It was always going to be a tough year for Bournemouth in their first ever season in the Premier League, and it has proved to be the case.
Eddie Howe’s side have picked up just nine points from their opening 13 games, but have been decimated by injuries, with top scorer Callum Wilson, and summer signings Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings, all sidelined for the majority of the season after suffering serious injuries.
So what three things have we learnt about the Cherries after 13 games?
1) They are the unluckiest team in the Premier League.
There is no doubt about it, Bournemouth have been the unluckiest team in the Premier League this season.
The injuries they have suffered have been disastrous, none more so than Wilson, who had netted five goals before he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament against Stoke in September, which ruled him out for at least six months.
In addition, they lost at home to Newcastle despite dominating the game, missed a penalty in the 1-1 draw against Watford, and were also on the end of a controversial penalty decision at Swansea on Saturday.
2) They must cut out the individual errors.
When you are struggling down towards the bottom of the standings with a number of injury problems, the last thing you need is to be conceding goals from individual errors.
But six of the 27 goals the Cherries have let in this term have been down to this – only West Ham have more – and with the worst defensive record in the league, it is something they must improve upon in the coming weeks and months.
3) Even if they sometimes lack the quality, they have great togetherness and spirit.
Despite injuries and results not always going their way, you can tell that Howe’s squad is really tight-knit, and that has shown in their previous few games, with an encouraging second half performance at Southampton and the two-goal lead they took at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.