AFC Bournemouth: Championship holds no fear for Elphick after Liverpool display

Bournemouth Echo: CAPTAIN: AFC Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick CAPTAIN: AFC Bournemouth's Tommy Elphick

SKIPPER Tommy Elphick insists Cherries should have nothing to fear from the Championship following their FA Cup exploits against high-flying Liverpool.

Elphick said: “We can take a lot of pride, especially from the first half. We were well on top and had some nice chances.

"We could have gone in front but it wasn’t to be and Liverpool showed their class with how ruthless they were. They took their chances emphatically and left us with a mountain to climb.

“We lost our way a little after they had scored the second goal and they started to dominate with the ball. But we went toe to toe with one of the best teams in the country so it was a great experience and we can build on it.

“We wanted to play good football and looked to put our mark on the game which we did.

"I thought they were a little surprised at how good we were on the ball and some of the moves we put together were fantastic. We need to take this forward, continue with that sort of style and have the same presence in league games.

“Although we didn’t win, we have to take confidence from the game. We are out of the cup and can concentrate solely on picking up as many points as possible and finishing as high in the table as we can. I thought our performance shows we should fear nobody in the Championship.”

Elphick described as “a great experience” coming face to face with Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker having a hand in both Liverpool goals.

“You can’t rest for a minute,” said Elphick. “He is always playing on your shoulder and testing you, whether he has the ball or he doesn’t. 

"We were disappointed to concede two goals but, on the whole, I thought it was a positive performance and there were some great stand-out individual displays.

"Hopefully, if we can take that into the Championship, we should pick up some more points.

“You have to make allowances for a player like Suarez and be very careful. You have to concentrate. We didn’t have any sort of master plan to keep him quiet.

"I think you just have to trust yourself and your ability to defend well when he gets the ball.”

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10:52am Mon 27 Jan 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

. OH DEAR, . .hear we go again. . . .Tommy, we lost that one as we cant score goals
. OH DEAR, . .hear we go again. . . .Tommy, we lost that one as we cant score goals RED LETTER DAY

11:12am Mon 27 Jan 14

Doddler says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
. OH DEAR, . .hear we go again. . . .Tommy, we lost that one as we cant score goals
Brilliant display on Saturday - in which we can all be proud. However, I do think that a dose of reality would be appropriate. We simply do not score enough goals. It's really great that so many chances are created - and all credit to Eddie and Jason for all they have done to get the team to play so attractively. But come on! Let's throw away the rose tinted spectacles and hope that the management team will really get to grips with our too frequent inability to score from open play (or by other means).

There's been rather too much of the 'steep learning curve' and 'we leant a lot on Saturday (or whenever). We achieve some really great approach play - and then seem not to have too many ideas of how to put the ball in the net. And then, there's a defense which has leaked far too many preventable goals...... But, fair do's, Eddie, Jason and the team have done so much to put AFCB on the quality map - so long may it continue.
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: . OH DEAR, . .hear we go again. . . .Tommy, we lost that one as we cant score goals[/p][/quote]Brilliant display on Saturday - in which we can all be proud. However, I do think that a dose of reality would be appropriate. We simply do not score enough goals. It's really great that so many chances are created - and all credit to Eddie and Jason for all they have done to get the team to play so attractively. But come on! Let's throw away the rose tinted spectacles and hope that the management team will really get to grips with our too frequent inability to score from open play (or by other means). There's been rather too much of the 'steep learning curve' and 'we leant a lot on Saturday (or whenever). We achieve some really great approach play - and then seem not to have too many ideas of how to put the ball in the net. And then, there's a defense which has leaked far too many preventable goals...... But, fair do's, Eddie, Jason and the team have done so much to put AFCB on the quality map - so long may it continue. Doddler

11:15am Mon 27 Jan 14

ASM says...

I agree with what he said completely. We lacked the cutting edge but only lost because how clinical they were. I thought we were all over them for most of the first half and over the 90 minutes, apart from our weakness to score goals we were the better team
I agree with what he said completely. We lacked the cutting edge but only lost because how clinical they were. I thought we were all over them for most of the first half and over the 90 minutes, apart from our weakness to score goals we were the better team ASM

1:56pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Cherryfan says...

Let see how the team reacts on Tuesday evening then read this article again.
Let see how the team reacts on Tuesday evening then read this article again. Cherryfan

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