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AFC Bournemouth: Resilience key to Cherries' bright start says Hughes
VETERAN midfielder Richard Hughes insists Cherries are developing the crucial ability to quickly bounce back from moments of adversity.
Cherries have yet to suffer back-to-back defeats in the Championship and have responded to each of their second tier losses by winning their following league match.
Hughes, 34, thinks that sort of resilience has helped Cherries secure an “excellent return” of 13 points from their eight fixtures so far this season.
He told the Daily Echo: “Last season, we were a team which went on big runs, clearly those were positive for the majority of the season, otherwise we wouldn’t have been promoted. But there was a run where we lost five on the bounce and we also had a poor start.
“In the Championship, if you do that, it is difficult to get out of the rut. The fact we bounced back from the defeats with wins and have not had back-to-back defeats in the league is all-important.
“Confidence and positive thinking plays a big part around the whole place, not just in the squad but also among the supporters.”
Hughes was recalled to Eddie Howe’s XI for the 3-3 draw at Middlesbrough to make his first start in the Championship for two years and nine months, having featured for Portsmouth in another 3-3 thriller at Leeds on December 28, 2010.
“It was great to be back and a great game to be back for on a beautiful pitch, at a beautiful stadium and against a big club,” said Hughes.
“A draw at the Riverside was definitely a positive result.”
Hughes will be hoping to retain his place when Cherries host Blackburn Rovers at Dean Court tomorrow (3pm). Fellow midfielders Harry Arter and Andrew Surman have both been sidelined by injury in recent weeks.
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