KEEP­ING UP

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Good­er­ham

BOURNEMOUTH proved they had a Plan B just when they needed it most to keep their Cin­derella story rolling on – and all but end Ip­swich Town’s au­to­matic pro­mo­tion hopes.

Ed­die Howe’s men have earned plau­dits through­out this most thrilling Cham­pi­onship cam­paign with goals galore and free-flow­ing foot­ball.

But against an Ip­swich side moulded on hard work, grit and of­ten sub­stance over style, they had to re­lin­quish their cre­ative ten­den­cies and un­leash Ken­wyne Jones, whose bul­let 82nd-minute header earned his new team-mates a de­served point.

Howe praised his side’s ‘Plan B’ ap­proach and also the im­pact of Jones who signed from Cardiff City ten days ago and took just three min­utes to make his mark from the bench.

The Bournemouth boss said: “I wanted to change things as in the sec­ond half we got mixed up and were made to play more di­rect.

“Ken­wyne is al­ways go­ing to be a pres­ence but he is more than that. Ken­wyne can be very im­por­tant for us and he scored a very unBournemouth goal if you like.

“It might be th­ese types of games and th­ese score­lines where he makes his big­gest im­pact.

“I was de­lighted as we don’t come back from los­ing po­si­tions very of­ten, but I still think we should have won the game had we been more clin­i­cal in front of goal.

“Their goal­keeper made a cou­ple of good saves, but we were ac­tu­ally waste­ful.”

Ip­swich, who any regular viewer knows are much more than the long­ball mer­chants they have been tagged with, had gone ahead with six min­utes on the clock.

Strike part­ners Daryl Mur­phy and Fred­die Sears were both al­lowed too much space in the Bournemouth box, the lat­ter stroking the ball home fol­low­ing Mur­phy’s pre­cise pass.

Back came Bournemouth but their as­tute pass­ing and danger­ous coun­ters were ei­ther blocked by some out­stand­ing in­di­vid­ual dis­plays – Ip­swich’s Pol­ish keeper Bar­tosz Bialkowski do­ing his bit – or, too of­ten, by their own men in red and black tak­ing tum­bles when it seemed sim­pler and more dan­ger--

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