Cherries: First-half clean sheet was crucial says Howe

MANAGER Eddie Howe felt a first-half shutout had been pivotal as Cherries stood firm to claim a hard-earned 3-1 victory over League One rivals Crewe yesterday.

Striker Brett Pitman took most of the plaudits as his hat-trick – including two penalties – lifted Cherries into fifth place and saw them close the gap on the leaders to seven points.

Together with Pitman’s goalscoring exploits, Howe said a solid defensive display in the first half had been key as Crewe took the game to the hosts for long periods.

Howe said: “I was really pleased because it was a difficult game for us. It was always going to be hard because we have had a lot of games and done a lot of travelling recently and Crewe had had a long time to prepare for us.

“The pitch was heavy and, physically, I thought we looked a bit leggy in the first half and didn’t have our usual spring in the step. To come in leading 1-0 was really pleasing because it would have been easy to come in 1-0 or 2-0 down on the back of that.

“Crewe played very well in the first half and caused us problems. We couldn’t read what system they were going to play as they have chopped and changed so that is always a strength. They played with their wide men very narrow and overloaded us in the middle of the pitch.

“Although we couldn’t get to grips with it in the first half, the good news was that we came in leading 1-0 and didn’t concede. I thought that was the deciding factor in the game.”

Pitman opened the scoring from the spot after Marc Pugh had been felled in the eighth minute and added a second following good work by Josh McQuoid midway through the second half.

And although substitute Ryan Colclough halved the arrears in the 75th minute, Pitman’s second penalty, following a foul on Wes Fogden, saw Cherries maintain their excellent home record.

Howe added: “The lads ground out a really good win. We were excellent in the second half and had our flow back. We were missing Charlie Daniels who is a pivotal player for us so to come out on top was hugely satisfying.

“The players found their rhythm in the second half. We were more progressive with our passing. In the first half, we were too slow, too laboured and we were taking too long on the ball. We were being negative and going back to our goalkeeper too often. That isn’t what has brought us our success here so we reminded them of a few things at half-time. The players were dead on their feet at the end and again they gave everything.”

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9:32am Sun 27 Jan 13

afcbtintin says...

Top of the "goals scored" league - its not nice to say, but we won't miss Wes T if he does go. We should spend the money on cover for Charlie.

The Saints lad was adequate but proved he is not naturally left sided.

Onwards and upwards !
Top of the "goals scored" league - its not nice to say, but we won't miss Wes T if he does go. We should spend the money on cover for Charlie. The Saints lad was adequate but proved he is not naturally left sided. Onwards and upwards ! afcbtintin
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1:11pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

Not our best performance. Of the chances that came our way, too many were wasted and 3 or 4 of these half chances were down to Bett. The goal he did score (putting the penalties aside) was pefectly teed up by my MoM Eunan, for whom he did not reurn the compliment when all Eunan needed was a pass for a slot in. Not saying that Brett was totally responsible or the profligy, but his performance wasn't as impressive as the hatrick headline may suggest.
One plus for me was that Josh came out in the 2nd half more positive, direct and willing to take risks than he normally has been since his return(presumably under instructions from E&J). I would like to see more of this from Josh as I'd like to see him back to being the threat he was before he left us for Millwall.
Not our best performance. Of the chances that came our way, too many were wasted and 3 or 4 of these half chances were down to Bett. The goal he did score (putting the penalties aside) was pefectly teed up by my MoM Eunan, for whom he did not reurn the compliment when all Eunan needed was a pass for a slot in. Not saying that Brett was totally responsible or the profligy, but his performance wasn't as impressive as the hatrick headline may suggest. One plus for me was that Josh came out in the 2nd half more positive, direct and willing to take risks than he normally has been since his return(presumably under instructions from E&J). I would like to see more of this from Josh as I'd like to see him back to being the threat he was before he left us for Millwall. Wilkie
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1:19pm Sun 27 Jan 13

abc100 says...

Think it was grabbon that only had to square it to okane, I agree that mcquoid played really well yesterday, with Ryan Fraser likely to come into the side josh needed a good game
Think it was grabbon that only had to square it to okane, I agree that mcquoid played really well yesterday, with Ryan Fraser likely to come into the side josh needed a good game abc100
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1:53pm Sun 27 Jan 13

denisjames says...

Not enough rotation for me. Arter and O'Kane were out on their feet and therefore our game lacked pace. Equally Daniel's was sorely missed as there was no overlapping on the left and how we can loan out such a good defender in Zubar I do not know. May be he is a problem within the club as I have never seen him have a bad game.
Not enough rotation for me. Arter and O'Kane were out on their feet and therefore our game lacked pace. Equally Daniel's was sorely missed as there was no overlapping on the left and how we can loan out such a good defender in Zubar I do not know. May be he is a problem within the club as I have never seen him have a bad game. denisjames
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6:15pm Sun 27 Jan 13

RED LETTER DAY says...

. . With all the back passing from AFC in the first half I was beginning to think I was watching a P Groves team. . . . You had to give credit to Crewe for that as they continued to push us back..... It was a good game for us to win.
. . With all the back passing from AFC in the first half I was beginning to think I was watching a P Groves team. . . . You had to give credit to Crewe for that as they continued to push us back..... It was a good game for us to win. RED LETTER DAY
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7:18pm Sun 27 Jan 13

The Renegade Master says...

I noticed in The Sun today that Stephane Zubar was Bury's man of the match and also made their League One team of the day. Surely this lad has a future at Dean Court?
I noticed in The Sun today that Stephane Zubar was Bury's man of the match and also made their League One team of the day. Surely this lad has a future at Dean Court? The Renegade Master
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7:53pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Wilkie says...

Stefen Zubar MoM. I did predict he would be every other game up there. Come on Eddie and Jason, surely there must be a way forward to settle your differences with him to avoid losing such a talent.

BTW abc100, quite right is was Lewis who should have squared across the 6 yard line for Eunan to tap in.
Stefen Zubar MoM. I did predict he would be every other game up there. Come on Eddie and Jason, surely there must be a way forward to settle your differences with him to avoid losing such a talent. BTW abc100, quite right is was Lewis who should have squared across the 6 yard line for Eunan to tap in. Wilkie
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10:44pm Sun 27 Jan 13

jakeysredd says...

Wilkie wrote:
Stefen Zubar MoM. I did predict he would be every other game up there. Come on Eddie and Jason, surely there must be a way forward to settle your differences with him to avoid losing such a talent.

BTW abc100, quite right is was Lewis who should have squared across the 6 yard line for Eunan to tap in.
Cant understand loaning Zubar out to Bury hes seems to be a better player than Seabourne who weve borrowed , seemed like a fish out of water at times, Guess Zubar will be m.o.m in a poor team, but rather he was part of ours still,
[quote][p][bold]Wilkie[/bold] wrote: Stefen Zubar MoM. I did predict he would be every other game up there. Come on Eddie and Jason, surely there must be a way forward to settle your differences with him to avoid losing such a talent. BTW abc100, quite right is was Lewis who should have squared across the 6 yard line for Eunan to tap in.[/p][/quote]Cant understand loaning Zubar out to Bury hes seems to be a better player than Seabourne who weve borrowed , seemed like a fish out of water at times, Guess Zubar will be m.o.m in a poor team, but rather he was part of ours still, jakeysredd
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10:10am Mon 28 Jan 13

let football be the winner says...

good solid win however Pitbull did miss a hatrick of good chances, that should not be looked over, Grabbans open goal into the side netting then greed in final couple of minutes when he should hae squared to O'Kane should also not be over looked. all the teams in promotion contention all have better GD to us and these misses could be crucial in the long run.
good solid win however Pitbull did miss a hatrick of good chances, that should not be looked over, Grabbans open goal into the side netting then greed in final couple of minutes when he should hae squared to O'Kane should also not be over looked. all the teams in promotion contention all have better GD to us and these misses could be crucial in the long run. let football be the winner
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