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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by 89_50 at 16:11:18
Entertaining seems to be the theme this season, and both teams made for a very entertaining game.

The frequency with which we're conceding is a growing concern, and we can't rely on comebacks or simply scoring one more than the opposition to win games.

Despite his wonderful start to the season, Dickie has had two consecutively error-prone performances (although, by his lofty level this is perhaps a little churlish to dwell on), and his mistake really changed the complexion of the game, after we'd started with un-Rangers-like sharpness straight from kick-off.

Zemura was the best player on the pitch. Completely dominated his side. It looked like it would be a good battle between him and Kakay, but it quickly became clear who would be coming out on top.

McCallum is proving himself a very adequate alternative to Wallace, and I think he was our best player on the night.

Dykes struggled to impose himself, and was forced to come deep a little too much, but once we slung a ball into the box, proved his threat with a solid header. And once we started crossing more, it became clear that they weren't too hot at dealing with them.

The flurry of Travers saves in the last 10 underlined that further, but really all barring the header from De Wijs, he should be saving.

Definite positives to be taken, and if we show that final 20 minutes on Saturday, we'll cruise to three points.
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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by Geoff78 at 12:33:50
R's fight back in the second half was excellent, inspired by Albert, but we had a few slices of luck: Billings shot which canonned off the post, Mr Stroud awarding us 21 free kicks (vs 7 conceded), then not red carding Willock, McCallum getting a lucky ricochet and deflection for his goal. But the luck may have evened up at the end when Travers made some great saves and once found a loose ball just dropping into his arms.

The obvious question is why are we conceding so many goals? Dickie has been superb, but maybe he's starting to believe the publicity about him being premiership class and getting over-confident. I like Ossie, but he was too often out of position leaving our right flank very exposed and going forward he clearly is no match for Albert. I watched on Sky and didn't see much of Ball doing the dirty stuff - perhaps I missed it. And too often when Bournemouth attacked we seemed to stand off and failed to mark tightly or cut out passes. Some of this reminded me of the first half of last season when it was clear the defence was an upgrade in personnel (Dickie, Dieng) but lacked organisation and didn't do the basics. That changed with Jordi at the back and Stefan in midfield, but I think there was probably a bit more work on defensive patterns in training. It feels that's what we need now.

Adomah yet again produced a match changing performance, even though it didn't change the result. And as so often the spirit to fight back and almost get a draw was brilliant, especially against a team stuffed with talent.
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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by WestonsuperR at 12:01:25
Although it was a good comeback, we were only inches away from going 3 down when they hit the inside of the post. Weren’t good enough for fist 60mins and our stirring comeback possibly papered over the cracks a little.

Understand Stroud gets a lot of criticism but for me he did quite well last night.
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AFC Bournemouth v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by francisbowles at 09:55:44
A mistake, a combination of poor finishing, a good and sometimes lucky keeper and a very cynical opposition aided by a referee, who started well and got progressively worse. (as per the norm for him) He had lost control by the end. Haven't seen any replays or read any comments but Willock seemed to aggressively go after an opponent and swing out with his foot. If I am correct in what I think I saw, he is lucky to only get a yellow and not a three match ban.
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Reading v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by WestonsuperR at 13:22:57
McCallum worried me, really struggled. I’m not sure Austin is fit, never been the quickest but looks like he is unable to get around the pitch. Willock MOM for me, great from Adomah when he came in.

Ref got a lot of stick but I do like the way they are letting a lot go.

Amazing atmosphere, felt like a win in the end.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by KriSaint at 02:01:08
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If our new game plan against better teams continues to be in a 4-1-4-1 formation, I think Adams or Broja is a better option than A. Armstrong as a lone striker, but ,ok, Adams and Broja had been playing 3 and 2 international games respectively (or did they both play 3?) in a week, so this time it was fair enough to let A. Armstrong play. However, though I like him, he seems too small/too light weight to play as a lone striker / target man. Had Longy not been covid hit, he might have played, I guess.

Nice to see Ralph change tactics vs a very difficult opponent. Promising. He has become more flexible. Good!
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Reading v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by WestonsuperR at 18:00:06
McCallum worried me, really struggled. I’m not sure Austin is fit, never been the quickest but looks like he is unable to get around the pitch. Willock MOM for me, great from Adomah when he came in.

Ref got a lot of stick but I do like the way they are letting a lot go.

Amazing atmosphere, felt like a win in the end.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by KriSaint at 12:50:14
Very solid defensive display against the flying hammers. Armstrong as a lone striker was much to ask from him but he did his best. The double flank defending prevented crosses, and when crosses came Alex M was excellent.
Djenepo worked very hard against the ball.
Broja was my MOTM with his shot against the post and his header which was cleared as it was half way over the line. The lad is in GOOD form, and he is QUICK. Just look how he left Ogbonna for dead and got to the byline and tried to find Moi with a low cross.
Livramento did ok - again - but he threw the ball away too often, and I screamed for KWP to come on with 25 minutes left.
A clean sheet was definetely something we needed, and we were unlucky not to succeed with the game plan and take all 3 points. We needed a win too!!
Why did the ref. not send Antonio off AFTER the end of our break away chance. Djenepo was on the floor yes (after having jumped 10 feet to avoid bruising both his legs by Antonio), but we were on the BREAK, and the chance was inexplicably and uselessly stopped by the inexperienced ref., who should have said "play on" and given Mikail the red card afterwoods..

Well done to Ralph and the players - Redmond not really though ; he was disciplined against the ball but way too ineffective when he was on the ball and expected to move forward and create.

Adams apparently needed rest. He'll be ready for the next match. Him and Broja could be quite a handful with their physical strength, and we really need Stuey to come back soon to put some life into our midfield! Romeu is still no way near back to his best, but he has to play to get there, I suppose....

0-0 , an acceptable result after all and a nice, clean sheet. I think we now have a solid, alternative game when playing the better teams in the league, which is very good.

All in all a good afternoon, and Spurs lost 3-0 :-D

COYS <3
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by allsaint54 at 12:38:39
How the hell does Redmond start let alone stay on for 90 mins?
At least he's consistent, consistently c----. Why oh why doesn't Tella get a chance. Can't wait for Armstrong to be fit to give a ponderous midfield some life. On the plus side McCarthy's first clean sheet in 17 games & Broja looks promising.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by allsaint54 at 12:11:07
How the hell does Redmond start let alone stay on for 90 mins?
At least he's consistent, consistently c----. Why oh why doesn't Tella get a chance. Can't wait for Armstrong to be fit to give a ponderous midfield some life. On the plus side McCarthy's first clean sheet in 17 games & Broja looks promising.
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Reading v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by enfieldargh at 09:15:10
Ref totally inconsistent throughout.

Low mark for Seny, only had to make 3 saves, which he really had no chance to get. One awful clearance first half.

Reading, no Swift, no goals. For their sake he needs to stay fit
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by halftimeorange at 20:07:48
The defence wasn't the problem but, the midfield was totally ineffective. JWP was right off the pace, Romeu slightly better, Djenepo wasteful and Redmond idle. I think Broja should start up front with Armstrong and KWP in front of Livramento. Salisu won almost everything in the air and Stephens was only slightly less productive. Perraud was really solid and Livramento looks class.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by Jellybaby at 19:32:37
I thought we would lose this in a high scoring encounter. Defense looked really solid including Stephens!

Djenepo is chaotic but a handful. Broja looked the business.

Substitutions and endurance seem so much better this season so far. Generally encouraging.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by WestSussexSaint at 19:27:08
You could see Ralph trying something different with his tactics today by sitting off and trying to hit on the counter attack. The defensive part worked pretty well and when you consider West Ham were the league’s top scorers going into this match it was a good idea. The counter attack piece was poorly executed though. Too many times the player on the ball had little support, it was a poor ball out of defence (Romeu was the worst offender) or it was lumped up to Armstrong who had no chance of holding it up against their centre backs.

The crowd may have got frustrated at times with what could have been perceived as negative tactics but I think Ralph deserves credit when he has been accused of being inflexible in the past. We could have even won it late on but for the width of the post. Broja looks a handful and I hope he gets more chances in the coming matches.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by mattthelegend at 19:02:39
Would of taken that at the start, but as per the last 3 games disappointing not to of got at least 2 wins. Broja has to start in the next game though it’s Man City so a bit unfair on him. Redmond, words fail me has to be an impact player at best. Stephens had a great game (that’s gonna hurt you Nick😉) as did the rest of the defence.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by Block8 at 19:00:43
Salisu and Stephens were excellent at keeping Antonio quiet, McCarthy pulled off a good save at his near post and was commanding on crosses. Livramento looks like one hell of a signing and Perraud looks promising too.
Redmond is his own worst enemy, his defensive work is sound but he refuses to take on the defence and slows the game down, I for one would forgive the loss of the ball now and again for a more offensive approach. Overall a good point, I felt that Adams would have been a better option for a lone striker than Armstrong, although Armstrong made some very good but wasted runs as we chose to go backwards as usual.
could have and maybe should have brought on Tella or Adams in the last ten minutes, when we were dominant, and gone for the win.
Clean sheet is a good start!!
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by Sadoldgit at 18:40:49
Only saw the second half. Lots of sloppy passing but we looked a decent side when Broja came on and were unlucky not to win it at the death. Ralph is still working out his best side but I would start Broja with Adams and use Armstrong as an impact sub.
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by silverspringsaint at 18:32:51
Positives: Two things that went well for a change: good game from McCarthy (clean sheet!), proactive and timely subs by Ralf
Negatives: Central midfield looks lightweight, Romeu was poor today (not sure if there was a reason for that)
Feeling upbeat about the season based on what we have seen so far (it could always go sideways later!). Squad is much deeper and there is more quality in some key areas compared to last season
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by Ali_Diarea at 17:52:13
I would of taken a point before the match, and a clean sheet is definitely something to build on…
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Southampton v West Ham United Your Report added by I_would at 17:47:27
Oh Redders! What secrets about Ralph have you got in a safety deposit that gets you, not only picked, but able to stay on the pitch after a nightmare 'performance'? And Romeu and Prowsey are tosh and pointless.
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