Trio strike to sting the Bees
Coach Shaun Cooper felt his AFC Bournemouth under-21s had been rewarded for their efforts after they ran out 3-1 winners against Brentford B in a friendly today.
Goals from Alex Dobre, Nnamdi Ofoborh and Tyrell Hamilton saw the hosts triumph at Canford Arena with Jaden Brissett, son of ex-Cherries star Jason Brissett, replying with a penalty for the Bees.
Dobre and Ofoborh, who are both training regularly with Eddie Howe’s first-team squad, were on the bench for last night’s Carabao Cup clash against Forest Green Rovers.
Cooper told afcb.co.uk: “It was the first match we managed to really approach with a full game-plan and full analysis prior to the game and I thought the lads carried out what we asked them well in the main.
“We knew Brentford would be a good side and I thought our lads worked really hard and were rewarded for it in the end.
“For large periods, we got what we wanted out of the game. We were scrappy on a couple of occasions and will pick the bones out of that.
“But, out of possession, our press was very good, full of energy and I was really pleased with that. In possession, there were some really good moments. We didn’t quite have as much control as we could have but, again, we will look to rectify that.”
Dobre set the tone early on when he saw his thunderous drive acrobatically tipped for a corner by Brentford goalkeeper Patrik Gunnarsson.
The Romanian met Tom Dinsmore’s 12th-minute corner with a bullet header to open the scoring before Ofoborh double their lead with a low drive from the edge of the box after being teed up by Jordan Zemura.
Cooper added: “Everyone knows what Alex can do – he’s a matchwinner and can create something out of nothing.
“His work-rate and attitude were excellent, given he was involved with the first team last night. It is the same with Nnamdi. Every time he comes down to the under-21s, he gets the armband and leads by example, not just with his attitude but also his quality.”
Brissett, whose father Jason played for the Cherries in the 1990s, sent Will Dennis the wrong way from the spot in the 24th minute after Charlie Seaman had been penalised for a foul on Nick Tsaroulla.
Another 20-yarder from Dobre was parried by Gunnarsson towards the end of the first half before the impressive Dinsmore hit the post with a delighted cushioned effort early in the second period.
Ofoborh seized on a poor clearance and set up Hamilton for the Cherries’ third goal on 59 minutes, the striker rounding Gunnarsson before firing into an unguarded net.
Cooper said: “The one thing you will definitely get from Tyrell is an unbelievable work-rate. He would be a nightmare to play against because he presses really well and he deserved his goal.
“I know he sets himself a target of how many goals he would like and, for the work he puts in, he certainly deserves to reach it and I hope he does.”
Further chances fell to Dobre and Hamilton before Dennis made a fine save, throwing himself bravely at the feet of Joe Adams to prevent the Brentford man from reducing the arrears.
Cooper added: “The young lads have come up from the under-18s and their attitude has been spot-on.
“The older boys who are here are all at different stages of their development and have all applied themselves really well.
“It’s been pleasing to see some of the younger boys come in and get up to speed as they have. They haven’t quite managed to get the game time they would like because we have a big squad but the loan window is still open so we will see what happens.”
AFC Bournemouth: Dennis, Seaman, Jordan, Cordner, Zemura, Dobre, Ofoborh, Dinsmore, Anthony (Trialist, 69) Scrimshaw, Hamilton. Unused subs: Hobson, Ibsen Rossi, Camp, Hanfrey, Cope.