The opposition view... AFC Bournemouth

  • by Staff Writer
  • Wednesday, 13th January 2016

Despite a promising first half, the Cherries were well and truly beaten on their own patch by Slav's marauding Hammers. See what the AFCB fans think about their team's performance....

"In the archetypal game of two halves, a Dimitri Payet-inspired West Ham ran riot in the second to leave Bournemouth nervously eyeing the drop zone. Bournemouth had looked so comfortable sitting one-nil up at half time but a freak Matt Ritchie injury meant the team lost all shape and allowed West Ham back in - a chance they took with style. A worrying display for Eddie albeit against a very impressive (on their second half performance) West Ham side."
- Neil Dawson

"The quality of West Ham's first and third goals were the difference really, both free-kicks were right out of the top drawer and there was very little that we could do about either goal, apart from not giving the free-kicks away in the first place and that swung the game their way. We had some really good chances first half, we probably should have been more than one ahead. We scored a good goal ourselves and like I said, created some good openings. I do not think we were our usual selves with the ball tonight, which was probably the big disappointment for me, as we are usually very positive and accurate with our passing. But I thought we were slightly negative in the first half, which I think contributed to our downfall. It was a blustery day, but I do not think you can use the conditions. The pitch was good and zippy, everything was in our favour to have a good slick game in terms of our passing, but we were just not quite right."
- Eddie Howe (AFC Bournemouth manager)

"What a strange contrast between the two halves. Very impressed wih our first half, should have had the game out of sight. Second half, West Ham clattered into us and dominated. They won every second ball and scored two fantastic individual strikes when the chance arose. Boruc did well first half with the two West Ham counter attacks that he had to deal with. The free kicks looked excellent to me, especially Payet's. Perhaps he could have done better with the Valencia effort? On another day we certainly wouldn't have lost. But tonight we did, and we have to work on the positive first half and dust ourselves down and forget the second half."
- NorthstandMark

"West Ham learnt from the first game. They pressed us and higher up the pitch early on, fell away then recovered the pressing late in each half. We were lucky it was Payet's first game back, after two or three games he'll be even more of a menace. Valencia also still finding his feet after injury? QUALITY!"
- RingwoodRob

"I pointed out in December that the high tempo, long running game we play has been known to wear teams out by January/February. I hope we are not seeing the beginning of this because quite frankly, they all looked like they needed a fortnight in Dubai tonight. Boruc saved us twice in the first half. Francis and Cook were caught out on a few occasions and Daniels looked knackered. I thought Surman was the pick of the midfield. A decent start from Afobe, i think he will do well but if only he'd taken one of those two glorious chances it could have been so different. Our passing tonight was shocking and West Ham seemed to pick up every loose or bouncing ball."
- West Moors Cherry

"We didn't quite hit the levels that we have done in previous games, but saying that I think second half they controlled the game more than we would have liked, I don't think they looked like scoring until Payet produces an unbelievable free kick and sets up the second one. Then you are chasing the game a bit and the third one was another unbelievable free kick, but that's the reality of the Premier League. You can be in a game and two bits of quality can take it away from you. We are obviously really frustrated."
- Andrew Surman (AFC Bournemouth midfielder)

"Boruc might have saved us twice in the first half but he didn't for their third. It's swings and roundabouts, if Afobe had finished his chances then it could have been 3-0 at half time or 3-all at full. West Ham weren't that much better and I'm struggling to see the issues here. The first was a wonder strike, their second was an unfortunate slip from Daniels that left Payet set up the cross (freak slip) and the third was a 'keeper error."
- red_house

"We were poor tonight but we were beaten by two fantastic strikes. Some of our short passing was dreadful, I had to look at Cook's and Francis's footwear to make sure they didn't have flippers on rather than boots . Ritchie's injury was a big turning point and I am afraid to say Iturbe looked absolutely lost. He was wondering around the pitch as if he was in a daze, really hope Ritchie is fit for Saturday . Afobe had a very good debut and Boruc made some excellent saves - and that's about all there was positive to say about our performance . A bad night at the office."
- Beachboy

"I was in the Ted Mac and saw all four goals up close, hence my view that some people are being slightly over critical about the team performance and the result. Their second was a freak stroke of misfortune by Daniels losing both feet, the third - well Boruc I thought should have been covering that post better, he was simply rooted to the spot - perhaps too critical. Their first was unstoppable. "
- DJ

"Right from the start we looked poor tonight, apart from a ten minute spell after our goal. West Ham looked stronger than us, played our passing and pressing game better than us and most, if not all, of our outfield players were a couple of seconds behind in thinking about what to do/who to pass to. That being said, we could have been three up at half time and in my opinion, their player should have seen red for his forearm smash/elbow on Arter. But there you go, lost to a better team on the night."
- joefraser

"There was something a bit flat about today. I thought the crowd was poor, no-one seemed to have any urgency on the ball and key players failed to turn up. We had good moments throughout though, it just weirdly felt like an almost lackadaisical performance. I don't think we were outclassed, except by Payet. We could have wrapped the game up and held on for a win, but it just didn't happen."
- NWCherries98

"Well we really are becoming a Premier League side, aren't we. We now play in a stadium where 90 per cent of the supporters sit in silence. That was embarrassing last night.
Botto switches off the music so we can 'crank up the atmosphere' and - total bloody silence. Still it is nice to watch a game where you can hear the players shouting to each other. isn't it..."
- GARYafCb

"I thought West Ham looked a good side. The second half from them was very professional. Strong and quick. We couldn't cope. Maybe too much to expect from three debutants. No shame in losing to free kicks like those. We move on to Norwich with a point to prove. We can play better!"
- Red_till_im_ded

"I`m not thinking about the fact I scored my first Premier League goal, I`m focusing on the performance personally and as a team, we were nowhere near good enough. We were in control in the first-half even though we weren`t playing as well as we could and the second-half was really poor, they deserved the three points. In the last seven or eight games even if we haven`t been getting a result we`ve played well and been positive, but tonight, I`m not sure why that`s the case."
- Harry Arter (AFC Bournemouth midfielder)

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