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Development Squad

Cook plays 90 minutes for Development Squad


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

Lewis Cook continued his comeback with 90 minutes in the Development Squad's 1-1 friendly draw at Southampton on Wednesday.

Luke Pearce gave the home side an early lead, the Cherries forcing a handful of half chances but unable to strike back before half time.

Into the second period and Christian Saydee beat the 'keeper but not the far post, substitute Euan Pollock later heading home a free-kick from the flank inside the final 20 minutes.

Jack Wadham hit the post in the closing moments as the Cherries were made to settle for a draw.

The game got started at Staplewood amidst a sudden flurry of heavy rain, the bad weather clearing inside the opening minutes.

Saints had the lead inside five minutes after a break down the left flank, the visitors were unable to clear as the loose ball bobbled around the area, eventually dropping to Pearce who rifled a low shot into the corner.

Nathan Moriah-Welsh got to the by line well but saw his low centre cleared as the Cherries grew into the contest.

Saydee played square to Tarik Gidaree who struck in a strong shot that was well tipped over by Southampton 'keeper Ollie Wright, the corner then going behind to safety off an attacker.

Following a hard foul, Ben Greenwood swerved in a shot from a free-kick that was repelled by a low dive to his right from Wright.

Just ahead of the interval a free-kick was blocked by the wall, the dropping ball fell for Cook who tried his luck first time from range. The midfielder made a good connection but Wright was able to gather.

A succession of Bournemouth corners were cleared before Pollock was introduced for Tarik Gidaree in the game's first substitution.

Some smart footwork from Saydee allowed the striker the chance to wrap in a shot, the bending effort looking for all the world an equaliser before it rebounded back into play off the face of the post.

Cameron Plain dropped to his left to save, though the second half had been all about the Cherries' attempt to find a leveller, in charge of possession and pushing deep frequently into home territory.

The away side were deservedly level in the 73rd minute after a set piece. Greenwood swung in a dangerous ball and Pollock positioned himself well to head down and in from six yards out.

Bournemouth hunting a late winner, a Luke Nippard centre flashed across the face of goal but couldn't be turned home.

The side came closer yet when another Greenwood cross found its target, Wadham heading goalwards but seeing the ball ricochet agonisingly against the post.

Within a minute the final whistle was blown as the entertaining game finished all square at Southampton's training ground.

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