AFC BOURNEMOUTH

Scott Parker ‘Devastated’ after Coventry draw

Parker Coventry, Six Sports

Scott Parker admitted to feeling devastated after Bournemouth’s recent 2-2 draw against Coventry City. Bournemouth were looking to capitalize on the league leaders (Fulham) draw which could have sent them top of the table. But failed to secure all 3 points against a resilient Coventry side.

Bournemouth dominated the majority of the game and took a two-goal lead through Jaidon Anthony and Phillip Billings.

Jaidon Anthony’s cross from the right flank crept into the far post in a somewhat lucky manner to give the home side a 1-0 lead at the cusp of halftime.

The Cherries failed to capitalize on some decent chances early in the first half. Billing rounded off the keeper but was forced wide of the goal and hit the side netting.

After serving his one-match ban, Billing capped his return with a goal in the 66th minute. Billing’s subtle touch from another Anthony cross guided the ball on its way to double the home sides lead.

The sending off of Bournemouth defender Jefferson Lerma for fouling Matt Gooden who was deemed to be through on goal, completely turned the game on its head.

The home side managed to assemble a couple of decent opportunities after the red card. But failed to finish the game off.

Bournemouth’s top scorer Solanke was unable to register his 16th goal of the season when he was denied in a one on one situation by Coventry keeper Moore. Solanke also saw his header cleared off the line by veteran Coventry defender Kyle Mcfazdean.

Coventry City came back late into the second half scoring two late goals. Matt Gooden, the man responsible for Lerma’s red card, made it 2-1 on the 85th minute.

The missed opportunities came back to haunt The Cherries as the last-minute cross by Todd Kane looped over the head of the Bournemouth keeper to save a point on the road for The Sky Blues.

Parker Coventry, Six Sports
Parker ‘Devastated’ after Coventry Draw

Speaking to afcb.co.uk, Scott Parker said

“The red card changes the game, definitely. I don’t know if that is my emotion talking but at the time I thought Steve Cook was coming around and covering. I might be totally wrong, it could be the emotion of the game. I have not seen it back. I will have to check. There is not much I can say other than I am devastated for the team and devastated for the players because for 70 minutes we were in control. No disrespect to Mark and Coventry, they’re a very good side, but I think he (Mark Robins) would say the same. “

What next for Bournemouth manager Parker and Coventry City?

Bournemouth have missed their chance to go top of the league, which would be hard on the Cherries manager. But he can take some consolation in the fact that promotion rivals Fulham and West Brom both dropped points on Saturday.

Injury struck Bournemouth had to put in a makeshift defence line with a different formation. They will be hoping to get some of their defenders back for the top of the table clash against Fulham on Friday.

A victory against Fulham will see them go 2 points clear on the top of the league. In which case the disappointment of this draw will seem to diminish.

Coventry secured a vital point in their race for the knock-off spot. They slide down one spot due to this draw but still remain in the knock out spot only 2 points clear of 7th place Stoke City.

Coventry faces another challenge this Saturday as they host West Brom who will be looking to make a strong comeback after their dire 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forrest.

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