AFC Bournemouth star Kermorgant: I had to make a good first impression

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

YANN Kermorgant plundered his maiden career hat-trick before admitting he knew he had to make a good first impression on Cherries boss Eddie Howe.

Striker Kermorgant delivered in style after being handed his first start as Cherries recorded a convincing 5-0 win over Doncaster at Dean Court on Saturday.

The Frenchman, a £400,000 signing from Charlton in January, opened the scoring with a composed right-foot finish before showing his aerial prowess to net with two headers.

His treble, coupled with Harry Arter’s finely-taken double, earned Cherries their biggest win in the second flight as Howe’s men moved 12 points clear of the Championship drop zone.

Kermorgant, who established himself as a regular starter with former club Charlton, had come off the bench in his first four appearances for Cherries.

He told the Daily Echo: “I was very happy because it was my first start and I needed to show something to make the difference for the team.

“I thought I might have started earlier and was beginning to think maybe I had done something wrong after four games in a row on the bench.

“When I signed, the manager said he couldn’t promise I would start every game. Maybe four games in a row on the bench was a big surprise for me but you know you have to work hard in training and be ready when the manager asks you to play.

“When you sign for a new team, you need time to settle with your new team-mates. When I first arrived, the weather was not the best so we didn’t train a lot. It would have been tough for the manager to put me straight in so I have had to work hard, be patient and look to take my chance when it came.

“I knew I would have to play well and score. I didn’t want to stay on the bench for too long so, hopefully, I have proved and shown I want to play in the next game. I thought we played well as a team and it was a good result. I hope I can carry on. I love scoring goals but winning and playing well are more important. If someone else scores and we win the next game, I will be just as happy as I am today.

“I was pleased to score the first goal because I had had a couple of other chances. Sometimes, you don’t get any chances in a game but I knew that if I kept going, more would come along and they did. The crosses were quality and I just finished them. I am a team player and my ambition is to go higher with this club.”

Kermorgant dedicated his treble to his wife Melvina, his three-year-old son Matheo – who were among the crowd – and his parents, who had been following events from the family home in Vannes, Brittany.

The 32-year-old, who had planned to celebrate with either a glass of wine or champagne, said: “I know my dad was buzzing, I just hope he didn’t break the sofa!

“My parents follow as much as they can on the Internet. I will get the ball signed by the lads and keep it for my son. My wife is very important for me and my life. It was a tough decision to leave Charlton for us as a family and I would like to dedicate it to my wife, my son and my parents.”

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6:33am Mon 3 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

Well done Yann & here's to many more goals!

Great performance by all on Satruday & loved the Yann song.

Blackpool look vulnerable at the moment a good time to be playing them I think and bring home some more points!
UTC
Well done Yann & here's to many more goals! Great performance by all on Satruday & loved the Yann song. Blackpool look vulnerable at the moment a good time to be playing them I think and bring home some more points! UTC TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 15

7:15am Mon 3 Mar 14

Wilkie says...

Well done Yann. When the summer comes, your wife and son will be very happy they've re-located to Bournemouth.
Well done Yann. When the summer comes, your wife and son will be very happy they've re-located to Bournemouth. Wilkie
  • Score: 13

8:56am Mon 3 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

TedMacsCherryPants wrote:
Well done Yann & here's to many more goals!

Great performance by all on Satruday & loved the Yann song.

Blackpool look vulnerable at the moment a good time to be playing them I think and bring home some more points!
UTC
here here I hope that the rock they'll bring back will have AFCB 3 Blackpool 0 written inside it every slice!!!! Come on you reds
[quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Well done Yann & here's to many more goals! Great performance by all on Satruday & loved the Yann song. Blackpool look vulnerable at the moment a good time to be playing them I think and bring home some more points! UTC[/p][/quote]here here I hope that the rock they'll bring back will have AFCB 3 Blackpool 0 written inside it every slice!!!! Come on you reds nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 6

9:22am Mon 3 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
TedMacsCherryPants wrote: Well done Yann & here's to many more goals! Great performance by all on Satruday & loved the Yann song. Blackpool look vulnerable at the moment a good time to be playing them I think and bring home some more points! UTC
here here I hope that the rock they'll bring back will have AFCB 3 Blackpool 0 written inside it every slice!!!! Come on you reds
That will taste especially sweet Nonno and I'm feeling very optimistic!
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TedMacsCherryPants[/bold] wrote: Well done Yann & here's to many more goals! Great performance by all on Satruday & loved the Yann song. Blackpool look vulnerable at the moment a good time to be playing them I think and bring home some more points! UTC[/p][/quote]here here I hope that the rock they'll bring back will have AFCB 3 Blackpool 0 written inside it every slice!!!! Come on you reds[/p][/quote]That will taste especially sweet Nonno and I'm feeling very optimistic! TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 4

10:24am Mon 3 Mar 14

Afcbpete says...

That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :)
Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD
That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :) Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 1

10:38am Mon 3 Mar 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :)
Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD
Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :) Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
  • Score: 2

11:45am Mon 3 Mar 14

Afcbpete says...

nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :)
Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD
Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD
Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :) Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: -1

11:47am Mon 3 Mar 14

afcbtintin says...

Afcbpete wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :)
Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD
Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD
Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD
Yeah, right :-)

UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :) Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Yeah, right :-) UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 1

12:30pm Mon 3 Mar 14

cherrygood says...

Kermongant to start with Rantie on the bench to come on after 70 minutes if necessary. From the interviews both have done recently I think they will be happy with those roles right now. I'm hoping that Rantie can be more influential when the better weather comes and the pitches are playing better.
Kermongant to start with Rantie on the bench to come on after 70 minutes if necessary. From the interviews both have done recently I think they will be happy with those roles right now. I'm hoping that Rantie can be more influential when the better weather comes and the pitches are playing better. cherrygood
  • Score: 15

12:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Kevin_123 says...

A great signing he has some experience coming from Leicester then to Charlton, now with us!
A great signing he has some experience coming from Leicester then to Charlton, now with us! Kevin_123
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Afcbpete says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :)
Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD
Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD
Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD
Yeah, right :-)

UTCIAD
OH WHAT!! You sound a tad doubtful about my comment, Jeeezzzzzz haaaa haaaaaa... Tell you what, I'll have a glass or three to celebrate each win while I'm over there LOL... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :) Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Yeah, right :-) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]OH WHAT!! You sound a tad doubtful about my comment, Jeeezzzzzz haaaa haaaaaa... Tell you what, I'll have a glass or three to celebrate each win while I'm over there LOL... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 1

4:03pm Mon 3 Mar 14

ASM says...

A charlton fan commenting on our result and scorers: maryonparker (Charlton Athletic): Two players no fan wanted to see leave us. Tragic.

How nice it is to be in a position where we are not selling our best players and looking to progress
A charlton fan commenting on our result and scorers: maryonparker (Charlton Athletic): Two players no fan wanted to see leave us. Tragic. How nice it is to be in a position where we are not selling our best players and looking to progress ASM
  • Score: 6

4:35pm Mon 3 Mar 14

afcbtintin says...

Afcbpete wrote:
afcbtintin wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :)
Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD
Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD
Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD
Yeah, right :-)

UTCIAD
OH WHAT!! You sound a tad doubtful about my comment, Jeeezzzzzz haaaa haaaaaa... Tell you what, I'll have a glass or three to celebrate each win while I'm over there LOL... UTCIAD
Hopefully that'll be a hell of a lot consumed then !
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :) Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Yeah, right :-) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]OH WHAT!! You sound a tad doubtful about my comment, Jeeezzzzzz haaaa haaaaaa... Tell you what, I'll have a glass or three to celebrate each win while I'm over there LOL... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Hopefully that'll be a hell of a lot consumed then ! afcbtintin
  • Score: 0

4:36pm Mon 3 Mar 14

mark.s says...

I see our usual visiting friends from the likes of Swindon and Southampton have been quiet since Saturday?...
I see our usual visiting friends from the likes of Swindon and Southampton have been quiet since Saturday?... mark.s
  • Score: 2

5:11pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Afcbpete says...

afcbtintin wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
afcbtintin wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
nonnogeppetto wrote:
Afcbpete wrote:
That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :)
Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD
Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD
Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD
Yeah, right :-)

UTCIAD
OH WHAT!! You sound a tad doubtful about my comment, Jeeezzzzzz haaaa haaaaaa... Tell you what, I'll have a glass or three to celebrate each win while I'm over there LOL... UTCIAD
Hopefully that'll be a hell of a lot consumed then !
THAT'S the intention, and if it's worse case scenario, I'll drown my sorrows, good job we buy it by the box!!! LOL... But I'm expecting good news, not bad... UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]afcbtintin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nonnogeppetto[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: That was an ok debut Yann, now what's your encore :) Yann showed what we've been lacking all season, now let's push on.... I'll be driving through Brittany next week, it'll be strange knowing one of our Heroes actually comes from there!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Steady with the vin rouge it can give some nasty headaches. Have fun. UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Thank you, but I only have a thimbleful full at a time :) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Yeah, right :-) UTCIAD[/p][/quote]OH WHAT!! You sound a tad doubtful about my comment, Jeeezzzzzz haaaa haaaaaa... Tell you what, I'll have a glass or three to celebrate each win while I'm over there LOL... UTCIAD[/p][/quote]Hopefully that'll be a hell of a lot consumed then ![/p][/quote]THAT'S the intention, and if it's worse case scenario, I'll drown my sorrows, good job we buy it by the box!!! LOL... But I'm expecting good news, not bad... UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 0

6:38am Tue 4 Mar 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

mark.s wrote:
I see our usual visiting friends from the likes of Swindon and Southampton have been quiet since Saturday?...
I saw lots of empty seats at that 'big' club Swindles ground on the footy highlights, makes all their posturing over the years look pathetic :-)

I suppose at least the Saints have some England players to coo about for a week, but I am convinced we should be singing "Luis Suarez is our mate, he hates Sc*mm*rs!!"
[quote][p][bold]mark.s[/bold] wrote: I see our usual visiting friends from the likes of Swindon and Southampton have been quiet since Saturday?...[/p][/quote]I saw lots of empty seats at that 'big' club Swindles ground on the footy highlights, makes all their posturing over the years look pathetic :-) I suppose at least the Saints have some England players to coo about for a week, but I am convinced we should be singing "Luis Suarez is our mate, he hates Sc*mm*rs!!" TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Tue 4 Mar 14

afcbJPR says...

Well, it's about time we replaced Steve Fletcher and I've got a feeling Jann could find himself enjoying something close to the popularity that Supa did, if he keeps on giving performances like that.

Superb from the Frenchman - and I'm looking forward to seeing him play again very son.

COYR !!
Well, it's about time we replaced Steve Fletcher and I've got a feeling Jann could find himself enjoying something close to the popularity that Supa did, if he keeps on giving performances like that. Superb from the Frenchman - and I'm looking forward to seeing him play again very son. COYR !! afcbJPR
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Tue 4 Mar 14

babyduck says...

Quality addition. Those headers were immense. The new fletch only a little more mobile and a goalscorer without doubt.

Credit to EH for recognising our weakness and bringing Kermit in.

Buzzing
Quality addition. Those headers were immense. The new fletch only a little more mobile and a goalscorer without doubt. Credit to EH for recognising our weakness and bringing Kermit in. Buzzing babyduck
  • Score: 0

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