WILL OCTOBER SEE THE CHERRIES BACK IN PLAY-OFF CONTENTION?
by Tales From The South End
With a ‘friendly’ set of fixtures coming up will AFC Bournemouth be able to get 12 points out of 12?
Where are we in the 2014/15 Championship table? Mid-table. Is this what we should expect? Is this what we were expecting?
It might be what’s expected, but we at TFTSE expect more. The season so far has failed to burst into life after the initial goal blitz. Two early wins gave the Cherries fans serious cause to believe that we really ‘We’re on our way’.
BACK TO REALITY
The Championship has a habit of hitting back and very quickly revealing exactly how difficult the league can be. However, a few dropped points here and there (Rotherham, Leeds, Forest) have been matched by excellent performances and valuable points away from home (Watford, Norwich).
BOLTON, CHARLTON, READING & BIRMINGHAM, EASY
The October fixture list pairs the Cherries with two teams above us and two teams below us in the league. First up is Bolton who have struggled home and away in the league. Will Saturday 4th October provide the Cherries with their second away win of the season? This is a very realistic yes. If we can replicate the Watford and Norwich performances (not Derby) it will be 3 points towards the play-offs.
HOME FORM IS CRUCIAL
It’s a cliche but home form is crucial to a team’s success. This is where the Cherries need to step up and get results. The Forest, Leeds and Rotherham games that could have easily been 3 wins from 3, instead of 1 point from 9.
What Bournemouth need to do is get the ball in the back of the net. But, with Callum Wilson and Yann Kermorgant struggling to replicate early season form, especially Wilson, goals are hard to come by.
Callum Wilson hasn’t scored in five games. Perhaps now is the time to unleash Tokelo Rantie and give him a chance to shine
If Kermorgant and Wilson can find their shooting boots then the consecutive home games against Charlton and Reading could reap the benefits of six points. Another Tuesday night performance similar to last season’s outing against Reading would be the icing on the cake.
The final game in October is away to Birmingham, another team at the wrong end of the table. Their form has picked up a little of late, but there a team not to be afraid off. They may be wary of the mighty AFC Bournemouth after last season. Lets hope that’s the case and another victory awaits the Cherries.
Twelve out of twelve is a big ask for any team, but its not impossible and surely 24 points will see AFC Bournemouth back in the play-off positions and ready for the Premiership dream to return. We believe, do you?