Graham Pearcey

Graham Pearcey

Southend 1 Cherries 1

Date: 7 December 2002

Karl Broadhurst played 100 first team matches for Bournemouth without scoring - and then he scored in his 101st and 102nd! Just a pity he got booked again.

The vital Bournemouth goal came just before half time. Thomas was awarded a well deserved free kick wide on the left after being badly tackled. O'Connor swept the ball accurately across the box and Broadhurst rose to head in from the back stick.

What a shame this goal was scored at the far end from the very vocal Bournemouth fans. We deserved to see a goal at close range in the second half, and there was certainly no shortage of opportunities as Bournemouth unstintingly bombarded the Southend goal. It's hard to see how the final score can possibly have been one all! Hayter in particular often got himself into good positions, and although sometimes the shot was weak, most times the Southend keeper could be credited for keeping the ball out. In one notable opportunity fifteen minutes from time, Hayter stormed towards the goal via "route one" and had an excellent shot deflected by the keeper for a corner. I lost count of Bournemouth corners in this half, especially in the early and late stages, many of them beautifully taken by O'Connor.

Thomas worked tirelessly this half, getting in a number of good crosses. Once he shot right across the face of goal and Steve Fletcher should have been able to reach it, but simply stood and watched the ball fly past him - and then rather pointlessly applauded Thomas for an excellent pass!

The one Southend goal, shortly after the break, was very much against the run of play for the second half. A corner came in from the right and Moss was easily beaten by a Southend player from close range.

The starting line-up was (with my scores out of ten) :

Moss (7);
Young (7), C Fletcher (6), Broadhurst (8), Purches (8);
Elliott (7), Browning (8), O'Connor (8), Thomas (8);
Hayter (8), S Fletcher (6).

My 'man of the match' : Thomas.

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