Cherries: James happy to be disappointed with draw

DAVID James was adamant the feeling of disappointment following Cherries’ clash with League One rivals Swindon had spoken volumes about the progress being made under Eddie Howe.

Goalkeeper James admitted the 1-1 draw had “felt like a defeat” after Robins striker Andy Williams had netted a dramatic late equaliser to earn the visitors a share of the spoils at Dean Court.

Williams profited from some ponderous defending from Cherries, his 85th-minute leveller the first goal conceded in open play by former England stopper James in more than nine hours.

James, Wes Fogden, Eunan O’Kane and Steve Cook were all involved as a series of errors contributed to Cherries letting slip victory after Harry Arter’s sublime strike had given them a first-half lead.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, James said: “The equaliser was scrappy. My initial free-kick was headed back and I came out to block the advancing player. The ball ricocheted off one of our players and landed at their guy’s feet. The only time the ball bounced was when his shot went over Cookie’s leg. It was one of those things.

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“It felt like a defeat. Having said that, they missed a chance in the first half which I think will probably be on Soccer AM’s ‘Taxi’. It wasn’t a one-sided game and they had their chances. I thought we played extremely well in very bad conditions and tried to play our natural passing game. Swindon played a long-ball game which suited them in the conditions and gave our defence a lot to deal with.

“Swindon are a very good side and, defensively, have the best record in the division. We created a lot of chances and their goalkeeper made two crucial saves in the second half. Had they scored first and we had come back, we probably would have been happier.

“When we review the game, it will be positive because there was a lot of good stuff in there. The manager said that if we finish above Swindon, we will get promotion. I know it will sound a bit paradoxical, but it is nice not being happy after drawing a game like that. It is testament to where we are though.

“We outplayed them and carved them open at times. You can’t guarantee a result but you can affect a performance. If we continue to perform like we did against Swindon then we will win more games.

“There was a shared disappointment from the result but there is a shared belief in the dressing room that we will do well. The spirit and camaraderie has been top-drawer all the time I have been here. We have just got to continue doing what we are doing.”

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8:20am Mon 14 Jan 13

Chish and Fips says...

"Swindon played a long-ball game which suited them in the conditions and gave our defence a lot to deal with."

DOH !!! we played the long ball game to suit the conditions, tippy tappy football doesn't work in puddles ankle deep.
"Swindon played a long-ball game which suited them in the conditions and gave our defence a lot to deal with." DOH !!! we played the long ball game to suit the conditions, tippy tappy football doesn't work in puddles ankle deep. Chish and Fips

8:42am Mon 14 Jan 13

pokesdown1 says...

I know we were leading but this game should have been abandoned.

Viewing the game footage it was farcical beyond belief.

Depending on your seat it didnt look that bad during the game.
I know we were leading but this game should have been abandoned. Viewing the game footage it was farcical beyond belief. Depending on your seat it didnt look that bad during the game. pokesdown1

9:27am Mon 14 Jan 13

Davidsyrett says...

Agreed Pokesdown, Wasn't until I saw the highlights I realised how bad it actually was. What also amazed me was at half time the ref only checked an area around the half way line, rather than down in the far corner where all the main problems seem to be,
Thought the draw was a fair result, both teams tried to play football, I hope both of us get promoted, maybe then we can wipe the smug smiles of those saints fans when they join us in the championship!
Agreed Pokesdown, Wasn't until I saw the highlights I realised how bad it actually was. What also amazed me was at half time the ref only checked an area around the half way line, rather than down in the far corner where all the main problems seem to be, Thought the draw was a fair result, both teams tried to play football, I hope both of us get promoted, maybe then we can wipe the smug smiles of those saints fans when they join us in the championship! Davidsyrett

9:30am Mon 14 Jan 13

scooby69 says...

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 ‘’.
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 ‘’. scooby69

10:40am Mon 14 Jan 13

Local fan says...

Swindon played really well, yet we played even better. We should have won but the conditions made it a lottery. David James was excellent, as always, so cool and intelligent. He inspires the team with his skill and experience and is a real crowd pleaser. I like Shwan but prefer James and hope James plays tomorrow night...its going to be a massive game!
Swindon played really well, yet we played even better. We should have won but the conditions made it a lottery. David James was excellent, as always, so cool and intelligent. He inspires the team with his skill and experience and is a real crowd pleaser. I like Shwan but prefer James and hope James plays tomorrow night...its going to be a massive game! Local fan

11:31am Mon 14 Jan 13

smhinto says...

We have done well under Eddie. there is little to complain about. But however. due to us dropping two points on Saturday and with Tranmere an Doncaster both winning. I now feel that automatic promotion is now beyond us.
.
Anybody agree ??
.
To Mr Oxbig
.
You say I was wrong again, I was not too far wrong as Swindon only equalised in the latter stages, Not too far off from being right.
.
Regards
We have done well under Eddie. there is little to complain about. But however. due to us dropping two points on Saturday and with Tranmere an Doncaster both winning. I now feel that automatic promotion is now beyond us. . Anybody agree ?? . To Mr Oxbig . You say I was wrong again, I was not too far wrong as Swindon only equalised in the latter stages, Not too far off from being right. . Regards smhinto

11:42am Mon 14 Jan 13

raybren says...

It might seem harsh as David James
played so well but even at his age
improvement can be made.I refer to his
kicking.Watching him over the weeks he
doesn't seem to get his foot through the
ball,vital for a keeper.Is it just me?
It might seem harsh as David James played so well but even at his age improvement can be made.I refer to his kicking.Watching him over the weeks he doesn't seem to get his foot through the ball,vital for a keeper.Is it just me? raybren

11:43am Mon 14 Jan 13

smhinto says...

We have done well under Eddie. there is little to complain about. But however. due to us dropping two points on Saturday and with Tranmere an Doncaster both winning. I now feel that automatic promotion is now beyond us.
.
Anybody agree ??
.
To Mr Oxbig
.
You say I was wrong again, I was not too far wrong as Swindon only equalised in the latter stages, Not too far off from being right.
.
Regards
We have done well under Eddie. there is little to complain about. But however. due to us dropping two points on Saturday and with Tranmere an Doncaster both winning. I now feel that automatic promotion is now beyond us. . Anybody agree ?? . To Mr Oxbig . You say I was wrong again, I was not too far wrong as Swindon only equalised in the latter stages, Not too far off from being right. . Regards smhinto

11:56am Mon 14 Jan 13

pokesdown1 says...

I saw James for Watford,New Years I think it was,88/89 ish.He was 19 and oozed talent.

A yankee marching band did the honours half time and pre game down the shops in Watford.

He`s worth a goal a game to us.Brilliant signing.
I saw James for Watford,New Years I think it was,88/89 ish.He was 19 and oozed talent. A yankee marching band did the honours half time and pre game down the shops in Watford. He`s worth a goal a game to us[gulp].Brilliant signing. pokesdown1

1:19pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Justin Otherfan says...

smhinto wrote:
We have done well under Eddie. there is little to complain about. But however. due to us dropping two points on Saturday and with Tranmere an Doncaster both winning. I now feel that automatic promotion is now beyond us.
.
Anybody agree ??
.
To Mr Oxbig
.
You say I was wrong again, I was not too far wrong as Swindon only equalised in the latter stages, Not too far off from being right.
.
Regards
I do not think automatic promotion is out of the question. Since the change of management we have dropped the gap to 10 points and climbed to within goal difference of the play offs. If you look at the time left this season, continuing to close the gap at the rate we have been, we could finish as champions. I realise this would be a "big ask" and is very unlikely, but it is clearly not impossible.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: We have done well under Eddie. there is little to complain about. But however. due to us dropping two points on Saturday and with Tranmere an Doncaster both winning. I now feel that automatic promotion is now beyond us. . Anybody agree ?? . To Mr Oxbig . You say I was wrong again, I was not too far wrong as Swindon only equalised in the latter stages, Not too far off from being right. . Regards[/p][/quote]I do not think automatic promotion is out of the question. Since the change of management we have dropped the gap to 10 points and climbed to within goal difference of the play offs. If you look at the time left this season, continuing to close the gap at the rate we have been, we could finish as champions. I realise this would be a "big ask" and is very unlikely, but it is clearly not impossible. Justin Otherfan

1:33pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Barnet_Red says...

pokesdown1 wrote:
I saw James for Watford,New Years I think it was,88/89 ish.He was 19 and oozed talent.

A yankee marching band did the honours half time and pre game down the shops in Watford.

He`s worth a goal a game to us.Brilliant signing.
He's certainly been worth a goal a game for STFC this season!

Great game on Saturday and good luck for the rest of the season unless we meet in the play offs of course.
[quote][p][bold]pokesdown1[/bold] wrote: I saw James for Watford,New Years I think it was,88/89 ish.He was 19 and oozed talent. A yankee marching band did the honours half time and pre game down the shops in Watford. He`s worth a goal a game to us[gulp].Brilliant signing.[/p][/quote]He's certainly been worth a goal a game for STFC this season! Great game on Saturday and good luck for the rest of the season unless we meet in the play offs of course. Barnet_Red

3:12pm Mon 14 Jan 13

Cherryfan says...

James had an excellent game on Saturday making a number of crucial saves. He would have been MoM for me was it not for that unfortunate incident that led to the equaliser. He should not be lambasted for that one slip, if our forward line had been more clinical we would be apportioning any blame in James's direction.
James had an excellent game on Saturday making a number of crucial saves. He would have been MoM for me was it not for that unfortunate incident that led to the equaliser. He should not be lambasted for that one slip, if our forward line had been more clinical we would be apportioning any blame in James's direction. Cherryfan

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