The final game of the season see Bournemouth visit Selhurst so we had a chat with the guys at the AFC Bournemouth Sydney Supporters Group to find out about their season and thoughts ahead of the game.
Q. What did you make of the game at the Vitality earlier in the season?
Seems like an age ago, well, seven months is in football terms. It was a tight game, two evenly matched teams, that we narrowly edged thanks to a penalty in the closing minutes.
Q. How has the season been for Bournemouth?
Well, a season of two halves, stunning start had us dreaming of Europe and a top seven finish, then since November, injuries, poor form and some back luck, gave us an extended “sticky” patch that had us in the bottom four on form. That said, our first two objectives at the start of the season, hitting forty points and staying up have been met. A result against you will get us to the third objective of a record number of points, and the overall strategy of progressing year on year is achieved.
Q. Is there a fear that Eddie Howe will be tempted elsewhere in the summer after all the good work he has done for the club?
Eddie is talented, he greatly impresses me as a manager and a man, and I’m sure that the top six clubs have looked at him when they plan for the future. But at Bournemouth he runs the club from top to bottom, he can have bad runs without any threat of the sack, and I think the challenge of progressing the club on and off the pitch is something his is committed to, so thinking it through, I’m confident he’ll stay with us.
Q. Who has been the stand out Bournemouth player this season?
Two or three players, Ryan Fraser for his goals and assists (currently top of the assist table in the Premier League), David Brooks (who looks an amazing prospect), and Callum Wilson for his goals.
Q. What are you expecting from the club in the summer?
It’s a big summer for the club. I think we’ll say goodbye to some of the big earners in the squad not getting games, so Jermain Defoe, Harry Arter & Asmir Begović could be moved on to release funds for incoming players. Also I think one or two of the squad could head off to the big six, it’s rumoured that Ryan Fraser is off to Arsenal for example. If the objective next season is to beat this seasons points, then a right back, left back, and someone to replace Ryan will be on our shopping list.
Q. If you could pick one Palace player to sign, who would it be and why?
I like Andros Townsend, I think he’d replace Ryan Fraser, but as we need a left back Patrick Van Aanholt could form a effective left sided partnership with Nathan Ake.
Q. Name a player from each side that you believe will be a threat in this game?
If he stays focused, and doesn’t have a tanty (Aussie word there!) Wilfried Zaha is a match winner, and for us, just in case the Palace team are reading this, our top six are bang average, slow, so play a high line and don’t worry about the counter ;o)
Q. Perhaps you could share your opinions on Palace this season?
A solid average season, decent run to the quarters of the FA Cup, but nothing spectacular. Premier League for non-top six clubs can be a little boring, can’t it?
Q. Your prediction?
2-2 draw in the sunshine. Both teams will get a penalty, and we’ll equalise in the last five minutes.