AFC Bournemouth: We need to be ruthless in both boxes says Francis

EQUALISER: Simon Francis

EQUALISER: Simon Francis

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

SIMON Francis bagged his first goal of the season and then admitted Cherries’ defensive unit needed to be more ruthless – in both boxes.

Francis proved an unlikely hero when he headed home an equaliser to earn Eddie Howe’s men a 2-2 draw against Championship rivals Bolton on Saturday.

The 28-year-old, who was making his 65th consecutive appearance for Cherries, doubled his goal tally for the club with a stooping near-post header from Ian Harte’s corner.

Francis said: “We have some tall lads at the back and are expected to get on the end of things. We have great delivery so do need to score more from set-pieces.

“We also need to stop conceding because there have probably been too many times when we have. If we could sort that out and chip in with more goals then we would start climbing the table.”

Francis added: “When you come away from somewhere like Bolton with a 2-2 draw after being 2-0 down, I suppose you could say it was not too bad.

“But we were probably more disappointed than we were pleased because we felt we had the chances to win, especially in the second half.

“We had a good 20 to 25-minute period when they couldn’t get out of their half and I don’t remember them having any chances.

“We had a bit of a nervy spell towards the end when they had a few set-pieces but, all in all, I thought we should have won. But having gone 2-0 down, you can’t complain because it showed good character from the lads to come back.”

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10:51am Mon 10 Feb 14

gtd says...

Two strikers in he box might help........
Two strikers in he box might help........ gtd
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11:10am Mon 10 Feb 14

devon fan says...

quite agree Simon, but how many times are we going to read this article attributed to various players, the players are the only ones who can influence the game on the field it is now time to stop the talking and make your actions count
quite agree Simon, but how many times are we going to read this article attributed to various players, the players are the only ones who can influence the game on the field it is now time to stop the talking and make your actions count devon fan
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12:41pm Mon 10 Feb 14

SUFFERINGBJ says...

According to someone that I spoke to today who went to Bolton, said Cook and Elphick were dreadful first half, I thought we had signed a new defender,
and Yann Kernagan forward! It does seem Eddie dosent like to play new signings from the start of a game,Yann showed good touches when he did come on, and was unlucky not to score .The plan always seem to start Grabbon up front alone, then put two up front and Grabben drops back.
How about Grabben and Yann up front together.
Am terrified what INGES and Vokes might do to us on Saturday
According to someone that I spoke to today who went to Bolton, said Cook and Elphick were dreadful first half, I thought we had signed a new defender, and Yann Kernagan forward! It does seem Eddie dosent like to play new signings from the start of a game,Yann showed good touches when he did come on, and was unlucky not to score .The plan always seem to start Grabbon up front alone, then put two up front and Grabben drops back. How about Grabben and Yann up front together. Am terrified what INGES and Vokes might do to us on Saturday SUFFERINGBJ
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2:51pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Rotterdam says...

Perhaps you should stop using that picture of Simon Francis. It's bad enough where he's got his left hand, but the name of the No 29 doesn't help
Perhaps you should stop using that picture of Simon Francis. It's bad enough where he's got his left hand, but the name of the No 29 doesn't help Rotterdam
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3:03pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Solentcherry says...

SUFFERINGBJ wrote:
According to someone that I spoke to today who went to Bolton, said Cook and Elphick were dreadful first half, I thought we had signed a new defender,
and Yann Kernagan forward! It does seem Eddie dosent like to play new signings from the start of a game,Yann showed good touches when he did come on, and was unlucky not to score .The plan always seem to start Grabbon up front alone, then put two up front and Grabben drops back.
How about Grabben and Yann up front together.
Am terrified what INGES and Vokes might do to us on Saturday
Careful BJ, there are a lot of posters on here who don't like anyone questioning tactics or suggesting anything different.
One or two of us expressed our disappointment at AFCB not going full out for a win from the start on Saturday due to Bolton's shaky form , only to be accused of "screaming negativity".
Virtually every Echo article ,match report and interview since has contained some reference as to how we were unlucky not to win, including Bolton's own newspapers and fans forums.
I firmly believe that a win was ours to be had if we had used our new attacking options from the start and really went for it.
That' s how much I believe Eddie's improved things at the club, and yes,we are playing the best football for years, and yes I am enjoying life in the Championship, and yes we will stay up.
That's POSITIVITY !!!
[quote][p][bold]SUFFERINGBJ[/bold] wrote: According to someone that I spoke to today who went to Bolton, said Cook and Elphick were dreadful first half, I thought we had signed a new defender, and Yann Kernagan forward! It does seem Eddie dosent like to play new signings from the start of a game,Yann showed good touches when he did come on, and was unlucky not to score .The plan always seem to start Grabbon up front alone, then put two up front and Grabben drops back. How about Grabben and Yann up front together. Am terrified what INGES and Vokes might do to us on Saturday[/p][/quote]Careful BJ, there are a lot of posters on here who don't like anyone questioning tactics or suggesting anything different. One or two of us expressed our disappointment at AFCB not going full out for a win from the start on Saturday due to Bolton's shaky form , only to be accused of "screaming negativity". Virtually every Echo article ,match report and interview since has contained some reference as to how we were unlucky not to win, including Bolton's own newspapers and fans forums. I firmly believe that a win was ours to be had if we had used our new attacking options from the start and really went for it. That' s how much I believe Eddie's improved things at the club, and yes,we are playing the best football for years, and yes I am enjoying life in the Championship, and yes we will stay up. That's POSITIVITY !!! Solentcherry
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9:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

THEREDS1892 says...

Blah blah blah blah blah blah boring same problem as always! Getting fed up of reading this rubbish and watching afcb every week! We could not hit water if we fell out of a boat!
Blah blah blah blah blah blah boring same problem as always! Getting fed up of reading this rubbish and watching afcb every week! We could not hit water if we fell out of a boat! THEREDS1892
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