AFC Bournemouth star Simon Francis: Our homework paid handsome dividends

CHERRIES DEFENDER: Simon Francis

CHERRIES DEFENDER: Simon Francis

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DEFENDER Simon Francis admitted Huddersfield’s deficiencies had been too “obvious” to ignore after clinical Cherries had mercilessly ripped apart their Yorkshire rivals.

The marauding full-back revealed that Cherries’ studious homework on the hosts’ 3-5-2 formation had played a significant part in opening their Championship campaign with a thumping 4-0 victory on Saturday.

But it was the amount of opportunities in the final third that took Francis by surprise as two-goal debutant Callum Wilson ran riot as the spearhead of Cherries’ perfectly-executed game plan.

Francis told the Daily Echo: “We worked on playing against 3-5-2 all week long so we knew how to stop them and where to show them.

“Their strengths were out wide but we managed to nullify most of the threat and when they took off their best player Adam Hammill at half-time that was a good sign for us.

“By no means are we the kind of team to play long balls or put it into the channels but it was so obvious that it was on for Callum to get down the sides. It was too good an opportunity to turn down because he got in almost every time.

“Both their wing-backs were drawn high up the pitch and it left a lot of space for Cal to use his pace and he was a real threat every time he peeled away.

“He proved straight away that he can be a real handful at this level. It was the perfect start for Callum and the group as a whole.”

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7:50am Mon 11 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Again well played boys, I know there will be tougher tests ahead but that really was a master-class in winning a game of football, as was L**ds & Reading last season, long may it continue.
Again well played boys, I know there will be tougher tests ahead but that really was a master-class in winning a game of football, as was L**ds & Reading last season, long may it continue. TedMacsCherryPants
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8:04am Mon 11 Aug 14

Solentcherry says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Again well played boys, I know there will be tougher tests ahead but that really was a master-class in winning a game of football, as was L**ds & Reading last season, long may it continue.
Fully agree TMCP, a great opening performance.
Astonished someone has given you a thumbs down for your post !!
COYC.
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Again well played boys, I know there will be tougher tests ahead but that really was a master-class in winning a game of football, as was L**ds & Reading last season, long may it continue.[/p][/quote]Fully agree TMCP, a great opening performance. Astonished someone has given you a thumbs down for your post !! COYC. Solentcherry
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8:44am Mon 11 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

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There are some 'odd' people that roam this site SC as you recently found out.
COYR
^ There are some 'odd' people that roam this site SC as you recently found out. COYR TedMacsCherryPants
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9:51am Mon 11 Aug 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Morning chaps.
We certainly did our homework on the Udders and reaped the rewards.
Mark Robins also did his homework on us but claimed the dog had eaten it. His head master wasn't avin any of it and Robins has been expelled.

I didn't think we played it particulary long on saturday, we mixed it up and stretched them, our middle 4 coped really well against there 5 with Eunan doing a stirling job of regaining possesion.
No doubt there will be tougher tests ahead, but we should fear no-one if we stick to game-plan we will be difficult to beat. To early to get to carried away but the signs are good.
Callum is a real handfull, defenders hate power and pace, hopfully he continues this form, was a tad disappointed with Yanns petulence when he was subbed(throwing tracky top to floor) it's a squad game Yann, and you are a senior pro, NUFF SAID.
Hoping the voicebox recovers by saturday.!!!
Morning chaps. We certainly did our homework on the Udders and reaped the rewards. Mark Robins also did his homework on us but claimed the dog had eaten it. His head master wasn't avin any of it and Robins has been expelled. I didn't think we played it particulary long on saturday, we mixed it up and stretched them, our middle 4 coped really well against there 5 with Eunan doing a stirling job of regaining possesion. No doubt there will be tougher tests ahead, but we should fear no-one if we stick to game-plan we will be difficult to beat. To early to get to carried away but the signs are good. Callum is a real handfull, defenders hate power and pace, hopfully he continues this form, was a tad disappointed with Yanns petulence when he was subbed(throwing tracky top to floor) it's a squad game Yann, and you are a senior pro, NUFF SAID. Hoping the voicebox recovers by saturday.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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