Cherries: Walsall helped us remember what defeat tastes like, says Fletch (with video)

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STRIKER Steve Fletcher insists Cherries' Walsall woe must act as a “timely reminder” as they look to revive their promotion push.

Fletcher was a late substitute as Cherries' 15-match unbeaten run in League One bit the dust following a 3-1 defeat at the Banks's Stadium on Saturday.

Eddie Howe's men, who had seemed invincible until their colours were lowered by the Saddlers, will be hoping to get back on track when they face bottom-placed Hartlepool tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Hartlepudlian Fletcher said: “We weren't at our best by a long shot against Walsall but, as disappointing as it was, we have got to look back and say we have done fantastically well.

“We need to use it as a timely reminder because we aren't just going to walk up the league and walk into the promotion spots.

“As much as we can beat teams, we can be beaten ourselves. As well as Walsall played, we still had chances.

“We have got to start again and kick on. We have got to remember what defeat tastes like and make sure we don't repeat it. We have got to go to Hartlepool and make sure it doesn't happen again.

“We will need to be on our mettle because Hartlepool is not an easy place to go. It doesn't matter where you are in the league because anybody can beat anybody.

“If we aren't on our game, we will be turned over. From the first whistle, we have got to make sure we are the team people have become accustomed to over the past three months.”

Although defeat in the West Midlands left eighth-placed Cherries 13 points adrift of the automatic promotion spots, Simon Francis insists the gap is not insurmountable.

Defender Francis told the Daily Echo: “If the run had to come to an end, I would rather it happened now so we can go again and, hopefully, start another one. There are a lot of games left and there is a long way to go. The play-offs are still easily within our reach, although the top two is what we are aiming for.

“We were disappointed with the performance at Walsall because our standards are so high and we don't expect to lose any game in this league. We want to be the best, we want to beat the best and, with the greatest respect to Walsall, we should be winning those games. We have got to look at ourselves and our performance and try to make things right at Hartlepool.”

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2:56pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Julian1963 says...

Good luck guys,i still see you in the top 2 without a question of doubt
Good luck guys,i still see you in the top 2 without a question of doubt Julian1963
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3:11pm Mon 21 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

Back at the start of the season the majority of us could not see beyond relegation because of the two Muppets in charge at the time. We have been very fortunate to have had Eddie and Jason back in charge and for motivating the team in such a way to have reached the heights that we have reached.

I believe that the team is good enough to go lot higher and finish well; however we should be mindful that the players need our full support even when results don’t go our way. If anything we should shout even louder and get behind them. There are enough seasoned players in the squad to pick up the younger players and help them to put Saturday’s defeat well behind them. UTCIAD Good luck tomorrow night
Back at the start of the season the majority of us could not see beyond relegation because of the two Muppets in charge at the time. We have been very fortunate to have had Eddie and Jason back in charge and for motivating the team in such a way to have reached the heights that we have reached. I believe that the team is good enough to go lot higher and finish well; however we should be mindful that the players need our full support even when results don’t go our way. If anything we should shout even louder and get behind them. There are enough seasoned players in the squad to pick up the younger players and help them to put Saturday’s defeat well behind them. UTCIAD Good luck tomorrow night nonnogeppetto
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3:19pm Mon 21 Jan 13

smhinto says...

Personally, I belive fatique played it's part agaianst walsall, we just had the festive xmas fixtures and then the wigan game and then went to walsall with key players missung against a side who had won five from six games.
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So the writing was on the wall.
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The game tomorrow night needs to be called off. Its another long trip on top of what wehave already played.
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If it is played tomorrow we will go down again. Postpone please.#

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Regards
Personally, I belive fatique played it's part agaianst walsall, we just had the festive xmas fixtures and then the wigan game and then went to walsall with key players missung against a side who had won five from six games. , So the writing was on the wall. . The game tomorrow night needs to be called off. Its another long trip on top of what wehave already played. . If it is played tomorrow we will go down again. Postpone please.# . . Regards smhinto
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3:46pm Mon 21 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

I have a spare bottle of Gin to offer as a bribe for calling the game off anyone else have anything to spare??
I have a spare bottle of Gin to offer as a bribe for calling the game off anyone else have anything to spare?? nonnogeppetto
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4:49pm Mon 21 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

smhinto wrote:
Personally, I belive fatique played it's part agaianst walsall, we just had the festive xmas fixtures and then the wigan game and then went to walsall with key players missung against a side who had won five from six games.
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So the writing was on the wall.
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The game tomorrow night needs to be called off. Its another long trip on top of what wehave already played.
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If it is played tomorrow we will go down again. Postpone please.#

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Regards
Thanks for your assesment shminto. That will be a win then against pools.!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Personally, I belive fatique played it's part agaianst walsall, we just had the festive xmas fixtures and then the wigan game and then went to walsall with key players missung against a side who had won five from six games. , So the writing was on the wall. . The game tomorrow night needs to be called off. Its another long trip on top of what wehave already played. . If it is played tomorrow we will go down again. Postpone please.# . . Regards[/p][/quote]Thanks for your assesment shminto. That will be a win then against pools.!!!!! STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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4:51pm Mon 21 Jan 13

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
I have a spare bottle of Gin to offer as a bribe for calling the game off anyone else have anything to spare??
A vintage 2011 xmas pudding.!!!!!.
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: I have a spare bottle of Gin to offer as a bribe for calling the game off anyone else have anything to spare??[/p][/quote]A vintage 2011 xmas pudding.!!!!!. STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road
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5:59pm Mon 21 Jan 13

smhinto says...

STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road wrote:
smhinto wrote:
Personally, I belive fatique played it's part agaianst walsall, we just had the festive xmas fixtures and then the wigan game and then went to walsall with key players missung against a side who had won five from six games.
,
So the writing was on the wall.
.
The game tomorrow night needs to be called off. Its another long trip on top of what wehave already played.
.
If it is played tomorrow we will go down again. Postpone please.#

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Regards
Thanks for your assesment shminto. That will be a win then against pools.!!!!!
Surely even you an see that after playing the hectic festive fixture list and then to play Wigan in the cup straight away and then go away to Walsall with a raft on injures. Then to follow this with an AWAY trip to Hartlepool on the following Tuesday again with a raft of injuries.
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SURELY YOU CAN SEE THAT THIS WILL HAVE NEGATIVE AFFECT ON OUR PERFORMANCE AND SUBSEQUENT RESULT.
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A Postponment pease!!
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Regards
[quote][p][bold]STEADY EDDIE 1 for the road[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]smhinto[/bold] wrote: Personally, I belive fatique played it's part agaianst walsall, we just had the festive xmas fixtures and then the wigan game and then went to walsall with key players missung against a side who had won five from six games. , So the writing was on the wall. . The game tomorrow night needs to be called off. Its another long trip on top of what wehave already played. . If it is played tomorrow we will go down again. Postpone please.# . . Regards[/p][/quote]Thanks for your assesment shminto. That will be a win then against pools.!!!!![/p][/quote]Surely even you an see that after playing the hectic festive fixture list and then to play Wigan in the cup straight away and then go away to Walsall with a raft on injures. Then to follow this with an AWAY trip to Hartlepool on the following Tuesday again with a raft of injuries. . SURELY YOU CAN SEE THAT THIS WILL HAVE NEGATIVE AFFECT ON OUR PERFORMANCE AND SUBSEQUENT RESULT. . A Postponment pease!! . Regards smhinto
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6:31pm Mon 21 Jan 13

nonnogeppetto says...

I may not be the smartest tool in the box so that would explain it! However!

Is it up to us to postpone the game? or is it for us to hope for a postponement!!

I thought the FL decided and not the team!!! Am I missing something?

Before Saturday's I hoped for snow to fall at Walsall's football ground by the bucket load alas it failed to do so. I guess we just have to make do with whatever team we can field and hope for the best!!
I may not be the smartest tool in the box so that would explain it! However! Is it up to us to postpone the game? or is it for us to hope for a postponement!! I thought the FL decided and not the team!!! Am I missing something? Before Saturday's I hoped for snow to fall at Walsall's football ground by the bucket load alas it failed to do so. I guess we just have to make do with whatever team we can field and hope for the best!! nonnogeppetto
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