Date:Sunday March 3 2013
2nd March 2013, 3pm
AFC Bournemouth succumbed to their fourth consecutive defeat away at Leyton Orient on Saturday.
In front of a travelling support of around 1,500, a defensive mix up midway through the first half gifted the home side the lead through Charlie MacDonald, before a second defensive error at the start of the second half all but ended the game for Eddie Howe's side when MacDonald scored his second.
Brett Pitman briefly restored hope with a goal on 66 minutes, only for Kevin Lisbie to score Orient's third with ten minutes remaining.
I didn`t make any notes so I am in no position to write a match report but here`s why we lost.
Jalal, completely indecisive for the first goal, kicking again poor, & communication with his centre backs non-existent. Had no chance with the second & third but poor. I actually miss James; & having watched Alsopp a number of times for Orient, think he might be a better shout than both.
This is why we lost. Francis and the centre backs had an absolute shocker. I`m unwilling to criticise Ritchie as he was the best of the bad bunch despite being an attacking winger being played horribly out of position. Since Howe arrived & with Daniels & Elphick in the side they have worked as a unit, been very well drilled & organised from set pieces, none of the above were even remotely present today & Seaborne was so bad it was almost match fixing.
The first goal was a big long looping pass that everybody in the defence decided was going out so ignored it. Jalal appeared to be especially culpable for this, as it would have gone out metres from where he was stood. David Mooney chased it, laid it back to MacDonald, 1-0. It was a ridiculously stupid goal to give away; embarrassingly easy & extremely unprofessional. But it was to get worse.
The second goal was another hopeful punt at head height which either one of our CBs could have headed with ease. Seaborne had a token attempt; missed horribly, & the ball dropped behind them to Macdonald (although 2 or three Orient players were now behind the defence & clear on goal, who slotted it home despite Jalal getting some sort of contact on it. Second stupid goal of the day. You often hear it described as 'schoolboy defending` but even at school level there would be an absolute inquisition after the entire defence were beaten by such a woeful pass.
Now the third, will appear to be the fault of Matt Richie when replayed on television, who slipped to allow Moses Odubajo through into the box. However, what was more notable to me was the vast amount of time Kevin Lisbie was given to control the ball & slot home whilst stood on the 6 yard line. Absolutely appalling, stupid goal number three.
These were not isolated incidents either, Francis was rarely to be
found manning his post all afternoon, & was almost never goal or ball side of his opposite number. Seaborne tried a late attempt to concede yet another goal with pathetically poor control to allow Lisbie straight through, he mopped up after himself by catching up & tackling him, but deserves about as much credit as a man who throws an egg firmly into his own face but then heads it back into his hand without it cracking.
All 3 were shockingly bad, & looked disorganised all afternoon.
We desperately, desperately miss Elphick & Daniels.
When Groves was manager I couldn`t even try & guess what we were trying to do, but today I knew exactly what we were trying to do & it was ridiculous. Long balls aimed at O kane, Fogden, Mcquoid to flick on. Shockingly this trio of borrowers barely won a header all afternoon. Richard Hughes pulled off a passable Danny Hollands impression by passing sideways & backwards for an entire afternoon, & Pugh was almost completely anonymous, occasionally running half-heartedly into a crowd of orient defenders.
Grabban. Alone. Decided he wasn`t going to bother being on the shoulder of the last defender or attacking crosses; he`d much prefer to play midfield. So he did. When Ritchie did manage to attack & whip balls along the 6 yard box, we had all of our players lining the edge & Orient looking around in disbelief that there was nobody challenging.
We improved pretty briefly when Pitman was introduced, & his goal was a thing of beauty, a looped diagonal ball from O Kane caressed into the opposite side of the goal on the volley with the keeper left helpless. After that it was back to normal; our defensive frailties preventing any sort of build-up play & stifling our attacks. Ridiculous hopeless punted balls & no penetration whatsoever became the order of the day.
To top it all off, the away accommodation is awful at Brisbane road. Some of the worst I`ve seen for years. There`s no space, the toilets are revolting, the stewards were searching handbags on the way into the ground & the size of the seats would be frowned upon in a Wendy House. £23 is the worst value for money I`ve had all season.
The 2 goal lead was down to disorganisation in the defence, & the lack of threat up front was caused by playing 4-5-1 without a '1.' The most frustrating days I've had at football since Crawley away. None of our players deserve any credit whatsoever except Ritchie.
As a footnote, this result could partially be my fault. I am now on a run of 13 years without seeing Bournemouth win in the town where I live. This includes 7 years worth of fixtures against Northampton Town, 3 years against Saints, & now the first year in Leyton.
Date:Sunday March 3 2013
Howe: We delivered when the pressure was on (Friday May 17 2013)
Ritchie: It`s my best achievement (Friday May 17 2013)
Addison: Biggest challenge of my career (Friday May 17 2013)
Cherries to erect temporary stand (Friday May 17 2013)
Elphick: Howe loves Bournemouth (Thursday May 16 2013)
Francis: Howe chart was eye opener (Thursday May 16 2013)
Strugnell joins H&W (Thursday May 16 2013)
Arter: Hughes experience is a positive (Wednesday May 15 2013)
Pitman: I don't have anything to prove (Wednesday May 15 2013)
Cherries pre-season begins to take shape *update* (Tuesday May 14 2013)
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