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WING RAIDER: Marc Pugh scored Cherries' first equaliser yesterday

WING RAIDER: Marc Pugh scored Cherries' first equaliser yesterday

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IT was a piping hot day at the Deva Stadium in Chester five years ago to the day. You might remember it.

The 2-0 win on the road went quite a long way to Cherries securing Football League survival in the face of a 17-point deduction that year.

This defeat could go quite a long way towards Cherries missing out on the Championship play-offs. But they are there and there is hope. Cherries fans would have taken ‘hope’ five years ago.

The scoreline here did not tell the story of a game that Cherries were more than in. They were forced to come from behind twice, but it was a match that, on reflection, Eddie Howe will feel his side should have won.

They certainly had chances to win it. The gods of fortune were also shining when Wednesday’s Sam Hutchinson was harshly sent off in the second half.

If Cherries were guilty of one thing, it was trying to win this game. Howe urged numbers forward following Hutchinson’s dismissal and after Leon Best had been introduced by Stuart Gray, Cherries’ commitment to trying to claim all three points cost them.

The opening was measured by Cherries’ recent standards. No early goal this time.

Yann Kermorgant and Lewis Grabban linked well early on. Eunan O’Kane ran hard, hustling.

It was Kieran Lee who carved the first meaningful chance, though. Cherries failed to adequately to clear their lines, Simon Francis’s header looped into the path of Lee whose shot from around 20 yards flashed past the post.

At the other end, Matt Ritchie curled a shot directly at Chris Kirkland. Moments later, The Wednesday keeper saved wonderfully from Grabban, pushing the Cherries striker’s angled right-foot shot around the post. Kermorgant had played in Grabban with precision. It is a partnership blossoming at pace.

Just after a quarter-of-an-hour, though, the Owls were in front.

Steve Cook dawdled on the ball out on the left and, under pressure, sprayed a stray pass back across goal which was picked up by Atdhe Nuhiu who drilled with class past Lee Camp from around 20 yards. It was a wonderful finish, but Cook would have been mortified by his part in the goal.

Wednesday piled on the pressure, but Cherries defended resolutely. Cook, though, almost blotted his copybook for a second time when his weak pass back to Camp was nearly picked up by Lee.

Having weathered the storm, Cherries were level just after the half-hour mark. Kermorgant played in Grabban down the right and his cross was met inside the six-yard box by Pugh who headed into the roof of the net. It was his first goal for almost six months.

It did not last long. Less than three minutes later, Wednesday were back in front when Michail Antonio’s long throw received a glancing flick-on from Andrew Surman and Hutchinson nodded in at the far post.

The Wednesday supporters who had braved the M1 on a Bank Holiday weekend had been rewarded, as they have been for most of Stuart Gray’s embryonic reign.

The game sprung into life. Kirkland saved well from Grabban on 35 minutes, while Lee fired wide from 30 yards having dispos-sessed Kermorgant in midfield.

As half-time loomed closer, Grabban missed the target from a tight angle having met Ian Harte’s free kick at the far post.

Kermorgant was again at the centre of the action when he flicked on beautifully to send Sur-man bombing towards the penalty area. The Norwich loanee took a touch and shot, but Kirkland saved. It was a great chance.

Cherries gained an element of control after the break and levelled for a second time just before the hour.

Harte’s corner from the left was thumped past Kirkland by the head of Kermorgant. 2-2. Game on. Play-offs on.

Moments later, Ritchie skewed a shot narrowly wide. The crowd were roused. Reading were losing at Wigan. Brighton were behind at Huddersfield.

Wednesday goalscorer Hutchinson was then sent off on 63 minutes for a second yellow card. His foul on Kermorgant that drew the second caution was clumsy at worst. It was a harsh call from referee Tim Robinson but everything was going Cherries’ way.

The sending-off gave Howe further incentive to push his men on, as if they needed it.

Substitute Ryan Fraser added real bite to Cherries going forward. His appeals for a penalty on 70 minutes, though, were waved away.

It was complete dominance from the home side, making the extra man count. Grabban again went close but his shot across Kirkland flew wide.

A stunning 25-yard free kick from Kermorgant had Kirkland scrambling, but the post saved the visitors. Pugh then sliced his 78th-minute shot wide after being teed up by Kermorgant.

Late on at the John Smiths Stadium in Yorkshire, Brighton levelled, leaving Cherries two points behind the final play-off spot as they were when the day begun.

It became three points on 86 minutes. Antonio burst clear and somehow managed to hit the bar from inside the penalty area when it was easier to score. Substitute Best, though, did not make the same mistake and drilled home the loose ball low and hard to Camp’s left.

In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Chris Maguire added a fourth for Wednesday. Best, who made a huge difference for the visitors, broke with Cherries advanced as they sought a third equaliser.

The former Southampton player crossed superbly, leaving Maguire with the simple task of slotting in from close range.

Dream alive, yes, but only just.

MATCH FACTS

Cherries: Camp 7; Francis 7, Elphick 8, Cook 6, Harte 7 (Smith, 70); Ritchie 7.5 (Fraser, 62), O'Kane 7.5, Surman 7, Pugh 7.5 (Pitman, 79); Grabban 8, Kermorgant 9*.

Unused subs: Rantie, Ward, MacDonald, Allsop (g/k).

Booked: Surman, Elphick.

Owls: Kirkland; Buxton (Palmer, 52), Llera, Onyewu, Mattock; Maguire, Hutchinson, Lee, Helan (Coke, 66); Nuhiu (Best, 73), Antonio.

Unused subs: Afobe, Lavery, Taylor, Martinez (g/k).

Booked: Hutchinson, Maguire.

Sent off: Hutchinson

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

Attendance: 10,864 (1,379 away supporters).

STAR MAN: YANN KERMORGANT

WHAT a difference Kermorgant has made to this Cherries side.

Even if, ultimately, Cherries’ dreams of the Championship play-offs is over, the fact Eddie Howe’s side even has that dream to dream is down to the Frenchman in many respects.

He has scored goals, another here yesterday, and his partnership with Lewis Grabban looks like one that will only get better.

Unlucky not to find the net with a stunning free kick, Kermorgant made himself a nuisance and was almost flawless in the air.

His role will be a key one next season – whatever league Cherries find themselves in.

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11:34am Sat 19 Apr 14

bobsworthforever says...

Eddies done fantastic with his signings but we dont have any cover for Grabban or Kermorgant first priority for next season unless we adapt one of our existing squad to play up front difficult. Difficult taking Harte off hes so good from set pieces yet another goal from a Harte corner but overall a bit unlucky yesterday but lets not give up we can still do it
Eddies done fantastic with his signings but we dont have any cover for Grabban or Kermorgant first priority for next season unless we adapt one of our existing squad to play up front difficult. Difficult taking Harte off hes so good from set pieces yet another goal from a Harte corner but overall a bit unlucky yesterday but lets not give up we can still do it bobsworthforever
  • Score: 2

3:50pm Sat 19 Apr 14

your having a laugh111 says...

I went to the Deva 5 years ago. Not sure we had this many supporters back then. I wonder where we would have been now if he had not of won that match 2 0. Such an impressive season.
I went to the Deva 5 years ago. Not sure we had this many supporters back then. I wonder where we would have been now if he had not of won that match 2 0. Such an impressive season. your having a laugh111
  • Score: 2

5:18pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Sergeant Blast says...

Considering today's results, a point against Wednesday wouldn't seem so bad now. However a win on monday and the dream comes alive again. Just to take it to the last game would be a fantastic achievement. UTC!
Considering today's results, a point against Wednesday wouldn't seem so bad now. However a win on monday and the dream comes alive again. Just to take it to the last game would be a fantastic achievement. UTC! Sergeant Blast
  • Score: 2

5:25pm Sat 19 Apr 14

raybren says...

Agree on Kermit , but Fraser added real bite ? I must have been watching a different game ! I like Ryan but if Ritchie wasn ' t injured he should have stayed on , for his goal threat . Anyway Ipswich lost and Forest won so still an interesting end to the season . Ward and Arter for Cook and O ' Kane at Portman Road .
Agree on Kermit , but Fraser added real bite ? I must have been watching a different game ! I like Ryan but if Ritchie wasn ' t injured he should have stayed on , for his goal threat . Anyway Ipswich lost and Forest won so still an interesting end to the season . Ward and Arter for Cook and O ' Kane at Portman Road . raybren
  • Score: 2

11:14pm Sat 19 Apr 14

St Albans Cherry says...

A very strange start I thought. We looked slow and appeared in some strange sleep walk. We were never close to winning the game so like the match against Charlton. That of course made for a very frustrating day and we did not give of our very best and that is very unusual? We are full of admiration and don't expect off days to often at Dean Court. Not the best performance from us. OK I know that's not exactly objective I was there and this is clearly very subjective thinking but are we tired, too eager to please? Do we need to shake up the established players, is it necessary with the season's end so close? Then again it's a funny old game and I feel we could be smoking again against Ipswich, so let's all get behind the boys. Up the Cherries you have put a smile on so many faces this season. Thank you. PS can we go and buy Harry Kane for next season? LOL!
A very strange start I thought. We looked slow and appeared in some strange sleep walk. We were never close to winning the game so like the match against Charlton. That of course made for a very frustrating day and we did not give of our very best and that is very unusual? We are full of admiration and don't expect off days to often at Dean Court. Not the best performance from us. OK I know that's not exactly objective I was there and this is clearly very subjective thinking but are we tired, too eager to please? Do we need to shake up the established players, is it necessary with the season's end so close? Then again it's a funny old game and I feel we could be smoking again against Ipswich, so let's all get behind the boys. Up the Cherries you have put a smile on so many faces this season. Thank you. PS can we go and buy Harry Kane for next season? LOL! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

8:29am Sun 20 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

Game on agaiin ,beat Ipswich and we are rite in the frame again . I think Fraser should start in place of Pugh ... IS ARTER AVAILABLE TMW ? if he is replace okane . And perhaps ward for Cooke , not sure about that tho . To me I thought Cooke looked like he was suffering from some nerves .. I think we should just really get at Ipswich , like we did against reading . Just throw everything at them . We've got nothing to lose .
Game on agaiin ,beat Ipswich and we are rite in the frame again . I think Fraser should start in place of Pugh ... IS ARTER AVAILABLE TMW ? if he is replace okane . And perhaps ward for Cooke , not sure about that tho . To me I thought Cooke looked like he was suffering from some nerves .. I think we should just really get at Ipswich , like we did against reading . Just throw everything at them . We've got nothing to lose . Nat1234
  • Score: 2

9:09am Sun 20 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

Frazer for Pugh? Sorry don't agree there. I think Ryan is little too light weight to start, impact sub, yes. The back four had an off day definitely but I wouldn't change them as a knee jerk reaction to one poor game in a great run. It could have been a different result if the defence hadn't all lapsed at the same time and their keeper hadn't been in such rich form, but we were up against an ex England goalie.
Frazer for Pugh? Sorry don't agree there. I think Ryan is little too light weight to start, impact sub, yes. The back four had an off day definitely but I wouldn't change them as a knee jerk reaction to one poor game in a great run. It could have been a different result if the defence hadn't all lapsed at the same time and their keeper hadn't been in such rich form, but we were up against an ex England goalie. canfordcherry
  • Score: 0

9:54am Sun 20 Apr 14

Nat1234 says...

canfordcherry wrote:
Frazer for Pugh? Sorry don't agree there. I think Ryan is little too light weight to start, impact sub, yes. The back four had an off day definitely but I wouldn't change them as a knee jerk reaction to one poor game in a great run. It could have been a different result if the defence hadn't all lapsed at the same time and their keeper hadn't been in such rich form, but we were up against an ex England goalie.
Apart from the goal , I thought Pugh had an awfull game , he couldn't get past there right back . He looked tired to me . What about using Pugh as a impact sub . Fraser has got a lot more skill and ball control when he is on form . But I wouldn't of taken Ritchie off last Saturday . I would of even of tried rantie on the wing instead of Pugh . Can't believe I said that lol ..
[quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: Frazer for Pugh? Sorry don't agree there. I think Ryan is little too light weight to start, impact sub, yes. The back four had an off day definitely but I wouldn't change them as a knee jerk reaction to one poor game in a great run. It could have been a different result if the defence hadn't all lapsed at the same time and their keeper hadn't been in such rich form, but we were up against an ex England goalie.[/p][/quote]Apart from the goal , I thought Pugh had an awfull game , he couldn't get past there right back . He looked tired to me . What about using Pugh as a impact sub . Fraser has got a lot more skill and ball control when he is on form . But I wouldn't of taken Ritchie off last Saturday . I would of even of tried rantie on the wing instead of Pugh . Can't believe I said that lol .. Nat1234
  • Score: 6

10:00am Sun 20 Apr 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Yes of course I forgot to mention there were several very fine saves from Chris Kirkland, the nearly man of England. His injuries robbed him of a few/many caps and would have been a natural England keeper if he had competed and was certainly driving Hart to achieve the best of form. We could have had the Shilton/ Clemence rivalry for our national side's manager. Pity.
Yes of course I forgot to mention there were several very fine saves from Chris Kirkland, the nearly man of England. His injuries robbed him of a few/many caps and would have been a natural England keeper if he had competed and was certainly driving Hart to achieve the best of form. We could have had the Shilton/ Clemence rivalry for our national side's manager. Pity. St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 0

10:12am Sun 20 Apr 14

abc100 says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Game on agaiin ,beat Ipswich and we are rite in the frame again . I think Fraser should start in place of Pugh ... IS ARTER AVAILABLE TMW ? if he is replace okane . And perhaps ward for Cooke , not sure about that tho . To me I thought Cooke looked like he was suffering from some nerves .. I think we should just really get at Ipswich , like we did against reading . Just throw everything at them . We've got nothing to lose .
Cook has one dodgy game and some want him dropped, incredible, I think the last time he had an off day was at the begining of last season, as for starting Fraser over Pugh no thanks, I agree that Pugh ain't always great but Fraser is not good when he starts and is a good impact sub, if Pugh would just cross the ball a bit earlier instead of trying 3 times to beat the defender Kermit would have a field day, what's happened to Dave Couilibaly is he injured again?
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Game on agaiin ,beat Ipswich and we are rite in the frame again . I think Fraser should start in place of Pugh ... IS ARTER AVAILABLE TMW ? if he is replace okane . And perhaps ward for Cooke , not sure about that tho . To me I thought Cooke looked like he was suffering from some nerves .. I think we should just really get at Ipswich , like we did against reading . Just throw everything at them . We've got nothing to lose .[/p][/quote]Cook has one dodgy game and some want him dropped, incredible, I think the last time he had an off day was at the begining of last season, as for starting Fraser over Pugh no thanks, I agree that Pugh ain't always great but Fraser is not good when he starts and is a good impact sub, if Pugh would just cross the ball a bit earlier instead of trying 3 times to beat the defender Kermit would have a field day, what's happened to Dave Couilibaly is he injured again? abc100
  • Score: 1

11:53am Sun 20 Apr 14

canfordcherry says...

Nat1234 wrote:
canfordcherry wrote:
Frazer for Pugh? Sorry don't agree there. I think Ryan is little too light weight to start, impact sub, yes. The back four had an off day definitely but I wouldn't change them as a knee jerk reaction to one poor game in a great run. It could have been a different result if the defence hadn't all lapsed at the same time and their keeper hadn't been in such rich form, but we were up against an ex England goalie.
Apart from the goal , I thought Pugh had an awfull game , he couldn't get past there right back . He looked tired to me . What about using Pugh as a impact sub . Fraser has got a lot more skill and ball control when he is on form . But I wouldn't of taken Ritchie off last Saturday . I would of even of tried rantie on the wing instead of Pugh . Can't believe I said that lol ..
I wouldn't play Frazer on the left, right defo but he has seemed lost when on the left. I agree it was rash to remove Matt at that point of the game but he was trying to save him for tomorrow before we had secured any thing against Wednesday.
As for TK, I still think he should be used as an attacking mid player, use his pace to break through the middle and set up the forwards, he also tackles and chases back when he lose the ball.
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]canfordcherry[/bold] wrote: Frazer for Pugh? Sorry don't agree there. I think Ryan is little too light weight to start, impact sub, yes. The back four had an off day definitely but I wouldn't change them as a knee jerk reaction to one poor game in a great run. It could have been a different result if the defence hadn't all lapsed at the same time and their keeper hadn't been in such rich form, but we were up against an ex England goalie.[/p][/quote]Apart from the goal , I thought Pugh had an awfull game , he couldn't get past there right back . He looked tired to me . What about using Pugh as a impact sub . Fraser has got a lot more skill and ball control when he is on form . But I wouldn't of taken Ritchie off last Saturday . I would of even of tried rantie on the wing instead of Pugh . Can't believe I said that lol ..[/p][/quote]I wouldn't play Frazer on the left, right defo but he has seemed lost when on the left. I agree it was rash to remove Matt at that point of the game but he was trying to save him for tomorrow before we had secured any thing against Wednesday. As for TK, I still think he should be used as an attacking mid player, use his pace to break through the middle and set up the forwards, he also tackles and chases back when he lose the ball. canfordcherry
  • Score: 1

4:20pm Sun 20 Apr 14

dustbindanny says...

We lost to Wednesday on Friday, when Eddie decided to bring the subs on, it was 2-2 and we ended up losing 4-2 ! How many times has it gone against us ,when we have changed the players, when there seems no need for it?Pugh,s problem is that he is not contented at beating an opposition player once ,he wants to do it twice, and that is vital seconds lost when we play ,pacey attacking football?
We lost to Wednesday on Friday, when Eddie decided to bring the subs on, it was 2-2 and we ended up losing 4-2 ! How many times has it gone against us ,when we have changed the players, when there seems no need for it?Pugh,s problem is that he is not contented at beating an opposition player once ,he wants to do it twice, and that is vital seconds lost when we play ,pacey attacking football? dustbindanny
  • Score: 1

5:50pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Rotterdam says...

dustbindanny wrote:
We lost to Wednesday on Friday, when Eddie decided to bring the subs on, it was 2-2 and we ended up losing 4-2 ! How many times has it gone against us ,when we have changed the players, when there seems no need for it?Pugh,s problem is that he is not contented at beating an opposition player once ,he wants to do it twice, and that is vital seconds lost when we play ,pacey attacking football?
Not so. We lost because we were throwing players forward trying to win the game. We could easily have held out for the draw if that was all we wanted (remember the QPR game? - we didn't win that with pacey attacking football, we won it with dogged defence after going down to 10 men)

As many people have said, the substitutions were not necessarily the best. I think Ritchie should have stayed on, and Rantie should have come on rather than Pitman. To be honest I think Grabban should have been rested for this game to make sure he was fully fit for the Ipswich game. But it's easy to be wise in hindsight.

No game is easy, and most of our challengers for that play off spot lost as well.

Mainly, remember this is the best season ever and if you're moaning at this stage, you have a short memory!
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: We lost to Wednesday on Friday, when Eddie decided to bring the subs on, it was 2-2 and we ended up losing 4-2 ! How many times has it gone against us ,when we have changed the players, when there seems no need for it?Pugh,s problem is that he is not contented at beating an opposition player once ,he wants to do it twice, and that is vital seconds lost when we play ,pacey attacking football?[/p][/quote]Not so. We lost because we were throwing players forward trying to win the game. We could easily have held out for the draw if that was all we wanted (remember the QPR game? - we didn't win that with pacey attacking football, we won it with dogged defence after going down to 10 men) As many people have said, the substitutions were not necessarily the best. I think Ritchie should have stayed on, and Rantie should have come on rather than Pitman. To be honest I think Grabban should have been rested for this game to make sure he was fully fit for the Ipswich game. But it's easy to be wise in hindsight. No game is easy, and most of our challengers for that play off spot lost as well. Mainly, remember this is the best season ever and if you're moaning at this stage, you have a short memory! Rotterdam
  • Score: -1

8:46pm Sun 20 Apr 14

dustbindanny says...

Mr Rotterdam, whose moaning? I just offered my opinion the same as you have!
Mr Rotterdam, whose moaning? I just offered my opinion the same as you have! dustbindanny
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Sun 20 Apr 14

Rotterdam says...

dustbindanny wrote:
Mr Rotterdam, whose moaning? I just offered my opinion the same as you have!
OK, perhaps I was a little harsh. But we are 1-1 in thumbs up, and that seems fair enough!
[quote][p][bold]dustbindanny[/bold] wrote: Mr Rotterdam, whose moaning? I just offered my opinion the same as you have![/p][/quote]OK, perhaps I was a little harsh. But we are 1-1 in thumbs up, and that seems fair enough! Rotterdam
  • Score: -1

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