This has to be seen as one of the most important points to date in what promises to be a long and arduous season.
Mick McCarthy made three changes at Dean Court and into the side came Paul Anderson, Luke Hyam and Cole Skuse.
One was enforced as Jonathan Williams is unlikely to play again in a Town shirt due to injury – unless of course his loan from Crystal Palace is extended but this seems very unlikely it would seem.
This meant the impressive Stephen Hunt and Jay Tabb had to bench warm in a game that Town were desperate to get something from.
As was to be expected, Bournemouth started in top gear and if it has not been for some great goalkeeping from Bartosz Bialkowski, who retained his place at the expense of Dean Gerken, The Cherries could have been out of sight before the blues got into their stride.
Within minutes, Richie had smacked a header against the bar for the home side before they took the lead when Daryl Murphy lost possession near the corner flag and the resulting cross from Francis was exquisitely diverted into the net by Kermorgant, whose powerful scissor-kick nestled into the net before our goalkeeper, Bartosz Bialkowski, had time react.
Bialkowski kept Town in the game with a string of important saves afterwards though before Terry Bishop got the blues on level terms with his first ever first team goal, when Tyrone Mings measured pass found him in space, as he side footed home in the 50th minute of what was a pulsating game.
It did not take long for The Cherries to storm back however through Richie after Wilson had evaded a number of desperate challenges to play him in, and he blasted the ball home from close range.
Parity was finally restored through Daryl Murphy on 76 minutes when he powered home a header from a Paul Anderson free kick for his 11th of the season.
At the end of this campaign, when we tot up our points tally, this could be the one that might turn out to be the most valuable of all!
Frank Weston – Editor Vital Ipswich