AFC Bournemouth’s U-21s fell to a 3-1 defeat this afternoon at Canford Park.
The Cherries missed two penalties in a frustrating outing against QPR U-21s.
Bournemouth started the better side, winning a penalty after just three minutes when winger Green was pulled down in the box. Striker Nojoli saw his penalty saved by QPR’s keeper low to his right.
Bournemnouth then had the ball in the net on the ten minute mark as Puel went through and finished, but the linesman’s flag was up and the goal was ruled out.
Jack Bridge started the game. He’s been training with the Cherries and could be signed from Southend before the transfer window closes. Bridge has made nine League One appearances this season.
Nojoli nearly made up for his penalty miss after 25 minutes, but he dragged a shot just wide of the post.
QPR made the Cherries pay for their missed chances on the stroke of half time as their winger cut the ball back for a simple finish into an empty net.
Sam Surridge signed a new contract this week and he replaced Nojoli at half-time. The striker was thrown straight into the action as the Cherries won another penalty.
Surridge stepped up, sent the ‘keeper the wrong way, but smashed his effort onto the crossbar.
Again, QPR made the Cherries pay for their missed chances as they smashed a shot home from inside the penalty area after 55 minutes.
After 60 minutes, the Cherries were given a lifeline as a QPR goalkeeping error allowed Surridge to slide the ball into an empty net.
Bournemouth pushed for an equaliser but the QPR striker nicked the ball and put his teammate through to score a third after 70 minutes had been played.
From there, the game petered out and the Cherries ended a frustrating afternoon with a 3-1 defeat.
Cherries boss Stephen Purches said he was happy with his sides performance for the first 60 minutes.
On the two penalty misses, Purches said: “They’re both goal scorers and to see them both miss was a surprise.”
The Cherries made several changes throughout the game as many of the U-21 players will be in action tomorrow in a training match with the first team.
Centre-back Jack Simpson said the afternoon was “frustrating” for the Cherries.
He said: “We should have been four-nil up before they scored. It wasn’t meant to be for us.”
Simpson will play in tomorrow’s training game with the first team before the U-21s next outing against Vancouver on Tuesday.