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3 things we clearly learnt about AFC Bournemouth after 3-2 loss to Derby County



Going into the weekend’s Championship action Derby County were, and still are, rock bottom of the Championship while Bournemouth sat top of the tree.

The Cherries have since fallen to second after Fulham’s 4-1 victory over Barnsley saw them rise to the summit. Scott Parker will be very disappointed with some aspects of the performance but also pleased with other areas.

Somehow, the first time the Rams scored more than two goals in the league this season, came against the team with the best defensive record so far. Who had only conceded once on the road in the league prior to their arrival at Pride Park.

The Seasiders still have an eight point cushion over West Bromwich Albion in third place and will be confident of bouncing back when they take on Millwall and Coventry City this week.

Here, we have taken a look at three things we clearly learnt about Bournemouth after their 3-2 loss at Derby…

Set piece weakness

Slightly built central midfielder Jason Knight nodded in the opener unchallenged from a corner in the 13th minute.

County have been strong from set pieces this season in both boxes but for someone of the stature of Knight to drift into the heart of the area untracked and look as if he had all the time in the world to place his header into the back of the net has to be worrying for Parker.

The Cherries’ defensive organisation has been superb this term where it hugely held them back in 2020/21 and the former Fulham manager will be trying to ensure errors of the sort do not keep cropping up as the season progresses.


The Cherries have been very effective at winning the ball in advanced areas and profiting on mistakes brought about by their pressing from the front this season.

They received a sour taste of their own medicine for Derby’s equaliser, after getting caught in possession inside their own half led to a piece of individual brilliance from Tom Lawrence to set the ball rolling and put Bournemouth on the back foot.

Bournemouth are just as susceptible as they are dangerous to other teams when in possession in their own defensive third.

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Jaidon Anthony is ruthless

One of the stories of the season in the Championship, Anthony was at his ruthless best to fire the Cherries level in the first half.

After a Kelle Roos howler, the Rams had almost got away with it but for the 21-year-old to fire home a thunderous volley on his weaker left foot through a crowd of bodies and into the back of the net.

The winger, who spent the second half of the 2020/21 season on loan at Weymouth, is overperforming his expected goals (xG) to slam home five from 3.42 xG in the Championship this term.

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