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AFC Bournemouth: Goal is just the tonic for bullish Grabban
FIT-again frontman Lewis Grabban offered Cherries a major boost following his Madejski Stadium heroics by insisting he was “ready to kick on”.
Leading scorer Grabban was a star performer as Cherries ended their seven-match winless run with a memorable 2-1 victory at Reading on Saturday.
The striker hit his eighth goal of the Championship campaign and then provided the assist for Matt Ritchie to double Cherries’ lead before the interval.
Reading’s Adam Le Fondre reduced the deficit in stoppage time but Cherries were not to be denied and held out comfortably against the promotion contenders.
Grabban, 25, played a key role as Cherries’ lone forward to help them climb to 16th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone.
And having recently overcome injury and illness, the ex-Crystal Palace and Millwall frontman is aiming to build on the display.
He told the Daily Echo: “During the past few weeks, I went out to Rome because I had a few problems with my foot. I got treatment out there so I didn’t train for about two weeks during that period.
“Then, unfortunately when I came back, I trained for two days and got a little virus. I haven’t trained that much, I missed the game against Brighton and I was on the bench against QPR. I am just getting back to fitness. I feel better and I am ready to kick on.”
Grabban continued: “It was nice to be back in the team, to be back up front and scoring.
“I thought it was a good team performance. We were solid at the back and the midfield controlled the game.
“Hopefully, we can now turn our bad form into good form and capitalise on it by getting some points on the board and getting back up the league table.
“We will see how it goes but we need to build on this win and play to the potential that we are capable of.”
Cherries recently rewarded Grabban’s fine form by handing him a new contract until the summer of 2016.
Discussing the forward’s performance at Reading, assistant manager Jason Tindall said: “Lewis was excellent. Not only did he score, his all-round performance was terrific. I am sure that when the centre-halves came in after the game, they knew they had endured a tough afternoon.
“He got his goal but he performed extremely well for the team. You have to do that when you come to places like this to play a team which is unbeaten at home.
“You have to press them and work hard and, to a man, we did that. Lewis had a big responsibility, being up front on his own, and he delivered. We were absolutely delighted with his performance, together with everybody else’s.”
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