VAUGHAN IS GOAL-LINE HERO
Draw enough to take the Cherries to table summit
JAMES Vaughan may have struck Huddersfield’s equaliser at Dean Court but Terriers manager Chris Powell was quick to point out his input at the other end was equally important.
Vaughan cancelled out Yann Kermorgant’s early opener to slow down Bournemouth’s charge toward the Premier League and earn Huddersfield a point.
But he also produced a vital interception on his own goal-line late on, denying Cherries centre-back Steve Cook a late winner and preserving that point.
“James’ clearance off the line was as important as the goal,” said Powell. “That is what you need sometimes because you don’t always rely on the defenders to defend and attackers to score.
“Sometimes you will have to display different qualities and he did that. He is on a good scoring run and is showing some real willing to work hard and lead the line.
“It was really pleasing to see. It was a difficult proposition coming up against team flying high but it was a lot of character displayed.
“We needed that concentration and discipline and in the end we got our just rewards.
“We knew we would come under pressure especially after we equalised. My players put their bodies on the line at times and the defenders executed the game plan. The whole team did.”
But it was not just Vaughan who kept the hosts out, with Powell reserving praise for goalkeeper Alex Smithies.
“He was very good,” added the former Charlton boss.“He is a good young goalkeeper. He was very positive coming off his line but also when he was called upon he made three or four great saves.”
Bournemouth knew a draw would be enough to take them back to the Championship summit but came storming out of the blocks.
Cook and Kermorgant both headed over before Huddersfield goalkeeper Smithies saved acrobatically from Matt Ritchie.
Ritchie did not give the Terriers defence a moment’s peace in a first half dominated by the home side and played a part in the goal which opened the scoring on 16 minutes.
Ritchie played in a corner from
the right and Harry Arter’s clever step-over allowed Kermorgant to lash home from 18 yards.
Apart from a smart save from Tommy Smith, Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc had been a virtual spectator until picking the ball out of his net.
Jack Robinson’s scuffed shot from the edge of the penalty area was going harmlessly wide until Vaughan diverted it past a stranded Boruc with a poacher’s finish.
Bournemouth piled on the pressure in the closing stages as Smithies took centre stage.
Kermorgant thought he had dou- bled his tally moments after Vaughan’s leveller only for Smithies to save his low shot with his legs.
Arter rounded off a fine passing move with a long-range curler which Smithies somehow managed to turn behind for a corner.
Cook admitted he should have snatched the points with a header from a Ritchie corner but Vaughan was on hand to rescue Powell’s men.
Cherries manager Eddie Howe, whose side also threw away a lead against Derby on Tuesday, said:“We lacked a bit of a spark and were a bit negative with our passing.
“You can look at it in two ways; you can either say it is two points dropped or it could be an important point at the end of the season.
“If we had won that game three or four nil, which we should have done, everyone would be saying what a fantastic performance it was.
“We weren’t one of the favourites at the beginning of the season and have never said we are going to achieve anything.
“We are just going about our business so I don’t see why the pressure should be building.
“Huddersfield came here to destruct and defend and that is hard to play against.”
ALL-ACTION: James Vaughan celebrates netting the eqaliser before a goal-line clearance preserved the point
OPENER: Yann Kermorgant puts Bournemouth ahead, firing past Alex Smithies
YANN THE MAN: Kermorgant celebrates the opening goal
STAR MAN ALEX SMITH