Date: 19th July 2010 at 5:23pm
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Ever since Bournemouth gained promotion to league 1 there has been plenty of talk about the south coasts ‘second rate` derby, and plenty of discussion ahead of what is to be some exciting derby matches over the season.

Bournemouth fans are perhaps more excited than us about such a matchup, and who can blame them for wanting to get one over on us. However, it seems to me that they have got so hyped up about an upset that they are ‘looking forward to stuffing us`.

It seems to me that they have got a little ahead of themselves and forgot just who they are and who they are facing, and yes they are in for a shock but not the one they are hoping for. Time this lot got a reality check – Southampton style.

There are teams in league 1 who have the pedigree to beat us most definitely, the likes of Wednesday and Plymouth are certainly equals and will push us all the way this year. Bournemouth however? They may have determination and pedigree but what else do they have?

Squads – the difference in ability between both teams is quite startling. We narrowly missed out on the playoffs last year and have last years top goal scorer in the country heading a strong attack.

What do they have? The best they have to answering Lamberts impressive form is Brett Pitman, a youth team prospect who finished as one of the top goal scorers in league 2. He has also attracted the interest of many clubs and could leave before the start of the season.

But can he be a competent striker in this league? Playing against sides that have been relegated from the championship and possess championship class players is a little different to ‘Lincoln` away.

Just a thought before they get their hopes up too much.

I guess they can place their hopes of not only beating us but staying up as well on Steve Fletcher, a 37 year old league 1 journeyman who has only scored 15 goals in the last 4 years, or maybe on new signing Steve Lovell who signed from the mighty Partick Thistle and has managed 11 goals over the last 2 years.

Looking at those attacking options I can`t see them even surviving in this league, and beating us? It would be one hell of an upset.

I wonder then what our midfield of Hammond, Schneiderlin, Lallana and Puncheon will be facing when Bournemouth come to SMS, well there`s not much class in this part of the field either with a mix of inexperienced lower league youngsters and youth team rejects.

The likes of Danny Hollands who was released by Chelsea before being snapped up by Bournemouth in 06 has been impressive in league 2, but has not shown any real snippets of league 1 quality.

Liam Feeney joined Bournemouth from non-league Salisbury in February and severely lacks in league 1 experience, with a total of one loan appearance for Southend as his only playing time at this level.

Inexperienced players who are not proven league 1 performers will be up against the Saint`s finest, Dean Hammond has years of experience in this league and has the ability to break up the game in the middle of the park, Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with Newcastle in recent seasons as well as the ever skilful Adam Lallana.

Again you have to ask yourself how they expect a team of youngsters and has beens to avoid the inevitable relegation dogfight that will face them this year, with little experience of playing at this level I`m afraid their optimism will be dashed.

Defensively there is no contest, again the Bournemouth line up in this part of the field consists of former youth teamers at Premiership clubs who never made the grade anywhere else, the likes of Ryan Garry have failed to go beyond the bottom of the lower leagues since being released from Arsenal.

Even the clubs match captain, who is supposed to be a leader on the field is vastly inexperienced at the age of 22, a loan to Woking followed by a move to league 1, and once again has failed to show any promise of going up the leagues.

When you put that against our own defence? We have the likes of Jose Fonte who is a proven championship centre half, a player who could have moved to any club in the championship chose to join us on the sunny south coast, other experienced defenders like Radhi Jaidhi and Danny Butterfield complete a defence that could easily hold its own in the championship.

Perhaps they are buoyed by Brightons achievements rather than the quality of the teams? Though they would be foolish to forget that Brighton have a squad of vastly seasoned players who have been together for some time, they would also be foolish to forget that Brighton have a decent manager at the helm.

What about Eddie Howe you ask? He`s supposed to be a decent up and coming manager, or another word for someone who has failed to prove himself at any level higher than league 2, sure he won the club promotion from league 2 but that doesn`t make him a great manager at any level.

His recent success is countered by his lack of management experience and time in this game, when you compare him to our very own Alan Pardew? It`s obvious that Pards has the advantage in terms of managing successful clubs and players.

AP is an FA cup finalist manager and player who has managed in the Premier League, championship, and league 1.

Eddie Howe on the other hand? He has had a somewhat unfortunate playing career with injuries leading to his eventual retirement and early move into management, he has achieved success within his 2 years at Bournemouth but does that make him a top lower league manager? Certainly not.

And with that in mind you have to ask yourself, who has the upper hand on dealing with pressure, Pardew has been in charge and faced the pressures of the South Coast derby and the pressures of leading a Premiership underdog to a cup final, as a player he has faced pressure also as an FA cup finalist.

Howe`s greatest pressure was being a journeyman between clubs in a short and unsuccessful career, and managing in the lowest division in the football league – hardly the same.

And to end this article there is a message to Bournemouth fans –

If any of you are reading this and I`m sure you are, this is not fuelled by any personal hatred of your club or your fans, in fact I understand exactly why you want to beat us and your club has gone through a lot. But to say that you will beat us? And to say that you will ‘stuff` us as some of your fans have been saying?

It`s time you lot got real, we are a side who will be right at the top and we have the pedigree and ability to go all the way, your side may have done well in league 2 but that means nothing now, and the best you can hope for is a very lucky upset and a tough fight in this division.

All the best for the season – just don`t get your hopes up too much for this match…

because the Saint’s are coming for you.


70 Replies to “Bournemouth Fans – Time They Got Real”

  • The majority of AFCB fans are realistic about our prospects. Not many of us really think we will stuff you but win or lose, we will give you a decent game.

    We have the players here to survive in this league.. several of the players relegated from League 1 in 2008 only due to a 10 point deduction are still here (and the crap manager we had then has gone). We have added players who did well in L2 last season, and will hopefully do well this season in what should be a better footballing division than L2.

    It will be tough, but I believe that we have the ability to survive reasonably comfortably in this division.

    Good luck for the season (bar Aug 10, Oct 2 and Mar 12 of course!)

  • Hang on DJ. Who said we don’t care? Yes it is a bit on the long side but it would be nice to hear how you think you will stuff us. Unless of course it is just a load of hot air.

  • To add to that… if trying to keep the team you supported as a boy from dropping out of the League and into almost certain oblivion a la Chester isn’t pressure, then I don’t know what is.

  • Having had the misfortune of living in Southampton I’ve been told numerous times by your lot that you don’t care about us and we’re just the little club down the road. Now all of a sudden we get pages of inaccurate waffle trying to discredit us.

  • Help me understand the purpose of this article?
    I do not see the Bournemouth game as anything other than another game and we do not have the same view of our rivalry as they do. Let them big it up if they want – why get so childish about our team’s better than yours….of course ours is better but they have done well given their circumstances so just relax

  • DJ – The amount of times I’ve heard things like ”I cant wait till we play them and stuff them at their place” and other comments of the same ilk, and its a hell of a lot of talking for a club who’s squad neither has the capabilities or pedigree to beat a side of our quality unless its an upset.

  • I believe we have the team to achieve promotion this season.
    But to rubbish Bournemouth before the season has started is a bit foolish in the extreme.
    To achieve promotion under their circumstances was nothing short of amazing.They did it despite a transfer embargo,and to sometimes only being able to field 3 subs in some games.
    Eddie Howe did a brilliant job last season and I think they will suprise a lot of teams this season.

  • Natural Order Resume – the reason for doing an article about Bournemouth is for 2 reasons, firstly we are going to play them in the carling cup in the second game of the season, and therefore a ‘preview’ article was due. The reason for the hostility? because Bournemouth fans have become increasingly arrogant about their teams chances, and this article is about reminding them that we are not going to lay down and let them capitalise…

  • Legod7 – their promotion from league 2 was a great achievement, but League 1 is a whole new ball game with several clubs who could survive in the championship if not thrive… league 2 and league 1 are very different in many aspects, foolish in the extreme? maybe I am setting myself up for a very big fall! but Bournemouth have become very cocky recently and they are setting themselves up for just as big a fall.

  • Cherry_brandy – thanks for pointing out that error, Bournemouth not being my club as well as little in terms of internet sites with the exact details means that a few numbers are perhaps different, the fact that 3 websites had 3 different ages for him…

  • I don’t know how you think of Bournemouth Natural Order Resume but I fancy they will give us a good tight game. The cup game will be but their second game and a few Cherry fans have been bigging it up. that said I still think we will win…..The purpose of any article is to reach someone who will respond. Bringing people to this site whether to celebrate a good win or talk about the prospecs is all the same……The way I see it is this. Some Bournemouth fans(the minority) say they are going to stuff us. They are hardly going to say that they will get stuffed themselves now are they?…….Us on the other hand haved fans who think we are way and above superior to them. We are still a club with star players and will walk this league….. Opinion is just that. You have yours and others will disagree. What is new?

  • Thanks…that’s Eddie’s team talk done for him. Enlarge that and put it on the dressing room door.

  • I love it. We have a range of individuals here and most are responding to a headline and article with regard a game soon to be played…….Legod7 I agree wholeheartedly with you. Their performance last season was in my book the outstanding team performance of the season. They responded valiantly to all that was thrown in their path and overcame the obstacles. Their manager did a tremendous job and could be a fantastic manager in the making. Only time will tell. I also think that given a reasonable start they could finish top half. For them with their finances that would be an achievement. IMHO

  • shg funny thing is it should not be required surely. You are about to play the great southern team from down the road. With your fans all revved up the players will pick up the vibes. We will be expecting a team fired up by amongst other things our stadium.

  • What a stupid article. If this was a comment on a messageboard, then fair enough, but articles like this come across as arrogant. It is this sort of rubbish that actually does make Bournemouth fans anti-Saints. Hopefully this will be pinned up on the dressing room walls just to fire them up. From a footballing side this ‘journo’ clearly needs to consider hanging up his keyboard.

  • Boscombe – Firstly thanks for the nice comments! this is not the sort of thing that we usually post up as articles and normally we go for much different stuff, but I decided to cut the ‘journalistic’ twists and take things to the bluntest of the blunt… as an article that was written fairly quickly and to a deadline it isn’t the most detailed and doesn’t delve into points with massive paragraphs, but the points of the article are still there and this was more an exercise to get people debating on those points than just reading the article – putting up a blunt picture and letting people think for themselves.

  • Boscombe Cerry if as you say this was a comment on a message board you start moaning about the length of it regardless, or at least some would. We have on your own site cherries slagging of the scummers. Highly original name that. Do you think you are our great rivals Pompey? Now for you to start calling us by other than Saints as a name is more derogatory than one of us saying that we are going to teach you a bloody lesson. Time for you to stop making out you are something you are not.

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