Bournemouth fans have come back down to earth.

If beating Newcastle United and Man U in their last two matches, they would be now only three points off Man City at the top.

However, the Premier League takes no prisoners in terms of when the small margins then go against you.

Bournemouth fans were of course gutted to lose to Man Utd in the final seconds after leading but it looks like they found that far easier to take than their trip to Newcastle.

Below we have pre and post-match comments from the travelling fans and as you can see, a lot of confidence beforehand, then followed by a big reality check afterwards.

Bournemouth fans comment via their Up The Cherries message board:

PRE-MATCH:

‘From what I saw of the highlights – they were actually pretty lucky – Watford couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo!’

‘If we attack and play like we did in the first half like Saturday (against Man Utd) we won’t have any problems.’

‘Their win last week was a complete and total fluke. They’re incredibly sh.., probably one of the worst teams in the league, and the only reason they might not go down this year is because there are about 5 other teams that are just as bad as they are.’

‘Watford should have been out of sight by half time.

‘Morning folks. Hardly ever post, but rather excited this morning. Bringing 5 mates down from Edinburgh to watch the game today. Did we sell our full 1800 allocation?’

POST-MATCH

‘Diabolical and unacceptable is the only way to describe that.

I have long been part of the ‘happy clapper’ camp when reacting to defeat at this level, however today I find it impossible to take this perspective.

The one thing I find totally unacceptable is a lack of effort, to say that Newcastle wanted it more than us today is a massive understatement, we just didn’t even come close to competing with them in terms of effort and energy.

Nathan Ake who’s battle with Robson cannot even be described as man vs boy, more like man vs toddler. What I’ve just seen is pathetic and nowhere near good enough.’

‘Well I didn’t think we were that bad .

We’ll have good games and bad, that’s why we’re not top of the league … BTW Newcastle are in a false position.’

‘I don’t think we deserved a point, Newcastle could have scored six. The defending was very poor, it’s a good job Asmir was the only one on form.’

‘It was a stark contrast to the performance against Man United, but unfortunately the same result.

Lots of questionable passes. Newcastle played very narrow and whilst in the second half we had more attacking threat it was a sea of players to get through. Benitez deserves credit today for doing a job on us.

I don’t think we didn’t give 100% just outplayed and had no answer for their style of play. In short we got found out.’

At least MOTD was unbiased in any way!’

‘Overall I think we were unfortunate not to come home with at least a point.

After a dodgy start we stemmed the tide and imposed ourselves on the game.

Second half we were well on top.

Unfortunate that Newcastle chose today to actually give a toss ( how often does that happen to us ??? ).

They worked hard and pressed well. A draw there today would have been a very good result for us.’

‘Oh boy, what a wretched experience!

We just couldn’t pass the ball today. Couldn’t hit the target when we actually got chances.

Brutal.

They pressed well and didn’t give us much time on the ball, but I don’t think any of our players had a good day. And yes, Ibe was especially frustrating.’

‘Two close games we lose 2-1, first one we played well, this wasn’t so good.

Clown he maybe but Benitez orchestrated a methodical break up of play for the last twenty minutes and if Eddie has done that last week we might have got a point.’

‘Actually my frustration about the day is getting the better of me, last week we weren’t in a position to protect the win from twenty minutes out so different scenario. I have no qualms with calling out Benitez for ruining the flow of the game although he needed the points I know.’

‘The warning was there before today’s game after they beat Watford.

Watford probably should have beaten them if they had taken their chances, but they didn’t.

Benitez has had a week to gee his players up after that win and today it seems their players responded.

This is a tough league even when we play teams at the bottom and you have to earn the points, not expect to just turn up and take the points.’

‘Just looked at the xG stats.

Newcastle 2.5 1.93 Bournemouth

Not that expected goals tells the whole story, but we can’t really say we deserved to win given the chances we offered them.’

‘We deserved a point against Man U.

We deserved exactly what we got against Newcastle.’



  • Wor Lass

    Quite realistic comments on the whole. Bournemouth could have been 4 or 5 down by half time easily but, as it turned out, could have nicked a draw in the second half. All in all, the result was perfectly fair and most of them seem to accept that, as did their manager. Hughes or Warnock would have been outraged.

    • TheFatController

      Not as outraged as the anti-Rafa trolls however …

      • Danimal

        On a slight tangent, how did Charlie Austin’s loud, foot-stamping regurgitation of the metaphorical dummy (because his team didn’t win) go down with the FA? Was it as bad as Rafa gently (and correctly) suggesting that Wilf Zaha shouldn’t be using the media to try to buy even more dodgy penalties before a forthcoming match?

        • Toon Arnie

          That’s a really good point – I don’t think this has been repeated to death with the intention of pouring petrol on the fire as seems to be the case with Newcastle players & Rafa.

  • Toon

    Realistic comments, what’s the problem? Click bait

  • Carverlier football

    Well one of those comments explains our under-investment – Ashley was saving up for a time machine to go back and sign Bryan Robson!

  • Polarboy

    Ruined the flow of the game? It’s called game management you tw*t.

    • Ram Kishore

      Brighton did the same and I remember Rafa being frustrated about it. I think it’s normal for the losing side’s players, managers, fans to be moan about it.
      We shouldn’t be hypocritical haha.
      Just being fair to them lol.

  • porciestreet

    His seccond goal was vintage Shearer.
    Leathal…keep the crosses coming in.

    • Polarboy

      As I think Shearer was saying, if I recall correctly, the quick first time crosses definitely seemed to be a deliberate game plan. Common sense really when you have a striker who’s so strong in the air and with headed finishes.

    • Blackburn1066

      Yep that’s what will keep us up, hard and fast. Sounds like our lass!

  • Cockneytrev

    Pretty honest assessment off their fans,,
    But I take exception to the pr1ck calling Rafa a clown,, the man has more integrity in his little finger than any manager we’ve had since sir Bobby,,

    • DC1964

      You saved me from writing that, well said.

  • Jon

    When people open their eyes and realise Chris Hughton is doing a better job with a worse squad than Benitez..

    • TheFatController

      Do you struggle to click your fingers to any beat, or is your poor timing just limited to when you launch attacks on the coach …?

    • GlasgowMag

      Well done mate that’s got to be the most irrelevant comment I have read on this platform!!🤔🤔😂😂

    • Cockneytrev

      What has that got to do with anything???
      Were you dropped on your head as a child??
      ASHLEY OUT!!!

    • robbersdog

      Let me help you son…both managers are doing excellent jobs with very poor squads. You’re welcome.

    • Toon Arnie

      He’s spent a lot more so are you saying he hasn’t invested well ? What exactly are you saying ?

  • TheFatController

    I though Rafa played 5 at the back as the law of percentages ?

    That is, given their defending was atrocious and their finishing wayward, why not make it more difficult for them to score whilst leaving their defenders exposed to Rondon and Perez on the break ?

    We could have had four in the last 15 minutes, certainly Atsu and Rondon had great chances to bury them..

  • Albert Stubbins

    Did we sell our 1800 allocation? Err, no not quite. The taxi will now take you all back home!!

  • East Durham Mag

    “When we play teams at the bottom of the league” and we are labelled delusional? I doubt City are looking over their shoulder for Bournemouth just yet. 🤔

  • Rich Lawson

    Ake’s battle with Robson ? Has ”Pop” put his boots on again ? Look forward to the Burnley centre backs trying to deal with Wyn in the next game !

    • GlasgowMag

      Yip bit of a weird one that he must be smoking the whacky backy!!

    • DC1964

      Ha, quality!

    • David2211

      Type ‘Rondon’ in your phone and it’ll change it. Happened to me on Saturday!

  • Peaky

    Just watched MOTD on catch up…I’m undecided as to whether Neil Warnock looks like an aged lesbian or Buffalo Bill from Silence Of The Lambs….just thought I’d say…..back to beer now…🍺🍺🍺🍺

    • MinnesoToon

      Ive always thought he looked a bit like a goblin myself.

    • robbersdog

      I reckon he’s had some kind of cosmetic procedure; his face looks suspiciously wrinkle-free.

    • X,WHY,Y MAN.

      He now looks like a scrotum with a face drawn upon it with a permanent marker !

    • Toontaff

      There seems to be a bit of the Mr Punch about him – you can see him telling the Cardiff players: ‘that’s the way to do it!’

    • Danimal

      Apparently “Colin” is incredibly vain. Not sure who he’s trying to impress but clearly he’s dipping that wig in a bucket full of Just For Managers on a regular basis.

    • Ram Kishore

      Aged…😂😂

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    Bournemouth fans can say what they like but a club like them should never be complaining with the position they find themselves in.
    They should enjoy every second of it because it will not last long for them, And the reality is that club will go back to the lower reaches soon enough.
    Not being bitter but they will not be able to maintain their status in the long run and they will end up financially crippled at some stage in the near future.

    What they have going on at the moment will ultimately have a short shelf life and then it will all crash in around them !

    • Danimal

      Good luck to them, a far better run club than ours. I’ve been “enjoying” football for 40 years now and, apart from a few exceptions, there is no natural order. Currently they are better than us, just as Wimbledon were in the 80s. For example, Huddersfield are now back at the top table – is that their natural status as they won the league in consecutive seasons under Herbert Chapman? What about Burnley, league champions in 1960 (not the league we try to win every 3 or 4 seasons under our wonderful owner). By the way, unless they’ve got someone like the Oystons (or Ashley) in charge, why will they end up financially crippled after several years of Premier League riches?

      • Martin Rooney

        They won’t dont they have rich russian?

      • X,WHY,Y MAN.

        Nothing against them personally just stating that they should enjoy it while it lasts and not complain because it is more than likely a club like theirs will end up back where they started.

  • gallowgate26

    Well if Watford and Bournemouth are supposedly top 7 teams (which I don’t think they are, they had a good start compared to us) we should have no fear at Burnley. Would love to put another 3 past Joe F___.

    • Ram Kishore

      Joe Hart?

  • Brent Jackson

    Robson?