AFC Bournemouth: Francis hails performances despite dip in results

Bournemouth Echo: DEFENDER: AFC Bournemouth's Simon Francis DEFENDER: AFC Bournemouth's Simon Francis

SIMON Francis hopes that Cherries are at least making a favourable impression on their Championship peers – despite failing to win any of their past four encounters.

Despite that run, three of those games have been against the current top three – Leicester, Burnley and Derby – with narrow defeats against the former and latter being filled out by a draw against the Turf Moor outfit.

A controversial late free kick from Chris Martin sunk Cherries at Derby on Saturday and Francis admitted that a familiar frustration accompanied the camp again after a disappointing defeat, despite a solid performance.

He told the Daily Echo: “We were massively disappointed and it seems like we have been saying it a lot recently.

“Even the games where we came away with draws were games we thought we should have won.

“Against Leicester at home, we matched them, Burnley, we matched them, we were 1-0 up and should have won the game and (on Saturday) we should have taken something more from it.

“I hope that people are taking note and that teams are going away thinking that we are a quality side.

“It’s our first season in the Championship and we’re not going to be pushing for top-two just yet. It’s not going to be like that, we’ve got to take it slow, but there’s no doubt that the squad we’ve got now can compete.”

Next up for Francis and his teammates is Doncaster at Dean Court on Saturday, a side six points below Cherries who are desperately fighting against slipping into the relegation mire.

Francis, 29, is hoping for improved accuracy in front of goal this time round after Matt Ritchie, Tokelo Rantie and Lewis Grabban all went desperately close against Derby without finding the net.

Cherries have managed just three goals in their last four Championship fixtures and Francis admitted he would like to see that figure improve.

He said: “If we keep creating chances like we are then the goals will come.

“We’ve had spells where we were scoring fluently and we’ve had dry spells where we can’t seem to get it in the back of the net, but that’s football, it’s swings and roundabouts, things change.

“Luck doesn’t seem to be going our way at the moment, but hopefully that will turn round.”

  • Cherries midfielder Josh Wakefield has rejoined Conference club Welling United on a month-long loan.

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9:14am Wed 26 Feb 14

redster says...

Spot on Simon good honest comment!
You and the team are without doubt are playing at the level required, I am sure the goals will come soon.One of our opposition are Going to get a good trouncing soon.
Let's make it Saturday
UTC,s
Spot on Simon good honest comment! You and the team are without doubt are playing at the level required, I am sure the goals will come soon.One of our opposition are Going to get a good trouncing soon. Let's make it Saturday UTC,s redster
  • Score: 6

9:35am Wed 26 Feb 14

susi.m says...

Very few issues with defence its the strike force that is weak.
Very few issues with defence its the strike force that is weak. susi.m
  • Score: 1

9:56am Wed 26 Feb 14

devon fan says...

it is true what you say Simon, but sadly it is not just about looking good, its results that count, there is a lot of comment by players regarding what they need to do to put it right, it would be a good time to stop talking and do it
it is true what you say Simon, but sadly it is not just about looking good, its results that count, there is a lot of comment by players regarding what they need to do to put it right, it would be a good time to stop talking and do it devon fan
  • Score: 1

10:10am Wed 26 Feb 14

swanagecherrie says...

Very true comments Simon, the next seven games will be the proof of how good we are. We are over the hill of playing the top teams for a while and have teams to play that are around us. If our strikers can start finding the back of the net we will pick up enough points from these games to stay up and would have had a great first season.
Very true comments Simon, the next seven games will be the proof of how good we are. We are over the hill of playing the top teams for a while and have teams to play that are around us. If our strikers can start finding the back of the net we will pick up enough points from these games to stay up and would have had a great first season. swanagecherrie
  • Score: 5

10:43am Wed 26 Feb 14

eaststandman says...

In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !!

Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away......
In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !! Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away...... eaststandman
  • Score: 3

11:27am Wed 26 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

eaststandman wrote:
In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !! Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away......
Eastandman I like your logic!!
Did you by any chance get a calculator for Xmas??
[quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !! Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away......[/p][/quote]Eastandman I like your logic!! Did you by any chance get a calculator for Xmas?? TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

12:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
eaststandman wrote:
In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !! Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away......
Eastandman I like your logic!!
Did you by any chance get a calculator for Xmas??
Also can you tell us just how many of those 60 attempts our 2.5 million pound player contributed , to those stats ..
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !! Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away......[/p][/quote]Eastandman I like your logic!! Did you by any chance get a calculator for Xmas??[/p][/quote]Also can you tell us just how many of those 60 attempts our 2.5 million pound player contributed , to those stats .. Nat1234
  • Score: -11

2:42pm Wed 26 Feb 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Nat1234 wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
eaststandman wrote: In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !! Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away......
Eastandman I like your logic!! Did you by any chance get a calculator for Xmas??
Also can you tell us just how many of those 60 attempts our 2.5 million pound player contributed , to those stats ..
Ouch, get the calculator out again Eaststandman!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eaststandman[/bold] wrote: In the last 4 matches we've had 60+ 'attempts' at goal. But only scored 3 times. We have 14 matches left, that's at least 12 more goals to cheer !! Am sure we can do better, after all, we've played all the top teams away......[/p][/quote]Eastandman I like your logic!! Did you by any chance get a calculator for Xmas??[/p][/quote]Also can you tell us just how many of those 60 attempts our 2.5 million pound player contributed , to those stats ..[/p][/quote]Ouch, get the calculator out again Eaststandman!!! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: -1

4:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

eaststandman says...

In the last 4 games his one goal has cost us £416,664. Lol....

Do we have any nippers in the development squad that could give us a better return ?
In the last 4 games his one goal has cost us £416,664. Lol.... Do we have any nippers in the development squad that could give us a better return ? eaststandman
  • Score: 0

4:02pm Wed 26 Feb 14

eaststandman says...

Oh, i forgot his wages !! Lol
Oh, i forgot his wages !! Lol eaststandman
  • Score: -1

4:52pm Wed 26 Feb 14

golfer33 says...

2 of the comments are still having a dig a TK, makes you wonder what sort of fans we have at our club. Glory seekers maybe. It get quite boring after a while.
2 of the comments are still having a dig a TK, makes you wonder what sort of fans we have at our club. Glory seekers maybe. It get quite boring after a while. golfer33
  • Score: 3

4:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Square Old Codger says...

Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him.
Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 6

4:55pm Wed 26 Feb 14

bobsworthforever says...

Well Simon agree with most of what you say except us matching Leicester City it was one of the biggest 1-0 wins in the history of the game as for the criticism on here of Rantie bit one sided not much help from the midfield recently
Well Simon agree with most of what you say except us matching Leicester City it was one of the biggest 1-0 wins in the history of the game as for the criticism on here of Rantie bit one sided not much help from the midfield recently bobsworthforever
  • Score: 1

5:33pm Wed 26 Feb 14

afcbtintin says...

golfer33 wrote:
2 of the comments are still having a dig a TK, makes you wonder what sort of fans we have at our club. Glory seekers maybe. It get quite boring after a while.
They forget the number of assists,he would have had if the chances that he created had been converted !
[quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: 2 of the comments are still having a dig a TK, makes you wonder what sort of fans we have at our club. Glory seekers maybe. It get quite boring after a while.[/p][/quote]They forget the number of assists,he would have had if the chances that he created had been converted ! afcbtintin
  • Score: 2

6:38pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Nat1234 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him.
I agree he is learning , so surely it would be better to learn his trade in the reserves . We have signed a player that has proved himself at this level , but Eddie insists on stating with a player who like you've said is coming to terms with English football . So please could you explain this with your wise words of wisdom ..
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him.[/p][/quote]I agree he is learning , so surely it would be better to learn his trade in the reserves . We have signed a player that has proved himself at this level , but Eddie insists on stating with a player who like you've said is coming to terms with English football . So please could you explain this with your wise words of wisdom .. Nat1234
  • Score: -2

10:42am Thu 27 Feb 14

eaststandman says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him.
Was he not doing that in Sweden too ?
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him.[/p][/quote]Was he not doing that in Sweden too ? eaststandman
  • Score: 0

11:11am Thu 27 Feb 14

Square Old Codger says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote: Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him.
I agree he is learning , so surely it would be better to learn his trade in the reserves . We have signed a player that has proved himself at this level , but Eddie insists on stating with a player who like you've said is coming to terms with English football . So please could you explain this with your wise words of wisdom ..
We don't of course have a Reserve Team these days, Eddie has largely used him as an impact player , not starting him, he will certainly be learning more by playing for the first team and getting used to the very different playing conditions and style of play here in the UK. The heavy grounds this Season so far wont of helped either, I suspect that we will see him able to take far more advantage of his pace and agility when the pitches are firmer. This is a young man with a very real talent and will and is progressing and improving. I am content not to second guess Eddie and Jason, they do a very detailed analysis of all our opponents and their tactics and team selection is based upon that, if they feel pace will deliver more than a strong physical presence , that's their call. One of Eddie's great strengths is player development and that is the key to the Club's strategic plan and it's future, find young players of talent and ability and improve them, add to that young players coming through our Youth Programme is the only way a small Club like us can compete with the big players - who have huge budgets and massive incomes, particularly the ex Premiership Clubs with their "parachute" payments. The Club has come so far , so quickly, last July, the Club was insolvent, some £10m in the red, a very strict wages limit, no money for players, a large and unwieldy squad, a third of whom were on good contracts and high wages, but not good enough to play in the Championship and losing £3m + a year and with our benefactors not prepared to part with any more monies without total control. Mr Mitchell held out for the best deal he could get until the very end, so the additions to the Squad were "freebies"' and not the squad that Eddie might have planned. Now the Club's financial structure is strong, capital has been introduced, much debt paid off, debt reduced to £3m and we have a 5 star credit rating. The whole management structure of the Club has been revised, dead wood removed, the Youth Development programme placed at the heart of the Club with a strong and good Manager running it . Pruning the squad has been largely achieved , though the wages were far too high for lower league club's to take players off our hands and it will be a matter of contracts expiring for many of them.At the same time young promising players have been brought in.The Summer should be an interesting period as Eddie builds his squad and his team. This was always going to be a "holding " season as the Club prepares for the future - be patient - the future is exciting.
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Saturday, is a "must win" game - we simply have to beat the bottom sides at home. No excuses if we fail to. Three of the teams below us are making a fight of it and are getting some decent results and whilst I have always been confident that we will have no problem in staying up, it's time for a win or two. I do not understand the handful of supporters who constantly get on Ranties back, he's a young man of great promise who is learning his game in an alien culture , far from home - a striker needs support and lives on confidence and constant "moaning" doesn't help to install that in him. Cut the lad some slack and get behind him.[/p][/quote]I agree he is learning , so surely it would be better to learn his trade in the reserves . We have signed a player that has proved himself at this level , but Eddie insists on stating with a player who like you've said is coming to terms with English football . So please could you explain this with your wise words of wisdom ..[/p][/quote]We don't of course have a Reserve Team these days, Eddie has largely used him as an impact player , not starting him, he will certainly be learning more by playing for the first team and getting used to the very different playing conditions and style of play here in the UK. The heavy grounds this Season so far wont of helped either, I suspect that we will see him able to take far more advantage of his pace and agility when the pitches are firmer. This is a young man with a very real talent and will and is progressing and improving. I am content not to second guess Eddie and Jason, they do a very detailed analysis of all our opponents and their tactics and team selection is based upon that, if they feel pace will deliver more than a strong physical presence , that's their call. One of Eddie's great strengths is player development and that is the key to the Club's strategic plan and it's future, find young players of talent and ability and improve them, add to that young players coming through our Youth Programme is the only way a small Club like us can compete with the big players - who have huge budgets and massive incomes, particularly the ex Premiership Clubs with their "parachute" payments. The Club has come so far , so quickly, last July, the Club was insolvent, some £10m in the red, a very strict wages limit, no money for players, a large and unwieldy squad, a third of whom were on good contracts and high wages, but not good enough to play in the Championship and losing £3m + a year and with our benefactors not prepared to part with any more monies without total control. Mr Mitchell held out for the best deal he could get until the very end, so the additions to the Squad were "freebies"' and not the squad that Eddie might have planned. Now the Club's financial structure is strong, capital has been introduced, much debt paid off, debt reduced to £3m and we have a 5 star credit rating. The whole management structure of the Club has been revised, dead wood removed, the Youth Development programme placed at the heart of the Club with a strong and good Manager running it . Pruning the squad has been largely achieved , though the wages were far too high for lower league club's to take players off our hands and it will be a matter of contracts expiring for many of them.At the same time young promising players have been brought in.The Summer should be an interesting period as Eddie builds his squad and his team. This was always going to be a "holding " season as the Club prepares for the future - be patient - the future is exciting. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 2

1:02pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ASM says...

Doncaster will be a very hard game. They have some quality players (seasoned prem' players) in their team and will be fighting for their lives
Doncaster will be a very hard game. They have some quality players (seasoned prem' players) in their team and will be fighting for their lives ASM
  • Score: 1

3:15pm Thu 27 Feb 14

a real supporter says...

afcbtintin wrote:
golfer33 wrote: 2 of the comments are still having a dig a TK, makes you wonder what sort of fans we have at our club. Glory seekers maybe. It get quite boring after a while.
They forget the number of assists,he would have had if the chances that he created had been converted !
You said exactly the same thing about assist the other day so you don't mind being boring yourself! In my opinion strikers are there to score, I cannot remember strikers being valued on how many assist they have over a match/season. The reason why, is that strikers are normally single minded/greedy and are always looking to score not to provide assist. Have you given any consideration to all the missed chances Rantie has had and the number of assist he has received and not converted making other players stats not so good ? By the way, not a glory seeker just a realist who wants to see chances converted and the league position secured. After all, 1 win and only 7 goals in 8 league games so far this year is really not very good.
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]golfer33[/bold] wrote: 2 of the comments are still having a dig a TK, makes you wonder what sort of fans we have at our club. Glory seekers maybe. It get quite boring after a while.[/p][/quote]They forget the number of assists,he would have had if the chances that he created had been converted ![/p][/quote]You said exactly the same thing about assist the other day so you don't mind being boring yourself! In my opinion strikers are there to score, I cannot remember strikers being valued on how many assist they have over a match/season. The reason why, is that strikers are normally single minded/greedy and are always looking to score not to provide assist. Have you given any consideration to all the missed chances Rantie has had and the number of assist he has received and not converted making other players stats not so good ? By the way, not a glory seeker just a realist who wants to see chances converted and the league position secured. After all, 1 win and only 7 goals in 8 league games so far this year is really not very good. a real supporter
  • Score: 2

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