Francis: We expect an aerial battle

10 Mar 2017
Simon Francis competes for a header

AFC Bournemouth are preparing to deal with West Ham's strength in the air, reveals defender

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Simon Francis says AFC Bournemouth have been preparing to deal with West Ham United’s aerial threat for Saturday’s match at Vitality Stadium.

The centre-back said that with the return of Andy Carroll to the West Ham forward line, Eddie Howe has been coaching his team to deal with crosses.

"It's something we've been looking at during the week," Francis said.

See: Talking Tactics: Cherries must up aerial game

“You have to be on your toes, especially as a defender with that ball coming in.

"He [Carroll] is one of the best, if not the best, at winning headers in the division and it's something we can't be surprised about tomorrow.”

See: I need to show I'm ready, says Cargill

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