Yeovil Town’s unbeaten run in pre season ahead of the coming League Two 2015-16 campaign came to an abrupt end last night as newly promoted Premier League side Bournemouth stuck three past us.
A brace from Junior Stanislas and a single effort from Josh King gave a very strong Bournemouth side the victory on the day, but with the difference in quality showing, manager Paul Sturrock would no doubt have been pleased with the test they posed us and the questions they asked that he now has to find answers to.
Although that may be something he acknowledges after the dust has settled now I’ve found his after game interview.
With 15 new summer signings arriving at the club, seven of them began the game and with a slow start the main highlight really was play being abandoned for a bit because of a lost baby Seagull wandering aimlessly around the pitch.
Ten stewards dealt with the encroachment on to the pitch and nobody was really hurt in the encounter – there were just a few ruffled feathers…
? AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) July 28, 2015
Krysiak, Sokolik (Sowunmi 82), Smith, Dolan (Laird 68), Lacey, Arthurworrey, Allen (Gibbons 31), Fogden, Beck (Bird 73), Jeffers (Burrows 54), Dickson (Collins 54).
In quotes carried by the Western Gazette the gaffer explained afterwards that we picked the wrong opposition for a pre season friendly as they were miles ahead of us.
‘It was the wrong opposition for a pre-season friendly. The standards they can achieve is exceptional and we won’t be playing that standard of team in League Two. It was a difficult game to be involved in because the things we want to work on they don’t do – the teams we’ll come up against will play completely differently to that. I think we should just totally write that game off and move on to the next one.’
Sturrock went on to say that obviously on the face of it it was a good fixture to host for the fans, and they are a joy to watch, but given where we are with the rebuild it was too much of a test in many ways to even enjoy as a spectacle because we needs games that will pose immediate questions for the coming campaign – not serve as a reminder of questions we have to address longer term if we are to build the club back up again and hopefully move up a few divisions.
‘We took the game because it was an impressive friendly to have, but in the scheme of things we maybe should have not taken it because it was a new team out there and we don’t want them to lose confidence. Their standard of play is so far ahead of us it’s frightening.’
Having played the game though we have to take the positives, hope it doesn’t hit confidence given their quality, and learn what we can from it.
‘We’ve got to take as much out of the game as possible. I thought Alex Lacey and Nathan Smith gave very good performances and it was another step for people to getting to know each other. I thought Mark Beck gave a solid performance too. That was his first chance to get to know the lads and it was a difficult game to play in. It was about match fitness as well. Ryan Dickson came through unscathed. That was his first match for us and he looked a bit rusty.’