The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THEY say pro­moted teams ar­rive on the crest of a wave. For Bournemouth, this was the mo­ment it crashed into the rocks.

The Cher­ries didn’t de­serve to lose 6-1. Af­ter a dom­i­nant firsthalf, you could ar­gue they didn’t de­serve to lose at all.

But this is the Cham­pi­onship, where mis­takes are pun­ished and missed chances cost games.

Wat­ford’s fin­ish­ing was ruth­less and showed ex­actly why they are among the favourites. They will take some stop­ping.

But make no mis­take. Bournemouth may be naive but they aren’t here to make up the num­bers. They build from the back, play pa­tient, pass­ing football and flash for­ward with rapier speed.

Wat­ford are a good side with a good wedge of in­ter­na­tional caps and even they were forced to spend long spells chas­ing the ball.

The Cher­ries will col­lect plenty of scalps this sea­son and, with some shrewder de­fend­ing, should be nowhere near trou­ble.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.