Cherries: Arter rues poor conditions

OPENER: Harry Arter celebrates his goal on Saturday

OPENER: Harry Arter celebrates his goal on Saturday

First published in Sport

GOAL hero Harry Arter felt the elements may have conspired against Cherries during Saturday’s rain-affected 1-1 draw with Swindon.

Arter fired Cherries ahead with a sumptuous strike after 26 minutes, his fifth goal of the season, before Andy Williams bagged a late equaliser for the Robins.

Heavy downpours towards the end of the first half put the clash in doubt, although referee Phil Gibbs gave the green light for it to continue after groundstaff had worked on the pitch during the half-time interval.

Arter said: “It was disappointing to only get a point. We were the better team in the first half and I thought the conditions played a massive part in the second. They suited them a lot more than they did us. They came here to have a battle and the pitch and conditions definitely helped them.

“We tried to get the ball down and play but it was difficult to do that in the second half. If the conditions had been better, I am sure we would have got the three points. The rain slowed down the ball and it was difficult to get into a rhythm.

“Swindon are a good side and they played to their strengths. I don’t want to be disrespectful and say they are a long-ball team because they are not. They have some really good individuals but I thought it suited them a lot more than it did us.

“There were times when I thought the referee was going to call it off. Their players, especially at 1-0 down, were trying to get in his ear. They wanted it off because they were losing. There were puddles on the pitch and it was difficult to play. But, fair play to the ref, he stayed strong and we got the game finished.”

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9:38am Mon 14 Jan 13

scooby69 says...

Talking from a neutral point of view (having lived in both Swindon and Bournemouth), I am pleased to see both clubs fighting at the top end of the table. Both clubs have been though the mill when it comes to financial problems over the years and both have been relegated to league 2 and won back promotion to league 1. So for either club to be going for promotion to the championship is something not to be sniffed at.

If Bournemouth were to go up, I do think a bigger capacity stadium would be needed (and a fourth stand) because 9000 attendance in the championship would be by far one of the lowest attendances, based on statics from the last season. Swindon’s maximum attendance is 14000, this is also a low figure, particularly when top clubs in the championship are achieving 25000 to 30000.

Back in September when the two teams played I have to say Bournemouth were clueless, hence why Paul Groves was replaced a few games later. Step in Eddie Howe to turn around Bournemouth’s season, 18 matches unbeaten is a fantastic run. Paolo Di Canio has had the same effect at Swindon that Eddie has had at Bournemouth.

So to yesterday’s game, two very in form teams, to me it had a draw written all over it (an unstoppable force meets an immoveable object). Both teams gifted each other the goals, Swindon by mucking about and not clearing their lines, Bournemouth from a goalkeeping error. Both goals were well taken by Arter and Williams, and as for the rain it was awful, in my view the game should have been moved to the Sunday, as the weather was dry and sunny on the south coast. But as the old saying goes “what’s done is done ‘’.

I enjoyed the game, it was a great atmosphere. Should both teams meet in the playoffs then, arrhh no thanks ....... I would rather they both go up automatically .Good luck to both teams for the rest of the season. We will know the result come May?
Talking from a neutral point of view (having lived in both Swindon and Bournemouth), I am pleased to see both clubs fighting at the top end of the table. Both clubs have been though the mill when it comes to financial problems over the years and both have been relegated to league 2 and won back promotion to league 1. So for either club to be going for promotion to the championship is something not to be sniffed at. If Bournemouth were to go up, I do think a bigger capacity stadium would be needed (and a fourth stand) because 9000 attendance in the championship would be by far one of the lowest attendances, based on statics from the last season. Swindon’s maximum attendance is 14000, this is also a low figure, particularly when top clubs in the championship are achieving 25000 to 30000. Back in September when the two teams played I have to say Bournemouth were clueless, hence why Paul Groves was replaced a few games later. Step in Eddie Howe to turn around Bournemouth’s season, 18 matches unbeaten is a fantastic run. Paolo Di Canio has had the same effect at Swindon that Eddie has had at Bournemouth. So to yesterday’s game, two very in form teams, to me it had a draw written all over it (an unstoppable force meets an immoveable object). Both teams gifted each other the goals, Swindon by mucking about and not clearing their lines, Bournemouth from a goalkeeping error. Both goals were well taken by Arter and Williams, and as for the rain it was awful, in my view the game should have been moved to the Sunday, as the weather was dry and sunny on the south coast. But as the old saying goes “what’s done is done ‘’. I enjoyed the game, it was a great atmosphere. Should both teams meet in the playoffs then, arrhh no thanks ....... I would rather they both go up automatically .Good luck to both teams for the rest of the season. We will know the result come May? scooby69
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