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AFC Bournemouth: Francis keen for revenge at Birmingham
SIMON Francis reckons the memory of December’s defeat to Birmingham will be all Cherries need to seek revenge tomorrow (3pm).
The Blues made off with a maximum haul having found the net with their only shots on target during a 2-0 win at Dean Court, despite Cherries enjoying more than two-thirds of the possession.
Eddie Howe’s side had 27 attempts at goal, nine of which were on target, yet still lost out on a frustrating afternoon which saw City pick up five bookings.
But on the back of a fine run of form in March, Francis believes Cherries can turn the tables against a Birmingham side who, with just two league wins at St Andrews this season, have the worst home record in the Football League.
“We definitely owe them one,” said Francis. “Maybe at the start of the season and even midway through, those were the kind of games where we were still getting used to things at home.
“It was frustrating. We were dominating teams and creating chances without putting them away, while the opposition had one or two chances and scored.
“But if we can play as well as we have lately, keep the ball moving and dominate possession again then, hopefully, we can put away enough of those chances to win.”
On Birmingham’s home record, Francis added: “It’s a strange statistic. They have a Premier League set up yet they’re struggling to find form at home.
“Whether that’s down to the players or pressure from the fans at home is hard to say, but if the numbers stack up we should be going there full of confidence because our away form is pretty good.”
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