After the pasting in the first half I'm grateful to come away from Goldsands (really?!) Stadium with a point.
Bournemouth were on fire from the whistle and could've gone 2-0 up in the first few minutes. We then got back in to it and took the lead with an OG. Free kick into the box and Jalal and Francis went for the same ball with it flicking off the defender into an empty net.
Brentford pushed on and could've gone further ahead with chances for Douglas (header across goal) and Donaldson.
Bournemouth then came back into the game and equalised with a smart header from Tubbs who was a thorn in our side for large parts of the game. It then went all wrong when a through ball into the left side of the area put Grabban through and as Moore dived at his feet he went over his arm. Don't blame him for doing it myself but it's still cheating. A well placed penalty then put them 2-1 up.
Second half the anonymous Diagouraga was replaced by Forrester and what a difference that made. His runs, passes and link up play with Bidwell changed the game and he levelled the scores with a nicely placed, curled finish round the keeper.
The Cherries had sat back and now awoke again. Simon Moore kept us in it with 2 great saves. Tubbs clean through hit his shot through Moore's legs but he got a touch and Logan cleared off the line. The next save was top drawer pushing a shot onto the post and agonisingly along the line and out for a corner.
Brentford finished the stronger and could've sneaked it at the end.
Cherries fans booed their own team off at the end and were calling for Groves' head which is odd considering how well they played, particularly in the first half. Pugh was excellent in midefield, O'Kane sprayed the ball all over the pitch and Tubbs should have been the matchwinner.
Bees were poor at times in the first half with no passes to feet and Douglas and Diagouraga making little contribution. As said on the updates thread I'm not sure how they start each game. I would like us to start with a little more confidence and positivity and play like we did in the second half. Forrester is too good to be on the bench.
Liked Adeyemi tonight and Harlee was immense. Front 2 did ok and Donaldson worked his socks off. Moore has to be MoM for the saves in the second half. Forshaw was a slow starter but improved second half.
We improved second half when we spread out rather than playing the tight diamond formation. There's a lesson in there for you Mr Rosler IMHO.