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AFC Bournemouth: Nothing to fear in Championship says Surman
ANDREW Surman insists Cherries will have nothing to fear from the Championship when they go in search of writing a new chapter in the Dean Court record books.
The Norwich City loan star will tomorrow be hoping to help Cherries put one over Ipswich – the Canaries’ arch East Anglian rivals – when they lock horns at Dean Court (3pm).
Victory for Eddie Howe’s men against the Tractor Boys would see Cherries take another step towards achieving their highest finishing position in the second flight.
The visit of in-form Ipswich marks the halfway stage of the season for Cherries with midfielder Surman having played a pivotal role in their recent upturn in fortunes.
Currently 15th with 28 points, Harry Redknapp guided Cherries to 12th in 1989, the team accruing 34 points from their first 23 games before adding 28 in the second half of the season.
Surman, who won promotion from the Championship with Norwich in 2011, told the Daily Echo: “We have played all the top teams and I don’t think there is anything to be scared of. QPR were probably the best and they have still got basically a Premier League team.
“Burnley were top of the table when we went there and we probably should have won 1-0. On our day, we are as good as any other team in this division and we go into every game believing we can win. We will do the same against Ipswich.
“It is nice to be looking up rather than down. The win against Sheffield Wednesday was massive because it put eight points between us and them. We followed it up by beating Yeovil and have now got to try to put a run together and keep the momentum going.”
Surman, who helped Norwich do the double over Ipswich during their promotion campaign, added: “I am sure I will probably get a few boos but that is part and parcel of football. I enjoy these games and they are the ones you relish. I am really looking forward to it.
“Ipswich are showing some good form and are on the fringes of the play-offs. They are going to be a tough team to break down but we are confident. We are going into it with back-to-back wins behind us so, hopefully, we can make it three.”
Surman, on loan to Cherries for the season, is currently enjoying his longest run in the team having started the past five games, a sequence which has included wins against Reading, Sheffield Wednesday and Yeovil.
“It has been a frustrating season for me so far because I have been in and out and also had a minor injury,” added the 27-year-old. “It is great to be playing and even better when we are winning. We always stay positive and believe in what we are doing. If we keep doing things right, the wins will keep coming and we will have a good second half to the season.”
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