AFC Bournemouth: Grabban predicts Cherries will give old mate Freedman a headache

SHARP SHOOTER: AFC Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban

SHARP SHOOTER: AFC Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

CHERRIES striker Lewis Grabban believes Eddie Howe’s men have wised up since their last meeting with Bolton.

Goals from David Ngog and Jermaine Beckford earned the Trotters a 2-0 win at Dean Court in November.

The defeat came during a seven-match winless run and was the first of four home games when Cherries picked up a solitary point.

Grabban, who was Bolton boss Dougie Freedman’s boot boy at Crystal Palace, told the Daily Echo: “As a team, we have definitely come on. We started the season with a lot of players who hadn’t played at this level and everyone has learned a lot.

“You can see it because our results have been more consistent. Hopefully, we can continue to make progress and keep moving up the table.

“Throughout their squad, Bolton have a lot of players who have played in the Premier League and a lot of good Championship players. Their league position probably doesn’t reflect the ability in their squad.

“We just need to concentrate on our game and, hopefully, that will make us successful. The team has worked hard away from home and we have had some good results. Wigan was a hiccup but that happens and you are never going to win every game.

“When I knew Dougie as a player, he always wanted to win and was a thinker. I would imagine he will be doing everything he can to make us come unstuck and will be doing the best he can to get a win.

“They found a way when they came here but, hopefully, we are a bit more experienced now and that won’t happen again.”

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