AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Charlton Athletic, Saturday 3 August
Report by James Lewer
The eagerly anticipated kick-off to the new football league season had finally arrived, and AFC Bournemouth got a dream start to life in the Championship. The Cherries were playing their first game in the second tier for over 20 years.
Lewis Grabban proved to be the hero, scoring a brace for the home side. The forward powered Bournemouth in front after 26 minutes, meeting Harry Arter’s cross to head in from close range. Four minutes into the second half, and Kermorgant’s volley put Charlton level. However, Grabban won the game for the seasiders with a fantastic 25 yard strike which flew into the bottom corner.
Cherries manager Eddie Howe was delighted by Grabban’s two goal showing, but despite having three recognised strikers in Grabban, Pitman and Thomas, he feels this isn’t enough. Could this mean that the Cherries are preparing to dip into the transfer market?
After one league game AFC Bournemouth sit 3rd in the table, which would be a dreamland position for the club if they can sustain it until May!