Date:Monday September 17 2012
AFC Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell believes the Dean Court faithful should rally together to support the team.
A lacklustre performance looked to be heading towards a goalless draw, until Shaun MacDonald was adjudged to have fouled Evan Horwood inside the box and referee Fred Graham pointed to the spot.
Five minutes before the goal and Cherries manager Paul Groves responded to sections of the Dean Court crowd who had been chanting 'we want Tubbsey on' and introduced the Cherries record signing to the game.
He had only featured for 27 minutes of the new League One campaign up to that point following two late substitute appearances and during his 23 minutes against Hartlepool he had two chances in front of goal, taking one of them.
The first was a header from close range, he did well to make contact with the ball but couldn't get the ball on target. The second was played through to him on the edge of the box by Fogden and one on one with the 'keeper Tubbs took his chance to score his first goal of the season.
Some sections of the Goldsands stadium booed the performance at half time and full time, whilst there were also calls for manager Paul Groves to be sacked. Mitchell believes that the performance didn't warrant the boos and thinks the Cherries fans should improve the atmosphere at Dean Court.
Mitchell told the Daily Echo...
"I thought they (the fans) influenced the game at half-time and there had been no reason to boo. We were a bit cagey and lacked spirit in the first half, but there had been no atmosphere and the crowd had been silent...'
'...We have been to Portsmouth twice this season and there is no comparison with how their supporters react when they concede a goal. They could go 10-0 down and their fans would still bang the drum and sing out their hearts. It is about time our supporters got together and realised just what they have got. It was as flat as a pancake...'
'...The supporters could help so much. I was more disappointed and frustrated than they were but I would never boo our boys. It was heart-breaking."
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