AFC Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: Adam showed his class

CHERRIES DEFENDER: Adam Smith

CHERRIES DEFENDER: Adam Smith

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CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe felt Adam Smith’s man-of-the-match exploits against Nottingham Forest had highlighted the importance of a strong squad.

Smith was drafted in for his first Championship start of the season after regular right-back Simon Francis had been ruled out by a hamstring injury.

The 23-year-old turned in an eye-catching display, especially during the first half when he combined with Matt Ritchie to give Michail Antonio and Danny Fox a torrid time, the Forest pair subsequently hauled off at the break.

Smith, who started and finished his first league game for Cherries since his January move from Spurs, was also pivotal in the move which saw Callum Wilson strike to give Howe’s team the lead in the second half.

The former England under-21 international, who played under Howe during a youth loan at Dean Court in 2010-11, was restricted by the impressive form of supporters’ player of the year Francis to five appearances last season.

Howe told the Daily Echo: “I thought Adam was very good against Forest and it was a compliment to him that they had to take off Antonio. He has been excellent for them at the start of the season but Adam ran him ragged and attacked very well inside and out.

“I thought he showed his class and, hopefully, there is more to come from him.

“Simon Francis has been a model of consistency so Adam has had to be patient and bide his time. But we have never doubted his qualities and what he can bring to the team.

“He is different to Simon but it is good to have two such strong players because when one isn’t there for whatever reason, the other one has to step in.”

Howe added: “It is key players are ready to come in because that chance they think will never come at one moment is there the next and it is only through your professionalism and application to what you do every day that you are able to take that chance.”

Francis, who looked on from a seat in the Main Stand as goals from Britt Assombalonga and Matty Fryatt earned Forest a 2-1 win, could again be missing when Cherries head to Blackburn on Saturday.

Howe said: “He felt his hamstring after about 60 minutes against Brentford and it was a strange one because he was able to carry on. He had a scan and it showed a minute bit of damage so we will have to wait and see how long he is out.”

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6:39am Thu 21 Aug 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Agree, very skillful and attacking display by Adam which very much eclipsed his recent cameo appearances off of the bench which to me were disappointing, well played Adam!

Selection dilemma?? No, I don't think so, I can see another opportunity here as Smith and Francis have slightly different styles we could be swapping these guys over within a game like we have done our wingers lately, impact, impact, impact, it's great to have so many assets to hand :-)
EHBA
Agree, very skillful and attacking display by Adam which very much eclipsed his recent cameo appearances off of the bench which to me were disappointing, well played Adam! Selection dilemma?? No, I don't think so, I can see another opportunity here as Smith and Francis have slightly different styles we could be swapping these guys over within a game like we have done our wingers lately, impact, impact, impact, it's great to have so many assets to hand :-) EHBA TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 10

6:55am Thu 21 Aug 14

Square Old Codger says...

As I have said before, great strength in depth in both defence and midfield, with competition for places, but as Tuesday night demonstrated, not quite as much in attack. But good strikers are a rare ( and expensive) commodity as no doubt Eddie is finding, , the one thing that we can be sure about though is that he will keep on looking until he finds the right person.
As I have said before, great strength in depth in both defence and midfield, with competition for places, but as Tuesday night demonstrated, not quite as much in attack. But good strikers are a rare ( and expensive) commodity as no doubt Eddie is finding, , the one thing that we can be sure about though is that he will keep on looking until he finds the right person. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 3

8:40am Thu 21 Aug 14

eaststandman says...

Adam is great as an attacking full back. Not sure whether Fryatt would have had a free header if Simon had been there.

Nevertheless am pleased with both of them.
Adam is great as an attacking full back. Not sure whether Fryatt would have had a free header if Simon had been there. Nevertheless am pleased with both of them. eaststandman
  • Score: 11

9:16am Thu 21 Aug 14

swanagecherrie says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
As I have said before, great strength in depth in both defence and midfield, with competition for places, but as Tuesday night demonstrated, not quite as much in attack. But good strikers are a rare ( and expensive) commodity as no doubt Eddie is finding, , the one thing that we can be sure about though is that he will keep on looking until he finds the right person.
Quite agree SOC strikers are the most expensive players to get in buying and wages. Lets not forget we are still a small club for this league, we have to find that jem that's just about to come good and when we do a bigger club comes in and buys them. The team we have got is nothing short of amazing for the club and full credit to the management and owners for hanging on to all but one. as I have said before the club is building slowly which is the right way to do things.
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: As I have said before, great strength in depth in both defence and midfield, with competition for places, but as Tuesday night demonstrated, not quite as much in attack. But good strikers are a rare ( and expensive) commodity as no doubt Eddie is finding, , the one thing that we can be sure about though is that he will keep on looking until he finds the right person.[/p][/quote]Quite agree SOC strikers are the most expensive players to get in buying and wages. Lets not forget we are still a small club for this league, we have to find that jem that's just about to come good and when we do a bigger club comes in and buys them. The team we have got is nothing short of amazing for the club and full credit to the management and owners for hanging on to all but one. as I have said before the club is building slowly which is the right way to do things. swanagecherrie
  • Score: 8

9:26am Thu 21 Aug 14

mark.s says...

Smith was great going forward, and that is what most noticeable. However Francis gives us the bonus of being a solid robust defender who has height and power. Smith unfortunately lacks this additional trait, and as mentioned above Francis would have been more helpful in preventing the two Forest headers.

But as far as backup goes, there can't be many 2nd choice full backs as good as Smith in the division.
Smith was great going forward, and that is what most noticeable. However Francis gives us the bonus of being a solid robust defender who has height and power. Smith unfortunately lacks this additional trait, and as mentioned above Francis would have been more helpful in preventing the two Forest headers. But as far as backup goes, there can't be many 2nd choice full backs as good as Smith in the division. mark.s
  • Score: 11

2:44pm Thu 21 Aug 14

abc100 says...

No chance of playing in front of Francis, but Daniels????
No chance of playing in front of Francis, but Daniels???? abc100
  • Score: 2

2:51pm Thu 21 Aug 14

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

Pleased to hear that Coventry are likely to return to their rightful home, the Richo Arena. Terrible fiasco having to play 40 miles away on a different town.
Regarding Adam, im still not convinced he wasn't fouled by Fryatt for the goal, having watched the replay several times.!!!
Pleased to hear that Coventry are likely to return to their rightful home, the Richo Arena. Terrible fiasco having to play 40 miles away on a different town. Regarding Adam, im still not convinced he wasn't fouled by Fryatt for the goal, having watched the replay several times.!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
  • Score: 2

5:23pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Nat1234 says...

abc100 wrote:
No chance of playing in front of Francis, but Daniels????
Agree I think Daniels hasn't lived up to last season , before he was injured . I personally would start with Harte ,on Tuesday the only times Forrest looked like getting past us was on the left ..
[quote][p][bold]abc100[/bold] wrote: No chance of playing in front of Francis, but Daniels????[/p][/quote]Agree I think Daniels hasn't lived up to last season , before he was injured . I personally would start with Harte ,on Tuesday the only times Forrest looked like getting past us was on the left .. Nat1234
  • Score: 2

5:44pm Thu 21 Aug 14

dekayedcherry says...

Smith had a great game against NF but got found out by Fryatt climbing all over him to score with a header. He also got caught out in the friendly against Saints in pre-season, again a headed goal. Something to work defensively on I think !!!. Francis had a similar problem last season getting caught out by strikers sneaking in behind him but he seems to have become more aware. IMO Francis is still 1st choice if fit and I agree with other posters that perhaps Simon at over 6ft would not have conceded.
I also thought that Fryatt flattened Smith but some you get, some you don't !!!. I am still in shock that we didn't win on Tuesday night but need to improve the final ball and our finishing on Saturday against Blackburn. I'll take a smash & Grab or "ugly" win but if we play like we can, then we could play them off the park for a big win. UTC
Smith had a great game against NF but got found out by Fryatt climbing all over him to score with a header. He also got caught out in the friendly against Saints in pre-season, again a headed goal. Something to work defensively on I think !!!. Francis had a similar problem last season getting caught out by strikers sneaking in behind him but he seems to have become more aware. IMO Francis is still 1st choice if fit and I agree with other posters that perhaps Simon at over 6ft would not have conceded. I also thought that Fryatt flattened Smith but some you get, some you don't !!!. I am still in shock that we didn't win on Tuesday night but need to improve the final ball and our finishing on Saturday against Blackburn. I'll take a smash & Grab or "ugly" win but if we play like we can, then we could play them off the park for a big win. UTC dekayedcherry
  • Score: 3

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