AFC Bournemouth snapped a three-game losing streak with Monday's First Leg win at The Vitality Stadium. The closest either side came in the First-Half was Dominic Solanke's header which struck the outside of the post.
Arnaut Danjuma then finished off a flowing counter-attack ten minutes after the restart to hand The Cherries the advantage. We pressed in the final-half hour and saw Emiliano Marcondes denied by Asmir Begovic before Bryan Mbeumo slid a golden opportunity wide late on.
Now it is back to TW8, in front of The Bees faithful, for the second leg with a place at Wembley a week on Saturday on the line.
Rico Henry and Henrik Dalsgaard both made their returns on Monday meaning that Thomas is only without the services of Shandon Baptiste (knee) and Josh Dasilva (hip) for tomorrow's game.
Lewis Cook (knee) is out for the season while Junior Stanislas (hamstring) is touch and go, having missed the First Leg. Monday's game also saw Cherries captain Steve Cook and midfielder Ben Pearson limp off with no word yet on their availability.
Sacked by hometown Club Middlesbrough last June, it was a whirlwind return to football for Woodgate at the start of Febuary. Appointed on the Monday as a senior first team coach, by Wednesday he was the caretaker manager after Jason Tindall's departure, and three weeks later he had the job until the end of the season.
Woodgate's playing career began with Boro before moving to Leeds United at the age of 16. He made his debut at the age of 18 and amassed 142 appearances over the next five seasons before moving to Newcastle United. As injuries began to take their toll, he made just 37 appearances before an ill-fated spell at Real Madrid. He returned to the UK and Boro in 2006 but managed just 178 appearances over his final ten seasons with Boro, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke, and then again on Teesside. The central defender also played eight times for England over a nine-year spell.
After a brief spell as an international scout for Liverpool in Spain and Portugal, Woodgate was appointed assistant coach to newly-appointed Middlesbrough caretaker manager Steve Agnew, following the dismissal of Aitor Karanka. After the club were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season, Woodgate vacated his position and joined the club's Academy coaching staff. In December 2017, Woodgate returned to his previous position as first team assistant coach, under the management of Tony Pulis, whom he then replaced in June 2019.
⚖ Jarred Gillett will be the man in charge tomorrow
🆚 Tom Crocker of the Bournemouth Echo previews The Cherries
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