Saturday, August 20, 2011
Taken from my notes written on Friday @ 16.16 .....the first of these is the Division 1 match between Carlisle United and Bournemouth, the Cherries have done us a favour recently, but they continue to sell players and the situation is getting a little silly now. They lost the cream of the promotion side and then coach Eddie Howe left for Burnley and he has taken another couple of key players with him including star player Danny Ings who signed this week. They sold Pearce, Wiggins, Hollands Stewart and Robinson in the summer, now Ings . If that was not bad enough, after taking in another big transfer fee ( £1m for Ings) the club have come out today and said they cannot afford two first team goalkeepers !
They make the very long journey north today on the back of a 3-1 home defeat to Stevenage, who are very physical and play at a terrific tempo, so far from ideal midweek opponents and Bournemouth will have to start tomorrow without their suspended captain Adam Barrett who is their most experienced defender, with such a young backline he will be sorely missed. A real tough start to the season and a handful of injuries for this already wafer thin squad and 30 minutes with ten men against one of the fittest lower league teams, followed by seven hours on a bus today, leaves them with it all to do today.
United opened with a frightful 3-0 home loss to Notts County, but have avoided defeat in three road games since, they kept cleansheets in the last two with young on loan Newcastle United full back James Tavernier impressing in both . They could do with another striker and I understand a deal might still be done today, regardless of that, I rate them the superior side and feel this is probably a very good time to be facing the Cherries. Host are tight at the back and well organised, but time for them to switch to 4-4-2 at home, instead of the preferred diamond formation and to really go for the win, the lack of goals is a concern, but is offset partly by the quarter ball quote . Carlisle United -0.25 ball 1.97 asian line.