AFC Bournemouth: Elphick aware of Derby's prolific pairing

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

SKIPPER Tommy Elphick has tasked Cherries with launching another stern rearguard action as they prepare to face two of the Championship’s most in-form strikers at Derby tomorrow.

Loan star Patrick Bamford and Chris Martin are likely to figure in the Rams line-up at Pride Park and skipper Elphick is well-aware of the significant threat the duo carry.

Youngster Bamford has registered five goals in seven appearances since joining from Chelsea in early-January, while Martin already has 17 goals under his belt this campaign.

Eddie Howe’s men kept the Championship’s top strike partnership – Danny Ings and Sam Vokes – off the scoresheet in the 1-1 home draw with Burnley on Saturday and Elphick is keen to go one step further this time and secure a clean sheet against the Championship’s most prolific side, who average nearly two goals a game.

He told the Daily Echo: “Each week throws up another stat and Derby have scored the most goals in the league, so we’re going to have our work cut out.

“Bamford set League One alight in the first half of the season (at MK Dons), Derby acquired him quite early and he seems to be repaying that faith.

“He’s a young lad who’s got a great future ahead of him.

“Chris Martin gives them a massive platform to build on, but they get goals from all over the pitch and score from set pieces as well.

“It’s going to be 90 minutes full of concentration and everyone is going to have to defend well.

“We’ve done a lot of work this week, the gaffer’s drilled us quite a bit and we’ll be fully-prepared and will know what to expect.”

Saturday’s draw against Burnley saw Cherries punished for one defensive slip and although generally pleased with that display, Elphick has urged the backline to up their game as his team aim to secure shutouts.

He said: “We’ve been defending really well recently without putting a clean sheet on the board, so it’s a little bit frustrating for us.

“It’s a shame because we’re doing so much work to get in front and stay in games. We need to convert these 1-1s and 2-2s into wins and you are only going to do that by keeping clean sheets.

“We’ve got some great defenders and we need to start keeping clean sheets to climb the table.”

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10:20am Fri 21 Feb 14

Square Old Codger says...

For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! .
For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! . Square Old Codger
  • Score: 2

12:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

a real supporter says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! .
I think you are a bit confused SOC. Next home game is 5th from bottom Doncaster followed by 14th placed Middlesborough . Hardly good sides this season. Away games are 16th placed Blackpool, who are in freefall, 2nd from bottom (and going down ) Barnsley & 18th placed Birmingham also in freefall.The only good sides are Blackburn away and potentially Dirty Leeds at home. I think by the end of March are Championship position will be guaranteed for next year. UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! .[/p][/quote]I think you are a bit confused SOC. Next home game is 5th from bottom Doncaster followed by 14th placed Middlesborough . Hardly good sides this season. Away games are 16th placed Blackpool, who are in freefall, 2nd from bottom (and going down ) Barnsley & 18th placed Birmingham also in freefall.The only good sides are Blackburn away and potentially Dirty Leeds at home. I think by the end of March are Championship position will be guaranteed for next year. UTCIAD a real supporter
  • Score: 8

2:02pm Fri 21 Feb 14

swanagecherrie says...

a real supporter wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! .
I think you are a bit confused SOC. Next home game is 5th from bottom Doncaster followed by 14th placed Middlesborough . Hardly good sides this season. Away games are 16th placed Blackpool, who are in freefall, 2nd from bottom (and going down ) Barnsley & 18th placed Birmingham also in freefall.The only good sides are Blackburn away and potentially Dirty Leeds at home. I think by the end of March are Championship position will be guaranteed for next year. UTCIAD
And don't forget the re-arranged Charlton match on the 18th March another in the relegation zone although 2 games in hand but would still sooner have the points. I to think we will be safe by the end of March or thereabouts.
[quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! .[/p][/quote]I think you are a bit confused SOC. Next home game is 5th from bottom Doncaster followed by 14th placed Middlesborough . Hardly good sides this season. Away games are 16th placed Blackpool, who are in freefall, 2nd from bottom (and going down ) Barnsley & 18th placed Birmingham also in freefall.The only good sides are Blackburn away and potentially Dirty Leeds at home. I think by the end of March are Championship position will be guaranteed for next year. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]And don't forget the re-arranged Charlton match on the 18th March another in the relegation zone although 2 games in hand but would still sooner have the points. I to think we will be safe by the end of March or thereabouts. swanagecherrie
  • Score: 3

3:15pm Fri 21 Feb 14

sea poole says...

I hate it when players are being quoted the day before a match. It often ends up with egg on faces. I really hope I'm wrong on this occasion!
I hate it when players are being quoted the day before a match. It often ends up with egg on faces. I really hope I'm wrong on this occasion! sea poole
  • Score: 5

4:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

kangman2012 says...

sea poole wrote:
I hate it when players are being quoted the day before a match. It often ends up with egg on faces. I really hope I'm wrong on this occasion!
Totally agree "sea poole". It seems the sports desk loves to tempt fate this way. Like you I hope the "echo curse" doesn't strike again. About time we caused an upset in this league, and tomorrow could be the day - UTC!
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: I hate it when players are being quoted the day before a match. It often ends up with egg on faces. I really hope I'm wrong on this occasion![/p][/quote]Totally agree "sea poole". It seems the sports desk loves to tempt fate this way. Like you I hope the "echo curse" doesn't strike again. About time we caused an upset in this league, and tomorrow could be the day - UTC! kangman2012
  • Score: 4

5:46pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Richard 1976 says...

Looking forward to this one. One of the grounds top of the list when the prospect of championship football became reality last April.Never been to pride park before so quite a bit of excitement! I'd be happy to come away with a draw.. A sheff Wednesday pal of mine said derby were very ordinary at hillsborough on weds night.. Still came away with 3 points though. Good luck to our lads and up the cherries!
Looking forward to this one. One of the grounds top of the list when the prospect of championship football became reality last April.Never been to pride park before so quite a bit of excitement! I'd be happy to come away with a draw.. A sheff Wednesday pal of mine said derby were very ordinary at hillsborough on weds night.. Still came away with 3 points though. Good luck to our lads and up the cherries! Richard 1976
  • Score: 4

9:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

afcdibby says...

Chris Martin signed a permanent 2 year deal in July 2013 which means he's not on loan. UTCIAD
Chris Martin signed a permanent 2 year deal in July 2013 which means he's not on loan. UTCIAD afcdibby
  • Score: 0

1:14pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bobsworthforever says...

swanagecherrie wrote:
a real supporter wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! .
I think you are a bit confused SOC. Next home game is 5th from bottom Doncaster followed by 14th placed Middlesborough . Hardly good sides this season. Away games are 16th placed Blackpool, who are in freefall, 2nd from bottom (and going down ) Barnsley & 18th placed Birmingham also in freefall.The only good sides are Blackburn away and potentially Dirty Leeds at home. I think by the end of March are Championship position will be guaranteed for next year. UTCIAD
And don't forget the re-arranged Charlton match on the 18th March another in the relegation zone although 2 games in hand but would still sooner have the points. I to think we will be safe by the end of March or thereabouts.
its not just we are playing lowly teams in the main we have a good squad playing well we shouldn't be worrying about relegation i expect us to climb the table.Cant make Pride Park today but have had a few quid on 1-0 Cherries win
hope im right
[quote][p][bold]swanagecherrie[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]a real supporter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: For me this is the definitive part of the Season, of our next 7 matches 5 are away, the two home fixtures are against good sides and there is the added pressure of playing twice a week in March, a huge test of the Squad's depth. There are no easy games in this division and they don't come harder than tomorrows, the young Chelsea loanee looks to be a "class act" . But we seem to be playing with confidence away, the need for the home team to attack helps our counter attacking style and providing we can avoid defensive blunders it's all to play for. Good luck tomorrow! .[/p][/quote]I think you are a bit confused SOC. Next home game is 5th from bottom Doncaster followed by 14th placed Middlesborough . Hardly good sides this season. Away games are 16th placed Blackpool, who are in freefall, 2nd from bottom (and going down ) Barnsley & 18th placed Birmingham also in freefall.The only good sides are Blackburn away and potentially Dirty Leeds at home. I think by the end of March are Championship position will be guaranteed for next year. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]And don't forget the re-arranged Charlton match on the 18th March another in the relegation zone although 2 games in hand but would still sooner have the points. I to think we will be safe by the end of March or thereabouts.[/p][/quote]its not just we are playing lowly teams in the main we have a good squad playing well we shouldn't be worrying about relegation i expect us to climb the table.Cant make Pride Park today but have had a few quid on 1-0 Cherries win hope im right bobsworthforever
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