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Cherries held to bore draw

AFC Bournemouth ended their pre-season campaign with a goalless draw against Bristol City.

Sean O'Driscoll returned to the away dug out at Dean Court with his League One side as both teams ended their preparations for the new season.

Bristol City will be aiming to bounce straight back from relegation to the third tier of English football for the first time in seven years, whilst the Cherries are preparing for life in the second tier for the first time since 1990.

AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe named a strong side and reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation in the absence of striker Brett Pitman, who is struggling with a thigh strain that he picked up against Real Madrid.

Ryan Allsop was selected in goal ahead of both Darryl Flahavan and Shwan Jalal, while the defence was made up from Tommy Elphick, Elliott Ward, Charlie Daniels and trialist and former Southampton right back Danny Butterfield.

Shaun MacDonald and Richard Hughes played the deeper roles in midfield, allowing Eunan O'Kane to advance further forward with Mohammed Coulibaly and Marc Pugh on the wings with Wes Thomas as the lone striker.

Despite the lack of goals coming from his side, Howe was happy that his side kept a clean sheet against a strong side with Championship experience.

Cherries: Allsop, Butterfield (Francis 54), Elphick, Ward, Daniels (Harte 65), MacDonald, Hughes (Fraser 62), O`Kane, Coulibaly (McDermott 79), Pugh, Thomas.

Howe told afcb.co.uk...

"As we expected, it was a tough game because Bristol City have a lot of players with Championship experience, We thought it would be a good test and very similar to what we can expect this season, so they didn`t let us down.

"I thought they were a decent side and it was very competitive, but the biggest positive was that we came out of it with a clean sheet.

"We know we have to work on putting the ball in the net, which is something we haven`t done too much of in pre-season, but with the attacking players we have out injured, I think that`s to be expected...


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Writer: DJ Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday July 28 2013

Time: 7:33AM

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I think it's to be expected with the attacking players we have injured and when you let a proven goal scorer go out on loan for half a season. Perhaps the "promising" Joe Partington can also be moulded into a striker as well as defender and we can lengthen his contract! Seriously, Sam Vokes anyone?
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28/07/2013 19:15:00

Lets not get ahead of ourselves, its only pre-season. We would be daft to think that at least 1 more player isn't on the way and the biggest signings usually don't come apparent until deadline day anyway. If Wes Thomas is the only available striker on Saturday when they walk out onto the pitch, that's when I will start my moaning.
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28/07/2013 20:09:00

Bit of a stupid thing to say Woking, what's he done to you. Pinched your place in the squad. No thought not. Moron
yellowsub
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28/07/2013 21:04:00

^ People are so brave with their insults in cyber space
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28/07/2013 23:00:00

 

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