Writer: Neil Dawson
Date:Saturday May 5 2012
5th May 2012, 3pm
It was a fitting end to the season. Not a great deal of entertainment and passion, no forwards scoring or looking like scoring, no wing play that got people off their seats, and no goals from open play! Anything else would have somehow felt wrong...
The main difference to the rest of the season was we had a goalkeeper tall enough to stop us conceding the usual 'header from a set-piece' effort and a referee who finally gave us a penalty - Daniels almost taking the label off the ball with his boot leather.
Groves kept the same team as last week with Fletcher returning on the bench. The game started brightly with Lyle Taylor particularly prominent bursting past two before firing narrowly over from a tight angle and then flashing a volley from Francis's cross narrowly wide. Pugh then cut in and curled a drive inches over but that was the end of any meaningful action.
The game then descended into typical end of season fayre with the teams taking it in turns to move slowly up the pitch before messing the end product up with poor crossing and final passing. It was like watching two struggling basketball teams. Bournemouth were giving the ball away with increasing frequency and when we did have periods of dominance it involved a lot of quick passing triangles followed by a loose through ball or fluffed cross.
This went on for that long that when the tannoy announcer said there was a car needing moving I can't have been alone in hoping it was my number plate that was going to get announced. Sadly it wasn't though and I was in situ for PNE's only shot of the match - Ehmer's thumping snap-shot bringing out a top drawer full length save from Jalal.
HT Bournemouth 0 PNE 0
The second half was like the first with all the action condensed into a small period at the beginning. Taylor was put clean through on the right but bizarrely opted to cut back inside when he had an opportunity to drive across the keeper. This saw him blocked but when Mcdermott spun on the corner of the penalty area he was needlessly tripped and the referee pointed to the spot. DANIELS nearly took the net out with his barnstorming effort to give the Cherries the lead.
This heralded a spell of confident play with Macdonald at the centre but again the end balls were frustratingly poor. Fletcher then came on to a standing ovation, along with Wakefield for Taylor and Mcdermott. The crowd were willing the big-man to score and he had his only chance when Thomas fired hard across goal from his own turn and run but the returning hero air-kicked at the crucial moment.
And so the game played out in a nature fitting of the season. The odd bit of flattering to deceive that disappeared in sea of poorly delivered set pieces and final balls. There was no goal for Fletch, no shots to savour and if ever you wanted an epitome moment it came when Thomas, clean through and bearing down on an expectant North Stand and a nervous keeper, looked up and..................... fell clean over.
FT Bournemouth 1 PNE 0
Jalal 7 - Confident claiming, monster kicking and one great save.
Francis 6 - Good running - suspect end product.
Zubar 7 - Strong defending and great distribution.
Addison 7 - Resolute and reads game exceptionally well.
Daniels 7 - Up and down flank on his own - great pen.
Pugh 6 - A 70% performance in open play - poor delivery from set's
MacDonald 8 - Bursting runs, clever turns, good passing range.
Cooper 6 - Kept it ticking over without breaking sweat really.
McDermott 6 - Flatters to deceive. Moments of genius - no end ball
Thomas 5 - Shadow of player that arrived. Poor control and finishing
Taylor 5 - Buzzed around with odd good cross field pass. No threat
Date:Saturday May 5 2012
Footballers found not guilty (Friday May 24 2013)
10 years ago today (Friday May 24 2013)
Flahavan: I am staying to fight for the shirt (Friday May 24 2013)
Cherries linked with Brentford striker (Thursday May 23 2013)
Win a kit for a local youth football team (Thursday May 23 2013)
Introducing the 'All Departments' podcast (Thursday May 23 2013)
Mitchell: It is paramount we keep Howe (Thursday May 23 2013)
Three more games added to pre-season schedule (Thursday May 23 2013)
Pitman: No-one expected us to go up that day (Wednesday May 22 2013)
Mitchell: Season ticket sales are fantastic (Wednesday May 22 2013)
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