of you have already said - A win is a win! We won ugly. Josh looked sharp when he came on near the end. Wonder who Eddie Howe will bring in next month ? Bartley ? How about getting David McGoldrick? ducky24
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9:24pm Sun 16 Dec 12

West moors 1 says...

Why so negative guys, the boys showed some good football and lots of determination! Play-off's in sight so pat them on the back move on to the next match. Up the cherries!!
Why so negative guys, the boys showed some good football and lots of determination! Play-off's in sight so pat them on the back move on to the next match. Up the cherries!! West moors 1
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11:24am Mon 17 Dec 12

ben611 says...

would be happy with bartley and Mcgoldrick
would be happy with bartley and Mcgoldrick ben611
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