‘CLASH OF STYLES’ IS JUST TWIT­TER TALK

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IT WAS billed as a true clash of styles – Bournemouth’s free-flow­ing foot­ball against the per­ceived long ball of Mick McCarthy’s Ip­swich Town.

The build-up had been dom­i­nated by this con- trast, in pre-match press con­fer­ences and heav­ily on so­cial me­dia be­tween both sets of fans.

So it was lit­tle sur­prise that the ma­jor­ity in­side Port­man Road turned the ta­bles af­ter Fred­die Sears’ ninth-minute opener: “1-0 to the foot­ball team” sang the Ip­swich fans, fol­lowed by bel­lows of “hoof” ev­ery time the vis­i­tors hit a long ball. So there was some irony over how Bournemouth fi­nally found a way past the im­pres­sive Bar­tosz Bialkowski.

Af­ter run­ning out of ideas in the sec­ond half, Ed­die Howe un­leashed a ‘Plan B’ in the guise of Cardiff City loa­nee Ken­wyne Jones.

The 6ft 2in Trinida­dian debu­tant proved Mick McCarthy was right in in­sist­ing that there are many ways for a team to get pro­moted.

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