Formerly known as The Cherries they now call us The Artists… because we like to draw!
1-0 to the good against struggling Manchester City courtesy of the instrumental Lewis Cook’s third goal of the season, we literally threw the lead away from a throw-in, allowing Kevin de Bruyne to equalise.
There then followed three consecutive 0-0 draws and I can understand the frustration that this caused our loyal fans. Huddersfield Town away, Newcastle United at home and Leicester City away were the trio. Against The Foxes Marcus Ingvartsen, starting his third game in a row, contrived to miss a golden opportunity as my faith in misfiring frontmen such as Ingvartsen and fellow struggler Giovanni Simeone continues to fade!
However we turned on a show and the tide at home to Burnley to get back to winning ways. David Brooks and Moses Simon produced two excellent goals to put us 2-0 ahead at half-time. For Brooks, it was his first goal of the season and a splendid solo one at that. He’s lost out to Jordon Ibe for the most part in the battle for game time this season but continues to show signs of improvement. Early in the second half we were unlucky to hit the crossbar at the end of a fantastic move then had a little scare when everyone’s favourite Austrian youth international Ashley Barnes netted late on for the visitors. We held on however to ease any lingering threat of relegation.
With five games of the 2018-19 season to go, the vital statistics are:
P33 W8 D15 L10 F24 A27 P39
We sit in 13th place, 7 points clear of relegation with just 15 points left to play for. We’ve kept 14 (!) clean sheets, Josh King (8) is our top scorer and Moses Simon (5) has the most assists. Look out for a season round-up shortly!