Mitchell's verdict: AFC Bournemouth 4 Nottingham Forest 1

STAR MAN: AFC Bournemouth's Yann Kermorgant

STAR MAN: AFC Bournemouth's Yann Kermorgant

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WHICHEVER way you look at it, two-time European champions Nottingham Forest paid Cherries a huge compliment yesterday.

Many who watched the relentless one-way traffic during the first half at Dean Court would have been convinced that visiting boss Gary Brazil had instructed his boys to park the bus.

The statistics didn’t lie. With 38 minutes on the clock, Forest hadn’t mustered a single effort on target, while Cherries had enjoyed a mammoth 73 per cent of the possession.

Whether the intention was to frustrate the hosts and hope for a smash-and-grab in a match the Reds had to win to stay in play-off contention, only Brazil knows.

Having refuted suggestions the visitors had set out to stifle, Forest’s caretaker manager explained: “The game plan was to not stretch ourselves or let Bournemouth play through us.

“They could have the ball in certain areas of the pitch but we didn’t want to go rushing all over the place and allow them to pick us off, which we knew they had the ability to do.

“We had seen from DVDs of recent games that they had the quality to do that so it was important to keep it tight.

“In fairness, we did that for the first 40-odd minutes without being particularly good on the ball.

“In terms of the opportunities Bournemouth created in the first half, I wasn’t overly concerned. Possession doesn’t mean you win a game of football.

“I wanted to make sure they didn’t get into our final third too much and that wasn’t happening. Up until we conceded the first goal, they could have the ball in other areas as much as they liked, it wasn’t a problem for me.”

Deliberate or not, the ploy didn’t work, owing much to the home side’s professional and patient approach. Cherries either took full advantage of the visitors' defensive tactics or were just too good for them. 

Despite the disappointment of their own play-off dream ending, the hosts were never flustered in the face of Forest’s bruising blockades, which Yann Kermorgant bore the brunt of more than most as he tried to drop into space behind partner-in-crime Lewis Grabban.

Cherries started well as Matt Ritchie twice went close, while Grabban forced a point-blank save from Marc Pugh’s cushioned ball back into the danger zone within the first 10 minutes.

Following the initial flurry, Cherries found it difficult to break down a well-drilled unit with Grabban, Andrew Surman and Pugh forced to chance their arm from distance.

But such was the dominance, right-back Simon Francis was afforded the opportunity to push towards the final third and the attacking interludes that he forced proved the downfall of the visitors’ stoic resistance.

Having bombed forward to support Grabban’s strong hold-up play, Francis galloped with ease round Stephen McLaughlin to swing in a teasing centre which simply cried out to be converted.

Kermorgant, who had been floored more than once as well as having his face inadvertently struck by Greg Halford’s knee, duly obliged.

‘The beast from Brittany’ summoned the required power when he needed it most, thumping home a close-range header which left both goalkeeper Dorus De Vries and defender Jamaal Lascelles flailing in the net.

Having arrived just before the interval, the Frenchman’s strike kick-started what was to prove another dominant Dean Court show and within two minutes of the restart, Grabban linked well with Eunan O’Kane to plant an fierce shot beyond De Vries’s reach.

Kermorgant almost caught out the shaky custodian with a long-distance lob but the Dutch stopper just scrambled back in time to prevent an embarrassing third.

It looked like the game was up but Forest grabbed a lifeline on 56 minutes when Francis slipped and handled, with Ben Osborn, the visitors’ only consistent threat on the day, whipping in a delicious free kick which Halford nodded past Lee Camp.

It might have proved a game changer had Halford not fluffed his far-post finish after Lee Peltier had flicked on Osborn’s driven corner on 68 minutes, but moments later, Cherries rightfully reclaimed their commanding two-goal cushion on the break.

Forest full-back Gonzalo Jara had been on the pitch only five minutes when he clumsily brought down Pugh in the box and Grabban needed no second invitation to rattle home his 22nd goal of a productive campaign from 12 yards.

It was party time in the stands as the match petered out, but the coup de grâce arrived in stoppage time as O’Kane and Ryan Fraser combined to find Tokelo Rantie on the edge of the penalty area.

A roar of ‘shoot’ belted out but the South Africa international, despite his slender return in front of goal, selflessly slid the ball to Kermorgant who slammed home with aplomb.

It summed up the afternoon perfectly. Perseverance and passing won the day as Cherries proved their prowess in prising open Forest.

Both teams got exactly what they deserved.

 

STAR MAN - YANN KERMORGANT

The Frenchman’s unerring ability to deliver a typical centre-for-ward’s performance by covering so much of the pitch has afforded that extra bit of space for the likes of Lewis Grabban to exploit.

Kermorgant took his fair share of knocks in areas where Forest felt they could try to ruffle his feathers.

But up stepped the big man to scupper their plans with a powerful opener which paved the way for this emphatic result.

With nine goals from seven home games, Kermorgant’s capture is quickly looking like Eddie Howe’s most astute piece of business in the January transfer window.

 

MATCH FACTS AND STATS

Cherries: Camp 7.5, Francis 8, Cook 7, Elphick 7, Harte 7.5, Ritchie 7 (Coulibaly, 90), Surman 7.5, O’Kane 8, Pugh 7 (Fraser, 81), Grabban 8.5 (Rantie, 88), Kermorgant 9.

Unused subs: Daniels, Smith, Arter, Allsop (g/k).

Booked: Cook.

Nottingham Forest: De Vries, Halford, Collins, Lascelles (Jara, 65), Harding, Osborn, Vaughan (Cox, 69), Peltier, McLaughlin (Henderson, 73), Mackie, Derbyshire.

Unused subs: Greening, Tudgay, Majewski, Evtimov (g/k).

Booked: Lascelles, Harding.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 11,021 (including 1,422 away supporters).

 

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7:04pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!!
As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 12

7:29pm Sun 27 Apr 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!!
...and the most memorable goals was the first and the last. The first was the classic old fashioned cross and bang head it in the net and the fourth a truly striker's strike unstoppable and clinically stuck. I came away from Dean Court wanting the next three months to go as fast as possible. Give the lads a shout for me next Saturday by the way I warned my son-in-law that we are unstoppable so he better be praying for other teams to do Millwall a favour!!!
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!![/p][/quote]...and the most memorable goals was the first and the last. The first was the classic old fashioned cross and bang head it in the net and the fourth a truly striker's strike unstoppable and clinically stuck. I came away from Dean Court wanting the next three months to go as fast as possible. Give the lads a shout for me next Saturday by the way I warned my son-in-law that we are unstoppable so he better be praying for other teams to do Millwall a favour!!! nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 9

7:53pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!!
...and the most memorable goals was the first and the last. The first was the classic old fashioned cross and bang head it in the net and the fourth a truly striker's strike unstoppable and clinically stuck. I came away from Dean Court wanting the next three months to go as fast as possible. Give the lads a shout for me next Saturday by the way I warned my son-in-law that we are unstoppable so he better be praying for other teams to do Millwall a favour!!!
Haaaa haaaa, well we won't that's for sure!! Just hope it's not another Yeovil, I never take anything for granted. But one things for sure, I'll be shouting my lungs out. Shame I can't usually do away games, but will enjoy this one!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!![/p][/quote]...and the most memorable goals was the first and the last. The first was the classic old fashioned cross and bang head it in the net and the fourth a truly striker's strike unstoppable and clinically stuck. I came away from Dean Court wanting the next three months to go as fast as possible. Give the lads a shout for me next Saturday by the way I warned my son-in-law that we are unstoppable so he better be praying for other teams to do Millwall a favour!!![/p][/quote]Haaaa haaaa, well we won't that's for sure!! Just hope it's not another Yeovil, I never take anything for granted. But one things for sure, I'll be shouting my lungs out. Shame I can't usually do away games, but will enjoy this one!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 8

9:34pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Trent end says...

Fair play to your lads, that was a great display and at times we were run ragged! To be honest nobody has taken us apart like you did at times for a ages! Only thing to note is that we had 7 first teamers out injured'which has seen our recent dramatic fall from the top 6. But on saying that we still had a lot of top earners not perform! We will return a different team when Physcho returns and our top players are fit again.
Fair play to your lads, that was a great display and at times we were run ragged! To be honest nobody has taken us apart like you did at times for a ages! Only thing to note is that we had 7 first teamers out injured'which has seen our recent dramatic fall from the top 6. But on saying that we still had a lot of top earners not perform! We will return a different team when Physcho returns and our top players are fit again. Trent end
  • Score: 18

9:50pm Sun 27 Apr 14

abc100 says...

Trent end wrote:
Fair play to your lads, that was a great display and at times we were run ragged! To be honest nobody has taken us apart like you did at times for a ages! Only thing to note is that we had 7 first teamers out injured'which has seen our recent dramatic fall from the top 6. But on saying that we still had a lot of top earners not perform! We will return a different team when Physcho returns and our top players are fit again.
Always nice to hear good things from other clubs fans, you must of been very disappointed with the way your team came and played, why on earth didn't they have a go, with a chance of the play offs it looked like you came to try and get a draw and just sat back and defended, we played well but have played a lot better than that this season, we too had players missing but the ones that have come into the team have been fantastic, this season bar a couple of teams and a couple of early season tonkings where we were very naive away from home I have seen nothing to fear for next season and expect us to improve on this season
[quote][p][bold]Trent end[/bold] wrote: Fair play to your lads, that was a great display and at times we were run ragged! To be honest nobody has taken us apart like you did at times for a ages! Only thing to note is that we had 7 first teamers out injured'which has seen our recent dramatic fall from the top 6. But on saying that we still had a lot of top earners not perform! We will return a different team when Physcho returns and our top players are fit again.[/p][/quote]Always nice to hear good things from other clubs fans, you must of been very disappointed with the way your team came and played, why on earth didn't they have a go, with a chance of the play offs it looked like you came to try and get a draw and just sat back and defended, we played well but have played a lot better than that this season, we too had players missing but the ones that have come into the team have been fantastic, this season bar a couple of teams and a couple of early season tonkings where we were very naive away from home I have seen nothing to fear for next season and expect us to improve on this season abc100
  • Score: 7

10:07pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Trent end says...

Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.
Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way. Trent end
  • Score: 23

10:13pm Sun 27 Apr 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

Afcbpete wrote:
As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!!
Afcbpete, . . . I said we needed a big powerfull. striker up front to get on the end of all those wasted crosses. . You said " NO WE DONT WANT THAT AS IT WOULD BE ALL HOOFING THE BALL OVER THE TOP. ". . .How wrong you were.
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!![/p][/quote]Afcbpete, . . . I said we needed a big powerfull. striker up front to get on the end of all those wasted crosses. . You said " NO WE DONT WANT THAT AS IT WOULD BE ALL HOOFING THE BALL OVER THE TOP. ". . .How wrong you were. RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 10

8:22am Mon 28 Apr 14

abc100 says...

Trent end wrote:
Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.
I think that the bigger clubs in the league can't get their heads round the fact that smaller clubs are actually better teams than them sometimes, after Yeovil we are the smallest club in the championship, it's almost as if the big clubs feel that they deserve to be in the Premiership cos years ago they were, they get crowds of 25/30k every week which is only cos they are big cities and have far bigger populations, we have beaten all the big clubs this year except Leicester and Derby, when will teams realise that you play the team not the size of the club, with respect we expect to beat teams like Forest, Leeds, Reading, QPR, Wigan, Birmingham and Blackburn we all left Dean Court gutted cos we only got draws with Ipswich, Boro and Burnley when we had just hammered them for 90 mins,
[quote][p][bold]Trent end[/bold] wrote: Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.[/p][/quote]I think that the bigger clubs in the league can't get their heads round the fact that smaller clubs are actually better teams than them sometimes, after Yeovil we are the smallest club in the championship, it's almost as if the big clubs feel that they deserve to be in the Premiership cos years ago they were, they get crowds of 25/30k every week which is only cos they are big cities and have far bigger populations, we have beaten all the big clubs this year except Leicester and Derby, when will teams realise that you play the team not the size of the club, with respect we expect to beat teams like Forest, Leeds, Reading, QPR, Wigan, Birmingham and Blackburn we all left Dean Court gutted cos we only got draws with Ipswich, Boro and Burnley when we had just hammered them for 90 mins, abc100
  • Score: 6

9:42am Mon 28 Apr 14

cherries13 says...

abc100 wrote:
Trent end wrote:
Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.
I think that the bigger clubs in the league can't get their heads round the fact that smaller clubs are actually better teams than them sometimes, after Yeovil we are the smallest club in the championship, it's almost as if the big clubs feel that they deserve to be in the Premiership cos years ago they were, they get crowds of 25/30k every week which is only cos they are big cities and have far bigger populations, we have beaten all the big clubs this year except Leicester and Derby, when will teams realise that you play the team not the size of the club, with respect we expect to beat teams like Forest, Leeds, Reading, QPR, Wigan, Birmingham and Blackburn we all left Dean Court gutted cos we only got draws with Ipswich, Boro and Burnley when we had just hammered them for 90 mins,
Doncaster are smaller than us
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trent end[/bold] wrote: Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.[/p][/quote]I think that the bigger clubs in the league can't get their heads round the fact that smaller clubs are actually better teams than them sometimes, after Yeovil we are the smallest club in the championship, it's almost as if the big clubs feel that they deserve to be in the Premiership cos years ago they were, they get crowds of 25/30k every week which is only cos they are big cities and have far bigger populations, we have beaten all the big clubs this year except Leicester and Derby, when will teams realise that you play the team not the size of the club, with respect we expect to beat teams like Forest, Leeds, Reading, QPR, Wigan, Birmingham and Blackburn we all left Dean Court gutted cos we only got draws with Ipswich, Boro and Burnley when we had just hammered them for 90 mins,[/p][/quote]Doncaster are smaller than us cherries13
  • Score: 0

9:48am Mon 28 Apr 14

susi.m says...

Trent end wrote:
Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.
Eddie Howe is a football god. We are all so grateful to have such a fantastic manager. He always conducts himself in such a proper way and he is a role model to so many other managers.
[quote][p][bold]Trent end[/bold] wrote: Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.[/p][/quote]Eddie Howe is a football god. We are all so grateful to have such a fantastic manager. He always conducts himself in such a proper way and he is a role model to so many other managers. susi.m
  • Score: 8

10:34am Mon 28 Apr 14

abc100 says...

susi.m wrote:
Trent end wrote: Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.
Eddie Howe is a football god. We are all so grateful to have such a fantastic manager. He always conducts himself in such a proper way and he is a role model to so many other managers.
The way he conducts himself is a credit to our football club, a lot of the so called experienced managers would do well to watch and listen to his interviews and they would learn a thing or two
[quote][p][bold]susi.m[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Trent end[/bold] wrote: Simple really we had no answer to the speed that you played! I think it took us by surprise to be honest. Our average gate is 25000 and on that display we don't deserve such support but I know we will be a different proposition next season and that both of us will be challenging again! Eddie Howe is a good manager by the way.[/p][/quote]Eddie Howe is a football god. We are all so grateful to have such a fantastic manager. He always conducts himself in such a proper way and he is a role model to so many other managers.[/p][/quote]The way he conducts himself is a credit to our football club, a lot of the so called experienced managers would do well to watch and listen to his interviews and they would learn a thing or two abc100
  • Score: 4

12:50pm Mon 28 Apr 14

Afcbpete says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!!
Afcbpete, . . . I said we needed a big powerfull. striker up front to get on the end of all those wasted crosses. . You said " NO WE DONT WANT THAT AS IT WOULD BE ALL HOOFING THE BALL OVER THE TOP. ". . .How wrong you were.
I don't know where you got THAT from, I've been saying for MONTHS, that we need a big striker to get on the end of all our crosses, as it was a total waste of time having the wingers we've got. Also, even though it hasn't happened as yet, I felt someone like Yann, would be perfect for Rantie, he might actually get the service he desperately needs, and there are plenty of people that I've been saying that too, not just on here!! So NO, I wasn't wrong, we've been singing from the same hymn sheet....
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: As I said at the time, we've seen previous AFCB sides, play sideways and backwards, and they got almighty stick. The difference with how we go about things now, is you can see the team thinking there way through. We used to look a but bogged down at times, but not any more. It was such a pleasure to watch, it was enthralling. It's alright Brazil saying they watched DVD's, were they horror ones, because it was a horror show from Forest. To say they were ok up until the 1st goal is a joke, Forest were lucky not to be 5 down by half time. A truly magnificent display, of the highest quality, congratulations to all, and thank you!!![/p][/quote]Afcbpete, . . . I said we needed a big powerfull. striker up front to get on the end of all those wasted crosses. . You said " NO WE DONT WANT THAT AS IT WOULD BE ALL HOOFING THE BALL OVER THE TOP. ". . .How wrong you were.[/p][/quote]I don't know where you got THAT from, I've been saying for MONTHS, that we need a big striker to get on the end of all our crosses, as it was a total waste of time having the wingers we've got. Also, even though it hasn't happened as yet, I felt someone like Yann, would be perfect for Rantie, he might actually get the service he desperately needs, and there are plenty of people that I've been saying that too, not just on here!! So NO, I wasn't wrong, we've been singing from the same hymn sheet.... Afcbpete
  • Score: 0

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