‘We can take great confidence’ - Bournemouth boss buoyed by cup display ahead of City clash
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Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall has taken great heart from his team’s League Cup efforts at Manchester City on Thursday, ahead of their Championship clash with Norwich on Sunday.
The Cherries made five changes to their starting XI following a 1-1 league draw at Middlesbrough last Saturday and went behind to a goal from youngster Liam Delap in the 16th minute as Pep Guardiola fielded a mostly young team which did also feature Kyle Walker, Rodri and Riyad Mahrez.
Sam Surridge equalised swiftly for the visitors but England midfielder Phil Foden grabbed the win with 15 minutes remaining to send City into the fourth round of the League Cup.
“I felt we were very good, we delivered a really good performance,” said Tindall. “Tactically the guys executed the plan very well and I thought we were very brave in possession and caused Man City quite a few problems.
“So overall I was very pleased, disappointed obviously to go out of the competition because we wanted to progress but ultimately I’m very pleased with the performance.”
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Bournemouth lost defender Lloyd Kelly to a hamstring injury in the 28th minute, which will be assessed ahead of Sunday, and keeper Mark Travers also had to shake off a heavy collision late on.
“I felt we were a threat all night,” Tindall added, speaking to his club’s website. “We looked dangerous, very good in possession and it does go to show that they felt they needed to bring on the likes of De Bruyne and Sterling.
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“For me it was really pleasing. We had a lot of young players out there, I think we finished the game with six players who have come through the academy system, which was pleasing again for me and they did themselves justice against a really strong side.
“Disappointed that we lost, their first goal I didn’t feel was a goal, I thought it should have been a free-kick on Sam Surridge and ultimately that had a big impact on the game.”
With a quick turnaround for the Norwich game, Tindall concluded: “To push them right the way to the end, I think we can take great confidence from that moving forward into the weekend.”