Saturday, 25 October 2014

Goal crazy Cherries make Birmingham feel really blue 0-8!!

Birmingham 0 v 8 AFCB (Yes EIGHT!)
25 October 2014
Attendance: 13,837 (1093 Cherry fans)
Now I didn't see that coning! Picture supplied by Damien Hill.
I kind of felt as though I had under done it a bit with my 0-4 scoreline prediction for this game. It was a bit of a massacre and I am not sure if Birmingham will recover from this. There are days when everything goes right for your team and nothing goes right for the opposition. A missed penalty just added to Birmingham's woes. For AFCB though it was their biggest ever league win and the good times we can only hope are hear to stay, as this was a comprehensive result albeit against 10-men for most of the match. The Cherries are on the march, there's no doubt about that now.

Eddie Howe named an unchanged side for the third match in a row with Brett Pitman and Callum Wilson keeping their strike partnership. It is hard to argue with that when the team keeps performing so well. I was more surprised the hear that Stephen Gleeson would start for the Blues as he had been a big doubt with a calf problem, while Wes Thomas came into the starting line up - please don't play well today Wes, I prayed! He hardly got a touch of the ball as it happens. Hall, Novak and Randolph, the keeper also came into the Birmingham side.

Match Description
Well I had just sat down and AFCB were 0-1 up!! Pitman wanted more time to try and get a hat-trick today and had fund the back of the net after just three minutes after latching on to a long ball and strolling round Randolph. Just as things got underway again Edgar was sent off bt referee Keith Hill for a tug on Callum Wilson! Birmingham would have to play the rest of the game with 10-men after Edgar was said to have stopped a goal scoring opportunity. Wes Thomas had to come off - a short day's work for him. Birmingham brought on David Davis.

What a start to a game. Novak was also in the book for a foul on Francis. Surman and Pugh were already linking well and AFCB were now trying to increase their lead. Birmingham though won a corner and the header from Hall went just over on 17 minutes. AFCB came back with Pugh dragging a shot wide. Cook was also doing his bit heading clear at the back for Bournemouth. Wilson then got through after a Surman pass and tried to lob the keeper, but his shot was parried! Pugh then put in a cross for Pitman who shot just wide. Cotterill was by far the best Birmingham player at this time, but they were struggling to play the ball out of defence. Donaldson went for an ambitious overhead kick but his shot went wide.

Steve Cook collected a yellow card for a pull on his man after 29 minutes - that puts him out for the WBA game. Grant Hall then conceded a corner as AFCB looked for their second. Surman  also picked up a yellow card - apparently he took it for the team. AFCB were short at the back. On 35 minutes though Randolph's clearance went straight to Ritchie and his first time pass to Wilson put him in and Callum made it 0-2.

Birmingham were really starting to feel the pressure now and Ritchie pounced to make it 0-3 for his first of the season.  Ritchie scored with a classy lobbed finish. Birmingham were not giving up though. David Cotterill went close after a direct free kick. AFCB were back on the attack as the half closed out. Arter played the ball up to Pitman who played in Wilson, but he hit the post with his shot!

At half time AFCB had had 62 per cent possession, 10 shots compared to four from Birmingham. Birmingham were booed off! Birmingham had made it very easy for the Cherries.

Second Half
At the start of the second half Arter forces a good save from Randolph. Elphick hauled down Clayton Doanldson and a penalty was given. Only a yellow for Elphick. Boruc faces Paul Caddis who hit the shot low to the left, but Boruc makes the save! Some bad news for AFCB did come though as Arter picked up a yellow for a bad tackle, which means he also misses Tuesday's game. He was then subbed for Gosling to come on after 56 minutes. Boruc was then called into action with a good save from Grounds. Surman also then tried his luck, but Randoph made a save. A moment later though it was AFCB extending their lead as Francis crossed and Pugh headed in the fourth.

That was the signal for Rantie to replace Pitman on 66 minutes. Pugh still had not had enough of scoring though and he made it five with another header. Callum Wilson was replaced by Ryan Fraser with 20 minutes still to go. Rantie almost put Pugh through for his hat-trick but he was offside. Up to this point AFCB had taken 17 shots and eight had been on target. 

Francis was next bundled over and a pen was awarded for AFCB. "Let Rantie take it," I pleaded and he stepped up and made it six! That wasn't it though as Gosling played in Pugh for his hat-trick to make it seven, and then Fraser hit the post, and Rantie made it eight! Fraser and Ritchie went close as the game reached extra time, but I think Birmingham had had enough by then.

Official Match tweets from AFCB
01: Cotterill & Novak kick-off to get the game started.


03: Pitman picks up the loose ball & puts the visitors in front with a great finish! #bcfc 0-1 #afcb.

06: Red card! Edgar is sent off for bringing down Wilson just outside the area. #bcfc 0-1 #afcb.

08: Pitman goes close with a free-kick, curling the ball just wide! #bcfc 0-1 #afcb

9 - Blues sub - David Davis on for Wes Thomas. 0-1. #bluesLIVE

17: Hall heads over from Cotterill's inswinging corner from the right. #bcfc 0-1 #afcb.

18: What a start at St Andrew's! Pitman put #afcbin front early on & Edgar sent off for #bcfc . 0-1.

20: Pugh finds some space on the edge of the area, but drags his shot wide.

23: So close! Wilson has his effort saved by Randolph before Pitman sends the rebound wide.

27: Donaldson tries an overhead kick inside the box, but it doesn't trouble Boruc.

29: Cook is shown a yellow card. That's his fifth booking of the season

35: GGGGOOOOOOOAAAAAALLLL to #afcb ! It's Wilson!

35: Wilson makes the most of another defensive mistake to double the lead. #bcfc 0-2 #afcb .

40: GGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOAAAALLL! Ritchie gets his first of the season. #bcfc 0-3 #afcb .

40: Ritchie nips in to lob the keeper & open his account. You could see what it meant to him! #bcfc 0-3

45: There will be three minutes of additional time at the end of the first half. #bcfc 0-3 #afcb .
47+2: Wilson hits the post. The striker denied after going one-on-one. 

HALF-TIME: #bcfc 0-3 #afcb

Second Half
46: Wilson & Pitman get the second half underway.

One change at the break for Blues - Callum Reilly on for Stephen Gleeson. 0-3.
51: Good save! Randolph pushes Arter's close range finish behind for a corner. 

53: Saved! Caddis takes & Boruc pushes it away!

52: Penalty! Elphick brings down Donaldson in the six yard box.

53: Saved! Caddis takes & Boruc pushes it away! #bcfc 0-3 #afcb. #BCFCvAFCB

55: Arter is the third #afcb player to be booked. That's his fifth yellow card of the campaign

56: Howe makes his first change, with Gosling replacing Arter

61: Surman denied by a solid Randolph block as#afcb go in search of a fourth goal.

63: GGGOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Pugh gets on the scoresheet! #bcfc 0-4

63: Francis got forward to cross & Pugh got in front of Pitman to head home. #bcfc 0-4 #afcb .

64: Rantie is on in place of Pitman for the final 25 minutes.

69: GGGGGOOOOOAAAALLL!!! Pugh is on target again! #bcfc 0-5 #afcb. http://

69: It's another header from Pugh, who sparks celebrations in the away end again. #bcfc 0-5#afcb . #BCFCvAFCB

71: Goalscorer Wilson comes off for Fraser.

76: Another good save from Boruc. He was equal to Cotterill's drive from range.

81: Penalty! Francis is fouled in the box by Cotterill.

82: GGGGOOOAAALLL!! Ohhhh Tokelo Rantie! #bcfc 0-6 #afcb.

83: GGGGGOOOOOAAAALLL! Pugh gets his hat-trick to make it seven! #bcfc 0-7 #afcb .

86: GGGGOOOOOAAAALLL! Rantie gets a second after Fraser hits the post! #bcfc 0-8 #afcb .

90: There will be four minutes of added on time at the end of the second half. http://

FULL-TIME: #bcfc 0-8 #afcb .

Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Camp, Daniels, Ritchie, Arter (Gosling 56), Surman, Pugh, Wilson (Fraser 71), Pitman (Rantie 65)

Camp, Gosling, Smith, Harte, Stanislas, Fraser, Rantie

Birmingham City
Randolph , Hall, Edgar, Robinson, Grounds, Coterril, Gleeson (Reilly 46), Caddis, Novak (Arthur 66), Donaldson, Thomas (Davis 10)

Birmingham Subs
Doyle, Packwood, Davis, Shinnie, Shea, Arthur, Reilly

Keeping the momentum going

They say it's all about momentum and consistency in the Championship. I think staying in contention is all that teams can really concentrate on at this stage of the season,, as you can easily rule yourself out of competing for the top places before January, but as long as a team is positioned in the top half, there is no need to panic that the season will end early for your team.
The race is on now to get ahead of teams in the league.
As we know AFCB are on a run of three wins in a row and I was wondering how hard it is going to be to keep such a run going? Coaches often say it is getting a run started that is the difficult thing and that once you start winning it becomes a habit, and things start to go right for your team. Having looked at the stats for the Championship though, how many teams do you think have won more than three matches in a row this season? The answer is just one! Ipswich Town won four games in a row between 13-27 September 2014. A number of teams have made three games in a row including; Watford, Derby, Wolves, Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Reading.

So it looks like two more wins for the Cherries would set a new record for the Championship this season, but on balance you could say that AFCB are due for a fall or at least a draw - not what us fans really want! The Championship is notoriously hard to keep wins going and we should remember that a few draws along the way are not so damaging to a team's prospects. Derby are unbeaten in 11 league games and it's that kind of consistency that has taken them to the top of the league. Safe journey to all those travelling to the match today UTCIAD! 

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Rival Lines: "It's been time for Clark to go for some time," says Often Partisan

Rival Lines
Match Preview: Birmingham v AFCB
Blogger Interview: Often Partisan

I caught up with Daniel at the Often Partisan blog, last Monday, on the day of Lee Clark's dismissal at Birmingham City. As you might have guessed I felt a little awkward in asking some questions but also wanted to know what Birmingham fans reaction was really like to the change that had ow happened and whether they were confident that Birmingham's results would improve.  

CC: Do you feel it was time for Lee Clark to go?

OP: Absolutely, 100% - it's been time for him to go for some time. One home win in the league in 24, in 389 days is abysmal.

CC: Who is the man who can lift Birmingham out of the bottom half of the Championship?

OP: Good question. We need someone who has experience and who can motivate existing players because they will not get money to spend.

CC: Which result has been most pleasing this season for Birmingham fans?

OP: Probably the Brighton one because we actually won at home!

CC: How do is Wes Thomas doing up front?

OP: So-so. He tries hard, he runs - sometimes he has good efforts but he is a limited player and it does show.

CC: While you've beaten Brighton at home it's still not really happening for you at St Andrews yet, why do you think that is?

OP: Honestly? Lee Clark. I think results may pick up now.

CC: How experienced are your back four as they have only had one clean sheet?

OP: Fairly experienced - in Paul Robinson's case wayyyyy too experienced. It's not about a lack of experience, it's about the lack of quality conjoined with a lack of cohesiveness. Too many changes, too much trying to accommodate the skipper (who shouldn't be in the team) ...

CC: Birmingham have scored quite a few first half goals but have conceded a lot in the second half of games, so are you a bit of a first half team?

OP: We can't play more than 45 minutes a game at any tempo for some reason, we just fall apart every now and then. That limited nature of players (and previous manager) I think.

CC: Which Birmingham player has impressed you most so far?

OP: Demarai Gray. He will go far.

CC: Have Birmingham been unlucky in some games not to get more points as you have had a lot of score draws?

OP: A little; the Ipswich game we should have got more out of (robbed by the ref) and Charlton away we could have got more out of; Brentford away we should have been out of sight at half time.

CC: Was the Fulham game the lowest point for you this season considering their league position then or was another game worse?

OP: Bolton was the worst for me, I wasn't at the Fulham game as I was in HK so I can't really say

CC: How do you think the team will line up against AFCB?

OP: Actually not sure. Randolph, Caddis, Hall, Edgar, Grounds, Davis, Reilly, Gray, Brown, Arthur, Donaldson? Depends on the management situation.

CC: Do you think the spirit around the club is better this season and do you think the team is anywhere close to getting back to back wins (question set before Bolton and Blackburn games)?

OP: It probably is with the fans with today's news (Lee Clark has just been sacked). The club as a whole though still has the whole HK ownership thing dangling over it.

Thanks for taking the time to answer all those questions Dan. There aren't many managers left in the Championship who were at those clubs last season now. The need for success has never been greater and while we wait to see who grabs the manager's chair at Birmingham City it looks like AFCB will be lining up against the Blues. It was also interesting to hear about points that have been dropped against some teams by Birmingham. AFCB have had their slip ups from winning positions too, but when you are in the bottom half those draws don't seem as good. Looking at Birmingham's home record I am sure that they will come out trying to upset the record book as a weight has probably been lifted from the fans now that a change has happened and spirits will be high as the home team look for a boost.

To catch up on the latest Birmingham City news, head over to the Often Partisan website.

You might spot Damien at the Birmingham 
match, he does like his inflatables!
While we are thinking about Birmingham City, my good friend Damien Hill (Twitter @hill_franco) was asked by Birmingham City's programme editor to profile the AFC Bournemouth squad for their match programme.

This is Damien's view of the players at the Cherries that you should see if you buy a programme tomorrow at the game:

1- Lee Camp. GK
Joined from West Brom last season on loan and signed a permanent deal in the summer. Spent 4 years at Forest making 163 apps 2009-13. Steady the ship last year but lost his place recently to loan signing Artur Boruc from Southampton.

2- Simon Francis. RB
Mr Consistent for the past couple of seasons, but at the end of last season and the start of this one he has really come into his own. Pacey defender who can run all day and can pass and cross the ball well. Has a eye for goal. Player to watch!

3- Steve Cook. CB
Joined from Brighton on loan in 2011 and signed a  permanent deal 2012. Great header of the ball and not afraid of a good tackle. He has formed a solid partnership with Tommy Elphick and has scored a few goals including a worldie overhead kick against Ipswich last season. Get in!

4-Dan Gosling. MID
A recent signing from Newcastle Utd, box-to-box midfielder and has mainly been used in cup games this season scoring in every round so far. Quality player and has good ball control and a turn of pace.

5- Tommy Elphick. CB
Captain fantastic. Also joined from Brighton in 2012 and has his own pre-match ritual (head butts the goal post). Solid defender and good in the air, but not as quick as Cook. Still, they have good understanding. Lost his place at he start of last season due to injury, but brings calm and leadership to the team.

6- Andrew Surman. MID
Started his career at Southampton and joined us on loan in 2005-06 and then joined Norwich City in 2010. He re-joined us last season on loan and signed on a permanent deal this September. he links the midfield to the forward line well, but just needs to score a few more goals. Solid player with a calm head.

7- Marc Pugh. MID
Our very own Jordi Cruyff. Usually plays left wing, but can switch to the right. Dazzling foot work with good pace and good crosser of ball. Will also pop up and score few goals. Crowd favourite.

8- Harry Arter. MID
Plays centre midfield and is a tough hard player. He can lose his temper easily and has a tendency to end up in the ref’s book. Also knows where the goal is and will work his socks of running all day.

9-Tokelo Rantie. CF
Our big money South African international striker from Malmo last season. He has failed to make a massive impact so far, scoring only 3 goals in 30 games. But he is a firm favourite with the crowd and 'if Rantie scores were on the pitch!' - is how the saying goes. He's got a big heart and big smile.

10-Brett Pitman. CF
Re-joined us in 2012 after a less than fruitful 3 years at Bristol City. Played a pivotal part of our promotion in 2012 scoring 22 goals along the way. Spent a lot of time on the bench last year and the same again this year. Nicknamed 'chicken' because of his running style.

11-Charlie Daniels. LB
Great left back and loves to over lap on the wing. Solid player and can ping a ball into the box. Suffered a heal injury last season and has not fully recovered and has lost a little bit of pace.

13-Callum Wilson. CF
Our £3 million pound signing from Coventry this season. He scored 23 goals in 55 apps for Coventry from 2009-14. Started well with us and has scored 8 goals so far. Speedy and loves to attack the defence and will run and run all day. He is young and still learning his trade, but the future is bright for him.

14-Ian Harte. LB
Legend. Don't need to say much else. Still wears his heart on his sleeve and still gives 110%.

15-Adam Smith. RB
On the books at Spurs from 2008-14 but spent most of the time loaned out including to us in 2010-11. Joined us last season and is mainly cover for Simon Francis. Good young defender and is also very quick.

16-Shaun Macdonald .MID
Joined from Swansea in 2011 and is a great work horse in centre midfield. Has a nickname of 'the Welsh Zidane' and has similarities to this great player. Lost his place recently but adds quality to the bench.

18-Yann Kermorgant. CF
Big, tall, rock centre forward. Holds ball up well and has bags of experience. Links up the midfield to the forwards well as he normal plays just behind Callum Wilson and will flick the ball on or run himself.

19-Junior Stanislas. MID
Has Premier League experience with West Ham Utd and was with Eddie Howe at Burnley. Great winger and has lots of pace, but yet to get a good run of games to find his best form.

20-Ryan Fraser. MID
Wee man from Scotland. A very, very nippy winger who loves to run at defenders. Has a low centre of gravity and is very nimble, also another player to watch.

30-Matt Richie. MID
Plays right wing mainly, but can play on the left and loves to cut in on his left foot. Great striker of the ball. Joined from Swindon in 2013 and was a massive statement of intent from us. Another player to watch. Doesn't score tap in’s

31-Artur Boruc. GK
Recent loan signing from Southampton with oodles of experience with Legia Warszawa, Celtic, Fiorentina and 58 apps for Poland. Massive presence in goal and has settled in quickly. Commands his area and uses the ball well.

32-Eunan O’Kane. MID
Started his career at Everton in the youth team and joined AFCB in 2012 from Torquay. Great midfielder and always wants the ball and most attacks will start with him. He'll usually will a play holding roll, but will get forward and can unleash a fierce shot.

Are Birmingham a different proposition now?

With Birmingham playing their last game in mid-week against Blackburn Rovers without a permanent in place they put up a spirited performance away from home. A 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers is not a bad showing and the Blues were well in that game and certainly carried the fight to Blackburn with 18 shots during the match, almost scoring in extra time. when Andrew Shinnie hit the bar! They also had Neal Eardley sent off after 51 minutes for a second yellow card, so they were playing with 10-men for much of the match. It is at St Andrews though where they have struggled, some 24 games I believe with just the one win at home. That form has to turn for them some time or they will be relegated, and AFCB can't take them lightly on Saturday as the first thing they will want to do is get that home form going.
I get the feeling that St Andrews will be packed with Blues fans on Saturday.
Demarai Gray and Clayton Donaldson led the line for them at Blackburn. It appears that Wes Thomas has just been moved on to the bench of late, but he could well be used against AFCB with his probably eagerness to score against a former team. With Stephen Gleeson, David Coterrill and Paul Caddis in their team, they have more than enough quality in their team to make it really difficult for the Cherries on their day.

As always an early goal is what Eddie Howe will be after, and listening to the way the team has been picked of late he will name an unchanged side, unless their have been any knocks in mid-week. The Cherries have to find away of quelling the renewed belief in the Birmingham side though who will be looking to restore some pride, and to show their fans that life can be brighter after the loss of Lee Clark. Whether Lee was part of the problem or fighting insurmountable odds is what Birmingham fans will not really find out for quite a few games yet, but I expect there is a lot of things that need to change to help the team play better more often and AFCB will hope to catch them before they can resolve their home form problems.

Enjoy the game all of you on the way to Birmingham tomorrow.
So I would say that yes, AFCB now have a harder game against Birmingham than they might have done. That is no disrespect for Lee Clark, but just acceptance that teams often do better when they have been in a bad spell and a manager is replaced. Still, AFCB can't look at what is happening at another team and use it as an excuse if they don't get a result. The Cherries have to believe that they can extend their winning run and beat whatever side is in front of them if they are to climb towards the top of this league.

Birmingham Home Form:

AFCB Away Form:

We have a Rival Lines this afternoon with the Often Partisan blog to preview the Birmingham v AFCB match so make sure you check out Cherry Chimes later for the latest on the opposition.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Targeting the top six in the Championship

As we go into this weekend's game there is little more than one or two results between the top 10 teams, and I'm sure you'll all agree that it is great that AFCB are well among the top teams at this stage. Of course, a couple of defeats can change things as quickly as a couple of wins, but I see plenty of potential in this Cherries side to kick on again from the promising spell it is currently enjoying.
AFCB are lining up a challenge for a top six place.
There is room for improvement, because it is mainly the strikers that are getting among the goals and there is arguably more goals in this team from midfield and the defence. Whether the slightly more direct play with Wilson leading the line has focused the Cherries goal threat more on his finishing power as a deliberate tactic is a view that some will surely hold. But I just feel that some of our players have been a bit unlucky not to register more goals yet and that they will start to come soon.

That will be very timely if the goal rate does start to climb as AFCB already have 20 goals, which is just five behind the top scorers and league leaders Derby County. It also appears that the home form is on the up and that the early season defeats are not holding the team back. The word momentum has been used by Simon Weatherstone and you get the feeling that this side is still building.
Simon Weatherstone has been keeping AFCB players
on top of their game during the international break.
At the back we have seen a third clean sheet at home and the introduction of Artur Boruc has added more belief to the Cherries back line that they can complete more shut outs. All I'll say is enjoy the football and the good times as everything is very close in the Championship and only a few weeks ago most of us were looking at how many points AFCB were above the relegation zone. We have a couple of exciting weeks to come now with another away game and then the Capital One Cup Fourth Round tie and the cameras coming down for the Brighton match - it doesn't get much better than this for an AFCB does it?

Is Artur Boruc the best keeper in the Championship?

It is hard to look beyond the qualities of Artur Boruc in the Championship for a better keeper, but the on loan Saint's keep has plenty of competition even if his record has been outstanding in recent weeks. It is not surprise that when looking for the best keepers your eye is naturally drawn to the top of the table, and while you can claim that the keeper who has kept the most clean sheets or saved the most shots are good indicators, I suspect many fans will say their club's keeper is number one. 
Artur Boruc might not be able to put his hands on his knees
for long during games, but at least his hands are not the busiest in the Championship.
I believe it also depends also on who is playing in front of the shot stopper and how often a keeper is being made to work. In recent games Artur has thankfully not been worked too hard, but in some ways it is even harder for a keeper to suddenly be called into action and have to make a great save when he has been a virtual spectator for much of the game. Artur had only played five times for the Cherries before the Reading game and with 14 saves that was an average of below three a game. He had also picked up a yellow card in one game, so perhaps there is still even better to come for Artur.

My personal favourite in the Championship may surprise some of you, but I am not saying he is the best. It is Lee Grant at Derby County. He is agile and also imposing and has more than a season's experience now at this level. I know he has a great defence in front of him that had only let in 10 goals after 12 games, but he consistently keeps clean sheets for the Rams and is one that is only going to get better. 

Every one will also know two previous Premier league keepers at Watford and Norwich. Both Heurelho Gomes and John Ruddy will have their admirers, but I don't see them as keepers on the way up in their careers. A better pick for me is Karl Darlow on loan at Nottingham Forest. I can see why Newcastle came in for him. While he may not seem a big frightening character between the sticks, he is certainly one of those with outstanding ability. The saves he has made this season already have been highly regarded with 38 saves in 14 league and cup matches.

The other keeper that I think would rival Boruc for top spot is David Marshall at Cardiff City. Another former Premier League keeper, it is a wonder how come Marshall was not picked up be a Premier League club over the summer. He has had a slow start to the season though and Cardiff have let in 15 goals in their first 12 matches.
Is Artur No1 keeper in the Championship for you?
Yet for all the big names, if you check out who has let in the least goals this season in the early stages it is Dimitrios Konstantopoulos at Middlesbrough and before this season I bet hardly any of us had even heard of him. He had made nine appearances and 14 saves before this week's midweek game, which still puts him quite some way behind Karl Darlow in my opinion.

So, much as I might hate to admit it, if there was a keeper who I would say is No1 in the Championship at the moment, I'd probably go for Karl Darlow, but if Artur Boruc can be loured to extend his contact at AFCB past January, I can see him showing AFCB fans that he has helped saved many points for the team. Perhaps you think there is another keeper in the Championship who is currently the best? Let me know who and why?

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Has Brett proved a few fans wrong?

I certainly hope Brett has proved a few fans wrong. The Jersey-born striker has been waiting patiently for his chance and could not have repaid Eddie Howe any better than what the Bournemouth manager would have seen last night. Brett has not only demonstrated that he can finish at this level, but he is now going to play much more of a role in this team I would think as the season progresses. The question that all fans will want to know in a couple of games time though is will Yann Kermorgant come back into the team when he completes his three match ban?
Brett had a point to prove and is now in a prime
position to continue his run in the team.
We will know in due course, but the Birmingham game comes first. There is little doubt that Brett and Callum Wilson are very likely to continue their partnership up front as it has been working so well with four goals from the pair in the last two games. I think Eddie Howe must be grinning fairly widely, as his strikers are certainly on form. With Brett and Callum doing so well and Rantie almost scoring when he came on, there are plenty of positives.

The first half against Reading saw no goals though and it is likely that the manager said a few words at half time to get the impact on the pitch that he demanded. While it was Callum Wilson who scored first, Brett's coolness to finish when through on goal that killed the game. Brett also never stops running and bagged a second not long after to make the result look very comfortable, after what had been a very spirited first half from the Royals. The funny thing is, just when Eddie Howe looked sure about his best 11 he might now have reason to think again.

Has Brett just moved ahead of Yann?
It was fitting that Brett was the last man off the pitch last night.