Cherries: Even the best teams lose, says Howe

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PHILOSOPHICAL Eddie Howe has issued a timely reminder in the wake of a rare Cherries defeat: “Even the best teams in the world lose from time to time.”

The Cherries manager was speaking after watching his team suffer only their second reverse in 22 league matches under his charge.

Howe admitted his high-flying outfit had dipped below their usual high standards on their way to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Preston North End.

Stuart Beavon and Bailey Wright fired the managerless hosts to a deserved victory as two first-half goals settled Saturday’s contest at Deepdale.

Howe is adamant Cherries have the character to bounce back and admits every team will endure an off day.

He said: “I don’t think you can dwell on one performance. One performance never defines your season.

“This was a disappointing game for us. We have had it before and, no doubt, we will have it again.

“What you have to do is try to learn from it and make sure you put right anything you felt was an issue.

“We have certainly got the characters in the team to do that. The lads have been excellent and a joy to work with.

“On Saturday, they fell below the standards they set themselves but, in the main, I can’t be critical of them at all.

“It was probably the first time where I felt we had just not matched our intensity levels, off the ball and with the ball, that we normally hit.

“We are a team still learning and developing and even the best teams have bad days. Even the best teams in the world lose from time to time. It is just making sure you keep them to a minimum.”

Howe added: “It is two teams going at each other every week and we have no divine right to win any game.

“We are there to be shot at and teams will raise their game. You could see the reaction of the Preston people afterwards and that is the kind of reaction we get now wherever we go.

“People want to beat us and every team is motivated to perform. So, we need to make sure we do the basics right which, perhaps, we didn’t on Saturday for the first time.”

Cherries host promotion rivals Sheffield United, Coventry and Doncaster in upcoming matches.

Howe added: “It is a crucial part of the season and that is why we need everyone around Bourne-mouth to unite and support us.”

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7:36am Mon 18 Feb 13

Frankiesbackfromhollywood says...

You have our support that is for sure, put this one behind you and work hard this week then the rewards will come!! This team is to good to let one defeat lead to another, I am fully expecting a great cherries performance on Saturday and will take my seat as usual to cheer them on to a crucial win!! UTCIAD!!
You have our support that is for sure, put this one behind you and work hard this week then the rewards will come!! This team is to good to let one defeat lead to another, I am fully expecting a great cherries performance on Saturday and will take my seat as usual to cheer them on to a crucial win!! UTCIAD!! Frankiesbackfromhollywood
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8:24am Mon 18 Feb 13

lionheart says...

Defeats happen. I was at the 5-0 loss at Morecambe in our Div 2 promotion year.

You have to dust yourself off, re-focus and go on another winning run.

I'm sure Eddie will analyse what went wrong and learn from it just like he did before.
Defeats happen. I was at the 5-0 loss at Morecambe in our Div 2 promotion year. You have to dust yourself off, re-focus and go on another winning run. I'm sure Eddie will analyse what went wrong and learn from it just like he did before. lionheart
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9:07am Mon 18 Feb 13

smhinto says...

As for the defeat on Saturday I believe that Ed was right. We have played three games in a week with all the traveling involved, so fatique is one factor.
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Secondly, with ref to my post in Friday, Preston fired their manager recently and therefore were rejuvinated and had to prove themselves to any new manager, and what better stage than in front of the league leaders. In addition, we have Daniels and Elphick missing, you can get away with it for a while but then the absences will catch up with you,
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I cannot see more than a draw against Sheff Utd at best. The next three games will shape our season. If we drop points against them then it is season over.
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Let's hope Mr Painter hits the floor running.
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Regards
As for the defeat on Saturday I believe that Ed was right. We have played three games in a week with all the traveling involved, so fatique is one factor. . Secondly, with ref to my post in Friday, Preston fired their manager recently and therefore were rejuvinated and had to prove themselves to any new manager, and what better stage than in front of the league leaders. In addition, we have Daniels and Elphick missing, you can get away with it for a while but then the absences will catch up with you, . I cannot see more than a draw against Sheff Utd at best. The next three games will shape our season. If we drop points against them then it is season over. . Let's hope Mr Painter hits the floor running. . Regards smhinto
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9:24am Mon 18 Feb 13

andyjb10 says...

smhinto wrote:
As for the defeat on Saturday I believe that Ed was right. We have played three games in a week with all the traveling involved, so fatique is one factor.
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Secondly, with ref to my post in Friday, Preston fired their manager recently and therefore were rejuvinated and had to prove themselves to any new manager, and what better stage than in front of the league leaders. In addition, we have Daniels and Elphick missing, you can get away with it for a while but then the absences will catch up with you,
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I cannot see more than a draw against Sheff Utd at best. The next three games will shape our season. If we drop points against them then it is season over.
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Let's hope Mr Painter hits the floor running.
.
Regards
You started your post in a fairly positive mode and I was about to agree with your first comment. However, you then have to return to your normal negative tripe. We have lost 2 in 20 and you are now saying that if we slip up over the next couple of games that our season is over.

We will beat Sheff Utd as well as Coventry the following Tuesday to keep our promotion push firmly on track.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: As for the defeat on Saturday I believe that Ed was right. We have played three games in a week with all the traveling involved, so fatique is one factor. . Secondly, with ref to my post in Friday, Preston fired their manager recently and therefore were rejuvinated and had to prove themselves to any new manager, and what better stage than in front of the league leaders. In addition, we have Daniels and Elphick missing, you can get away with it for a while but then the absences will catch up with you, . I cannot see more than a draw against Sheff Utd at best. The next three games will shape our season. If we drop points against them then it is season over. . Let's hope Mr Painter hits the floor running. . Regards[/p][/quote]You started your post in a fairly positive mode and I was about to agree with your first comment. However, you then have to return to your normal negative tripe. We have lost 2 in 20 and you are now saying that if we slip up over the next couple of games that our season is over. We will beat Sheff Utd as well as Coventry the following Tuesday to keep our promotion push firmly on track. andyjb10
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9:38am Mon 18 Feb 13

devon fan says...

this sort of result is always likely to affect teams at the top, and I am reluctant to critisise anyone, but Eddie made 2 mistakes the first in gambling with the fitness of Mark Pugh who is very important to the team and the dropping of Euan O Kane who has performed well above form in recent games, I have no doubt the team has the ability to bounce back, but the next 2 home matches will show us if they have the temperment to justify being at the top of the table
this sort of result is always likely to affect teams at the top, and I am reluctant to critisise anyone, but Eddie made 2 mistakes the first in gambling with the fitness of Mark Pugh who is very important to the team and the dropping of Euan O Kane who has performed well above form in recent games, I have no doubt the team has the ability to bounce back, but the next 2 home matches will show us if they have the temperment to justify being at the top of the table devon fan
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11:34am Mon 18 Feb 13

coops1965 says...

A mere blip, like Eddie has said even the best teams lose, we could not have possibly expected to have gone on for the rest of the season without losing even Manchester Utd and Barcelona lose occasionally, look at Man City. As for that Smhinto you are a real prophet of doom, why do you even bother getting out of bed in the morning.
We will get promoted because we are a very very good side with a superb manager and a very supportive board.

U T C I A D.
A mere blip, like Eddie has said even the best teams lose, we could not have possibly expected to have gone on for the rest of the season without losing even Manchester Utd and Barcelona lose occasionally, look at Man City. As for that Smhinto you are a real prophet of doom, why do you even bother getting out of bed in the morning. We will get promoted because we are a very very good side with a superb manager and a very supportive board. U T C I A D. coops1965
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2:28pm Mon 18 Feb 13

AFCBENJI says...

What was up with Preston's pitch? not a blade of grass in sight!! We need to get out of league 1 and play our football on the championship clubs decent pitches!
What was up with Preston's pitch? not a blade of grass in sight!! We need to get out of league 1 and play our football on the championship clubs decent pitches! AFCBENJI
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4:43pm Mon 18 Feb 13

jontee says...

But it's not just one game is it ? Pompey and Crewe (by all accounts) were poor performances.
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We won at franchise against 10 men and all those penalties against Crewe.
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It's all very well saying you have to win when not playing well, but that can't last. This is the bad spell that was coming.
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I remain concerned about the defence and still can't understand the transfer window activity. We had Daniels out and Cook at the time under threat of jail, yet we brought in only Seabourne and farmed out Zubar. And we brought in 2 wingers.
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I think the team must have been reading all the tosh on this site about us being the best team in the league and how we were going to win the league. Some are still writing this now ! I think you will see the best side visit Dean Court on Saturday, and their bad spell is behind them !
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Sorry, but I think we are looking at play-offs at best. If the season falls away now, we will look back to the transfer window with regret.
But it's not just one game is it ? Pompey and Crewe (by all accounts) were poor performances. . We won at franchise against 10 men and all those penalties against Crewe. . It's all very well saying you have to win when not playing well, but that can't last. This is the bad spell that was coming. . I remain concerned about the defence and still can't understand the transfer window activity. We had Daniels out and Cook at the time under threat of jail, yet we brought in only Seabourne and farmed out Zubar. And we brought in 2 wingers. . I think the team must have been reading all the tosh on this site about us being the best team in the league and how we were going to win the league. Some are still writing this now ! I think you will see the best side visit Dean Court on Saturday, and their bad spell is behind them ! . Sorry, but I think we are looking at play-offs at best. If the season falls away now, we will look back to the transfer window with regret. jontee
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6:35pm Mon 18 Feb 13

rogthedodge123 says...

smhinto wrote:
As for the defeat on Saturday I believe that Ed was right. We have played three games in a week with all the traveling involved, so fatique is one factor.
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Secondly, with ref to my post in Friday, Preston fired their manager recently and therefore were rejuvinated and had to prove themselves to any new manager, and what better stage than in front of the league leaders. In addition, we have Daniels and Elphick missing, you can get away with it for a while but then the absences will catch up with you,
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I cannot see more than a draw against Sheff Utd at best. The next three games will shape our season. If we drop points against them then it is season over.
.
Let's hope Mr Painter hits the floor running.
.
Regards
Just as well you are not a Sheffield Utd supporter as you would have torn your season ticket in half as they only won 1 game in 6 matches after Christmas but now they are 2nd in the league and try not to analyse too much as the squad Eddie has assembled is the strongest in this division and that is why over the course of the season we will end up as champions by a country mile and its great to read all the other posts that believe that too-and just for the record a 3-0 victory on Saturday roared on by a full house.
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: As for the defeat on Saturday I believe that Ed was right. We have played three games in a week with all the traveling involved, so fatique is one factor. . Secondly, with ref to my post in Friday, Preston fired their manager recently and therefore were rejuvinated and had to prove themselves to any new manager, and what better stage than in front of the league leaders. In addition, we have Daniels and Elphick missing, you can get away with it for a while but then the absences will catch up with you, . I cannot see more than a draw against Sheff Utd at best. The next three games will shape our season. If we drop points against them then it is season over. . Let's hope Mr Painter hits the floor running. . Regards[/p][/quote]Just as well you are not a Sheffield Utd supporter as you would have torn your season ticket in half as they only won 1 game in 6 matches after Christmas but now they are 2nd in the league and try not to analyse too much as the squad Eddie has assembled is the strongest in this division and that is why over the course of the season we will end up as champions by a country mile and its great to read all the other posts that believe that too-and just for the record a 3-0 victory on Saturday roared on by a full house. rogthedodge123
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6:56pm Mon 18 Feb 13

MidlandExile says...

We are entering the stage of the season when there are going to be very few easy games with teams scrapping for points, whether at the top or bottom, often on poor pitches. This is the time when games are going to be decided by good players producing that moment of skill or flash of brilliance to make the difference. I believe EH has assembled a squad with enough of this type of player along with good, dependable professionals. When you look at the other promotion contenders can they boast the same? Keep the faith!
We are entering the stage of the season when there are going to be very few easy games with teams scrapping for points, whether at the top or bottom, often on poor pitches. This is the time when games are going to be decided by good players producing that moment of skill or flash of brilliance to make the difference. I believe EH has assembled a squad with enough of this type of player along with good, dependable professionals. When you look at the other promotion contenders can they boast the same? Keep the faith! MidlandExile
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7:00pm Mon 18 Feb 13

ducky24 says...

jontee wrote:
But it's not just one game is it ? Pompey and Crewe (by all accounts) were poor performances.
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We won at franchise against 10 men and all those penalties against Crewe.
.
It's all very well saying you have to win when not playing well, but that can't last. This is the bad spell that was coming.
.
I remain concerned about the defence and still can't understand the transfer window activity. We had Daniels out and Cook at the time under threat of jail, yet we brought in only Seabourne and farmed out Zubar. And we brought in 2 wingers.
.
I think the team must have been reading all the tosh on this site about us being the best team in the league and how we were going to win the league. Some are still writing this now ! I think you will see the best side visit Dean Court on Saturday, and their bad spell is behind them !
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Sorry, but I think we are looking at play-offs at best. If the season falls away now, we will look back to the transfer window with regret.
I agree. Why on earth would you loan out a Central defender in Zubar, then loan in one from another club? Daniels is the key and without him bursting down the wing overlapping Pugh we don't have a left wing presence any more. Ritchie looks alright but doesn't stand out in our squad. And then we get in a left back who is unfit and not good enough to warm the bench at Brighton. Need to win on Saturday make no mistake! Come on you reds!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: But it's not just one game is it ? Pompey and Crewe (by all accounts) were poor performances. . We won at franchise against 10 men and all those penalties against Crewe. . It's all very well saying you have to win when not playing well, but that can't last. This is the bad spell that was coming. . I remain concerned about the defence and still can't understand the transfer window activity. We had Daniels out and Cook at the time under threat of jail, yet we brought in only Seabourne and farmed out Zubar. And we brought in 2 wingers. . I think the team must have been reading all the tosh on this site about us being the best team in the league and how we were going to win the league. Some are still writing this now ! I think you will see the best side visit Dean Court on Saturday, and their bad spell is behind them ! . Sorry, but I think we are looking at play-offs at best. If the season falls away now, we will look back to the transfer window with regret.[/p][/quote]I agree. Why on earth would you loan out a Central defender in Zubar, then loan in one from another club? Daniels is the key and without him bursting down the wing overlapping Pugh we don't have a left wing presence any more. Ritchie looks alright but doesn't stand out in our squad. And then we get in a left back who is unfit and not good enough to warm the bench at Brighton. Need to win on Saturday make no mistake! Come on you reds!!!!!! ducky24
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7:14pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Court Side says...

ducky24 wrote:
jontee wrote:
But it's not just one game is it ? Pompey and Crewe (by all accounts) were poor performances.
.
We won at franchise against 10 men and all those penalties against Crewe.
.
It's all very well saying you have to win when not playing well, but that can't last. This is the bad spell that was coming.
.
I remain concerned about the defence and still can't understand the transfer window activity. We had Daniels out and Cook at the time under threat of jail, yet we brought in only Seabourne and farmed out Zubar. And we brought in 2 wingers.
.
I think the team must have been reading all the tosh on this site about us being the best team in the league and how we were going to win the league. Some are still writing this now ! I think you will see the best side visit Dean Court on Saturday, and their bad spell is behind them !
.
Sorry, but I think we are looking at play-offs at best. If the season falls away now, we will look back to the transfer window with regret.
I agree. Why on earth would you loan out a Central defender in Zubar, then loan in one from another club? Daniels is the key and without him bursting down the wing overlapping Pugh we don't have a left wing presence any more. Ritchie looks alright but doesn't stand out in our squad. And then we get in a left back who is unfit and not good enough to warm the bench at Brighton. Need to win on Saturday make no mistake! Come on you reds!!!!!!
Bore off the pair off you.If Eddie Howe's got it so wrong regards your lost love Zubar why have we gone from 4th bottom to top under his stewardship? We've lost 2 league games in 22 and still that's not good enoughfor you both? Give Painter a chance for Gods sake,he's only just walked through the door.Unfortunately,j
ontee,we can't play like Barcelona and Brazil circa 1970 all the time,indeed with teams coming to Dean Court and sitting behind the ball,for example Portsmouth,you have to excercise something called patience as we did before coming away with 3 points and as for your winning against Franchise with 10 men comments i believe we were already 1 goal to the good before the thug Lowe tried to part Tommy with his leg.I suppose you didn't think they were penalties either against Crewe?People like you really haven't got a clue and should push off and support someone else.Your opinions are worthless and treacherous.Bet you loved it when Groves was in charge!
[quote][p][bold]ducky24[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jontee[/bold] wrote: But it's not just one game is it ? Pompey and Crewe (by all accounts) were poor performances. . We won at franchise against 10 men and all those penalties against Crewe. . It's all very well saying you have to win when not playing well, but that can't last. This is the bad spell that was coming. . I remain concerned about the defence and still can't understand the transfer window activity. We had Daniels out and Cook at the time under threat of jail, yet we brought in only Seabourne and farmed out Zubar. And we brought in 2 wingers. . I think the team must have been reading all the tosh on this site about us being the best team in the league and how we were going to win the league. Some are still writing this now ! I think you will see the best side visit Dean Court on Saturday, and their bad spell is behind them ! . Sorry, but I think we are looking at play-offs at best. If the season falls away now, we will look back to the transfer window with regret.[/p][/quote]I agree. Why on earth would you loan out a Central defender in Zubar, then loan in one from another club? Daniels is the key and without him bursting down the wing overlapping Pugh we don't have a left wing presence any more. Ritchie looks alright but doesn't stand out in our squad. And then we get in a left back who is unfit and not good enough to warm the bench at Brighton. Need to win on Saturday make no mistake! Come on you reds!!!!!![/p][/quote]Bore off the pair off you.If Eddie Howe's got it so wrong regards your lost love Zubar why have we gone from 4th bottom to top under his stewardship? We've lost 2 league games in 22 and still that's not good enoughfor you both? Give Painter a chance for Gods sake,he's only just walked through the door.Unfortunately,j ontee,we can't play like Barcelona and Brazil circa 1970 all the time,indeed with teams coming to Dean Court and sitting behind the ball,for example Portsmouth,you have to excercise something called patience as we did before coming away with 3 points and as for your winning against Franchise with 10 men comments i believe we were already 1 goal to the good before the thug Lowe tried to part Tommy with his leg.I suppose you didn't think they were penalties either against Crewe?People like you really haven't got a clue and should push off and support someone else.Your opinions are worthless and treacherous.Bet you loved it when Groves was in charge! Court Side
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7:27pm Mon 18 Feb 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Paolo Di Canio has resigned
Paolo Di Canio has resigned nonnogeppetto
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7:32pm Mon 18 Feb 13

AFCB_Lanky says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Paolo Di Canio has resigned
Looks like Swindon will fall away from the promotion pack in the coming games.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Paolo Di Canio has resigned[/p][/quote]Looks like Swindon will fall away from the promotion pack in the coming games. AFCB_Lanky
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7:37pm Mon 18 Feb 13

nonnogeppetto says...

AFCB_Lanky wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Paolo Di Canio has resigned
Looks like Swindon will fall away from the promotion pack in the coming games.
Or do a Preston!!!
[quote][p][bold]AFCB_Lanky[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: Paolo Di Canio has resigned[/p][/quote]Looks like Swindon will fall away from the promotion pack in the coming games.[/p][/quote]Or do a Preston!!! nonnogeppetto
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8:15pm Mon 18 Feb 13

ianbthomson says...

Di Canio has resigned and Doncaster are losing. Night is going rather well so far!!

looking forward to 2 back to back home games coming up

UTCIAD
Di Canio has resigned and Doncaster are losing. Night is going rather well so far!! looking forward to 2 back to back home games coming up UTCIAD ianbthomson
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8:22pm Mon 18 Feb 13

ASM says...

ianbthomson wrote:
Di Canio has resigned and Doncaster are losing. Night is going rather well so far!!

looking forward to 2 back to back home games coming up

UTCIAD
great news
[quote][p][bold]ianbthomson[/bold] wrote: Di Canio has resigned and Doncaster are losing. Night is going rather well so far!! looking forward to 2 back to back home games coming up UTCIAD[/p][/quote]great news ASM
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8:34pm Mon 18 Feb 13

ASM says...

donnies have equalized
donnies have equalized ASM
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9:46pm Mon 18 Feb 13

ianbthomson says...

ASM wrote:
donnies have equalized
Still 2 points drop I feel for them and we are still top. Overall very good night
[quote][p][bold]ASM[/bold] wrote: donnies have equalized[/p][/quote]Still 2 points drop I feel for them and we are still top. Overall very good night ianbthomson
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10:09pm Mon 18 Feb 13

Phil McG (Italy) says...

There are 2 so called AFCB supporters on here who obviously weren't breast fed as babies and want the take their misfortune out on the rest of us and the team!
As liked as Zubar was by the supporters he has never been Eddie's preferred choice. Considering we have risen from the relegation zone to top stop in Zubar's absence, you can't criticise Eddie's judgement.
As for the Lincoln based 'Prophet of Doom', you really should stick to your 'scouting' job and spare us your pearls of boredom. If Eddie is interested in your Crystal 'Misery' Ball I'm sure he'd ask you for your advice.
We're still top of the league! Remember, points win prizes, not games in hand! Up the Cherries!!
There are 2 so called AFCB supporters on here who obviously weren't breast fed as babies and want the take their misfortune out on the rest of us and the team! As liked as Zubar was by the supporters he has never been Eddie's preferred choice. Considering we have risen from the relegation zone to top stop in Zubar's absence, you can't criticise Eddie's judgement. As for the Lincoln based 'Prophet of Doom', you really should stick to your 'scouting' job and spare us your pearls of boredom. If Eddie is interested in your Crystal 'Misery' Ball I'm sure he'd ask you for your advice. We're still top of the league! Remember, points win prizes, not games in hand! Up the Cherries!! Phil McG (Italy)
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