"I didn't see that coming"
The words from manager Mark Robins in what has proved to be his last game in charge of Huddersfield Town as he was dismissed shortly after an horrific start to the 2014-15 campaign.
Well, I don't think any of us thought it would ever be quite that bad, but it was, it really, really was!
Any optimism that surrounded the kick-off was crushed just 26 seconds in as an unmarked Marc Pugh was left all alone to fire Bournemouth in-front from 8 yards following Matt Ritchie's cross. A disastrous start that clearly rocked the Town players' confidence was made even worse when Cherries new boy Callum Wilson outmuscled Joel Lynch and cooly finished to double their lead on the half hour mark.
A change in formation and personell was the call amongst the Town faithful at half-time but the substitution of Sean Scannell for Adam Hammill did nothing to alter the fortunes of the Terriers as just five minutes into the second half it was game over. Crooks was left outnumbered at the back post marking two men and although Smithies saved the initial shot Kermorgant was able to hit the back of the net at the second attempt.
Things went from bad to worse when another Matt Ritchie cross was met by the outstretched leg of Wilson who saw his effort fumbled into his own net by Alex Smithies for four and shortly after the Town keeper brought down Wilson for what was a clear penalty. The new Bournemouth frontman stepped up to net his hat-trick but his effort was weak and Smithies was able to save comfortably down to his left.
It was far too little to lift the mood in the John Smiths Stadium and the final whistle was greeted with mass boo's and it was clear that the pressure was on manager Mark Robins as Town kicked off the campaign sitting bottom of the league and looking very much like the bad form from last season was going to carry on into this.
Smithies - 4
Didn't have much of a chance with three out of four of the goals and did well with the penalty. However, another error shows a possible lack of confidence.
Crooks - 4
Feel sorry for him but he had a mare. Was caught out numerous times and didn't look ready. Conceding after 26 seconds probably didn't help settle any pre-match nerves he may have had.
Peltier - 4
People have been saying don't play him as a centre back and what do we do? Didn't work out.
Lynch - 3
Outmuscled by Wilson numerous times and spent more time whinging and sulking than standing up and taking control.
Hammill - 4
Left his man for the first goal and clearly doesn't suit that wing-back role. Tried to cause problems up field but it just wasn't happening.
Dixon - 3
Weak and never really contributed much in either attack or defence.
Hogg - 3
Was hoping he'd step up this season but for all of his running and closing down he had little effect on a Bournemouth midfield who seemed to control the game all too comfortably.
Norwood - 4
A couple of beautiful passes and a rocket shot off the crossbar did little to cover up his lazy attitude around the middle of the park. He and Hogg made it far too easy for the opposition.
Majewski - 5
Going to be a bit more lenient on the forward players as they simply had no support behind them to really get into the game. Couple of nice passes and looked at ease with the ball at his feet though.
Ward - 5
Struggled due to very little service. Won a few flick-ons but never really got anything to run on to.
Wells - 5
Was clearly frustrated, probably by the amount of long balls that were heading his way. Another that got no service to make any meaningful contribution.
Scannell - 4
Same story as last season, lots of running with the ball but no end product.
Lolley - 6 (Man of the Match)
Looked bright and looked to make things happen with good effect.
Coady - 5
Wasn't really on long enough to have any impact on a game that was already lost.
Robins - 2
Strange selection of Crooks when both Smith and Wallace were available, poor subs and a system that doesn't suit the players at his disposal. It was bad! We looked every bit a continuation of the team that finished last season so poorly with no evidence of it improving anytime soon.