AFC Bournemouth: Starting spot helps Surman banish frustration

Bournemouth Echo: SELF BELIEF: AFC Bournemouth loanee Andrew Surman SELF BELIEF: AFC Bournemouth loanee Andrew Surman

ON-LOAN midfielder Andrew Surman claimed a healthy dose of self belief had been the key component in his recent return to form.

The Norwich City man made only his fourth Championship start for Cherries during the 3-0 defeat at QPR last week but maintained his place for Saturday’s 2-1 win at Reading.

Surman, who is on a season-long loan from the Canaries, acknowledged he had found his “stop-start” campaign difficult to deal with on the back of his injury woes last season.

But after nailing down his spot in consecutive league matches for the first time this season, the former Southampton star is keen to build on a brace of bright performances.

Surman told the Daily Echo: “It has been a frustrating season for me, especially after being injured for a lot of last season.

“I have been chomping at the bit to get back into the team and try to prove that I deserve my place. I hadn’t played for a few games so it feels good to be back in.

“There are a lot of good players at Bournemouth and competition for places is fierce so when you get a chance, you have to take it.

“But I believe in my ability and I know what I can do.

“It (not playing) can get you down but it’s all about maintaining that self belief. Things don’t always go your way and I have experienced that several times in my career.

“Any footballer will tell you there are ups and downs and when you are down you have to keep faith in your ability and take your chance when it comes.”

  • Cherries are expected to field trialist Will Spetch in a friendly at QPR tomorrow (noon).

The Poole Town defender could feature in the match at QPR’s Sipson Lane training facility in Harlington.

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6:42pm Mon 9 Dec 13

lockandload says...

Surman saved a goal that was going in past Camp and worked very hard during the whole match and proved he has the quality we need. He may not have scored but still deserves a mention. He must start on saturday
Surman saved a goal that was going in past Camp and worked very hard during the whole match and proved he has the quality we need. He may not have scored but still deserves a mention. He must start on saturday lockandload

8:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

West moors 1 says...

Confident and composed performance on Saturday. Best so far for Surman this season, I had been disappointed in him so far, was expecting more. But let's hope this performance is the sign of more to come. Again the fans deserve a mention for Saturdays support was fantastic, felt like we were the home side! Up the cherries
Confident and composed performance on Saturday. Best so far for Surman this season, I had been disappointed in him so far, was expecting more. But let's hope this performance is the sign of more to come. Again the fans deserve a mention for Saturdays support was fantastic, felt like we were the home side! Up the cherries West moors 1

8:57pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Cherryfan says...

So this Poole defender failed to impress Huddersfield etc?
So this Poole defender failed to impress Huddersfield etc? Cherryfan

10:17pm Mon 9 Dec 13

raybren says...

When you look at our side , the one thing we are short of is experience . So it ' s nice to see Surman coming good along with the performances of Camp . The balance is getting better and our bright young ones will only improve .
When you look at our side , the one thing we are short of is experience . So it ' s nice to see Surman coming good along with the performances of Camp . The balance is getting better and our bright young ones will only improve . raybren

10:47pm Mon 9 Dec 13

stjxf12 says...

Drew grew in confidence on Saturday and his performance got better and better .Kept the ball well and distribution was excellent. Superb step over for Matt's goal. UTCIAD Still a massive ask against Birmingham lets get the barmy army going and bring home the points.
Drew grew in confidence on Saturday and his performance got better and better .Kept the ball well and distribution was excellent. Superb step over for Matt's goal. UTCIAD Still a massive ask against Birmingham lets get the barmy army going and bring home the points. stjxf12

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