Lightning won't strike twice

Monday 21st January 2013 18:33

Decent performances in the cup

Decent performances in the cup

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Bournemouth FanZoner Ash Hover isn't worried about the Cherries repeating last season's slump in form.

Howe needs to keep foot on the pedal

From 0 in 18, to two in two. Defeats have been few and far between for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side, but after not tasting it since early October, the South coast side has sunk to two in five days.

This time last year, Lee Bradbury's side embarked on a nine-match unbeaten run which saw the Cherries storm up the table, only to lose form towards the end of January and eventually sink to five defeats on the bounce and leave themselves sitting meaninglessly in mid-table.

Am I worried this might happen again? In short, no.

It took a Premier League side to end our unbeaten run, and it even took them a replay and a Man United contracted Chilean. Anyone who says they fielded a weakened team can only be a hater, or a Southampton fan (or is that the same thing?) - It took a £6m signing to score a 20-yard belter past Shwan Jalal and some brilliant saves from Ali Al Habsi for the Latics to emerge triumphant.

Just as we did in that FA Cup replay, we hit the woodwork twice on Saturday against Walsall. Furthermore, we lost Harry Arter to injury early on and the Saddlers' second penalty was gifted to them by Eunan O'Kane - who I don't even think he can explain what he was thinking himself.

You might be reading this thinking I'm just another football fan talking out my arse and making up rubbish excuses explaining why my team lost, but just watch us return to winning form tomorrow (Tuesday) against Jeff Stelling's beloved Hartlepool, and then again at home to Crewe on Saturday. The real test comes next month when we face MK Dons, Sheffield United and Coventry - who I'm hoping will sorely be missing David McGoldrick.


Wigan's side included Maynor Figueroa's bullet left-foot, Emerson Boyce's hulk-like strength, and Roger Espinoza's Jesus-like hair and brilliant passing play. I do not know the possession stats but from where I was sitting, we dominated Roberto Martinez's side in the second half. Martinez himself was full of praise for Eddie Howe's side, despite calling him 'Eddie Howey' in the post-match press conference - and I'm told David Pleat referred to the gaffer as Ernie Howe on 5 live - but yes, we were more than a match for a top-flight side which included numerous international talents.

Walsall themselves are on a run which has seen them pick up 18 points from a possible 21, and I was extremely impressed with how tricky a customer Northern Irish striker Will Grigg was.

The run had to come to an end sometime, and there were fears we would suffer an FA Cup hangover - we did, but now let's move on. Two defeats out of 20 isn't exactly bad is it...

We face top-of-the-table Tranmere Rovers on the final day of the season and currently have a 13-point gap to make up if we want to catch them, and I fully believe that with a bit of luck, we might be facing Wigan Athletic again, very soon. Up the Cherries!

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