Eight games unbeaten in the busiest stage of the season. Bournemouth end their season with style and substance.
Player Ratings Kieffer Moore scores again and Mark Travers reclaims his Championship Golden Glove in a 1-0 win over Millwall.
Marc Travers – 8
Clean in his handling, brave in claiming aerial balls and composed on the ball – his 20th clean sheet of the season gives Travers the Championship golden glove.
Adam Smith – 8
The intensity with which Smith continues to play is exceptional. Was combative in his duels, especially when Jed Wallace arrived and sought to support Robbie Brady when he could.
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Nat Phillips – 8
The partnership with Bournemouth’s centre-back was the bedrock of promotion and a big contributor to the eight-game unbeaten streak. Made several key and incisive passes that came through the first phase of Millwall’s press, mainly in the direction of Jordan Zemura.
Lloyd Kelly – 9
Exceptional. Made last-minute critical tackles to stop Benik Afobe and Oliver Burke in both halves and led from the front. Seems to play with complete confidence in his game, with and without the ball. Scott Parker is right; sometimes you don’t realize how important Kelly is on the side.
Jordan Zemura – 9
Arguably his best game in 2022 and since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. Zemura was looking to move forward, working inside Millwall’s full-backs and, as shown by his pass out when Phillips had the ball, would perpetually drive forward with the ball at his feet. In the second half he began to vary, running inside the pitch and engaging bodies, as he did for the free-kick that led to ecstasy against Nottingham Forest.
Gavin Kilkenny – 7
Kilkenny were mostly diligent in their game and had more responsibility moving forward than before, due to Cook’s inclusion. Made a few misplaced passes but overall, given it was his first league start since December, Kilkenny did well to end a breakthrough campaign.
Lewis Cook – 8
There’s such serenity to Cook’s game right now. His fingerprints are palpable on this team and when given the time and space to create the image, he does some beautiful paintings. The game continued to spin, fell in the back three times to provide variation to Bournemouth’s build-up and was calm personified under Millwall’s pressure.
Emiliano Marcondes – 8
Marcondes was brilliant and shrewd in his positioning, often matching Dominic Solanke who comes deep and stretches behind. Had Bournemouth’s two best chances when onside, his second being a goal disallowed for offside.
Well inserted after two months without appearance.
Robbie Brady – 7
Delivered some inviting crosses into the box but perhaps didn’t offer the dynamism or change of gear required to play a traditional winger under Parker. With Bournemouth retaining an option for another year, he may be a useful option to have on the bench, given the Premier League will introduce five replacements next season.
Dominique Solanke – 8
Has there been a drop in performance this season? Solanke was again at his selfless and keenest, playing on the front line throughout the game and working Millwall’s back three – similar to Nottingham Forest – from side to side. He even had a spell as one of Parker’s attacking-minded No. 8s. Started in each of the 46 league games. Remarkable achievement.
Jaidon Anthony – 7
Combined beautifully with Zemura and considering he was playing outside of the league for over a year, his rise is a testament to his hard work and how quickly he gained Parker’s trust. Had a few chances in the second half but the most impressive aspect of his performance was how he adapted throughout the game, starting with an inside left and then playing like a quasi -false 9 towards the end.
Siriki Dembele (Brady 63′) – 7
Dembele is borderline unstoppable when he comes up against a defender inside the box. All they can do is look skyward and hope the winger shoots or crosses at a tight angle. Continued to be a great option to have on the bench.
Kieffer Moore (Marcondes 69) – 9
His third game since returning from injury. His fourth goal. And again, he is yet to start a game for the club he joined in January. Moore’s exquisite finishing proved the difference again, his fingerprints leaving a palpable effect in the final games of the campaign.
Philip Billing (Cook 78′) – 9
Superb quick thinking again from the Dane to throw a quick throw over Moore for the goal. Seemed invigorated in recent weeks and played a crucial role in ensuring his side crossed the line.
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