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3 things we learned from Birmingham losing 2-1 to AFC Bournemouth

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Bournemouth secured a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after with a 2-1 win over Birmingham City, in this closely contested affair at St Andrews.

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It was Birmingham that took the game to Premier League side Bournemouth, and the Blues who took the lead through captain Micheal Morrison with powerful header, however the advantage didn’t last long after Lee Tomlin scored a penalty.

Birmingham had the better of the second half as well, James Vaughan missed a penalty and then Jacques Maghoma’s shot hit the post as the hosts pressed for a second goal.

It was the visitors though that made the breakthrough, Birmingham goalkeeper Adam Legzdins dropped the ball in front of Murray, who prodded home to put the Cherries 2-1 up with virtually the last kick of the game.

Birmingham were left rueing those missed chances that they had squandered.

Here are THREE things we learned from the Birmingham City v Bournemouth match……

1) James Vaughan feels the pressure!

James Vaughan is a Birmingham City fan as is his dad, add this to the fact you have not yet scored your first goal for the Blues, and then Birmingham get a penalty!

Vaughan must have had a lot going through his mind, the teams were level, his family is watching, and a fan himself feels the expectancy of the crowd, and he steps up to take the penalty he blasts it over the bar.

He is only human, and you could see from his body language he was nervous.

2) Lee Tomlin was impressive.

The 26-year old forward has not made much of impact since his move to the seaside club, he had been linked with a January move away from Bournemouth.

He dispatched the penalty clinically had neat touches, and used the ball cleverly, he was eager and took responsibility which must of impressed the Bournemouth boss, and any other managers that may be looking for additions to their squad.

Lee Tomlin is a good forward and may well deserve a chance in the Bournemouth starting eleven in their next Premier League match.

3). The Gap between the Premier League and the Championship is not as big as people think.

There were times in this game that you couldn’t quite be sure who was in the Premier league and who was in the Championship.

Both sides had spells were they played exceptional football, yes Bournemouth are not an elite side from the Premier League but they like seven or eight clubs in the Premier League are close, in comparisons to a large amount of Championship teams.

So although this went the way of the team from the higher position, it would not have been such a big shock if they had lost .

Birmingham City fans have your say…….. What did you think of the game? Will Birmingham achieve promotion this season? Where do need to strengthen to in January to make the play-offs? Let us know below!


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