Following yesterday’s 5-0 thrashing of MK Dons in the Carabao Cup First Round, Scott Parker shared his thoughts post-match on the performance of his side and the “process” ahead.
The Vitality Stadium was full of energy following an impressive display of offensive football from the Cherries. Half-time saw a considerable change in intensity, Bournemouth were only 1-0 at the break and not completely dominating the game.
Despite creating and missing the bigger chances in the half, MK Dons were given opportunities to threaten Mark Travers in the home goal. This was clear to Parker as the game changed in the second half.
He explained: “The intensity of our game in the second half was where we needed to be.
“I thought in the first half at times, this wasn’t the case.
“Playing against a position-based team that really want to dominate the ball, if you give them a yard, it will be a long night.”
The game showed what Parker describes as “elements” that were very encouraging, but also ones that showed areas of improvement were needed. It was clear Parker expressed his thoughts at half-time, as the intensity changed and the game with it.
It is still early days in the new managers spell, but there was a sense of confidence for the season ahead. On the process in which Parker leads.
He explained: “Elements I really enjoyed, but elements of the game we need to improve.
That is part of the process.
“I’m a different voice to these players, and the new elements that I demand.
‘We certainly showed that in the second half.
“I want us to be an aggressive, front-foot team, one that makes it uncomfortable for the opposition and that comes with the intensity. ‘
There were some very strong performances across the park for the Cherries, with five goals and a clean sheet. But one player that was vital to the performance was Man of The Match, Gavin Kilkenny. The 21-year-old put in a very mature performance in a central midfield role, whilst also bagging an assist for David Brooks’ opener.
The academy graduate has featured heavily throughout pre-season, having started all three games prior to yesterday’s 5-0 cup win.
Speaking to Nerve Sport, Parker shared his encouragement on the youngster: “Gav has done really, really well.
“He has been part of the whole six-week programme, and I see someone who is growing.
“Last game versus Chelsea he grew into the game well and tonight he did very well again.
“He got the assist and was always around it, and was very good tactically at times – there is still loads to come from Gav as he’s still a young player.”
Yesterday’s victory was Parker’s first competitive game of the new campaign as Cherries head coach, and it was a very encouraging display to kick if off. Bournemouth will now turn their focus to this Fridays huge EFL Championship opener as they play host to promotion rivals West Brom.