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AFC Bournemouth: Steve Cook calls for faith from the stands
DEFENDER Steve Cook has urged the Dean Court crowd to keep the faith as Cherries continue to find their feet in the Championship.
Cook issued the plea to supporters after 10-man Cherries had suffered a 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
Richard Hughes was sent off for two bookable offences before Ryan Fraser netted a late consolation in an improved display after the break.
But the damage had already been done courtesy of a double from prolific striker Jordan Rhodes either side of Leon Best's close-range finish, which left Cherries with a 3-0 deficit amid a nervy first-half atmosphere.
And centre-back Cook, an ever-present in the league for Cherries this season, is hoping fans will buy into the team's policy of passing football as they attempt to stick to their principles in the second tier.
The 22-year-old told the Daily Echo: “We weren't good enough on the ball. We were very disappointed because that was the worst performance we had given at home since the gaffer took over. We are going to have to bounce back quickly because we have another two tough games coming up.
“I would urge the fans to stick with us. It is early days and we have had a great start. We have got a young team and not many of us have played in this league.
“In the second half, there were a lot of positives. We looked dangerous going forward, even with 10 men, and Tommy (Elphick) and Wardy (Elliott Ward) put themselves on the line and blocked countless shots.
“It is easy to look back and say 'We weren't good enough' but we just have to put it right against Leeds on Tuesday. The best way to bounce back is to get three points away from home.”
Cook remains confident that Cherries, who are in 10th position after registering 13 points from their opening nine league games, have the quality to build on their start to the campaign.
He added: “It is frustrating for the supporters. They work hard and pay their hard-earned money to watch us play well and we didn't perform on Saturday, so I feel for them. But when you look at how well we have done and how far we have come, it is not all going to go right and we are going to get games like that.
“We are a team. We stick by each other and, hopefully, the fans will stick by us. We want to go into the international break with two wins and show what we are all about. It is going to be difficult - it is a difficult league - but we are more than good enough to be successful.
“It is a great club, a family club, and we appreciate the supporters turning out. There was a great crowd on Saturday and they have to buy into the way we want to play.”
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