Francis: We need to come back with the right mindset
AFC Bournemouth captain Simon Francis believes the Cherries need to return from their Portuguese training camp with the right mindset.
AFC Bournemouth headed off to Portugal for some warm weather training following the Cherries heavy defeat to Huddersfield Town.
Having been knocked out of the FA Cup, the Cherries have a free weekend to concentrate on fitness ahead of the Premier League run in.
Prior to the defeat to Huddersfield, AFC Bournemouth had enjoyed a run of seven games unbeaten in the Premier League and had climbed up the table from the relegation places to as high as 9th.
But Francis believes that the Cherries failed to match Huddersfield's desire during the 4-1 away defeat on 11th February.
Francis told BBC Radio Solent...
'It's got to be a reality check for us, After a break, we need to come back refreshed and right in our mindset.'
'Considering the run we've been on recently and the defending we've had to do, it was poor (against Huddersfield),'
'We didn't put enough quality into our game and ultimately we came unstuck. Maybe if we'd been on a similar points tally to Huddersfield coming into this game, we'd have matched their desire.
About time for a conspiracy theory.
Francis seemed to almost stop for their first goal, then when Mounie was ahead of Francis and goal-side, Gosling hesitated allowing Pritchard to bang in a pretty good goal (although well within reach of Begovic)
Our equaliser; Junior seemed to be aiming for the post and was disappointed when it went in. That was clear from the very muted celebrations, almost as if no goal was intended. I cannot recall such a depressed celebration to a goal of ours when equalising this season.
After that, our players strolled around, allowing HTFC to look like Brazil before Begovic made his dive in an 'attempt' save their 2nd goal, using a calendar to judge his timing to attempt his save.
Cook then scored their 3rd goal for them and fortunately the ref came up with 6' of stoppage time and gave them a penalty to give a clear 3-goal advantage.
So either somebody made a killing on the spread-betting of a 3-goal margin based on the form table, or it was all a ploy to get Southampton into the drop-zone.
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