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AFC Bournemouth: Surman looks to avoid another FA Cup calamity
LOAN star Andrew Surman is determined to help Cherries bounce back against Burton Albion – and avoid becoming the victim of another FA Cup giant-killing.
The central midfielder knows all about the dangers of facing lower-league opposition after enduring a fourth round tie to forget with Norwich City last season.
Surman and his Premier League colleagues were on the receiving end when Scott Rendell netted to hand Conference club Luton a shock 1-0 win at Carrow Road.
Ex-Southampton ace Surman will be aiming to banish that memory by featuring in a cup victory when Cherries host the in-form Brewers tomorrow (7.45pm).
Cherries and Burton also have the added incentive of a lucrative televised home showdown with Liverpool awaiting the winners in the fourth round on January 25.
The Brewers will arrive for the rearranged Dean Court clash in the League Two promotion places and on the back of an 11-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
And Surman says Cherries must adopt the right approach as they attempt to immediately respond following their 3-0 Championship defeat at Wigan on Saturday.
He told the Daily Echo: “It is always dangerous. I am sure everyone says it but teams from the lower leagues raise their game against the teams above them.
“If you are not on it, they will take you apart. You have to be careful. I found out first hand last season. Luton came to Norwich and played very well. We weren’t at it and they beat us 1-0.
“You have to be very careful but as long as we go into the game with the right mental attitude and carry on doing the things we do week in, week out in the league then we are positive about the game.
“I haven’t got that far in the competition. There are probably not great memories for me but, hopefully, we can turn that round tomorrow.”
Cherries and Burton will be playing for £67,500 in prize money as well as the chance to test themselves against Premier League giants Liverpool.
Surman said: “We are trying not to look too far ahead. If we beat Burton, it is a great incentive, but we don’t want to look too much further ahead than tomorrow’s game.”
Surman made his eighth successive start for Cherries at Wigan and he is hoping Eddie Howe’s men can quickly put that loss behind them.
The 27-year-old added: “In the past few games, we had set our standards high and we didn’t quite reach those standards on Saturday but we know that we can get back up there and, hopefully, that will start again tomorrow.
“We went into Saturday’s game with a lot of confidence and, unfortunately, couldn’t keep our unbeaten run going. It was disappointing but we have to pick ourselves up now.”
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