Gutted with that. A 90th minute Steve Cook header made it two 1-0 defeats in a week, punishing another lacklustre display.
We could and should have been comfortably in the lead at half time, having created some really good openings in the first half – but it’s all about putting the ball in the back of the net and we seriously lack someone who can do that at the moment.
Bournemouth grew into it and were by far the better side in the second half, but it was self inflicted as much as anything and we really will be left regretting our lack of quality in the final third again – failing to score past a brittle Bournemouth defence despite 16 shots on goal.
Playing Joselu and Gayle initially looked like it could’ve paid dividends, with the pair linking up well in the first half, however the Spaniard’s lack of confidence in front of goal was evident once again here.
The way it panned out, there can’t be too many complaints with the result given our collapse in the second half, however it’s worth mentioning that Dwight Gayle’s disallowed first half goal should have probably stood?!
There are people out there who genuinely think Dwight Gayle was offside…..
— JΛY BUCKS 🇦🇺 (@TheMasterBucks) November 4, 2017
Rafa brought on Perez and Murphy in an ‘attempt’ to liven up a pretty dismal second half display, but he got his subs wrong for me. I’m not Mitrovic’s biggest fan, but he would’ve offered more than those two did.
With Man United next and no game for two weeks, it sends us into the international break on a real downer, however we are still 11th in the table and have to believe that this will be another lesson learned – as hard working and organised as we can be, we are always in danger of these sort of results until we see some more quality brought in up top.
I’m gutted and this week has been a real reality check, but this outlook below is probably a fair one for anyone who decides it’s all doom and gloom after two defeats in a row: