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Defeat for the Cherries at Deepdale.


Start-stop final few minutes

The Cherries are battling here but have given away a couple of cheap free-kicks, allowing Preston the chance to take up some time.


Foul by Solanke

Christie whips a cross into the middle but Solanke can't get his head on it. The referee blows for a foul.


Parker and Smith sent off

The Cherries are furious about something.

The referee goes over to the touchline and sends off Scott Parker and Adam Smith, who'd already been taken off.

Six minutes added on.



Emil Riis Jakobsen scores what's likely to be the winner.

The ball forward bounces off Lowe's feet and Preston have the counter attack.

Riis Jakobsen has space in the box and arrows a low effort into the bottom corner.

Preston look like they're continuing to haunt us.



So close for the Cherries!

Zemura goes on a brilliant run, finds Solanke in the middle who touches it on to Christie who looks set to fire at goal, but for a brilliant tackle by Browne.

From the resulting corner, Phillips wins the header and directs it to the far corner. It looks destined for the corner. Somehow Iversen plucks it away. That's an incredible save.


Archer continues to be a threat

The Aston Villa loanee continues to look dangerous for the home side and receives the ball in the middle of the pitch, trying to turn past Laird.

The Cherries defender do well and stay up right and eventually get it cleared.


Yellow for Johnson

The Cherries were on the counter attack and Johnson pulls back Pearson, receiving a yellow card.


Change for the Cherries

Our final sub as Todd Cantwell is placed by Ben Pearson.

Presumably we'll see Lewis Cook play in a bit more attacking manner in the final ten minutes.


No chances to note at the moment

We're continuing to press forward in search for the winner but the final pass has been a bit wayward. 


Searching for a winner!


Changes for Preston

Ched Evans and Brad Potts are taken off and Riis Jakobsen and Josh Murphy come on.


Good defending Cook

Preston counter attacked well and Potts found himself in lots of space on the right wing.

It takes an age for the pass to go into him and it allows Cook to get back and be in position to make the challenge when he does receive it.


Changes for Bournemouth

The Cherries have made a double change as we look to take the lead again.


Wide from Billing

A good chance!

Zemura curls a lovely ball across the edge of the area, Solanke is clever and dummies the ball.

The falls nicely for Billing, but on his weak foot, and he can only drive his effort wide.


Change for Preston

Josh Earl is replaced by Ali McCann for Preston. 


Billing takes an elbow to the face

The Danish midfielder takes a whack as Alan Browne's elbow collides with his face.

I'm not sure it was deliberate but definitely going to sting!


Yellow for Van den Berg

Sepp van den Berg receives a yellow card for hauling down Anthony as he drove forward on the counter attack.


GOAL - Preston

An equaliser for Preston.

Cantwell appears to be fouled in the middle but the referee waves play on and Preston attack down the right.

Johnson cuts the ball back to Archer who fires a low effort into the bottom corner via the post. 



The Cherries have the lead and it's Jamal Lowe!

Zemura feeds Anthony on the left, via a nutmeg through a Preston defender, and the left winger clips a brilliant cross towards the back post.

Lowe ghosts in, touches it around Iversen and taps home into the empty net. He's on a great run of form!


A scrappy start

Preston win an early free-kick in this second half and spark a period of play which could only be described as scrappy as the ball bounces in and around the box.

The Cherries eventually regain control by winning a goal kick.



Preston kick us off for this second half.

Let's go!


Second half not far away

The Cherries are out for this second half nice and early, but we're still waiting for Preston and the officials.

We'll be back underway shortly.


Cook is impressing

One of the positives of that first half was the performance of Lewis Cook.

The midfielder, returning to the scene of his serious injury exactly a year ago, has looked sharp in the holding role.

He's working really hard to get across the pitch and make some big tackles and interceptions.

Cook is then moving the ball quickly, finding the likes of Cantwell and Billing to help spark attacks.

He's been one of the best players on the pitch.



A quiet opening period as the Cherries are held at the break.

Scott Parker's side started well in the first 15 minutes but Preston have proven tough opponents, forcing Travers into one excellent save from Archer. 


One minute added on


Anthony heads wide

This was nice build up play as Cook finds Smith in plenty of space at the edge of the area.

He clips a ball into the middle and Anthony makes a darting run across the defender but can only glance his header beyond the far post.


Good save Travers!

Cameron Archer is looking a threat for Preston.

He gets between Smith and Phillips and receives the ball from Johnson.

He takes a touch and drives a low effort at goal but Travers makes a good stop with his feet. 


Our press has been excellent

Preston are attempting to play out from the back and the Cherries are pressing really high and have made a significant number of interceptions or deflections.

Most recently, the ball drops to Billing in the area but he can't turn or lay it off. 

If we can get the final pass right, we're in a good spot.


The game has livened up a bit

Preston have had a few opportunities on the counter attack, albeit no real goalscoring chances, and the home support has picked up as a result.

The Cherries are still plugging away, Cantwell continuing to pick out players in the middle but nothing has fallen for our forwards just yet.


Keep plugging away lads!


The game so far

The Cherries were rampant in the opening ten minutes but it's evened out in the last 20 minutes or so.

Parker's side are dominating the ball but are trying to break down a back three that Preston have lined up in.

We're playing with plenty of energy and are trying to move it quickly and into good areas, and we're pressing really well.

Our only issue so far is that we've misplaced the odd pass here and there, which has brought to the halt the odd attack.

Nonetheless, we're trying the right things.


Yellow for Potts

A second foul of the afternoon for Brad Potts as he crashes into Kelly in the middle of the park and receives a yellow card.


Great defending!

Big opportunities for Preston here!

Archer received a long ball from Evans and has the chance to take on Phillips one-on-one. He shifts the ball onto his right foot but the Cherries defender keeps with him and makes a great block.

They have another opportunity to attack as Solanke's pass is wayward and Archer again has the chance to shoot, having received the ball from Johnson, but Billing gets back to make a great tackle and force the forward to skewer his shot.


A chance for Lowe!


Travers makes his first save

The first opportunity for Preston as Phillips' pass was intercepted by Evans.

He powers a shot at goal but a deflection takes the sting out of it and Travers makes a comfortable save.


It's packed in the middle

The pressure has slowed down a bit in the last five minutes or so.

Scott Parker's side are still controlling the game here but Preston are packing up the middle of the pitch.

It suits Anthony, Cantwell and Solanke as their short interchange passing causes problems but has stemmed the flow of chances from the opening ten minutes.


It's non-stop here!

Anthony picks out Solanke in the middle with a superb forward pass.

The forward controls it well and shifts it onto his right foot, pulling his foot back to fire at goal.

However, Diaby does well to get back and nick the ball before the shot can be taken. 


More pressure from the Cherries!

It's all AFC Bournemouth in this opening period!

Cantwell receives the ball on the right side of the area and drives towards the touchline.

He picks out Smith in the middle, who had floated into a decent position.

The full back takes aim but drags his effort across goal and there's not red and black shirt to finish it off. 


Penalty shout? Not given!

The Cherries are causing problems with our high press and Billing sparks an opportunity with a good interception.

It falls to Solanke in the middle, he touches it through the legs of the defender but goes to ground under the challenge.

However, the referee isn't interested in the appeals. 


How we've lined up

Scott Parker made a minor adjustment in the most recent game with Stoke, swapping Todd Cantwell and Philip Billing so they were cutting inside onto their strongest foot.

He's kept with that and Cantwell starts on the left side, Billing on the right.

On the wings, Anthony is on the left and Lowe is on the right.

Otherwise, it's our usual 4-3-3 formation. 


Chance for Lowe!

The first chance of the game falls to Jamal Lowe!

Solanke picked up the ball in the middle, following Anthony's good work to chase the ball down, and he released Lowe on the right side.

He took a touch and smashed an effort at goal but a Preston defender did well to get across and make the block.



The Cherries get this game kicked off.

Let's go you Cherries!



Lloyd Kelly leads the Cherries out of the tunnel, which is located in the corner at Deepdale.

We're in our usual red and black kit this afternoon. 


The away end starting to fill up!


The man of the moment

Four Man of the Match awards in a row. February's Player of the Month. The awards keep coming for Mark Travers.

The Ireland international has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the division, if not the best, this season.

He's proving to be ever popular with the fanbase and his shot-stopping ability is crucial. 


Ready for kick-off!


Diaby makes Preston debut

There's an interesting piece of team news for the home side as Bambo Diaby makes his debut for the club.

The Senegalese defender began his career with Spanish side Cornella before turning out for Sampdoria.

After a spell with Belgium with Lokeren, he signed for Barnsley in 2018 and played 22 times.

However, his contract was terminated in 2020 having received a two year ban from the FA for testing positive for a banned substance.

He signed for Preston in January and this afternoon's appearance will be his first taste of competitive action for over two years. 


Homecoming for Pearson!

It's familiar surroundings for Ben Pearson this afternoon as he makes the return to Deepdale.

The 27-year-old spent five seasons at Preston North End and was a fan favourite there, playing 165 times.

He moved to the Cherries last January and has played 40 times. 


On the wing today

Scott Parker recalls Jaidon Anthony to the squad, the youngster missed last week's game with Stoke City, the only time he's not featured in the league all season.

The youngster has become a key member of the squad in his first full season of professional football and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.

Meanwhile, Jamal Lowe retains his place having secured the last-minute winner against Stoke City.

The forward has had to be patient this season and was out of the squad completely as recently as four weeks ago but has performed well since his recall, scoring against Stoke and Blackpool.



Scott Parker has revealed his starting line-up for this afternoon's game and welcomes Jaidon Anthony and Nat Phillips back to the squad.

Ryan Christie is named on the bench too, the first time he's been involved since the win over Birmingham where he scored and assisted. 


Who is back for this game?

We'll learn how Scott Parker's side line-up at 2pm but he offered a few clues in his pre-match press conference, revealing that he welcomed back a number of players to training this week.

"Nat [Phillips] is fine. He was out with illness, but he's been back with us now," he said. 

"As for Jaidon [Anthony] and Ryan [Christie], we'll have to wait and see. They've trained for three days and both looked very good and very sharp.

"We have to make decision ahead of the the weekend to see where we are. We don't want to risk them as there's still lots of games to be played, so we'll wait and see.  

"As for the longer term lads, Junior [Stanislas] and Robbie [Brady] are back on the grass which is pleasing.

"They're both doing modified training and are working on getting to a level of being back with the group. Robbie is probably slightly ahead of Junior, but he moving in right direction too.


What to expect from Preston?

BBC Radio Lancashire reporter Andy Bayes has provided some insight into this afternoon's opponents, who have new management from our last meeting.

How have North End fared since they ended the Cherries’ unbeaten start in November?

AB: It’s been a pretty mixed bag. Six victories, five defeats and eight draws. 

A change of manager five games after the win at Bournemouth has brought about a different way of playing.

Away wins more frequent than home at the moment, but certainly a great deal more positivity.

Ryan Lowe said he wanted to bring an attacking brand of football to the club – has he achieved that?

AB: I think if you were to ask the supporters are they feeling more entertained? I think they would say that they are.

They tend to finish games strongly, perhaps don’t begin matches yet as quick out of the traps as the manager would like but he certainly wants his players on the front foot as much as possible.

No home win in six games but four wins and two draws in seven on the road – can you put your finger on why?

AB: Not really, no. Some of the home matches really should have been home wins, for example Birmingham where they led until late on. 

They were good against Forest at home recently, but didn’t quite get the breakthrough they needed.

The home defeat to Reading, I think it’s safe to say is the poorest performance and result. 


A year ago

It was at this location a year ago where Lewis Cook suffered the second serious knee injury of his career.

It's almost poetic that he could take to the field at Deepdale 365 days later.

He caught up with afcb.co.uk in the build-up and had this to say about returning to the stadium.

“I didn’t realise it had been a year. To me, it’s just another stadium, another game.

“I try not to dwell on stuff like that and think about the past. I just try to focus on the present and what we can do in the game. It was tough but I’ve put that behind me now.

“When I got injured the second time – and the first time, to be honest – it was a really tough moment and the rehab was tough

“But if you look at it as a whole, it was just a knee injury. Luckily, I can get back playing whereas some people can’t and some people go through a lot worse than injuries.

“I knew that as soon as I got my injury and used it to keep my focus on getting back.

“It’s been a really tough year, a year of hard moments but a year of happy moments as well.

“The little milestones and getting back playing have been top moments."

What a positive outlook from Lewis.



It's a bright and sunny day at Deepdale and we're just two hours away from kick-off.

The Cherries are taking on Preston North End this afternoon and looking to make it five wins in a row for Scott Parker's side.

Preston have proven to be a tough nemesis for the Cherries in recent years and will look to disrupt our good run of form.

We'll be providing you full updates!

Other games that day

  • Fulham2
    Blackburn Rovers0
  • Swansea City3
    Coventry City1
  • Derby County2
  • Bristol City1
    Birmingham City2
  • Queens Park Rangers1
    Cardiff City2
  • Hull City0
    West Bromwich Albion2
  • Stoke City0
  • Reading0
  • Middlesbrough2
    Luton Town1

As it stood

1 Fulham 34 +55 73
2 Huddersfield Town 36 +13 62
4 Blackburn Rovers 35 +10 57
5 Queens Park Rangers 35 +9 56
6 Middlesbrough 34 +9 55
7 Sheffield United 34 +10 54
8 Luton Town 34 +8 54
9 Nottingham Forest 34 +12 52
10 Millwall 34 +3 52
11 Coventry City 34 +3 51
12 Preston North End 36 0 50
13 West Bromwich Albion 35 +5 49
14 Blackpool 35 0 48
15 Stoke City 34 +3 44
16 Swansea City 33 -7 44
17 Cardiff City 36 -12 42
18 Birmingham City 36 -14 40
19 Bristol City 36 -19 40
20 Hull City 36 -11 37
21 Reading 35 -26 29
22 Derby County 36 -3 24
23 Barnsley 34 -26 23
24 Peterborough United 34 -45 21

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