If anyone ever tells you any premier league game will be easy they are lying, especially this year, the league is stronger than ever and points have to be picked up from sides around the position you expect to finish. Bournemouth away seemed like one of those fixtures in which anything less than three points we wouldn’t be satisfied. The 12 hour round trip didn’t put off the travelling fans and once again sold out the allocation given to the club. With John Oshea ruled out with illness, Sebastian Coates was the only change from the sides defeat the weekend before at home to spurs.The game had started, the sun was shining and for one moment I was actually confident of a positive result. 4 minutes in the in form Callum Wilson received the ball into feet, rolled it round Younes Kaboul who was too tight to his man and smashed it past a helpless Costel Pantilimon. Not even 5 minutes later a corner ball came in which was headed out to Matt Ritchie who took it onto his chest and volleyed into the top corner, leaving pantilimon only to watch it fly in. Defoe had a few very good chances as he did the previous week but failed to convert leaving fans frustrated. The game passed by with Sunderland having more and more possession as a cross came in from M’vila towards Lens which was finally headed into the back of the net, only for the linesman to flag it offside. On replay Lens didn’t look to be offside and at this point you got the feeling it wasn’t going to be Sunderland’ day. With 3 of the back 4 being on yellow cards, Kaboul clattered into Callum Wilson only to be shown a second yellow. That was that and the final scoreline was 2-0 to Bournemouth. It was very hard to find positives in those performances and now we have to go again with an even easier couple of games against Manchester City at home in the Capital one cup Tuesday and then a trip to Manchester United Saturday. Lets hope we get to use the ‘typical Sunderland’ saying when we advance in the cup Tuesday night and get three points away to Utd on Saturday… I told you I was an optimist!

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