AFC Bournemouth: Refreshed Cook ready after FA Cup return

COMEBACK: AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook

COMEBACK: AFC Bournemouth defender Steve Cook

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STEVE Cook vowed to take full advantage of his enforced mid-season break after emerging unscathed from his Cherries comeback.

The much-vaunted defender, sidelined since mid-December with a hamstring injury, played the full 90 minutes in Cherries’ resounding 4-1 win over Burton Albion in the FA Cup last night.

Despite his frustration over the lay-off, Cook admitted the rigours of starting every Championship fixture prior to his muscle complaint had taken its toll.

However, after some much needed rest and recuperation, the former Brighton star insisted he was ready for action once more and has targeted a starting place against Watford on Saturday.

Discussing his return, Cook told the Daily Echo: “I was buzzing to get back. I was out for about a month but it felt like a lot longer and I missed a lot of games. It was hard just sat there watching, even though the lads did really well over Christmas.

“Maybe it (the injury) was a blessing in disguise. I was feeling tired mentally and physically so, in the long run, that month out could benefit me but it was so frustrating at the time.

“Fortunately, we still picked up some very good results but having come through 90 minutes now, I hope to give the gaffer a bit of headache ahead this weekend.

“My legs feel a bit heavy and I will have to do some extra work to make sure I am fit enough for Saturday, but I feel good and I feel ready.”

Goals from Brett Pitman (2), Tommy Elphick and Ryan Fraser beat the Brewers to secure Cherries a plum tie with Liverpool as well as a bumper pay day with the fourth-round clash set for live coverage on ITV. 

And Liverpool fan Cook was quick to praise the patience of the Dean Court crowd as Cherries sealed their dream date with the Premier League giants.

Cook added: “I thought the crowd were very good, they stuck with us even when it was getting a little bit frustrating for them.

“It was always going to be difficult for us with so much at stake. Burton sat behind the ball and the conditions got worse as the match went on.

“Sometimes, teams sit back and pay us a bit of respect by not coming at us but the result proves we can create chances and punish teams even when they are keeping things tight.

“Credit to the supporters, they got behind us, played their part and have got a tie that five years ago, the club would have never thought possible.

“Their backing made a massive difference. It was a banana skin for us and I thought we should have killed off the game in the first half but we got through it in the end.”

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1:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Afcbives says...

Just imagine jason Pearce stayed him and cooky would be a quality pair
Just imagine jason Pearce stayed him and cooky would be a quality pair Afcbives
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1:38pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Catwhiskers says...

I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.
I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical. Catwhiskers
  • Score: 5

1:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Catwhiskers wrote:
I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.
I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,
[quote][p][bold]Catwhiskers[/bold] wrote: I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.[/p][/quote]I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us, nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 2

5:06pm Wed 15 Jan 14

cheeriedriteup says...

Totally agree, at one stage I thought I could hear two Albion supporters talking to each other. I have been expecting more from the south end this season also, I would have rather hoped that the South end would bounce of the North end, I wouldn't matter if the in between was a bit quiet then.
Totally agree, at one stage I thought I could hear two Albion supporters talking to each other. I have been expecting more from the south end this season also, I would have rather hoped that the South end would bounce of the North end, I wouldn't matter if the in between was a bit quiet then. cheeriedriteup
  • Score: 0

5:11pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bourne free says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Catwhiskers wrote:
I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.
I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,
i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!!
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Catwhiskers[/bold] wrote: I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.[/p][/quote]I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,[/p][/quote]i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!! bourne free
  • Score: 2

5:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

bourne free wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Catwhiskers wrote:
I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.
I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,
i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!!
Wedon't normally talk about funerals, however I think that last night we had a number of supporters that may not have been regulars you could see who they were because they had to look at their tickets in order to find where they were sitting. I am next to the family stand and we do sing along with you in the Steve Fletcher stand but at one point even your stand was a bit quiet than usual Anyway onwards and upwards and sheer the lads as best as we can.
[quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Catwhiskers[/bold] wrote: I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.[/p][/quote]I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,[/p][/quote]i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!![/p][/quote]Wedon't normally talk about funerals, however I think that last night we had a number of supporters that may not have been regulars you could see who they were because they had to look at their tickets in order to find where they were sitting. I am next to the family stand and we do sing along with you in the Steve Fletcher stand but at one point even your stand was a bit quiet than usual Anyway onwards and upwards and sheer the lads as best as we can. nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 1

6:50pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Nat1234 says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
bourne free wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Catwhiskers wrote:
I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.
I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,
i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!!
Wedon't normally talk about funerals, however I think that last night we had a number of supporters that may not have been regulars you could see who they were because they had to look at their tickets in order to find where they were sitting. I am next to the family stand and we do sing along with you in the Steve Fletcher stand but at one point even your stand was a bit quiet than usual Anyway onwards and upwards and sheer the lads as best as we can.
I agree , there was hardly any noise at one point , also I think the first half was a poor half . But the second half was a good game .. And rantie actually looked good at times ..
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Catwhiskers[/bold] wrote: I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.[/p][/quote]I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,[/p][/quote]i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!![/p][/quote]Wedon't normally talk about funerals, however I think that last night we had a number of supporters that may not have been regulars you could see who they were because they had to look at their tickets in order to find where they were sitting. I am next to the family stand and we do sing along with you in the Steve Fletcher stand but at one point even your stand was a bit quiet than usual Anyway onwards and upwards and sheer the lads as best as we can.[/p][/quote]I agree , there was hardly any noise at one point , also I think the first half was a poor half . But the second half was a good game .. And rantie actually looked good at times .. Nat1234
  • Score: 0

7:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

raybren says...

Good to see Cookie back , gives Eddie the 2 from 3 option in central defence . Very quiet on here , suppose with home games v Watford and Liverpool to come not a lot to MOAN about ! One thing for sure , as soon as something goes wrong , they will be on faster than a rat up a drainpipe !
Good to see Cookie back , gives Eddie the 2 from 3 option in central defence . Very quiet on here , suppose with home games v Watford and Liverpool to come not a lot to MOAN about ! One thing for sure , as soon as something goes wrong , they will be on faster than a rat up a drainpipe ! raybren
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7:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

raybren wrote:
Good to see Cookie back , gives Eddie the 2 from 3 option in central defence . Very quiet on here , suppose with home games v Watford and Liverpool to come not a lot to MOAN about ! One thing for sure , as soon as something goes wrong , they will be on faster than a rat up a drainpipe !
The drainpipe is blocked with all the rain water!!! and I guess they had a good soaking!!!
[quote][p][bold]raybren[/bold] wrote: Good to see Cookie back , gives Eddie the 2 from 3 option in central defence . Very quiet on here , suppose with home games v Watford and Liverpool to come not a lot to MOAN about ! One thing for sure , as soon as something goes wrong , they will be on faster than a rat up a drainpipe ![/p][/quote]The drainpipe is blocked with all the rain water!!! and I guess they had a good soaking!!! nonnogeppetto
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7:18pm Wed 15 Jan 14

nonnogeppetto says...

5 live sport is talking nothing but Saints and the departure of Cortese
5 live sport is talking nothing but Saints and the departure of Cortese nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Nat1234 says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
5 live sport is talking nothing but Saints and the departure of Cortese
Old news , that was talked about yesterday , and it doesn't mean he's on his way to us ,, I personally think Eddie will stick with what he's got ..
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: 5 live sport is talking nothing but Saints and the departure of Cortese[/p][/quote]Old news , that was talked about yesterday , and it doesn't mean he's on his way to us ,, I personally think Eddie will stick with what he's got .. Nat1234
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7:28pm Wed 15 Jan 14

mossy 1 says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
bourne free wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Catwhiskers wrote:
I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.
I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,
i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!!
Wedon't normally talk about funerals, however I think that last night we had a number of supporters that may not have been regulars you could see who they were because they had to look at their tickets in order to find where they were sitting. I am next to the family stand and we do sing along with you in the Steve Fletcher stand but at one point even your stand was a bit quiet than usual Anyway onwards and upwards and sheer the lads as best as we can.
I agree atmosphere was nowhere near normal,I would also say that as many were`nt in their normal seats makes people feel uncomfortable,also maybe given the enormity of the prize on offer ,especially as the game wore on, the nervousness of everyone became tangible and that affected the atmosphere,
oh and the weather probably did`nt help.
On another strand good news Joe Roach with Carl Fletcher maybe on their way back to the youth setup.
Lastly,the scramble for tickets has only just begun!Seems there will be some very disgruntled supporters come the start of next week(tbh there are some already,if going by the wife`s you.twit.face thingy)
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bourne free[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Catwhiskers[/bold] wrote: I didn't think us as supporters got behind the team last night at all... Eventhough it was a full house, the atmosphere was diabolical.[/p][/quote]I have too agree with you on that one I said to my friend sitting net to me 'what time is the burial'! it was more like a morgue at times. The handful of Albion's supporters were making more noise than us,[/p][/quote]i was sat in the steve fletch stand and there was a good atmosphere at that end , i suggest you sing along instead of chatting about funerals then !!!![/p][/quote]Wedon't normally talk about funerals, however I think that last night we had a number of supporters that may not have been regulars you could see who they were because they had to look at their tickets in order to find where they were sitting. I am next to the family stand and we do sing along with you in the Steve Fletcher stand but at one point even your stand was a bit quiet than usual Anyway onwards and upwards and sheer the lads as best as we can.[/p][/quote]I agree atmosphere was nowhere near normal,I would also say that as many were`nt in their normal seats makes people feel uncomfortable,also maybe given the enormity of the prize on offer ,especially as the game wore on, the nervousness of everyone became tangible and that affected the atmosphere, oh and the weather probably did`nt help. On another strand good news Joe Roach with Carl Fletcher maybe on their way back to the youth setup. Lastly,the scramble for tickets has only just begun!Seems there will be some very disgruntled supporters come the start of next week(tbh there are some already,if going by the wife`s you.twit.face thingy) mossy 1
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Yorkie Cherry says...

Club just announced appointments of Joe Roach & Carl Fletcher are Acadamy Manager & Youth Team Manager respectively
Club just announced appointments of Joe Roach & Carl Fletcher are Acadamy Manager & Youth Team Manager respectively Yorkie Cherry
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Thu 16 Jan 14

jayeff says...

Well done Eddie bringing Roach back into youth development a key role for any club
Mr Mitchell looked after his own
Well done Eddie bringing Roach back into youth development a key role for any club Mr Mitchell looked after his own jayeff
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