David James calamity robs Bournemouth of full points harvest
The Cherries are ripening nicely for spring. Notwithstanding the wintry deluge at Dean Court, Bournemouth stretched their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions, equalling the club’s 1982 record, with a 1-1 draw against Swindon. It could have been better. They deservedly led at half-time, when football was still just feasible. A dozen pitch-forkers and a hand-pushed rotary sponge smacked of Canute but persuaded the referee, Phil Gibbs, to go on. And in the 85th minute Swindon equalised. Victory would have taken the Cherries level with their opponents in the League One play-off places. In the event they won the football but lost the lottery.
Eddie Howe, their manager, called it “a real shame from our perspective, being a football team” but was generous to both Gibbs and Swindon. “It’s easy to say afterwards, because we’ve drawn, that it was the wrong decision to play on but I think it was right, though it did change the game. It played into Swindon’s hands [or maybe those of their manager, canada goose coat $5000 no credit check signature loans Paolo Di Canio, who waved them manically throughout from the touchline]. They’re a very good side, putting a lot of balls in the box and asking questions, and I thought in the main we defended really well.” Generosity pervades the club, refreshed by Howe’s return from Burnley in October when the unbeaten run began. They were 21st then.
He has had this effect before. A knee injury ended a playing career of more than 250 games for the club and he became manager, aged 31,in January 2009, when they were 23rd in League Two and labouring under a 17-point deduction from a previous administration. With 11 wins and 39 points from 21 games they avoided the Blue Square plughole. Next May they were promoted and Howe left them in third place to “try to best canada goose jacket womens prove myself somewhere else”, as he said on Saturday. Personal reasons – his mother died last year – prompted his return, “with expectations initially to consolidate but now a bit more”.
Apart from Brett Pitman, who was at Bristol City in his absence, Howe has brought no one in. Six of Saturday’s starters also began the last match before he arrived. Marc Pugh, canada goose coat 1000 calorie diets the only one to have played in the last match buy canada goose parka cheap of his first reign apart from Danny can you machine wash canada goose jacket Hollands, now at Swindon on loan from Charlton, said: “He’s brought enjoyment and best canada goose jacket life back to the club.” The feel-good factor extended to warm applause for Hollands when he was announced over the PA.
Hollands is one of several loan players deemed so important to Di Canio that he said he would “spend £30,000 of my own money to keep them for as long as we can”. This could herald a new way in football, with overpaid players doing it next. John Terry, say, could relieve his devastation, as well as Roman Abramovich, by paying Frank Lampard to stay at Chelsea.
Another old hand, seven years older than his manager, was at the heart of Saturday’s match. The conditions cried out for a fall guy and David buy canada goose coat uk James, who joined Bournemouth in September, duly slid down to the plate. In the first half, in green, there had been a classic out-of-area rehearsal, with slip, fly-hack and ricochets. In the second, re-clad benefits of canada goose jacket in yellow, there was the full calamity, ending with Andy Williams shooting home from 20 yards, closer than the keeper was to goal, as Steve Cook lunged in vain on the line. Earlier James, first point-blank, then with spreading feet, made saves way beyond the course of a 42-year-old’s duty. It did not prevent Swindon fans singing “There’s only one David James”. He is a natural for Splash!.
“That’s the life of a linked website goalkeeper,” Howe said. All over the pitch slithering slapstick was covered by colleagues. As Harry Arter, scorer of their 26th-minute goal, said: “We tried to build from the back, working on our units, but in those conditions there were chances of mistakes. As a group to go from where we were to here is a massive achievement.” The goal was the first Swindon had conceded in 7hr 46min.
Unlike other aspirational clubs that move to new can i wash my canada goose coat premises, Bournemouth are not going places physically. In 2001 Dean Court was spun through 90 degrees – the game is all about right angles – and in the last 18 months it has been successively the Fitness First, Seward and Goldsands Stadium. The busy sign writers could well be next. In today’s lingo the Cherries are in a good space with an open goal-back ready for a stand if they go up and Eddie are there any canada goose outlet stores Mitchell, a local property developer, an ambitious chairman. On Tuesday they should again fill the ground, if fit, for the FA Cup replay with Wigan Athletic. Under the two Eddies life is just a bowl of smiles.