A near full capacity crowd enjoyed an entertaining game at the Vitality Stadium as Scott Parker took charge of his first home game as the new Bournemouth manager.
The fans were in good voice as Parker’s former club Chelsea came to town, and despite losing 2-1 to the recently crowned European champions, there were plenty of positives for the Cherries boss to take from the match.
Speaking to journalists after the game, he said: “I thought we played very well.
“I was very pleased with this evening against a very good opposition, a top side and overall I was really pleased in the sense of how we went about things.”
Bournemouth had started on the front foot, looking to get in behind Chelsea’s wing-backs and expose an inexperienced back line featuring Malanga Sarr, Lewis Baker and Dujon Sterling.
Jack Stacey, Emiliano Marcondes and David Brooks in particular impressed down the Cherries’ right flank. The trio linked up well throughout the game, creating overloads and getting plenty of crosses in which caused Chelsea several problems.
Parker continued: “I thought we looked a real threat, high energy, aggressive, on the front foot and a team that took it to Chelsea which was brave of us.
“The players were brave in terms of that and attacking wise I thought we caused them some problems at times.”
Brooks had set up Dominic Solanke in the first half before spurning a glorious chance in the second half. Just after the restart the winger dragged his shot wide after pinching the ball off Ross Barkely on the halfway line, before dragging his shot wide with just Edouard Mendy to beat in the Chelsea goal – much to the disappointment of the Welshman’s new boss who revealed “he probably should have scored”.
Not to be disheartened, Brooks continued to link up well with Stacey who then provided the cross for Marcondes to score his first goal for his new club which pleased the Cherries manager.
He added: “ It is something that I have been driving home to Emi, to get in the box to try and score goals so I was pleased he got his goal.”
Parker was not pleased with everything he saw on the night though, as two quick goals turned the game on its head leaving Chelsea victorious come the final whistle.
The former England midfielder was particularly disappointed with Chelsea’s second, which came from a Barkley corner with Ike Ugbo getting to the near post first to head home for the Blues.
“The second was a poor goal really we need to look over it again, from a set play it wasnt good enough for us,” he revealed.
“We will go over that tomorrow as a team and we will learn from that and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Despite the defeat Parker was happy with his side and revealed how well the team have taken on his coaching methods throughout pre-season and was quick to praise his players on their hard work this summer.
He added: “Every single one of them has been receptive to what I have asked of them.
“Of course, I have laid down markers and what I expect from them as a team and as individuals and they have done all they can to do that.
“At this moment in time I’ ve pushed them and I’m still pushing and that will be the case for the majority of this year.
“At this present moment in time, I have been pleased with how they have responded. It can be difficult sometimes but they have done very well.”